Free Week 1 Prediction: Bison vs Terrapins Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Howard Bison vs. Maryland Terrapins (0-0)
Date: Saturday, August 31st 2019
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Maryland Stadium, College Park, Maryland
NCAA Football Spread: -30
NCAA Betting Total: 65.5
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If you’re a West Coaster, like me, you probably won’t be getting up early to watch this first week game between Howard and Maryland, but if you’re a fan of Maryland, this might be your one chance all year to see your team look like an elite college football program.
In only the second ever meeting between these two schools, the Bison will hope to keep the game close heading into half time, but chances are, this game will be over after the first 15 minutes.
Howard returns 17 starters from last years 4-6 squad, and hope to get off to a fast start in 2019 with a couple of road games to start their season (Maryland, Youngstown State).
A win here might be a bit of a reach, but if RB Dedrick Parson can pound the weak Maryland D-line, this team could hang around longer than most are expecting.
Besides their strong run game, the Bison are also bringing back QB Caylin Newton, who has the NFL pedigree in his blood, and can take over a game just like his big brother (Cam Newton).
He is hoping to build off a year where he threw for 2,610 yards and 22 touchdowns. He might get an early jump on his interception total from last year (18) against this Maryland secondary.
As in any game, defense will be key for a Howard win here on Saturday, but I wouldn’t hold your breath hoping for a miracle in this one. This defense will be outmatched all afternoon long, and will be gasping for air by the end of the third quarter.
Maryland really needs to come out of the gates swinging in this one. An early season loss will really disrupt what head coach Michael Locksley has in mind with restoring this team to its past glory. A loss here almost certainly means the team will start the season 0-2, as they host #22 Syracuse on September 7th.
The Terps have a brand new QB this season in transfer student Josh Jackson. Jackson should be able to pick apart the Bison defense on Saturday but the bulk of the offense should come from the feet of RBs Anthony McFarland and Javon Leak. 300 yards on the ground is not out of the question against this Howard team.
Defensively, the Terrapins could be in trouble when it comes to trying to stop a guy like Dedrick Parson. Last year the Maryland rush defense gave up an average of 230 yards a game to their opponents. Even if they do give up a chunk of yards on the ground, this team should still be fine and come out victorious at the end of the day.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Maryland leads the all time head to head series 1-0
- Howard is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games
- Howard is 1-16 SU in their last 17 road games
- Maryland is 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games
- Maryland is 9-0 SU in their last 9 Week 1 games
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We’ve all been surprised before with this game that we all love so much, just take a look back to last year when Caylin Newton almost single handily upset UNLV, but I don’t see that happening again here. This game should be over by the time the school’s marching band takes the field at halftime.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Maryland -30
If you like upsets, you’re barking up the wrong tree here, this game will be a blowout. But if you do want a challenge, take the UNDER.
Take Maryland to win this one at home, and for the Terrapins to cover the spread. The O/U could be in play here, so bet cautiously on that.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Maryland 50 – Howard 10
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