Michigan vs. Maryland - 11/5/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Maryland Terrapins (5-2) at Michigan Wolverines (8-0)
College Football: Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Michigan Stadium)
The Line: Michigan Wolverines -30 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Maryland Terrapins and Michigan Wolverines meet Saturday in Big Ten college football at Michigan Stadium on ESPN.
The Maryland Terrapins could use a bounce back road victory after losing three of their last four games. The Maryland Terrapins haven’t beat a ranked team since their 2010 win over the NC State Wolfpack. Perry Hills is completing 66.4 percent of his passes for 1,070 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. Hills has two touchdown passes in three of his last four games. D.J. Moore and Teldrick Morgan have combined for 716 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Levern Jacobs has 26 receptions. The Maryland Terrapins ground game is averaging 252 yards per contest, and Ty Johnson leads the way with 624 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Maryland is allowing 23.3 points and 401.5 yards per game. Shane Cockerille leads the Maryland Terrapins with 73 tackles, Jesse Aniebonam has 5.5 sacks and Alvin Hill has two interceptions.
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The Michigan Wolverines look for their 10th straight victory to remain in the college football playoff conversation. The Michigan Wolverines have lost five games to unranked teams since the 2014 season. Wilton Speight is completing 62.8 percent of his passes for 1,691 yards, 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. Speight has one or less touchdown passes in five of his last six games. Amara Darboh and Jake Butt have combined for 1,009 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Jehu Chesson has 20 receptions. The Michigan Wolverines ground game is averaging 249 yards per contest, and De'Veon Smith leads the way with 450 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 11.6 points and 231.3 yards per game. Ben Gedeon leads the Michigan Wolverines with 56 tackles, Taco Charlton has four sacks and Channing Stribling has three interceptions.
The Terrapins are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games on fieldturf and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. The Wolverines are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss. The over is 14-2 in Wolverines last 16 games overall and the under is 6-2 in Terrapins last 8 games overall.
The Michigan Wolverines have proven to be the cream of the crop in the Big Ten and are likely going to get one of those four playoff spots. However, 30 points is a lot to lay with a Maryland team that's drastically improved from a season ago. The Terps are a win away from reaching a bowl game and have some playmakers on both sides of the ball who can make this game somewhat respectable. This could also be a lookahead game for the Wolverines with Iowa on deck.
I'll take Maryland and my boatload of points here.