Maryland vs. Minnesota - 10/15/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-2) at Maryland Terrapins (4-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Maryland Stadium)
The Line: Maryland Terrapins -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Maryland Terrapins meet early Saturday afternoon in a Big Ten college football game at Maryland Stadium.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers could use a strong road win that would snap back-to-back losses. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have lost their last three road games overall. Mitch Leidner is completing 57.7 percent of his passes for 1,006 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions. Leidner has one or less touchdown passes in eight of his last nine games. Drew Wolitarsky and Brian Smith have combined for 624 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Nate Wozniak has eight receptions. The Minnesota Golden Gophers ground game is averaging 203 yards per contest, and Rodney Smith leads the way with 446 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 23.6 points and 366.8 yards per game. Jonathan Celestin leads the Minnesota Golden Gophers with 36 tackles, Tai'yon Devers has three sacks and KiAnte Hardin has one interception.
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The Maryland Terrapins hope to remain unbeaten at home and stay in the Big Ten East race. The Maryland Terrapins are outscoring opponents 102-20 at home this season. Perry Hills is completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 622 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Hills has 14 touchdown passes on his last 260 pass attempts. D.J. Moore and Teldrick Morgan have combined for 417 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Ty Johnson. has seven receptions. The Maryland Terrapins ground game is averaging 274 yards per contest, and Lorenzo Harrison III leads the way with 362 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Maryland is allowing 19.2 points and 365 yards per game. Shane Cockerille leads the Maryland Terrapins with 45 tackles, Jesse Aniebonam has 5.5 sacks and JC Jackson has one interception.
The Golden Gophers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Terrapins are 5-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October. The under is 4-1 in Terrapins last 5 games overall and the over is 4-1 in Golden Gophers last 5 conference games.
Besides a road loss to Penn State, Maryland has been pretty impressive and has an offense that is sure to give Minnesota trouble. The Golden Gophers have lost four of their last five road games and have a defense that's allowed 23 or more points in four of their five games. Minnesota's trademark is supposed to be its defense and it's not as stingy as it's been in the past. Maryland has scored 24 or more points in five straight home games.
I like Maryland to get the job done here by beating and covering the number against Minnesota.