Maryland Terrapins at Syracuse Orange CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/20/14
Maryland Terrapins (2-1) at Syracuse Orange (2-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 12:30 pm (Carrier Dome)
The Line: Syracuse Orange -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Maryland Terrapins travel to the Carrier Dome to take on the Syracuse Orange on Saturday.
The Maryland Terrapins are coming off a heartbreaking loss to West Virginia, a game where neither team could stop the offense from scoring. The Terrapins offense consists of a heavy dose of quarterback C.J. Brown, who is completing 54 percent of his passes for four touchdowns and leads Maryland with 219 rushing yards and four touchdowns. If it isn’t Brown making plays with his arm and legs, its wide receiver Stefon Diggs hauling in 17 receptions for 230 yards and a touchdown. It’s not always pretty but Maryland finds ways to put points on the board and give themselves a shot to win games. Defensively, the Maryland Terrapins are allowing 417.7 yards, and have forced eight turnovers and seven sacks. Sean Davis leads Maryland with 29 tackles and Yannick Ngakoue has six tackles for loss.
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The Syracuse Orange look to be one of the surprise teams in the ACC this season. The Orange continue to stick their roots of tough nose running, which averages 5.1 yards per carry led by Adonis Ameen-Moore and quarterback Terrel Hunt. Hunt has thrown the ball just 47 times and is completing 63.8 percent of his passes, while Syracuse has run the ball 83 times. Syracuse wants to slow things down, control the clock and simply wear down the opponent's defense with its physical running game. Defensively, the Syracuse Orange have been better than expected, allowing 303 yards, forcing two turnovers and nine sacks in just two games. Of course, this game will tell us just how good this defense can be. Cameron Lynch leads Syracuse with 23 tackles and 3.5 sacks, while Darius Kelly has 12 tackles and a pass deflection.
The Terrapins are 7-15 ATS in their last 22 vs. ACC and 6-15 ATS in their last 21 games following a S.U. loss. The Orange are 5-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games.
Maryland is the better and more balanced football team that can hurt you in a variety of different ways. The only difference in this one is the home field advantage, which I’m willing to bet against. Give me Maryland and the two points, but we probably won’t need them.