Minnesota vs. Maryland - 9/30/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota vs. Maryland - 9/30/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Maryland Terrapins (2-1) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-0)

College Football: Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 12:00 pm (TCF Bank Stadium)

The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -12.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Maryland Terrapins and Minnesota Golden Gophers meet Saturday in college football action at TCF Bank Stadium on FS1.

The Maryland Terrapins look for their second road victory of the season to improve on their 2-1 record. The Maryland Terrapins have split their last eight road games. Max Bortenschlager is completing 57.1 percent of his passes for 136 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Kasim Hill is doubtful with a leg injury, so Bortenschlager enters this game with 61 career pass attempts. D.J. Moore and Taivon Jacobs have combined for 463 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Jacquille Veii has five receptions. The Maryland Terrapins ground game is averaging 224 yards per contest, and Ty Johnson leads the way with 281 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Maryland is allowing 32 points and 403.3 yards per game. Jermaine Carter, Jr. leads the Maryland Terrapins with 21 tackles, Andrew Isaacs has 1.5 sacks and JC Jackson has one interception. 

The Minnesota Golden Gophers look for their third home victory to start 4-0 for the first time since 2013. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have won five straight home games. Conor Rhoda is completing 65.2 percent of his passes for 456 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Rhoda has three touchdown passes on his last 62 pass attempts. Tyler Johnson and Demetrius Douglas have combined for 365 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Nate Wozniak has three receptions. The Minnesota Golden Gophers ground game is averaging 214.3 yards per contest, and Rodney Smith leads the way with 275 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing eight points and 239 yards per game. Antonio Shenault leads the Minnesota Golden Gophers with 22 tackles, Gary Moore has one sack and Jacob Huff has two interceptions.

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The Terrapins are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games, 1-6 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games. The Golden Gophers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a bye week, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 3-1-2 ATS in their last 6 games on fieldturf. The under is 5-2 in Golden Gophers last 7 games overall and the over is 4-1 in Terrapins last 5 road games.

Minnesota has looked really impressive in its first three games and has had an extra week to prepare for this contest. Maryland also looked like a team to keep an eye on before three quarterbacks got hurt. Tyrell Pigrome is out for the season, Hill has a banged up leg and is doubtful, and Caleb Henderson is questionable with a foot injury. While QB isn't everything, not being able to move the football and put up points impacts the entire team, as the defense is on the field far too long and the confidence is quite low across the board. At home last week against UCF, the Terps had just 197 total yards, were 2-13 on third down and scored just 10 points. Hard seeing things be different on the road against a quality and rested Minnesota team. I'll take the Golden Gophers by double digits by default. 

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Randy’s Pick Minnesota Golden Gophers -12.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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