Penn State Nittany Lions vs Maryland Terrapins Prediction, 11/6/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Penn State Nittany Lions vs Maryland Terrapins
Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021
Location: Maryland Stadium in College Park, MD
Odds/Point Spread: Terrapins (+11.5)
Maryland Stadium is where the Maryland Terrapins (5-3) will attempt to beat the Penn State Nittany Lions (5-3) on Saturday. Maryland is 11.5-point underdogs from oddsmakers. The over/under is set at 54.5.
The Penn State Nittany Lions head into this matchup 5-3 this year. The last time they took the field, the Nittany Lions went up against the Ohio State Buckeyes and went home with a loss by a final score of 33-24. Sean Clifford finished 35/52 with 361 yards passing and 1 touchdown. He had a QB rating of 128.1 and walked away from the game with 1 pick. John Lovett was the rushing leader for the Nittany Lions with 13 carries for 20 yds (1.5 yds per attempt). Once the final whistle blew, they had 81 plays which gave them 394 yards. The Penn State Nittany Lions ended up running the ball 29 different times and had 33 yds, which earned them an average of 1.1 yds per attempt. In the running game, the Nittany Lions conceded 164 yards on 32 tries, which averages out to 5.1 yards per run allowed. Penn State allowed 22 completions on 34 attempts for 305 yards, and a completion rate of 64.7%.
Concerning scoring points, the Penn State Nittany Lions have an average of 26.5 points per outing. Offensively they average 108.0 yards on the ground which has them sitting 114th in D-1. The Nittany Lions have tallied 3,000 total yards for the year. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, Penn State has earned 14 touchdowns through the air and 10 rushing touchdowns. Penn State has 164 first downs as an offense, and they have been flagged for 50 infractions for 446 yds. They have given the ball to the opposition 10 times.
The Nittany Lions sit in 20th in college football regarding team defense, allowing 17.0 PPG. They are giving up an average of 3.7 yards per run and 148.1 yards on the ground per game on the campaign. During this campaign, they have allowed 1,185 rushing yards through 8 contests. When talking about passing yards, the Nittany Lions are giving up 1,551 yards which ranks them 35th in Division 1. They are conceding 193.9 yards per contest through the air in addition to giving up a completion percentage of 56.7%. Overall, they are giving up 342.0 yards/game putting them 49th in the nation. They have allowed 5 touchdowns via the pass as well as 6 touchdowns via the ground game.
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The Terrapins head into this matchup 5-3 this season. In their last game, the Terrapins took home the win by a final score of 38-35 when they played the Indiana Hoosiers. Challen Faamatau carried the football 21 times for 44 yds, ending the game with 2.1 yards per attempt for Maryland. Taulia Tagovailoa (2 touchdowns) ended the game with 419 yards on 26/40 passing while his QB rating was 169.5. He kept the ball away from the defense with no interceptions and his Y/A was 10.5. Maryland gave up 42 rush attempts for 204 yards (4.9 yds per rush). The Terrapins pass defense allowed a completion rate of 56.0%, surrendering 242 yds on 14 for 25 passing. The Terrapins finished the game with 503 yds on 83 plays (6.1 yds per play). Maryland rushed for 2.0 yards per tote, totaling 84 yards on 43 carries.
The Maryland Terrapins hold an average of 431.8 yards/game, ranking them 42nd in college football. The Maryland offense has 493 penalty yards on 53 violations, which has them sitting 55th in the country in terms of hurting your team. Over the course of the season so far, the Terrapins have racked up 2,474 yards via the pass as well as holding an average of 309.3 passing yards per game, ranking them 15th in the country. In relation to their scoring prowess, the Terrapins currently sit 65th in the country holding an average of 29.3 PPG.
The Terrapins are surrendering 30.4 points per contest, which puts them 108th in D-1. Maryland has conceded a total of 1,255 yards via the ground game (156.9 yards per game) in addition to 16 touchdowns on the ground on the season. This year, they have allowed 243 total points. They have given up 12 touchdowns through the air and 241.5 yards/game, which has them ranked 97th in the country. The Terrapins defense has taken the field for 550 plays, which is good for 71st in Division 1.
Who will win tonight's Nittany Lions/Terrapins college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Terrapins +11.5
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