Ohio State vs. Maryland - 10/7/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Maryland Terrapins (3-1) at Ohio State Buckeyes (4-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 4:00 pm (Ohio Stadium)
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -31 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Maryland Terrapins and Ohio State Buckeyes meet Saturday in college football action at Ohio Stadium.
The Maryland Terrapins look for their second win this season over a ranked team to make a statement to the rest of the Big Ten. The Maryland Terrapins have split their last eight road games. Max Bortenschlager is completing 60.7 percent of his passes for 290 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Bortenschlager has four career touchdown passes on 89 pass attempts. D.J. Moore and Taivon Jacobs have combined for 581 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Jacquille Veii has seven receptions. The Maryland Terrapins ground game is averaging 233.5 yards per contest, and Ty Johnson leads the way with 411 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Maryland is allowing 30 points and 379.8 yards per game. Jermaine Carter, Jr. leads the Maryland Terrapins with 29 tackles, Andrew Isaacs has 1.5 sacks and JC Jackson has two interceptions.
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The Ohio State Buckeyes look for their fourth straight victory to build on their 4-1 record. The Ohio State Buckeyes have won 15 of their last 17 home games. J.T. Barrett is completing 63.4 percent of his passes for 1,241 yards, 13 touchdowns and one interception. Barrett has a combined 10 touchdown passes in his last three games. Parris Campbell and Johnnie Dixon have combined for 570 receiving yards and six touchdowns while K.J. Hill has 19 receptions. The Ohio State Buckeyes ground game is averaging 241 yards per contest, and J.K. Dobbins leads the way with 573 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 16 points and 335.6 yards per game. Damon Webb leads the Ohio State Buckeyes with 26 tackles, Nick Bosa has three sacks and Jordan Fuller has one interception.
The Terrapins are 2-6 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 5-17 ATS in their last 22 games following a ATS win. The Buckeyes are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in October and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The over is 5-1 in Buckeyes last 6 conference games and the over is 4-1 in Terrapins last 5 games overall.
At what point are we going to start showing Maryland some respect? The Terps obviously have the road win over Texas, but they just beat a rested Minnesota team on the road with a third string quarterback. Maryland is playing some solid football given what it has to work with and is worth a look with all of these points. However, Ohio State isn't Minnesota, UCF, Towson or even Texas, and the Buckeyes have won their last three games since the Oklahoma loss by at least 33 points. Barrett is making plays consistently for the first time in a while and the defense is averaging nine tackles for loss and has allowed a combined 28 points in its last three games. Not to mention Ohio State beat Maryland 62-3 back in November. While this is a lot of points to lay, Ohio State is playing too well to fade right now.