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Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Maryland Terrapins
When and Where: Saturday, October 13 at 12 p.m. ET at Maryland Stadium in College Park, MD
Rutgers couldn’t get things going against Illinois after an early lead. The Scarlet Knights continue to disappoint on the season. Maryland managed an early lead over Michigan before losing big. The Terrapins have showcased an impressive rushing attack midway through the season.
Going for First Conference Win
Rutgers has been brutal offensively all season. The Scarlet Knights haven’t scored more than 17 points in a game since their first game of the season. Rutgers is averaging only 16.5 points per game, while failing to average more than 300 yards per game. Jonathan Hilliman and his five rushing touchdowns lead the Scarlet Knights. He’s been a steady presence, averaging 4.4 yards per carry. He had 76 yards on 10 carries in the loss to Illinois last weekend. Quarterback Arthur Sitkowski has struggled in his freshman season. He’s thrown 11 interceptions. Sitkowski only had three passing touchdowns, throwing one in each of his past two games.
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As bad as the offense has been for the Scarlet Knights, the defense might be worse. Opponents are averaging 36 points per game and over 430 yards. Rutgers hasn’t done an effective slowing down most teams on the season, and last weekend was no exception. The Scarlet Knights allowed four rushing touchdowns and over 300 yards on the ground to Illinois. It was a brutal performance. Things won’t be easier as Maryland’s impressive ground game will be on display Saturday afternoon.
Home Field Advantage
Maryland took an early lead against Michigan before the Wolverines blew them out. The Terrapins have had a tremendous rushing attack for the season. Maryland has averaged 236 yards on the ground, as the Terrapins are almost exclusively a rushing team. Freshman Anthony McFarland has rushed for 100 yards twice this season, including against Minnesota the last time the Terrapins were at home. Ty Johnson has averaged 6.7 yards per carry. The quarterback, Kasim Hill, has thrown for over 200 yards once this season. The freshman has definitely experienced some growing pains.
Teams have had plenty of success against Maryland’s defense, especially through the air. Opponents are throwing for nearly 230 yards against the Terrapins. Shea Patterson for Michigan threw for the most yards he’s thrown in a game all season in Saturday’s win over Maryland. The Terrapins are allowing 26.6 points per game. Maryland registered zero sacks in the loss to Michigan. Darnell Savage Jr., a senior defensive back, managed an interception in the loss to the Wolverines. He has an interception returned for a touchdown this season.
- Terrapins are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss of more than 20 points.
- Terrapins are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games after accumulating less than 275 total yards in their previous game.
- Scarlet Knights are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game.
- Scarlet Knights are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games.
- Scarlet Knights are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Scarlet Knights are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf.
- Scarlet Knights are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Maryland has a wonderful opportunity for a blowout win against a terrible team. The Terrapins have a tremendous rushing team, which will be on full display Saturday against a defense that can’t stop the run. It’s a steep spread, but the gap might just be that wide between these two programs, as presently constructed.
Prediction: Maryland -24
Full-Game Total Pick
Maryland should be able to score at will against Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights have been shaky offensively this year, so it’s hard to see them having that much success against Maryland. The Terrapins have a struggling secondary, but Rutgers won’t be able to take advantage.
Prediction: Under 54.5