Canceled: Michigan State at Maryland: 12/19/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Maryland Terrapins (2-3) vs Michigan State Spartans (2-5)
Game Info: Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium)
Betting Odds: Maryland Terrapins -1 -- Over/Under: 49 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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This game has been canceled.
The Michigan State Spartans will travel to Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium to take on the Maryland Terrapins this Saturday night in College Football action.
The Michigan State Spartans lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 2-5 on the season after being defeated by the Penn State Nittany Lions, 39-24, this past Saturday. Michigan State held a 24-18 lead late in the 3rd quarter, however, the defense struggled down the stretch and allowed Penn State to pull away after the Nittany Lions closed out the game on a 21-0 run. Michigan State was outgained by Penn State by a 405-389 margin and committed 1 turnover in the loss. Leading the way for the for Spartans was QB Payton Thorne who completed 22 of 39 passes for 325 yards, 3 TD, & 1 INT.
On the season, Michigan State is averaging 18.0 ppg on 329.6 total yards per game (238.9 passing yds/g; 90.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, has been led by the WR duo of Jalen Nailor (26 rec, 515 yards, 4 TD) and Jayden Reed (33 rec, 407 yards, 3 TD). The other top receiving targets have been Ricky White (10 rec, 223 yards, TD) and Matt Dotson (9 rec, 107 yards). QB Payton Thorne (56.5 CMP %, 582 yards, 3 TD, 3 INT) has taken over under center for QB Rocky Lombardi (53.5 CMP %, 1,090 yards, 8 TD, 9 INT). Leading the way for the Spartans backfield has been the duo of Jordan Simmons (56 att, 219 yards) & Connor Heyward (65 att, 200 yards).
Defensively, Michigan State is allowing their opponents to average 35.1 ppg on 396.7 total yards per game (239.4 passing yds/g; 157.3 rushing yds/g).
The Maryland Terrapins lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 2-3 on the season after being defeated by the Rutgers Scarlett Knights, 27-24 in OT, this past Saturday. Maryland had some costly turnovers against Rutgers and could not force a 2nd OT after Joseph Petrino missed a 50-yard game-tying FG attempt. Maryland outgained Rutgers by a 455-379 margin, however, lost the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Terrapins was RB Jake Funk who had 17 carries for 180 yards & 1 TD.
On the season, Maryland is averaging 23.6 ppg on 408.4 total yards per game (264.0 passing yds/g; 144.4 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Maryland has been led by RB Jake Funk who has 516 rushing yards & 3 TD’s on 60 carries. QB Taulia Tagovailoa has completed 61.5% of his passes for 1,011 yards, 7 TD, & 7 INT while adding 2 rushing TD’s. Tagovailoa missed his last game due to an undisclosed injury and should be considered questionable for this matchup. QB Eric Najarian replaced Taulia Tagovailoa last game and comes into this contest completing 52.2% of his passes for 218 yards, 2 TD, & 0 INT. The top receiving threats for the Terrapins have been Dontay Demus Jr. (24 rec, 365 yards, 4 TD), Rakim Jarrett (17 rec, 252 yards, 2 TD), and Brian Cobbs (13 rec, 188 yards, TD).
Defensively, Maryland is allowing their opponents to average 32.0 ppg on 430.0 total yards per game (200.8 passing yds/g; 229.2 rushing yds/g).
The Spartans are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf and 3-12 ATS in their last 15 conference games. The Terrapins are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall, however, are just 5-13 ATS in their last 18 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Michigan State picked up a very nice win earlier this season against Northwestern, however, it’s been a tough season for the Spartans as they come into this game ranked just 115th in scoring offense & 97th in scoring defense. Maryland might not have Taulia Tagovailoa, however, as the Terrapins still have some solid offense weapons in Dontay Demus Jr. & Jake Funk and have to be encouraged by the play of QB Eric Najarian last game, I think Maryland covers this small home spread. Good Luck!