Rutgers vs. Maryland - 10/5/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rutgers vs. Maryland - 10/5/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland Terrapins (2-2) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-3)

College Football: Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 12:00 pm (High Point Solutions Stadium)

The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +13.5 -- Over/Under: 54 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Maryland Terrapins and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Saturday in college football action at HighPoint.com Stadium.

The Maryland Terrapins look for their first road victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Maryland Terrapins have lost each of their last five road games. Josh Jackson is completing 50.4 percent of his passes for 789 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions. Jackson has 13 touchdown passes dating back to last season. Dontay Demus Jr. and Darryl Jones have combined for 323 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Chigoziem Okonkwo has nine receptions. The Maryland Terrapins ground game is averaging 277.3 yards per contest, and Anthony McFarland Jr. leads the way with 225 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Maryland is allowing 24.8 points and 378.5 yards per game. Antoine Brooks Jr. leads the Maryland Terrapins with 31 tackles, Keandre Jones has 3.5 sacks and Jordan Mosley has one interception.

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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights need a victory here to snap a three-game losing streak. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have lost seven of their last eight home games. McLane Carter is completing 57.4 percent of his passes for 368 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Carter and Artur Sitkowski have combined for three touchdown passes and six interceptions this season. Raheem Blackshear and Bo Melton have combined for 516 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Isaiah Washington has five receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 101.5 yards per contest, and Isaih Pacheco leads the way with 262 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 33.3 points and 413.5 yards per game. Tyshon Fogg leads the Rutgers Scarlet Knights with 40 tackles, Elorm Lumor has one sack and Avery Young has one interception.  

The Terrapins are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Scarlet Knights are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in October. The under is 7-3 in Scarlet Knights last 10 games overall. The under is 5-2 in Terrapins last 7 road games.

The Maryland Terrapins have covered seven of their last eight games as a double-digit favorite. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have covered six of their last nine games as a double-digit underdog. Maryland hasn't been able to build on that upset win over Syracuse, but that's expected given the level of competition it faced and the reputation overall for this program. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have been shutout twice in their last three games and are averaging 5.3 points during their three-game losing streak. This is a game Maryland should win comfortably and needs to if this season is going to be a success, as the rest of the schedule doesn't get any easier. Rutgers is unbackable at the moment. 

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Randy’s Pick Maryland Terrapins -13.5

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