The Maryland Terrapins go No. 2 Against Wolverines
Posted by: Mike Davis
People betting on college football heavily favor the Michigan Wolverines as they are set to play the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday, November 5th at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. These are the NCAA football betting odds for that game:
Maryland +30½ (-110) – +4500
The Wolverines (8-0) won the Paul Bunyan Trophy on Saturday by virtue of defeating the Michigan State Spartans 32-23. FYI, Paul Bunyan is a lumberjack, and he’s okay. Michigan QB Wilton Speight did not produce any TDs and threw an interception, but the Wolverines relied on their running game to take care of MSU. The awesomely named Eddie McDoom led the charge with 53 yards on two carries, while De’Veon Smith had 38 yards on 11 carries with two scores, and Jabrill Peppers ran for 24 yards on five carries and a touchdown. Peppers also won a fumble ran all the way to the end zone for a defensive conversion in the last second of the game. My man knows it ain’t over till it’s over. On the receiving end, Amarah Darboh had eight receptions for a career-best 165 yards. CB Jourdan Lewis said he was disappointed that they didn’t have a chance to parade the trophy around the field. What, was it life-size? Also when will we have a Bill Brasky Trophy?
The Terrapins (5-3) – a terrapin is apparently some sort of turtle – lost to the Indiana Hoosiers – a Hoosier is a resident of the state of Indiana – 36-42 on Saturday. Maryland led 21-16 at halftime and 24-23 with 1:11 remaining on the clock, but unlike my man Jabrill Peppers, they didn’t seem to know that it ain’t over till it’s over. Terrapins running back Ty Johnson racked up 100 yards in the first half, including a 66-yard TD run. He finished with 142 yards on 13 carries. Maryland QB Perry Hills ran for two TDs and threw for a couple more, going 22 of 33 for 248 yards with one interception and one lost fumble.
On Saturday, the Terrapins will face a ranked team for the first time this season, something which does not fill people betting on college football with oodles of confidence, seeing as how they have not defeated a ranked team since 2010. On the other hand, the Wolverines have lost five games to unranked teams since 2014. Maryland is 7-3 against the spread in their last ten games on fieldturf and 4-1 against the spread in their last five games after an ATS loss. Michigan is 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games facing a team with a winning road record and 5-1 against the spread in their last six games after an ATS loss. The Wolverines are the lone undefeated team in the Big Ten and are a shoe-in for the College Football Playoff. The Terrapins, on the other hand, are one win away from a bowl appearance. Fans betting on college football have to believe, though, that going against No. 2, they’ll end up in a different kind of bowl.