Maryland vs. Ohio State Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Ohio State is the clear favorite at home, as the Buckeyes are getting odds of -31 points against Maryland. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 60.5 points. Ohio State has won its last three meetings with Maryland, going 2-1 against the spread in those three games. Today’s game takes place from Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The contest airs live on FOX.
Ohio State is 4-1 on the season and 2-0 in the Big Ten after a 56-0 win over Rutgers on the road last week. The Buckeyes just 2-3 against the spread, failing to cover in any game at home this season. Ohio State has been improving on offense each week and now averages 42.6 points and 564.8 yards per game. J.K Dobbins has run for 573 yards and three touchdowns to lead the ground game while J.T. Barrett has run for 252 yards while throwing for 1,252 yards and 13 touchdowns. Parris Campbell is the leading receiver with 20 catches for 353 yards. Defensively Ohio State is giving up just 16 points and 335.6 yards per contest.
Maryland is coming off a 31-24 win at Minnesota to improve to 3-1 on the season and 1-0 in the Big Ten. The Terps are 3-1 against the spread, covering in their three wins. Maryland has been competitive on offense, averaging 38.8 points and 407.3 yards per game. The Terps are down to their third quarterback due to injuries, but Max Bortenschlager has played well. He has thrown for 290 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions and also run for a pair of touchdowns. Ty Johnson is leading the offense with 411 rushing yards and four touchdowns. D.J. Moore is the leading receiver with 30 catches for 403 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Maryland is allowing 30 points and 379.8 yards per game.
Ohio State is giving up a lot of points to a Maryland team that has been pretty competitive. The Terps aren’t likely to be intimidated on the road, as they won at Texas to start the year and at Minnesota last week. While Ohio State shut down Rutgers last week, the Gophers should be able to move the ball on occasion. Ohio State isn’t quite the shutdown defense it usually is. Ohio State could also have some struggles on offense at times, as Maryland isn’t a defense that is just going to roll over. I think Ohio State is giving up far too many points today.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREDICTION: MARYLAND +31