Maryland 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick and Prediction
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Breaking Down the Maryland Terrapins Win Total
2020 College Football Season
Marylands: O/U 4.0 Wins -- Title Odds:
The Maryland Terrapins will be looking to rebound from an abysmal 2019 season. Maryland finished the 2019 campaign with an overall record of (3-9), while going (1-8) in Big Ten play. The offense averaged 25.2 points per game, which ranked 95th at the FBS level. The defense had plenty of issues, allowing nearly 35 points per contest. The program is under the direction of Mike Locksley.
The offense was led by quarterback Josh Jackson. Jackson passed for 1,274 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions, while playing just over half the season. Maryland had a solid duo in the backfield. Javon Leake and Anthony McFarland Jr. both rushed for 8 touchdowns and each had at least 600 yards rushing. However, both are now part of an NFL organization. Tayon Fleet-Davis looks to be in line for an increased workload, as he rushed for 265 yards and 2 scores as a junior. The program will also welcome back wideout Dontay Demus Jr. Demus reeled in 41 receptions for 625 yards and 6 touchdowns.
As a team the defense totaled 21 sacks and 10 interceptions. The defense was guided by safety Antoine Brooks Jr. Brooks led the team in tackles with 85, but was drafted in the 6th round by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Linebacker Keandre Jones registered a team high 7 sacks. Jones was picked up as an undrafted free agent by the Chicago Bears. The secondary was paced by Nick Cross. Cross was a freshman, but managed to have 5 pass break ups and 2 interceptions.
Let us take a look at the Maryland schedule for the 2020 season.
Sept. 5 Towson
Sept. 12 Northern Illinois
Sept. 19 at West Virginia
Oct. 3 Minnesota
Oct. 10 at Indiana
Oct. 17 at Northwestern
Oct. 24 Wisconsin
Oct. 31 Rutgers
Nov. 7 at Michigan
Nov. 14 Ohio State
Nov. 21 at Penn State
Nov. 28 Michigan State
The Terrapins open the season with three straight non-conference games. Maryland plays host to Towson and Northern Illinois, before heading to West Virginia. Maryland will be 2-0 heading to West Virginia. I can’t see Maryland keeping it close against West Virginia, therefore Maryland will 2-1 heading into Big Ten play.
The projected win total is set at 4 wins. The program will have lots of gaps to fill in, as quite a few key players are now on NFL rosters. Seeing that key players are on NFL rosters from last season's team, does not bode well, as last year's team had just 3 wins. Maryland has a tough conference schedule, especially towards the end. Maryland will more than likely get a win at home over Rutgers, but other than that the Terrapins might get a win at home against Michigan State. It looks to be another rough season for coach Mike Locksley and company, as this looks to be a continued rebuild season.