West Virginia Mountaineers vs Maryland Terrapins Prediction, 9/4/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: West Virginia Mountaineers vs Maryland Terrapins
Date: Saturday, September 4, 2021
Location: Maryland Stadium in College Park, MD
Odds/Point Spread: Terrapins (+3)
The Maryland Terrapins (2-3 last season) are hosting the West Virginia Mountaineers (6-4 last year) at Maryland Stadium on Saturday. West Virginia opens this game as 3-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 54.
The West Virginia Mountaineers wrapped up their season having earned a 6-4 record. In their last contest, the Mountaineers took the field against the Army Black Knights and walked away with a win by a score of 24-21. Leddie Brown led the offense in rushing for the Mountaineers with 20 carries for 65 yards (3.3 yards per carry). Jarret Doege went 15/25 with 159 yards passing and 1 touchdown. He had a quarterback rate of 118.6 and ended the contest with 1 interception. Against the run, the Mountaineers gave up 182 yards on 59 attempts, which is an average of 3.1 yards per run surrendered. West Virginia conceded 4 completions on 6 attempts for 57 yards, and a completion percentage of 66.7%. On the day, they tallied 69 plays which gave them a total of 322 yds. The West Virginia Mountaineers ran the football 27 times and totaled 42 yards, which earned them an average of 1.6 yds per attempt.
The Mountaineers racked up 4,126 total yards last year. They gave the ball to the opposition 11 different times. West Virginia amassed 16 passing touchdowns and 15 touchdowns via the ground. West Virginia had 219 1st downs as a unit, and they were flagged for 82 infractions for 741 yards. Offensively they had an average of 135.1 yards in the run game, which was 93rd in the nation. When talking about putting points on the board, the West Virginia Mountaineers averaged 26.5 PPG.
The Mountaineers were ranked 34th in D-1 in terms of team defense, allowing 20.5 points per game. Opposing teams ran for an average of 3.5 yards per rush and 131.8 rushing yards per game last season. Over the course of last season, they allowed 1,318 yards via the ground game in 10 games. In terms of yards through the air, the Mountaineers allowed 1,596 yards which had them sitting in 54th in Division 1. Over the course of their 10 games played, they allowed 159.6 yards per game through the air in addition to surrendering a completion percentage of 61.8%. They conceded 12 touchdowns through the air as well as 11 touchdowns via the ground game. They relinquished 291.4 yards per contest which put them 16th in the nation.
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The Terrapins wrapped up their season having a 2-3 mark. For their last game, the Terrapins took a loss by a final score of 27-24 against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Eric Najarian (2 touchdowns) walked away from the game with 218 yds on 12/23 through the air while his quarterback rating was 160.5. He didn't throw any picks and his average yards per pass attempt was 9.5. Jake Funk carried the rock 17 times for 180 yds, ending the game with 10.6 yds per carry for Maryland. The Terrapins finished with a total of 458 yards and they ran 73 plays (6.3 yds per play). Maryland ran for 5.0 yards per attempt, finishing with a total of 198 yds on 40 attempts. Maryland allowed 49 rushing attempts for 235 yards (4.8 yds per rush). The Terrapins passing defense gave up a completion rate of 56.4%, relinquishing 144 yards on 22 out of 39 through the air.
The Maryland Terrapins averaged 408.4 yards per contest which ranked them 56th in college football. They threw 9 interceptions while conceding 2 fumbles and they earned 92 1st downs. They held an average of 144.4 run yards per game and toted the ball for 722 yards for the year. The Maryland offense compiled 398 penalty yds on 44 infractions, ranking them 85th in the nation in terms of making mistakes. Last season, the Terrapins racked up 1,320 yards through the air as well as averaging 264.0 throwing yards per game, which ranked 36th in the country. When it comes to their ability to score points, the Terrapins ranked 97th in the country with 23.6 points per game.
Maryland allowed a total of 1,146 yards on the ground (229.2 yards/game) in addition to 14 touchdowns via the rush last season. They had 2 fumbles and 2 picks over the course of last year. They conceded 6 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 200.0 yards per game, which had them in 37th in D-1. The Terrapins defense was on the field for 402 plays, which ranked them 33rd in Division 1. Over the course of the season, they allowed 160 total points. The Terrapins relinquished 32.0 PPG, which had them ranked 94th in college football.
Who will win tonight's Mountaineers/Terrapins college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Mountaineers -3
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