Free Week 1 Prediction: Terrapins vs Longhorns Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Maryland Terrapins vs. Texas Longhorns (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 2nd
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas
NCAA Football Spread: Texas -18.5
NCAA Betting Total: 56
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This week 1 matchup sees the Terrapins squaring off against the Longhorns in Tom Herman’s first game as the new head coach.
Texas made the big hire of the offseason and should expect to compete for a 7-8 wins.
The Terrapins should be a sneaky team in the Big 10 this year, as second year head coach DJ Durkin has been great on the recruiting trail. One position to keep an eye is the QB spot.
Heralded transfer Caleb Henderson should have the first crack at the job. Look for him to start the opener but have a rough game against a fast Longhorns defense.
Anthony McFarland was a top-10 running back recruit last season and it was a surprising move to see him turn down other offers to go to Maryland. He is part of a talented backfield but should get 5-10 touches in this game.
Ty Johnson will be the starter but it wouldn’t surprise me to see both back run for over 75 yards.
Shane Cockerille Sr. leads a deep linebacker unit that should cause problems for the Longhorns offensive line early in the game.
When your defense returns two players with over 100 tackles, expect some big plays.
Tom Herman comes in and should be the Longhorns coach for a number of years. He was an excellent recruiter in his two years at Houston, and was a major playcaller in Ohio State’s march to the first College Football Playoff championship.
He will need to reignite an offense that was very run heavy last year, breaking in a true freshman QB.
This year sophomore Shane Buechele will have competition from prized recruit Sam Ehlinger, but against the Terrapins I expect him to throw for 200 and rush for 50 with a handful of scores.
The major question for the Longhorn offense is who will replace D’Onta Foreman in the backfield.
Chris Warren actually started two of the first three games last season and ran for 470 yards before an injury ended his season short.
He averaged 6.6 yards per carry and if he gets enough touches should easily pass the 1,000 yard mark,
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Terrapins are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
- Terrapins are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games on fieldturf.
- Over is 4-1 in Longhorns last 5 non-conference games.
- Under is 7-0 in Longhorns last 7 games overall.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
Maryland should keep it close for the first half, but I expect Texas to make adjustments and dominate the third quarter.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Texas ATS
This should be an easy win to kick off the Tom Herman era.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Texas 41 – Maryland 20
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