West Virginia Mountaineers at Maryland Terrapins
Byrd Stadium – College Park Maryland
Saturday, September 13, 2014, 12:00 pm Eastern, TV: Big Ten Network
Opening Line: Maryland -4 1/2
Current Line: Maryland -3
Opening Total: 56
Current Total: 60 1/2
Opening Money Line: Maryland -155 / West Virginia +135
Current Money Line: Maryland -170 / West Virginia +150
The West Virginia Mountaineers and Maryland Terrapins meet for the 51st time Saturday in College Park. West Virginia leads the series 26-22-2 including 12-11-1 in College Park. Maryland won 37-0 last year in Baltimore to snap a seven game losing streak to West Virginia.
West Virginia is coached by Dana Holgorsen. The Mountaineers are 1-1 this season with a loss to Alabama 33-23 in Atlanta and a 54-0 shutout of Towson last week. West Virginia is 2-0 ATS and the total is 1-1 this season. Maryland is 2-0 under coach Randy Edsall. The Terrapins have wins at home against James Madison 52-7 and last week at South Florida 24-17. Maryland is 1-1 ATS and the total is 1-1 as well.
West Virginia is outscoring teams 39-17 this season. The Mountaineers are averaging 500 yards per game on offense including 360 passing and 140 rushing yards. On defense, WVU is allowing 330 total yards including 165 passing and 165 rushing yards. The Mountaineers have one turnover and have forced one as well. West Virginia averages 45 penalty yards and opponents average 60 per game. The Mountainners are 18/34 on third and fourth down conversions and opponents are 13/34. West Virginia has forced 4 sacks and allowed 5 this season. The Mountaineers are 11/14 scoring in the red zone with 8 touchdowns and opponents are 4/4 with 3 touchdowns. West Virginia has a kickoff return for a touchdown.
WVU quarterback Clint Trickett has completed 75.3% of his passes for 713 yards and 3 touchdowns, plus a rushing touchdown as well. Running back Rushel Shell has 24 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown, plus 6 catches for 66 yards. Five different Mountaineers have a rushing touchdown. Kevin White has 19 catches for 244 yards and a touchdown.
Maryland is outscoring teams 38-12 this season. The Terrapins are averaging 395 total yards per game including 194 passing yards and 201 rushing yards. On defense Maryland is allowing 280 total yards per game including 158 passing and 122 rushing yards. Maryland has forced 3 turnovers but has 7 of their own. The Terrapins average 35 penalty yards per game and opponents average 71. Maryland is 19-34 on third and fourth down conversions and opponents are 16/46. Maryland has forced 4 sacks and allowed 3 this season. The Terrapins are 8/10 scoring in the red zone with 7 touchdowns and opponents are 3/5 with 2 touchdowns. Maryland has a punt return for a touchdown and has allowed a defensive touchdown.
Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown has completed 54% of his passes for 312 yards with 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, along with 17 carries for 58 yards with 3 touchdowns. Wes Brown has 26 carries for 142 yards, plus 2 catches. Brandon Ross has 22 carries for 111 yards and a touchdown, plus 2 catches for 23 yards. Stefon Diggs has 12 catches for 103 yards. Marcus leak has only 5 catches but two went for touchdowns.
West Virginia is 6-2 ATS on grass, 2-5 against teams with winning home records, 7-18-1 after a straight up win of 20 points or more, 2-6 in non-conference games, 4-12 after gaining more than 450 total yards, 1-4 after a win, after a cover, against teams with winning records, against Big Ten teams, and after allowing less than 275 total yards, 1-5-1 after allowing less than 100 rushing yards per game, 1-5 after allowing less than 20 points, and 0-5 after allowing less than 170 passing yards. The Mountaineers are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 against the Terrapins.
Maryland is 4-1 ATS in September, 6-2 after allowing less than 20 points, and 0-5 after a straight up win. The favorite is 5-1 ATS in this series recently.
West Virginia played Alabama closer than many people expected. Maryland hasn’t played anyone the caliber of Alabama but they did get a narrow win on the road at South Florida. I like the Terrapins to win a close game at home against the Mountaineers.
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