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West Virginia vs. Maryland - 9/26/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Maryland Terrapins (2-1) at West Virginia Mountaineers (2-0)
Date & Time Saturday September 26, 2015, 3:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -16.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
FS1
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CFB | Maryland Terrapins (2-1) at West Virginia Mountaineers (2-0)
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The Maryland Terrapins and West Virginia Mountaineers meet Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium.

The Maryland Terrapins look to win back-to-back games for the first time since September of last year. Caleb Rowe is completing 59.5 percent of his passes for 314 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions. Rowe has thrown eight picks in his last four games. Levern Jacobs and D.J. Moore have combined for more than 280 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Taivon Jacobs has three receptions. The Maryland Terrapins ground game is averaging 203.6 yards per contest, and Brandon Ross leads the way with 228 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Maryland is allowing 28.7 points and 422.7 yards per game. Jermaine Carter, Jr. leads the Terps with 32 tackles, Yannick Ngakoue has 4.5 sacks and Sean Davis has two interceptions.  

The West Virginia Mountaineers look to remain unbeaten and are coming off a bye week. Skyler Howard is completing 72.5 percent of his passes for 622 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. Howard has 11 touchdown passes in his last four games. Shelton Gibson and Jovon Durante have combined for more than 390 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Daikiel Shorts Jr. has seven receptions. The West Virginia Mountaineers ground game is averaging 178.5 yards per contest, and Wendell Smallwood leads the way with 184 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, WVU is allowing 8.5 points and 298 yards per game. Nick Kwiatkoski leads the Mountaineers with 14 tackles, Noble Nwachukwu has a sack and Karl Joseph has three interceptions.

The Terrapins are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September and 1-11 ATS in their last 12 games following a S.U. win. The Mountaineers are 0-8 ATS in their last 8 games following a bye week and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss. The Terrapins are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 meetings.

Maryland has some serious turnover issues, which isn't the formula you want when playing a WVU that can drop 50 points if you're not careful. While the Mountaineers haven't played a good team yet, I don't have much confidence that the Terps can hang in this matchup against a rested WVU squad.

Pick:
West Virginia Mountaineers -16.5

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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