3-Game NCAAF POWER-SWEEP
Maryland vs. Rutgers,
10/05/2019 12:00 EDT,
Score: 48 - 7
Point Spread: -13/-115 Maryland
8* Maryland (12:00 ET): The bloom has definitely fallen off the rose in College Park where just three weeks ago Maryland fans believed their team was set to compete w/ the heavyweights of the Big 10. But two bad losses later and the Terrapins are scrambling. First they were upset on the road by Temple, losing 20-17 as 5.5-point chalk. Then came last Friday's embarrassment at the hands of Penn State, 59-0, in a home game where seating was expanded to accommodate what was a turnaway crowd. It's definitely now hard to rectify what we've seen in the last two games compared to the first two, but fortunately for Maryland they are drawing the perfect opponent for a "get well" game this week, that being Rutgers, whose issues run far deeper. Lay the points.
Rutgers has played two Big 10 games so far and been outscored 82-0! Last week's 52-0 loss at the hands of Michigan cost both HC Chris Ash and OC John McNulty their jobs. It's tough to defend Ash as he won just eight games in three-plus seasons here and was 3-26 in conference play (all three wins coming in 2017). But the decision to fire him seemed to be hastily made and certainly puts interim Nunzio Campanile in a really tough spot. Campanile not only is taking over the head coaching job, but the play calling as well. This is someone who was a high school coach just 18 months ago and a tight ends coach as recently as last week! Not only have the Scarlet Knights been shutout in both Big 10 games so far, they've gained just 277 yards TOTAL! Tough spot.
On paper, laying double digits on the road w/ a team that just lost 59-0 doesn't read well. But this spot seems tailor-made for a Maryland blowout. Beating up on bad teams is what's going to get them bowl eligible and you have to remember they were ranked in the Top 25 three weeks ago. They scored 142 points in wins over Howard and Syracuse, the latter we were on. Rutgers lost 17 games by 20+ points under Ash and don't figure to get much better anytime soon. After having the run game stifled last week, Maryland should be able to run wild in this game against a defense that is giving up nearly 200 rush yards per contest. Last year, the Terps beat Rutgers by 27. You wouldn't know it judging by the L2 games, but this year's squad is better under 1st year coach Mike Locksley. They'll be eager to rebound after being embarrassed on national TV last week while Rutgers is a program in shambles right now. 8* Maryland