Maryland Terrapins (7-5) at Stanford Cardinal (7-5)
|Date & Time||Tuesday December 30, 2014, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Stanford Cardinal -14 -- Over/Under: 49
The Stanford Cardinal and the Maryland Terrapins invade Levi's Stadium in the Foster Farms Bowl.
The Maryland Terrapins first season in the Big Ten was a mixed bag with a 4-4 conference record and a 7-5 mark overall although the overall numbers didn't stand out. The Terps defense gave up 438 yards and 29 points with 202 yards allowed on the ground which was only #100 in the country so this wasn't a strong defense. The offense produced 352 yards and 29 points with 222 yards coming through the air so this was a slightly pass heavy attack that didn't really excel at much. The offense could be considered quarterback CJ Brown and some help. Brown threw for 2,083 yards on 53% and led the team in rushing with 569 yards but less then four yards per carry. Brandon Ross totaled 387 yards and a team high five yards per touch while Stefon Diggs and Deon Long were easily the best offensive threats with 654 yards and 554 yards in receptions.
2014 wasn't a banner year for Stanford Cardinal football but at 7-5 the team is going to a Bowl and I'm sure many teams would love to be doing just that. The Cardinal were a defense first squad with only 287 yards and 16 points allowed and were extremely difficult to run or throw on. On the offensive side of the football Stanford ranked #80 at 386 yards average running and passing numbers producing almost 26 points. Kevin Hogan was a solid passer at 65.5% for over 2,600 yards with 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Ty Mongomery led the receivers with 604 yards with Devon Cajuste adding 510 yards while Austin Hooper checked in with 428 yards. Remound Wright posted a team high 552 yards on the ground with the duo of Kelsey Young and Barry Sanders combining for another 609 yards.
The Terrapins are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss while going 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss. For Stanford the under is 4-0 in Cardinal last 4 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game with the Cardinal going 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games in December while the under is 7-1 in Cardinal last 8 games on grass. My personal feeling is there shouldn't be two touchdown spreads in Bowl games but my interest is minimal here anyway...