The Minnesota Golden Gophers (0-1 overall, 0-1 Big Ten) visit the Maryland Terrapins (0-1, 0-1) Friday at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze the Minnesota-Maryland college football betting odds and lines, with picks and predictions.
Minnesota at Maryland: Betting odds and lines
Minnesota at Maryland: Three things to know
The Gophers lost their season opener to the Michigan Wolverines 49-24 last Saturday. QB Tanner Morgan completed 18-of-31 passes for 197 yards with a touchdown and one interception for Minnesota, which was a 3-point underdog. His top target was Rashod Bateman (101 yards, 9 catches), while RB Mohamed Ibrahim led the ground attack with 140 yards and two TDs on 26 carries. Meanwhile, the defense gave up 481 yards – 256 rushing and 225 passing. Minnesota fell out of the Amway Coaches Poll (powered by USA TODAY Sports) after being ranked No. 21.
Maryland, a 13.5-point underdog, suffered a much uglier loss in its opener, getting smoked 43-3 at Northwestern. Like the Gophers, the Terrapins also scored first – they kicked a 33-yard field goal to cap an opening, 12-play drive. The Terps defense couldn’t stop the Wildcats offense, which scored TDs on its next two possessions and eventually built a 30-3 halftime lead. Maryland allowed Northwestern to rack up 537 total yards, including 325 on the ground. The Terrapins were held to 207 total yards and just 14 first downs. QB Taulia Tagovailoa (yes, the younger brother of Tua) had a rough first career start, throwing three interceptions and completing 14 of 25 pass attempts for 94 yards.
Minnesota dominated Maryland in last year’s meeting, rolling to a 52-10 home victory. It was quite a turnaround from 2018 when the Terps won 42-13 on their home turf. Maryland, which joined the Big Ten in 2014, is 2-2 vs. Minnesota in conference games and leads the all-time series 3-2.
Minnesota at Maryland: Odds, prediction, betting lines and picks
Minnesota 48, Maryland 23
Money line (ML)
AVOID. One would have to wager more than nine times their potential return on Minnesota (-910). That’s just not wise.
Against the spread (ATS)
MINNESOTA -19.5 (-106) is worth a small play – half your usual wager. The Gophers just ran into a good Michigan team last week. They have the talent and they’ll bounce back. This is a team that opened last season 9-0 before falling at Iowa and at home to Wisconsin. They would go on to beat Auburn 31-24 in the Outback Bowl.
The Terrapins, who haven’t had a winning season since 2014, are just bad. They finished 3-9 overall last season with a 1-9 Big Ten record.
The OVER 61.5 (-106) is the way to go. If it drops to 60, this becomes a STRONGEST PLAY – 1.5 times your usual wager. The Terrapins won’t be able to stop the Gophers, but they might score some junk points when the game gets of hand.
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|Johnny’s 2020 CFB record / Strongest plays||3-5 / 1-2|
|2020 overall record (all sports)||125-97-3|
|Strongest plays (all sports)||63-37-1|
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