Maryland vs Minnesota 2019 College Football Week 9 Spread & Analysis.

Maryland vs Minnesota 2019 College Football Week 9 Spread & Analysis

Written by on October 24, 2019

One of the great things about the college football season is that we always see at least one team emerge as a bit of a surprise dark horse. Even when these teams are winning week after week, they seem to have a way of flying under the radar, very often because they are playing in a conference where there are bigger teams plying their trade. One conference where we routinely see a dark horse team come out of nowhere is in the Big Ten. The reason for this is because the divisions are more than a little lopsided.

The East has Ohio State, Michigan, and Penn State, a trio of huge schools always in the playoff hunt. The West Division is a little less stacked and a bit easier to win, as Northwestern proved last season. This year, it’s the Minnesota Golden Gophers leading the way at the top in the West. They are unbeaten on the season and will look to keep it that way when they host the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday. Minnesota is favored by 16 ½ points at home, with the point total set at 58.

Maryland vs Minnesota 2019 College Football Week 9 Spread & Analysis

Penn State vs Michigan State 2019 College Football Week 9 Lines & Prediction

Weather Forecast

  • Sunny: 13°C/55°F
  • Humidity: 55%
  • Precipitation: 0%
  • Cloud Cover: 7%
  • Wind: 14 mph S
  • Stadium Type: Open

Why bet on the Maryland Terrapins?

At the start of the season, a lot of us believed that the Terrapins might well be the team to emerge as the dark horse in the Big Ten. They won their opening 2 games of the season in devastating fashion, outscoring the opposition by a combined score of 142-20, which included a 63-20 hammering of Syracuse in Week 2.

It has been all downhill from there, though, with Maryland dropping 4 of their last 5 games and falling to 1-3 SU in conference play. They now have their work cut out for them just to become bowl eligible, with this matchup looking like another tough one. The Terrapins are now 1-7 SU in their last 8 games versus conference foes, with the OVER hitting in 9 of their last 12 games played in October.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Average Score For: 36.83
  • Total Yards: 226.17
  • Rush Yards: 212.83
  • Passing Yards: 6.11

Defense

  • Average Score For: 24.33
  • Total Yards: 279.67
  • Rush Yards: 116.17
  • Passing Yards: 5.47

Why bet on the Minnesota Golden Gophers?

Minnesota are in very good shape in the race for the West Division and a spot in the Big Ten Conference Championship Game, but they cannot afford a slip that would open the door for the teams chasing them. Minnesota have been great this season, going a perfect 7-0, which includes a 4-0 record in conference play.

That has them all the way up in the #17 spot in the rankings. They have much tougher games to come, but their confidence will surely build with each and very win. The Golden Gophers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games at home and are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. They have also covered in each of their last 5 games versus a conference foe. The OVER has hit in 4 of their last 6 games.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Average Score For: 35.50
  • Total Yards: 229.67
  • Rush Yards: 186.17
  • Passing Yards: 6.22

Defense

  • Average Score For: 23.83
  • Total Yards: 192.00
  • Rush Yards: 119.83
  • Passing Yards: 4.87

Maryland vs Minnesota College Football Week 9 Betting Trends

  • Terrapins are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games this season
  • Terrapins are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Maryland’s last 6 games played in week 9
  • Golden Gophers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games at home
  • Golden Gophers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games played in October
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 6 games played on a Saturday

Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Maryland vs Minnesota

As mentioned earlier, the Minnesota Golden Gophers have tougher games still to come, but this represents a real opportunity to take a real stranglehold on the division. I like them to win this one comfortably, covering the spread in the process.

Score: Maryland Terrapins 21 – Minnesota Golden Gophers 42

 

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