Minnesota Golden Gophers at Maryland Terrapins - 10/15/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-2) at Maryland Terrapins (4-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Maryland Stadium)
The Line: Maryland Terrapins -3 -- Over/Under: 55.5 See the Latest Odds
Headed our way in Week 7 college football action from Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium on Saturday, October 15, the Minnesota Golden Gophers will meet up with the Maryland Terrapins.
Minnesota comes into this game sporting a 3-2 record, winning their first trio of games and dropping their most recent pair. The Gophers’ latest loss came this past Saturday in a 14-7 defeat at the hands of Iowa. In that game, Minnesota gave up a late 54-yard TD run to seal their fate. Golden Gophers QB Mitch Leidner had a forgettable day with a 13-of-33 line for 166 yards, no TDs and two interceptions. RB Shannon Brooks couldn’t get much going on the ground for Minnesota, either, with 10 carries for 55 yards and a TD.
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On the season so far for Minnesota, Leidner carries an 86-for-149 mark for 1006 yards and a 5:4 TD:INT ratio, while Drew Wolitarsky is the receiving leader with 29 receptions for 379 yards and three scores. Rodney Smith leads the Golden Gophers in rushing with 93 carries for 446 yards and five TDs.
As for Maryland, they’re entering this week’s game with a 4-1 record so far, winning four to start the season and dropping their last game at Penn State 38-14. The Terrapins were down 24-14 at the half and were shut out in the third and fourth quarters while giving up a whopping 372 yards on the ground. Maryland QB Perry Hills (who was injured but should be fine for this weekend) posted a 5-of-7 mark for 72 yards, one TD and a pick, while Lorenzo Harrison led the ground game on six carries for 76 yards.
So far this year for Maryland, Hills has a 50-of-80 line for 622 yards and a 6:2 TD:INT ratio. Harrison leads the Terrapins on the ground with 44 carries for 362 yards and four scores, while DJ Moore is the receiving leader with 17 catches for 239 yards and two TDs.
Minnesota is 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss, and 3-0-1 ATS in their last four road games. Minnesota is also 6-1 ATS in their last seven games following a straight-up loss, and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
Meanwhile, Maryland is 6-1 ATS in their last seven games on field turf, and 4-1 ATS in their last five following an ATS loss. Maryland is also 4-1 ATS in their last five games in October, and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight-up loss.
Both Minnesota and Maryland have their weaknesses, but the Terrapins have succeeded a little better on the scoreboard this year. In four of their five games, Maryland has put up at least 30 points, and didn’t have the ball enough to try to match that in their lone loss. Minnesota, meanwhile, has scored at least 30 in three of their five games, but not their most recent two. This one will be close, but I like Maryland a little better offensively.