Bowl Pick: Humanitarian
The Nevada Reno Wolf Pack take their explosive offense to Boise, Idaho and the scene of the 2008 Humanitarian Bowl to take on the Maryland Terrapins.
Our team of writers and handicappers break down the matchup and hand out an Humanitarian Bowl Free Pick, which takes place Tuesday December 30 at 4:30PM ET.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made Nevada Reno -2 point spread favorite. The over/under for this game has been set 58.5 total points.
Top Public Betting Trend: Both of these teams were 7-5 straight up this year and 5-6 against the number. The under has also covered in six of Maryland’s last eight games.
Key Stat: Nevada is scoring an average of 37.8 points per game this season, but also allowing 31.5 points per game. Maryland’s defense is also limiting opponents to just 205.6 passing yards per game.
Game Outlook: The Terps are just 1-4 against the spread in their last five games but buck the trend. Maryland lives for games like these and oddsmakers know it. Nevada has the edge in almost every major statistical category, including points for (37.8 to 31.5), offensive passing yards (219.2 to 291.4), offensive rushing yards (291.4 to 134.5) and rush defense (74.5 to 149.4). That begs the question – why are the Wolf Pack only favored by –2 points then? Because oddsmakers know better. They know that Maryland rises to the challenge against opponents that should dominant them and live for being the underdog. There’s no question that Maryland has been inconsistent this year and they failed to cover the spread in four of their last five games. But while the point spread screams to take Nevada – don’t bite. Maryland wins this game outright with defense and flusters an otherwise explosive Nevada attack into making mistakes. For the rest of our College Football Bowl Free Pick, see below.
Our Free College Football Bowl Pick for the Humanitarian Bowl matchup between the Nevada Reno Wolf Pack and Maryland Terrapins game is
MARYLAND TERRAPINS +2
TheSpread.com Projected Final Score
Maryland Terrapins 27
Nevada Reno Wolf Pack 24
We also predict that this game will GO UNDER THE TOTAL (58.5 Sports Interaction.com) SET BY ODDSMAKERS
Posted: 12/30/08 9:00AM ET