Maryland vs. Syracuse - 9/7/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Syracuse Orange at Maryland Terrapins
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 11:00 AM (Maryland Stadium)
The Line: Maryland +2.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Syracuse Orange and Maryland Terrapins meet Saturday in college football action at Maryland Stadium.
The Syracuse Orange look for another victory after beating up on Liberty in their season opener. The Syracuse Orange have won their last three road games. Tommy DeVito is completing 48.6 percent of his passes for 176 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. DeVito has four touchdown passes on 122 pass attempts. Moe Neal and Taj Harris have combined for 85 receiving yards on four receptions while Abdul Adams has two receptions. The Syracuse Orange ground game is averaging 192 yards per contest, and Neal leads the way with 89 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Syracuse is allowing zero points and 234 yards per game. Lakiem Williams leads the Syracuse Orange with 11 tackles, Kendall Coleman has two sacks and Andre Cisco has one interception.
The Maryland Terrapins look for a 2-0 start after smoking Howard, 79-0. The Maryland Terrapins have won four of their last six home games. Josh Jackson is completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 245 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Jackson has nine touchdown passes dating back to last season. Dontay Demus Jr. and Brian Cobbs have combined for 158 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Darryl Jones has two receptions. The Maryland Terrapins ground game is averaging 317 yards per contest, and Jake Funk leads the way with 79 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Maryland is allowing zero points and 68 yards per game. Sam Okuayinonu leads the Maryland Terrapins with seven tackles, Keandre Jones has 1.5 sacks and Ayinde Eley has one pass deflection.
The Orange are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games in September, 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Terrapins are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The over is 4-0-1 in Terrapins last 5 vs. ACC. The under is 22-10-1 in Orange last 33 games overall.
The Syracuse Orange have been the more trustworthy team these past couple of years and have covered six of their last eight games as a road favorite. With that said, the Maryland Terrapins beat the breaks off of Howard in a way I didn't think they could do. The Terps have a quarterback now and this team could be sneaky good while making life difficult for the clubs that want to compete in the Big Ten. I know there's some hype around the Orange this year and they're currently in the top-25, but this is a game the Maryland Terrapins should be up for as a chance to kind of prove itself and change some of its reputation. I'll take the points with Maryland at home, a game it should probably win outright.