Military Bowl Maryland Terrapins vs. Marshall Thundering Herd 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 +2.5 -- Over/Under: 62 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The Marshall Thundering Herd and the Maryland Terrapins collide in the Military Bowl.
Maryland began the season 4-0 and looked as if they might be a major force in the ACC but a 63-0 loss to Florida State told us may be not. The offense struggled to put up points at times and the Terrapins just didn't see like the same team after the loss to the Seminoles. The defense played well enough with 368 yards and 25 points allowed with a top 50 unit versus the pass and run. The offense mustered more then 27 points once in the final eight contests and overall averaged under 400 yards and 25 points. The Terps were a solid team through the air at 252 yards which was #43 nationally with CJ Brown completing 59% of his throws for 2,045 yards with eleven TD's and six picks. Stefon Diggs led the team with 587 yards on 34 catches but overall five players totaled over 400 yards. The rushing attack was a two pronged attack with Brandon Ross and Brown combining for over 1,200 yards on 267 carries.
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Marshall was red hot to conclude the regular season with five consecutive victories including one over East Carolina to capture the CUSA East before falling to Rice in the conference title game. Although the Thundering Herd are more known for their potent offense, the defense was very good with 367 yards and 23 points given up with a top 25 pass D that gave up only 209 yards. The offense was easily one of the best in the nation at 502 yards and 43 points with equal ability to run or throw. Quarterback Rakeem Cato was the star of the attack with 3,579 yards on over 59% completions with 36 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Tommy Shuler led the receiving corps with 97 catches for 1,097 yards with Gator Hoskins (44-717) and Devon Smith (34-599) providing serious production. Essray Taliaferro was the work horse on the ground with 1,059 yards on 202 totes with the duo of Steward Butler and Kevin Grooms combining for 1,265 yards on 177 touches.
Marshall certainly has the bigger offense and this seems like a pick that is almost too easy. Right now I'll take the Thundering Herd but this could change...