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Maryland vs. Temple - 9/15/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Temple Owls (0-2) at Maryland Terrapins (2-0)
Date & Time Saturday September 15, 2018, 12:00 PM (EDT)
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The Line: Maryland Terrapins -15 -- Over/Under:
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CFB | Temple Owls (0-2) at Maryland Terrapins (2-0)
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The Temple Owls and Maryland Terrapins meet Saturday in college football action at Maryland Stadium.

The Temple Owls could use a feel good victory here in order to avoid their first 0-3 start since the 2013 season. The Temple Owls have split their last six road games. Frank Nutile is completing 52.4 percent of his passes for 401 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. Nutile has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last seven games. Branden Mack and Ventell Bryant have combined for 211 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Isaiah Wright has six receptions. The Temple Owls ground game is averaging 80.5 yards per contest, and Ryquell Armstead leads the way with 138 yards on 28 carries. Defensively, Temple is allowing 27.5 points and 416 yards per game. Shaun Bradley leads the Temple Owls with 16 tackles, Quincy Roche has one sack and Sam Franklin has one interception.

The Maryland Terrapins have a chance to start 3-0 for the second time in the last three years. The Maryland Terrapins have lost four of their last five home games. Kasim Hill is completing 55.6 percent of his passes for 343 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Hill has four touchdown passes on 66 career pass attempts. Jeshaun Jones and Jahrvis Davenport have combined for 161 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Taivon Jacobs has five receptions. The Maryland Terrapins ground game is averaging 293.5 yards per contest, and Ty Johnson leads the way with 154 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Maryland is allowing 21.5 points and 281.5 yards per game. Isaiah Davis leads the Maryland Terrapins with 19 tackles, Jesse Aniebonam has one sack and Tre Watson has one interception.

The Owls are 10-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 38-18 ATS in their last 56 road games and 19-9 ATS in their last 28 games overall. The Terrapins are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in September, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games on fieldturf. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the road team is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 meetings.

I'm not ready to jump on the the Maryland Terrapins bandwagon, but this team is 2-0 and neither game was at home. Maryland has shown to be very explosive offensively and is getting after the quarterback while creating turnovers on defense. The Temple Owls have done nothing in two games against subpar comp and have had issues holding onto the football. Again, I'm not ready to say Maryland is a good football team capable of covering big numbers at this point, but we have no reason to even consider backing Temple with the way its played its first two games. Give me the Terps in a blowout. 

Maryland Terrapins -15

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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