Free Week 9 Prediction: Golden Gophers vs. Terrapins Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 9
(0-1) Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Maryland Terrapins (0-1)
Date: Friday, October 30, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm EST
Venue: Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium, College Park, Maryland
NCAA Football Spread: Minnesota -19.5
NCAA Betting Total: 58.5
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Minnesota came into the season with high expectations after last year’s breakthrough season under coach PJ Fleck.
That is why last week’s loss to Michigan was such a thud.
Maryland’s loss last week to Northwestern was expected but either the Wildcats are a lot better or the Terps a lot worse than expected. This game will give us a little more info.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
Minnesota’s expected success this season was predicated on an efficient offense led by quarterback Tanner Morgan. He was average in the opener.
His favourite target was productive. Rashad Bateman came back from opting out and was over 100 yards in the game.
Running back Mohammed Ibrahim was a little overlooked in their success last season. He was their most effective weapon in the opener with 140 yards and 2 TDs.
When Michigan ran the ball they had few answers though. They gave up more than 250 yards on the ground at more than 8 yards per carry.
Road games in the conference are never easy. If Minnesota is truly among the elite they should bounce back in this one.
It is hard to find any positives from the Terrapins 43-3 loss to Northwestern last week. I guess if there is one is that they scored the first points of the game.
After that perhaps the Terps found something in Lance Legendre. The freshman completed all four of his passes after he came into the game.
The defense was hammered by Northwestern last week, over 500 yards. Northwestern has a new offense this season so maybe they were unprepared…but still.
You have to think that things will be a little smoother for Maryland but after seeing the way that Rutgers played in beating Michigan State Maryland might be the worst team in the Big Ten this season.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- MINN are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 road games.
- MINN are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 conference games.
- MINN are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- Over is 10-4 in MD last 14 games in October.
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I want to believe in Minnesota, they are a good story and they are really well-coached. Backing them here is more about fading Maryland.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Minnesota -19.5
I know that Minnesota will be able to move the ball against Maryland. My only concern with this number is how their defense holds up on the road. They don’t need to be awesome, just hold them to about 20 points.
This won’t be my biggest play of the weekend but there is some value here. If Minnesota doesn’t play well I might put them in the bin for the rest of this short season though
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