College Football: Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 12:00 pm (Maryland Stadium)
The Line: Maryland Terrapins -23.5 — Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Maryland Terrapins meet Saturday in college football action at Maryland Stadium.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights look for their first road victory of the season that would snap a rough five-game losing streak. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have lost each of their last five road games. Artur Sitkowski is completing 53.4 percent of his passes for 750 yards, three touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Sitkowski and Giovanni Rescigno have combined for three touchdown passes and 12 interceptions this season. Bo Melton and Jerome Washington have combined for 404 receiving yards on 32 receptions while Raheem Blackshear has 25 receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 128.3 yards per contest, and Blackshear leads the way with 362 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 36.3 points and 434.5 yards per game. Trevor Morris leads the Rutgers Scarlet Knights with 51 tackles, Elorm Lumor has two sacks and Damon Hayes has two interceptions.
The Maryland Terrapins look to bounce back from last weeks loss to the Michigan Wolverines, which would increase their odds of making a bowl appearance. The Maryland Terrapins have lost five of their last seven home games. Kasim Hill is completing 54.7 percent of his passes for 578 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Hill has one or less touchdown passes in seven of his game career games. DJ Turner and Taivon Jacobs have combined for 296 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Jeshaun Jones has six receptions. The Maryland Terrapins ground game is averaging 236.2 yards per contest, and Anthony McFarland leads the way with 325 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Maryland is allowing 26.6 points and 344 yards per game. Tre Watson leads the Maryland Terrapins with 49 tackles, Isaiah Davis has two sacks and Darnell Savage Jr. has two interceptions.
The Scarlet Knights are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Terrapins are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 conference games, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games on fieldturf and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in October. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The over is 13-5 in Terrapins last 18 games overall and the over is 4-1 in Scarlet Knights last 5 games in October.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights don’t seem to have improved much from past years, as the offense isn’t producing much, there are constant turnovers and they’re being outscored by 29 points during this five-game losing streak. The Maryland Terrapins have had a couple of hiccups in their last three games, but the offense continues to produce with a top-25 ground game and the defense is top-40 in total yards allowed. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have failed to cover 10 of their last 14 games as an underdog of at least 17 points. The Maryland Terrapins have covered six of their last eight games when a favorite of at least 17 points. I’m not trying to lay this many points with Maryland and its inconsistent play, but I’m certainly not backing Rutgers, a team that gets blown out often and doesn’t cover these numbers regardless of how high they get. So, give me the Terps in a beatdown, if forced to pick.