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Stanford vs. Maryland - 12/30/14 Fosters Farms Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Maryland Terrapins (7-5) at Stanford Cardinal (7-5)
Date & Time Tuesday December 30, 2014, 10:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Stanford Cardinal -14 -- Over/Under: 47.5
TV Channel
ESPN
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CFB | Maryland Terrapins (7-5) at Stanford Cardinal (7-5)
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The Maryland Terrapins and Stanford Cardinal play Tuesday in the Fosters Farms Bowl at Levi's Stadium.

The Maryland Terrapins have split their last 10 games and are playing in their second straight bowl. C.J. Brown is completing 53.2 percent of his passes for 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Brown has six total touchdowns and three picks in his last three games, and Maryland has 26 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Stefon Diggs and Deon Long have combined for more than 1,200 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Jacquille Veii has 10 receptions in his last three games. Maryland’s ground game is averaging 3.9 yards per carry, as Brown leads the way with 569 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, the Maryland Terrapins are allowing 28.9 points, 438.1 yards, and they’ve forced 30 sacks and 21 turnovers. Cole Farrand leads Maryland with 111 tackles and Yannick Ngakoue has 13 tackles for loss.

The Stanford Cardinal have split their last eight games and are playing in their sixth straight bowl. Kevin Hogan is completing 65.7 percent of his passes for 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Hogan has three total touchdowns and one pick in his last two games, and Stanford has 22 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Ty Montgomery and Devon Cajuste have combined for more than 1,100 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Austin Hooper has six receptions in his last two games. Stanford’s ground game is averaging 4.3 yards per carry, as Remound Wright leads the way with 552 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, the Stanford Cardinal are allowing 16 points, 287.4 yards, and they’ve forced 40 sacks and 15 turnovers. Blake Martinez leads Stanford with 95 tackles and Henry Anderson has 13.5 tackles for loss.

The Terrapins are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss. The Cardinal are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 bowl games and 2-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. 

The Stanford Cardinal have not been the same team they've been over the years, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Stanford is beatable and has shown it by losing four games since the first week of October. Maryland is expected to get Diggs back on the field and that's going to give the Terps offense some much needed life. I'm taking the two free touchdowns here. 

Pick:
Maryland Terrapins +14

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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