Maryland vs. Rutgers Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Maryland vs. Rutgers fearless prediction and game preview.
Maryland (4-4) vs. Rutgers (3-5) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, November 4th
Game Time: 3:30 pm ET
Venue: High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, NJ
All things considered, it’s been a decent year for the two relative Big Ten newbies.
Rutgers looked like it couldn’t do much of anything right early on, but with wins over Illinois and Purdue, Chris Ash and the coaching staff showed that there’s hope for the program to at least be competitive down the road.
Maryland can’t catch an injury break, but it’s still in the mix for a bowl game if it can win two of its final four games. However, with Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State to finish, it won’t exactly be easy.
One Reason Why Maryland Will Win
Rutgers just can not move the ball.
The offense is built to slow everything down to a crawl, trying to keep the game short, close, and give the defense as much of a break as possible. The big problem, though, is the lack of a downfield passing game that can’t come through on third downs to keep drives alive.
Maryland’s offense isn’t a juggernaut, but let week in the win over Indiana, it was balanced and effective enough when it had to be. The big problem was the secondary that gave up yards in chunks – that’s not an issue this week.
One Reason Why Rutgers Will Win
Fortunately for the Scarlet Knight O, it’s going against the worst third down defense in the Big Ten.
Besides quarterback injuries, it’s the Terps’ single biggest killer this season – only UCF managed to convert fewer than 40% of its third down tries – allowing teams to convert 49% of the time.
Rutgers likes to pound away with Gus Edwards and the running game if possible, but it needs to have manageable third down chances. Get it close, and against the Big Ten’s worst defense, drives should stay alive.
What’s Going To Happen
Both teams will commit to the respective running games early and often, but Maryland’s will be a wee bit more explosive.
It’s tough, but the Terps seem to find big plays at the right times against the mediocre teams. Last week it was a touchdown catch from D.J. Moore, a Darnell Savage punt return for a score, and a big kickoff return from Javon Leake.
Rutgers won’t get those sort of plays at home.
Maryland vs. Rutgers Prediction
Maryland 24, Rutgers 20
Maryland -2.5, o/u: 50
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Must See Rating
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