Maryland Terrapins vs. Marshall Thundering Herd Military Bowl Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/27/13
Marshall Thundering Herd (9-4) at Maryland Terrapins (7-5)
College Football: Friday, December 27, 2013 at 2:30 pm (Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Maryland Terrapins +3 -- Over/Under: 62 See the Latest Odds
The Marshall Thundering Herd play the Maryland Terps in the Military Bowl on Friday.
Marshall finished the year 9-4 overall and 7-1 in C-USA. Marshall narrowly missed out on a Conference USA crown with a loss in its last game but can still count the season a success with a bowl win. The Thundering Herd play wide open on offense and was one of the top scoring teams in the nation at 43 points per game. Marshall averaged 53.8 points during a five-game win streak that put them in line for the C-USA title before losing 41-24 at Rice in the conference championship game. The Thundering Herd are returning to a bowl after missing out last season and are thriving offensively behind QB Rakeem Cato, who has passed for 36 touchdowns and 9 interceptions this season. Cato was at his best during Marshall’s five-game win streak, tossing 19 touchdowns and 2 picks. Cato’s only multiple-interception game came at ACC for Virginia Tech in September, when he threw for two scores and two picks in a 29-21 triple-overtime loss.
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Maryland finished the season 7-5 overall and 3-5 in the ACC. The Terps struggled in the ACC and dropped four of their last six games but ended the regular season on a high note with a win at North Carolina State. Maryland utilizes dual-threat QB C.J. Brown in a balanced offensive attack. The Terps played their own tight game at Virginia Tech, getting 122 rushing yards, 135 passing yards and three total touchdowns from Brown in a 27-24 overtime win in November. Brown went over 100 yards rushing in two of the last three contests and had one of his best passing days with 259 yards and a pair of scores in the regular-season finale at North Carolina State. Maryland was left out of bowl season in each of coach Randy Edsall’s first two seasons at the helm, last appearing in the 2010 Military Bowl and earning a 51-20 win over East Carolina. The Terps will be playing close to home but proximity to its own fans did not help much this season, as the team lost its last three home games.
Maryland has been plagued by injuries once again this year and will be without star WR Stephon Diggs on Friday. Marshall is a solid team with something to prove and I think they have the talent to take down Maryland in this one. The Thundering Herd will contain Brown on defense and Cato will lead this team to a bowl victory. I’m taking Marshall to win and cover.