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Minnesota vs. Maryland Game Preview & Fearless Prediction

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Minnesota (3-2) vs. Maryland (4-1) Game Preview


Date: Saturday, Oct. 15
Game Time: 12:00 pm
Venue: Maryland Stadium, College Park, MD
Network: ESPNU

Minnesota is blowing it.

The Golden Gophers had Penn State down and out, and they couldn’t come up with a late stop and ended up losing in overtime two weeks ago. Follow that up by a frustrating home loss to Iowa when the offense just couldn’t get anything to work, and what should’ve been a 5-0 start has become a massive disappointment.

Why were the last two losses so bad? It’s what’s coming next – Rutgers, at Illinois and Purdue.

It’s too late to worry about what might have happened and what could’ve been, but beat the Terps this week, and 6-2 – likely – would be just fine going on the road to Nebraska.

Minnesota has the defense, and it’s getting good production from the ground game, but last week QB Mitch Leidner couldn’t come through with the key drives in the second half and Iowa was able to pull it off.

Meanwhile, Maryland suffered its first loss of the season in a clunker of a 38-14 loss to Penn State.

All of a sudden, though, with Michigan State sputtering, the next few weeks don’t seem quite as daunting if the Terps can beat the Gophers, stun the Spartans, and battle Indiana before going to Michigan.

Can Maryland get the running game going again? It had its worst day of the year with just 170 yards against the Nittany Lions, but the offensive front isn’t going to get much room to move against a tough Minnesota defensive front that’s not allowing anyone to get into a groove.

The Terps have to get ready to try battling in a tough, tight game throughout, but Minnesota will bounce back with a strong day from the running game with Leidner out after suffering a concussion. Even with Conor Rhoda under center, expect the Gophers to balance out the attack in a terrific, tight fight with a Maryland team that’ll show it’s better than many think.

Minnesota vs. Maryland Prediction

Final Score: Minnesota 31, Maryland 27

Line: Maryland -6.5, o/u: 49.5

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