Virginia Cavaliers vs. Maryland Terrapins
Saturday, 10/12/13, 3:30 PM EST
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Virginia has dropped back-to-back games, including a 48-27 setback to the Ball State Cardinals as 3.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total of 49. Since 1937, the team with the most rushing yards is 57-7 in this series, which includes all 38 meetings from 1937-86. The program has won three straight games at Byrd Stadium, which can’t be ignored when making your college football expert picks in Week 7. Virginia is 5-6 SUATS on the road the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 7-4 in that situation.
The Cavaliers defense is first nationally in three-and-outs with 7.6 per game and is No. 7 in the nation in third down defense. Virginia has held Maryland under 380 yards of offense 19 times since 1988—winning 16 of those contests. In two career games in this series, running back Kevin Parks has rushed 31 times for 196 yards. It’s important to point out that 11 Cavaliers have made their first career starts this season.
Maryland football team returns to College Park for its ACC home opener, as it looks to bounce back from its first loss of the season—suffering a 63-0 blowout defeat to the Florida State Seminoles last Saturday. Despite the defeat, the team’s four wins through five games marks the team’s best start since 2010. Offensively, the team is still on pace to rank as one of the best in school history, as it has totaled 2,228 yards of total offense through five games and scored 159 points. Maryland is 0-11 SU and 2-9 ATS off a loss against a conference rival over the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 7-4 in those 11 opportunities.
The Terrapins still ranks as one of the best teams in the country in third-down defense ranking 19th nationally holding opponents to a 34.7 percent success rate and has forced 28 three-and-outs. Through five games, Maryland is one of the least penalized teams in the country, as it’s averaging 3.60 penalties per game. The defense has not missed a beat so far this year after replacing six starters off a unit that ranked 21st in total defense a year ago.
Sports bettors will likely back the Cavaliers due to their 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a double-digit loss at home.
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