Free Week 8 Prediction: Spartans vs Terrapins Odds
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(2-4) Michigan State Terrapins vs. Maryland Terrapins (4-2)
Date: Saturday, October 22nd
Time: 7:30 pm EST
Venue: Maryland Stadium, College Park, Maryland
NCAA Football Spread: Michigan State -2.5
NCAA Betting Total: 53
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Fans and experts alike have been caught off guard by the struggles of Michigan State this year.
The Spartans will head to Maryland this Saturday to take on another team struggling within the Big Ten in Maryland. Michigan State has yet to win a game within the conference after losing 54-40 to Northwestern last weekend.
Without their starting quarterback in the game, the Terrapins fell 31-7 to the Minnesota Golden Gophers last Saturday.
Perry Hills will still be questionable due to a shoulder injury this week against the Spartans.
Michigan State Spartans
One of the biggest parts of Michigan State’s reputation has always been a stingy defense.
It is more clear than ever that part of the team is absent this season after the 14 point loss to Northwestern at home last week.
It was the fourth loss in a row for the Spartans. If they are unable to come away with the win this weekend, it will be the first time since the 1991 season that Michigan State has lost five consecutive games.
The Wildcats are by no means a power house offense and they were still able to run the ball for 188 yards, finding the end zone on the ground twice. Austin car was allowed to haul in 11 receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns.
About the positive take away for Michigan State in the game is the fact that quarterback Tyler O’Conner threw for 3 touchdowns to go along with his 281 yards in the second half alone.
Brian Lewerke was pulled after the first half with only 99 yards on 13 of 21.
The Terrapins started the season with their heads held high after a 4-0 start.
They have had the feet pulled back to the ground the last two weeks with losses to Penn State and Minnesota. They have been forced to play without their starting quarterback since the first half of the Penn State game and the effect has been drastic.
Tyrell Pigrome has yet to find any rhythm as a passer and wasn’t able to get anything going on the ground against Minnesota.
Being forced to throw the ball created some issues for Pigrome and it resulted in only completing 18 of 37 passes with 161 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions.
The Terps were forced to play catch up from the beginning after finding themselves down 17-0. Maryland’s defense held the Gophers to just 311 yards, but the fact that 229 of them came on the ground caused some real issues.
The Terrapins running attack has been led this year by the 397 yards of Lorenzo Harris and Ty Johnson with 367.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Michigan State is 20-6-2 against the spread in their last 28 games on the road against a team with a winning home record.
- Michigan State is 19-8-2 in their previous 29 games on the road.
- Maryland is 2-10 against the spread in heir last 12 games at home against a team with a record under .500 on the road.
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It is still unclear if Hills will be healthy enough to go on Saturday for Maryland. If he isn’t under center, things could get ugly fast at Maryland Stadium unless he Terps are able to control the game on he ground
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Maryland +2.5
I am going with the Terrapins +2.5 in this one. Maryland is going to have to depend on their running game due to the situation under center and the Spartans showed last week that their defense is unable to stop the run right now.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Michigan State 20 – Maryland 24
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