Texas Opens 2017 Season as College Football Betting Faves
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
College football betting takes off once again this weekend with a full menu of collegiate matchups to fill all of your NCAA sportsbook needs. There are plenty of high profile matchups to look forward to this weekend, like the contest pitting Florida State against Alabama or even BYU and LSU. But even amongst these eye-catching pairings, fans might want to pay special attention to this Saturday’s contest between the Maryland Terrapins and the Texas Longhorns. Let’s find out what online bookmakers have to say about this Week 1 contest.
Maryland Terrapins vs. Texas Longhorns – Saturday, September 2nd
When: 12:30 pm ET
Where: Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin
Stream: Fox Sports Go
College Football Betting Odds:
Maryland Terrapins +19 (-110) 56 (-110) +850
Texas Longhorns -19 (-110) 56 (-110) -1300
The Maryland Terrapins valiantly fought their way to a 6-7 record in 2016. The program also managed to post a 3-6 record in the Big Ten, which ended up ranking Maryland 5th in the East Division. Despite the mediocre results, the season was certainly an improvement from the 3-9 record the Terrapins had posted the year before. The nation shared this sentiment as Maryland received an invitation to the Quick Lane Bowl at the end of the season. 2016 would terminate with disappoint for Maryland however, as they would succumb to the Boston College Eagles 30-36 in the Quick Lane Bowl.
DJ Durkin returns in his second season with Maryland. Durkin will be looking to build on the mild success he found with the Terrapins last season. Walt Bell returns to reprise his role as offensive coordinator and Andy Buh will be returning as defensive coordinator.
The Terrapins come into this contest as heavy college football betting underdogs. But since there’s so much value on a Maryland upset, it would not be misadvised for players betting on college football online to take a risk on the Terrapins. If you feel that the opposite is true, consider taking a shot at the 19-point spread line.
In 2016, the Longhorns managed to post a 5-7 record for the second consecutive season. Additionally, the Longhorns went 3-6 in Big 12 play which ended up giving Texas a 7th place ranking in the conference. Despite their best efforts, the Longhorns did not receive any invitations to any bowl games. The program felt that this wan unacceptable, considering that Texas signed a top-15 recruiting class before the season began, and decided to part ways with third year head coach Charlie Strong.
Texas now enters the Tom Herman era. Herman has been coaching collegiate ball since 1998 and this will represent his second time serving as head coach. Previously, Herman coached the Houston Cougars for the 2015-16 season and led them to an impressive 9-4 record. Herman brought in a new pair of coordinators. Tim Beck joins Texas and will be helping out on offense while Todd Orlando will be helping out as defensive coordinator.