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Maryland vs. Minnesota - 9/22/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-0) at Maryland Terrapins (2-1)
Date & Time Saturday September 22, 2018, 12:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Maryland Terrapins -3 -- Over/Under: 46.5
TV Channel
BTN
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CFB | Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-0) at Maryland Terrapins (2-1)
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Maryland Terrapins meet Saturday in college football action at Maryland Stadium.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers take to the road for the first time this season and hope to start 4-0 for the first time since 2013. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have lost each of their last four road games. Zack Annexstad is completing 56.4 percent of his passes for 537 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Annexstad has six completions of 25-plus yards this season. Tyler Johnson and Rashod Bateman have combined for 407 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Chris Autman-Bell has seven receptions. The Minnesota Golden Gophers ground game is averaging 181.6 yards per contest, and Bryce Williams leads the way with 259 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing nine points and 256.3 yards per game. Blake Cashman leads the Minnesota Golden Gophers with 21 tackles, Carter Coughlin has three sacks and Thomas Barber has one interception. 

The Maryland Terrapins look for their first home win of the season while rebounding from a horrible loss last week to the Temple Owls. The Maryland Terrapins have lost five of their last six home games. Kasim Hill is completing 51.6 percent of his passes for 399 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Hill has one or less touchdown passes in five of his six career games. Jeshaun Jones and Taivon Jacobs have combined for 177 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Jahrvis Davenport has three receptions. The Maryland Terrapins ground game is averaging 239.6 yards per contest, and Anthony McFarland leads the way with 179 yards on 21 carries. Defensively, Maryland is allowing 26 points and 330.7 yards per game. Tre Watson leads the Maryland Terrapins with 28 tackles, Isaiah Davis has two sacks and Darnell Savage Jr. has one interception.

The Golden Gophers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September, 1-3-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Terrapins are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in September, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 conference games. The over is 11-5 in Terrapins last 16 games overall and the under is 4-1 in Golden Gophers last 5 games overall.

I'm not laying chalk with Maryland, who were just dominated by Temple as 15-point favorites. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have been very solid defensively and have a physical running game that can control the tempo on the road. We have yet to see Minnesota on the road this season, but overall, the Golden Gophers are the better team. I usually always take free points with the better team whenever I can, however, this pick has more to do with not liking Maryland after what I saw last week. 

Pick:
Minnesota Golden Gophers +3

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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