Maryland vs Virginia Prediction NCAAF Picks 9/15

Maryland vs Virginia Prediction NCAAF Picks 9/15

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Maryland vs Virginia: College Football Preview

The Maryland Terrapins are gearing up to face the Virginia Cavaliers in what promises to be an exciting college football clash. This game is scheduled for September 15, 2023, at 4:00 PM in College Park, MD, and will be broadcasted on FS1. Let's delve into why Maryland is poised to win and cover the -14.5 points spread.

 

Team Analysis

Maryland Terrapins

The Maryland Terrapins have had a fantastic start to the season with a flawless 2-0 record. Their offense, led by quarterback T. Tagovailoa, has been a powerhouse, amassing 489.5 total yards per game. Tagovailoa has thrown for 547 yards and four touchdowns, showcasing his ability to move the chains efficiently.

In their first game of the season, Maryland faced Towson and secured a dominant 38-6 win. Tagovailoa had an outstanding performance, throwing for 262 yards and two touchdowns. The Terrapins' defense was relentless, allowing only six points and showcasing their ability to control the game on both sides of the ball.

In the second game, Maryland faced Charlotte and emerged with a commanding 38-20 victory. Tagovailoa continued to shine, throwing for 285 yards and two touchdowns. The Terrapins' defense was also impressive, holding Charlotte to just 20 points.

Defensively, the Terrapins have been impressive, allowing an average of just 295.0 total yards per game. This balanced performance on both sides of the ball makes them a formidable opponent.

 

Virginia Cavaliers

Virginia, on the other hand, has struggled with a 0-2 start to the season. Their offense has faced challenges, averaging only 298.0 total yards per game. Quarterback A. Colandrea has shown promise with 389 passing yards and two touchdowns, but the team has yet to find its rhythm.

In their first game of the season, Virginia faced Tennessee and experienced a tough 49-13 defeat. Colandrea faced a formidable Tennessee defense, and despite his efforts, the Cavaliers couldn't establish offensive momentum.

In the second game, Virginia faced James Madison University (JMU) and suffered a heart-wrenching 36-35 loss. Colandrea had a remarkable performance, throwing for 251 yards and two touchdowns. However, their defense couldn't hold off JMU's late-game surge, resulting in the loss.

Defensively, the Cavaliers have allowed an average of 447.0 total yards per game, indicating vulnerabilities that Maryland can exploit.

 

Prediction

Considering the stark contrast in the performance of these two teams in the early part of the season, Maryland has a clear advantage in this matchup. Their potent offense, led by Tagovailoa, is expected to exploit the Cavaliers' defensive weaknesses.

Furthermore, with a -14.5 points spread, Maryland has a good chance not only to win but also to cover the spread. Virginia's recent performances suggest that they may struggle to keep up with Maryland's scoring.

Virginia's losses to Tennessee and JMU have exposed their vulnerabilities, especially on the defensive side. Maryland's balanced performance and the challenges faced by Virginia make them the favorites in this game.

Betting on Maryland to win and cover the -14.5 points spread appears to be a prudent choice for those looking to wager on this matchup.

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Pick: Maryland -14.5

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