Stanford favored by 14 vs. Maryland
Maryland had a respectable showing in its first Big Ten season. The Terrapins went 7-5 on the year and 4-4 in conference play, closing the season having lost four of its last seven games. Maryland was 6-6 against the spread this season and it went 3-4 ATS in its last seven games as well. The Terps hit the under in three of their last four.
Stanford had a disappointing year, going just 7-5 overall and 5-4 in the Pac-12. The Cardinal actually won their last two games to get to 7-5. Three of their five losses this season were by only three points. Stanford was 6-6 against the spread on the year, but went 3-5 ATS in their last 8 games and they hit the under in eight of their last 10 games.
According to oddsmakers from BetDSI, Stanford is heavily favored, as the Cardinal are getting odds of -14 points against Maryland. The over/under total for the game has been set at 48 points (View Matchup). These two have no recent meetings.
The story of this game is likely going to be about the difference in the two defenses. Maryland is very average on defense, allowing 438.1 yards per game, including 201.6 rushing yards per contest. Stanford has a very solid defense, one that allows just 287.4 total yards per game. While its offense isn’t great, it should be able to move the ball consistently on Maryland. Kevin Hogan has thrown for 2,603 yards and 17 touchdowns this year, so he is somewhat of a capable arm.