Maryland Virginia Odds
The Virginia Cavaliers host the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday November 13, in Charlottesville at Scott Stadium. Game time is 3:30 PM ET. Last October Virginia won the match at Byrd by a score of 20-9.
Our latest college football betting lines have the Terps as -1 ½ over Virginia with a total of 51, which seems awful low considering the 29 combined points from the 2009 match up.
The Terps lost their last game to Miami, 26-20 on the strength of QB Stephen Morris. The true freshman was making his first start in college and spread the Terps defense with 286 yards, on 19 completions, and a touchdown. But Maryland did respond with a pair of key interceptions.
Maryland’s own fiery Danny O’Brien was held to 134 yards and a touchdown, completing only nine passes as the entire Maryland offense had trouble moving the ball and was limited to 254 total yards to Miami’s 504.
The loss dropped the Terps record to 6-3, second in the ACC.
It was a big disappointment after Maryland had exploded against last place Wake Forest for 62 points for their sixth win just one week before. They still have Florida State to play, but Virginia and NC State should be beatable teams.
The offense provides 30.2 a game, good for 46th. O’Brien leads that attack with 1,282 yards and 14 touchdowns as the passing game averages 181.7 a game (88th) while they rush for 134.3 (83rd). Meggett and Scott have combined for seven touchdowns and 933 yards, while receiver Torrey Smith has seven touchdowns of his own on 595 yards. The defense has done a good job holding opponents to 20.4 a game.
Meanwhile, the Cavaliers lost a track meet to Duke last week 55-48 in a game that went down to the wire. Desmond Scott scored with under a minute left to secure the Duke win on a 35-yard run. Virginia QB Marc Verica torched the Duke secondary setting a school record with 417 yards, and four touchdowns while Keith Payne rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns and Inman had 10 receptions for 239 yards. But the defense couldn’t hold the game.
The loss brought the Cavaliers record to 4-5, 5th in the ACC. The team has been on an upswing after beating Eastern Michigan and Miami, which was a bit of an upset. Virginia has scored 29 points a game (53rd), but the defense has allowed 27 (67th). The passing is its main force with 264.3 a game to rank 27th; Verica has 2,082 yards and 13 touchdowns for the season. The team has rushed for 153.9 a game to rank 59th. Payne is the main contributor with an impressive 14 touchdowns and 673 yards. Receivers Burd and Inman have combined for eight touchdowns.
Matt’s Free Prediction: Maryland -1 ½ -Virginia’s win against Miami notwithstanding, the team has built its record by beating weaker teams. While the Terps are not quite a powerhouse, the pro-style offense, and solid defense is a tick better than Virginia. Expect the Terps to win this one.