This Friday the Florida International Panthers (FIU) will host the Maryland Terrapins. Kickoff is set for 7:30 EST at FIU Stadium and will be televised on the CBS Sports Network. Taking a look at the Week 2 college football odds, Maryland is a 10-point road favorite. The over/under for this matchup is sitting at 60 points.
Maryland vs FIU Betting Odds & Game Preview
The Terrapins opened up with a convincing 52-13 win at home against Howard. However, it wasn’t enough to bring home the cover. Maryland was a massive 50-point favorite in that game. It is worth noting that the Terps led 35-0 at the half before calling off the dogs.
FIU had a much tougher test to start the season, but also failed to cover. They opened as a 10-point dog at home against Indiana. They wound up losing 13-34, but it was a lot closer than the final score would indicate. The Panthers only trailed 12-13 going into the 4th quarter.
Free Point Spread Pick & Prediction: FIU +10
I like the value here with the Panthers catching double-digits at home. Had FIU not shot themselves in the foot, they likely would have covered against Indiana last week. The Panthers had 3 turnovers, two of which were interceptions returned for a touchdown. They also gave up a safety. Click here for more free college football picks on big games this weekend.
Sure the Terrapins looked good in their opener against Howard. Don’t let that result fool you. Last year Boston College beat Howard 76-0 and went on to go 3-9. Even with that 76-point effort, the Eagles only ended up averaging 17.2 ppg.
Maryland wasn’t a great offensive team last year, scoring just 24.7 ppg. That same offense is being guided by starting quarterback Perry Hills. He only completed 50% of his attempts with 8 touchdowns to 13 interceptions last year. He only threw for 126 yards against Howard. Based on how well the FIU defense played against a much better Indiana offense, I think they can keep the Terrapins in check.
I also think that playing Howard covered up the fact that Maryland likely won’t be great on defense. The Terrapins allowed 34.4 ppg and 421 ypg last season and only have 5 starters back.
It wasn’t a great first game of the season, but FIU does have a talented quarterback. Alex McGough threw for 263 yards against the Hoosiers, but was done in by 3 interceptions. Keep in mind that Indiana had all 4 starters back in the secondary. Maryland only has 1 starter back in their defensive backfield.
Another key factor here is rest. FIU played Indiana last Thursday, while Maryland played on Saturday. The Panthers will have had a full 7 days to prepare, where the Terps only have 5.
This is also a bit of unfamiliar territory for Maryland. It’s just the 10th time since 2006 that they have been a road favorite. The last time was in 2014, where they were a 13-point favorite at USF. A game they only won by 7. It just so happens it came in the 2nd week of the season after a 52-7 blowout win at home against James Madison.