Maryland Terrapins vs. Ohio State Buckeyes CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 10/4/14
Ohio State Buckeyes (3-1) at Maryland Terrapins (4-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Byrd Stadium)
The Line: Maryland Terrapins +8.5 -- Over/Under: 58 See the Latest Odds
The Ohio State Buckeyes and Maryland Terrapins clash Saturday afternoon at Byrd Stadium.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have really bounced back since their loss to the Virginia Tech Hokies, outscoring their opponents 116-28. A big reason the Buckeyes have improved offensively is due to quarterback J.T. Barrett, who has more than 600 yards and 10 touchdowns in his last two games. Barrett has completed more than 70 percent of his passes in three of the four games this season and is starting to become more comfortable in OSU’s offense. Ezekiel Elliott and Curtis Samuel are taking turns dominating the Buckeyes ground game, as the two have combined for five touchdowns and each have a 100-yard performance in the last two games. There’s no question Ohio State has the talent to be an above-average offense, it just came down to the quarterback play and that position is starting to look better than it once did. Defensively, the Ohio State Buckeyes are allowing 314.5 yards per game and have forced seven turnovers and nine sacks. Joshua Perry leads the Buckeyes with 32 tackles and Joey Bosa has 2.5 sacks.
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The Maryland Terrapins continue their impressive play and would love nothing more than to get a big win here. The question for Maryland this week is the health of quarterback C.J. Brown, who is dealing with a wrist injury. Brown is Maryland’s leading rusher, and he has seven touchdown passes. If the Terrapins senior quarterback can’t go, Caleb Rowe will get the nod and he has 11 career touchdown passes. Regardless, Stefon Diggs and Deon Long have combined for 50 receptions and more than 600 yards, providing Maryland with legit offensive weapons no matter who starts at QB. Defensively, the Maryland Terrapins are allowing 434.8 yards per game and have forced 11 turnovers and 11 sacks. Sean Davis leads Maryland with 42 tackles and Yannick Ngakoue has seven tackles for loss.
The Buckeyes are 34-16-1 ATS in their last 51 road games and 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Terrapins are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win.
Maryland is making great progress as a program, but they don't have what it takes yet to compete with the big boys of the Ben Ten. Even with C.J. Brown expected to take the field, the Terrapins don't have enough firepower to give the Buckeyes much of a fight. Give me Ohio State by double digits.