Maryland Terrapins vs. Florida State Seminoles: College Football Week 6 Betting Odds and Picks

Maryland Terrapins vs. Florida State Seminoles
Saturday, 10/5/13, 12:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Florida State -17.5
Current Betting Line:  Florida State -16
Opening Total:  57.5
Current Total:  57
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Florida State Seminoles have one of the more balanced offenses in college football
The Florida State Seminoles have one of the more balanced offenses in college football

Maryland is 4-0 SUATS on the season, as it comes off a bye week after picking up a 37-0 blowout victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers as 3.5-point home favorites on Sept. 21.  The Terrapins have been getting after opposing quarterbacks this season, as they’ve racked up 17 total sacks, which can’t be ignored when making your college football expert picks in Week 6.  On the offensive end, the unit has racked up 30 or more points in four consecutive games for the first time since 2002, with quarterback C.J. Brown leading the way.  Maryland is 0-4 SU and 1-3 ATS as underdogs of 10.5 to 21 points the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 3-1 in that situation.

The Terrapins are allowing 10.3 points per game, which leads the ACC and ranks third nationally.  Maryland has done its best work in defending the run—holding opponents to 98.5 yards per game on the ground.  Brown’s 331.5 total yards per game paces the conference and sits 12th in the country, which is important to consider when looking over the college football odds page.  One of his main targets is Stefon Diggs, who ranks 17th all-time on the school charts with 1,248 receiving yards.

Florida State has won eight consecutive conference games, with the offense leading the way under head coach Jimbo Fisher, as it has racked up 400 or more yards 13 times in the team’s last 18 games.  The Seminoles have been very balanced over that span, averaging 176.4 yards on the ground and 287.9 yards through the air.  The program brings in a six-game win streak in this series, including a 41-14 victory as 31.5-point road favorites last season.  Florida State is 12-2 SU and 6-8 ATS as favorites of 10.5 to 21 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Seminoles need to feature running back Devonta Freeman, who is averaging 8.7 yards per carry, which is the most of any player ranked in the conference’s top 10 in rushing.  Florida State also possesses one of the best stop units over the last couple seasons—allowing more than 200 passing yards once in its last nine home games.  Under Fisher, the team is 8-0 at home against Atlantic Division opponents.

Sports bettors will likely back the Seminoles due to their 8-2 ATS mark at home against the Terrapins.

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