Big Ten Football Picks: Maryland Terrapins vs. Nittany Lions

Maryland Terrapins vs. Penn State Nittany Lions
Saturday, 11/1/14, 12:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Penn State -3
Current Betting Line:  Penn State -3.5
Opening Total:  48.5
Current Total:  47.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Penn State Nittany Lions are 35-1-1 SU all-time in this series
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 35-1-1 SU all-time in this series

Maryland has alternated wins and losses over its last four contests, as it comes off a 52-7 blowout loss to the Wisconsin Badgers as 9.5-point road underdogs, while losing the statistical battle for the fifth time in six affairs.  The Terrapins have scored 31 touchdowns this season five different ways, which can’t be ignored when making your Week 10 college football betting picks, with 14 coming through the air.  Defensively, the squad has registered 21 sacks, which is tied for the third-highest figure in the Big Ten Conference.  Maryland is 1-6 SU and 3-4 ATS in Weeks 10 through 13 the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 5-2 in the situation.

The Terrapins have totaled 14 takeaways during the 2014 campaign, which is important to consider when looking over the college football betting lines, as they’ve picked off seven passes and recovered a fumble seven other times.  Maryland has totaled 33 plays of 20 or more yards this season, with 13 of those being scoring plays.  It’s important to point out that the squad sits fifth in the conference in averaging 31.6 points per game.

Penn State will look to snap a three-game losing streak, which includes a 31-24 setback in overtime to the Ohio State Buckeyes as 14-point home underdogs last week, while losing the statistical battle in all three of those affairs.  The Nittany Lions will need a major offensive performance from quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who has thrown for 200-plus yards in 14 of 19 career games since arriving on campus.  Penn State is 14-4 SU and 11-7 ATS as favorites the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 10-8 in those 18 opportunities.

The Nittany Lions own a 35-1-1 SU record in this series, as they look to push their win streak to six games against the Terrapins.  Penn State has the nation’s second youngest team, with 76 of 105 allowable players in its training camp being either freshman or sophomores.  The squad has 12 seniors, with only four starting in the double overtime loss last time out.

Sports bettors will likely back the Terrapins due to their 9-6 ATS record on the road since the 2012 campaign.

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