West Virginia Mountaineers at Maryland Terrapins CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/13/14
West Virginia Mountaineers (1-1) at Maryland Terrapins (2-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Byrd Stadium)
The Line: Maryland Terrapins -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The West Virginia Mountaineers and Maryland Terrapins meet Saturday afternoon at Byrd Stadium.
The West Virginia Mountaineers are 1-1 after bouncing back from their Alabama loss with a 54-0 win over Towson. It may be safe to say that the Mountaineers explosive offense is back, as quarterback Clint Trickett is completing 75.3 percent of his passes and West Virginia has a Top 10 passing offense in the country. Kevin White already has 244 receiving yards on the season. The only complaint is West Virginia’s running game that ranks 90th in the country, as Rushel Shell is the only player who’s barely topped 100 rushing yards. Defensively, the West Virginia Mountaineers are allowing 330 yards and just under five yards per play. Karl Joseph leads West Virginia with 18 tackles and KJ Dillon has 1.5 tackles for loss.
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The Maryland Terrapins have to be pleased with their 2-0 start after wins over James Madison and South Florida. The Terrapins are getting the job done with a running back combination of Wes Brown and Brandon Ross, a duo that’s helped Maryland average 4.5 yards per carry. The quarterback situation for Maryland isn’t ideal, as C.J. Brown has already thrown two interceptions and is completing just 53.8 percent of his passes. However, Maryland is still averaging close to 400 yards per game and 200.5 of that is on the ground. Defensively, the Maryland Terrapins are allowing 279.5 yards per game and only 3.6 yards per play. L.A. Goree leads Maryland with 20 tackles and Yannick Ngakoue has three tackles for loss.
The Mountaineers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big Ten. The Terrapins are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win. The Mountaineers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
West Virginia has been clicking on both sides of the ball and are playing with a point to prove. After all, the Mountaineers did just give Alabama a run for its money. Maryland still has to win a big game before anybody should hop on the bandwagon, and I’m not sure that can happen until the quarterback play improves.
Give me West Virginia and the points, but I don’t think we’ll need them here.