Iowa Hawkeyes (5-1) at Maryland Terrapins (4-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 18, 2014, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Maryland Terrapins -3.5 -- Over/Under:
The Iowa Hawkeyes and Maryland Terrapins have a Big Ten clash Saturday at Byrd Stadium.
The Iowa Hawkeyes have won three straight and all of a sudden find themselves tied for first place in the Big Ten West. Iowa is a team that puts defense first, as it’s allowing 19.2 points, 330.7 yards, and has forced 10 turnovers and 14 sacks. Iowa has won 12 of its last 13 games when holding a team to 25 or less points. Quinton Alston leads the Hawkeyes with 44 tackles and Drew Ott has 7.5 tackles for loss. Offensively, Jake Rudock is completing 67.5 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns and two interceptions and is coming off a 200-yard performance. Mark Weisman leads an Iowa ground game with 349 yards and has scored six touchdowns in his last three games. Iowa is a physical run team that has rushed for 11 touchdowns and has 21 running plays of 10 or more yards. Kevonte Martin-Manley has 29 catches for 245 yards and a score, leading all Iowa receivers.
The Maryland Terrapins have had an extra week to prepare for this game and are looking for their first home win since the season opener. Maryland is all about its passing game led by C.J. Brown and Caleb Rowe, a duo that’s completing 59 percent of its passes for 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Maryland has 16 passing plays of 25 or more yards and has won seven of its last 10 games when passing for more than 250 yards. Stefon Diggs and Deon Long have combined for 63 receptions for 757 yards and four touchdowns, leading a Maryland offense that’s averaging 13.2 yards per catch. QB C.J. Brown leads the Terrapins with 263 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, the Maryland Terrapins are allowing 25.2 points, 451.2 yards, and they’ve forced 11 turnovers and 15 sacks. Sean Davis leads Maryland with 56 tackles and Andre Monroe has five sacks.
The Hawkeyes are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games. The Terrapins are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
I’m still a believer that old-school football wins in the Big Ten, and that’s exactly what Iowa plays. The Hawkeyes may not always be the sexiest team, but their ability to run the football and play physical defense usually prevails against softer and more finesse teams. Give me Iowa and the points, but I’m not sure we’ll even need them here.