Michigan State vs. Maryland - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Michigan State vs. Maryland - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Maryland Terrapins (4-6) at Michigan State Spartans (7-3)

College Football: Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 4:00 pm (Spartan Stadium)

The Line: Michigan State Spartans -17 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Maryland Terrapins and Michigan State Spartans meet Saturday in college football action at Spartan Stadium.

The Maryland Terrapins look for their third road victory of the season to keep their bowl hopes alive. The Maryland Terrapins have lost seven of their last nine road games. Ryan Brand is completing 51.1 percent of his passes for 204 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Brand enters this game with 42 career pass attempts under his belt. D.J. Moore and Taivon Jacobs have combined for 1,339 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Jahrvis Davenport has eight receptions. The Maryland Terrapins ground game is averaging 173.3 yards per contest, and Ty Johnson leads the way with 770 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Maryland is allowing 36.2 points and 420.8 yards per game. Jermaine Carter, Jr. leads the Maryland Terrapins with 67 tackles, Keiron Howard has two sacks and JC Jackson has three interceptions. 

The Michigan State Spartans could use a bounce back victory here after losing two of their last three games. The Michigan State Spartans have won six of their last eight home games. Brian Lewerke is completing 59.8 percent of his passes for 2,338 yards, 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Lewerke has six touchdown passes and four interceptions in his last three games. Felton Davis III and Darrell Stewart Jr. have combined for 1,028 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Cody White has 30 receptions. The Michigan State Spartans ground game is averaging 147.5 yards per contest, and LJ Scott leads the way with 584 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan State is allowing 22.9 points and 325.7 yards per game. Joe Bachie leads the Michigan State Spartans with 81 tackles, Kenny Willekes has five sacks and David Dowell has five interceptions. 

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The Terrapins are 2-9 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 2-9 ATS in their last 11 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Spartans are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 home games, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games on grass and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games in November. The under is 6-2 in Spartans last 8 home games and the over is 6-1 in Terrapins last 7 games overall.

Maryland is simply not a good football team, as the Terps struggle to compete and have been getting blasted against the number this season. The Michigan State Spartans have taken a step back recently with losses in two of their last three games, but they're still a quality football team that plays hard, has a chance to improve its bowl game and has been a covering machine on its home field with covers in eight of its last nine tries. Throw in the Terps quarterback issues, and this is a game Michigan State should run away with.

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Randy’s Pick Michigan State Spartans -17

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

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