College Football Betting Free Pick: Maryland Terrapins at Temple Owls
CFB Free Pick: Maryland Terrapins at Temple Owls
#116 Temple +7 (Saturday, September 14 @ Noon EST)
The Maryland Terrapins head to Philadelphia to take on the Temple Owls on Saturday. The Owls are 1-0 following a 56-12 win over Bucknell in Week 1. Maryland is coming off of two blowout victories; 79-0 over FCS Howard and 63-20 over 21st-ranked Syracuse.
After two blowout wins, everyone has seemingly jumped on the Maryland bandwagon. We don’t want to fall prey to that mistake. While both victories were impressive in their own ways, let’s not just assume that Maryland is going to be this high-octane, offensively dominant team the rest of the way. Howard is an FCS school (and a bad one at that) and Syracuse looked shaky in its Week 1 win over a bad Liberty squad. So while the scores were lopsided, the markets have clearly overreacted
Maryland quarterback Josh Jackson has 541 passing yards and seven touchdowns but completed only 58% of his passes. Again, this coming against two sub-par defenses. Temple’s defense, which year in and year out is fundamentally sound, figures to offer much more resistance. And while Maryland held what was supposed to be a stout Syracuse offense in check, it looked to be more of a product of Orange starting quarterback Tommy DeVito not being up to snuff. Temple quarterback Anthony Russo was nearly flawless in Week 1 and should have little trouble moving the ball against a Maryland defense that grades out well below average
Another thing we don’t want to forget is that Temple had an extra week to prepare. That is one aspect of betting you never want to overlook. The Terps no doubt caught both Howard and Syracuse off guard. With two games worth of film to dissect, the Owls’ stop unit won’t be overwhelmed.
This is a game that had it taken place in Week 1 would have been lined closed to a pick ’em. And while Maryland does look better than its lackluster preseason expectations, the gap between both squads remains minimal. This will be the first real defense the Terrapins face and I expect them to come crashing back down to earth.
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