West Virginia at Maryland 9/4/21 College Football Picks and Predictions
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Maryland Terrapins (0-0) vs West Virginia Mountaineers (0-0)
Game Info: Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 3:30 pm (Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium)
Betting Odds: Maryland Terrapins +3 -- Over/Under: 57 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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West Virginia faces Maryland on Saturday, September 4th, at Maryland Stadium for a Week 1 college football matchup.
West Virginia qualified for a bowl last season with a 5-4 regular season record (4-4 in conference play). West Virginia defeated Army in the Liberty Bowl by the score of 24-21 to wrap up a successful season. West Virginia returns nine starters on offense this season, including their starting quarterback in Jarret Doege. Doege was 16th in the country in passing yards with 2,587. Doege also had 14 passing touchdowns and only four interceptions in 2020. West Virginia's leading rusher, Leddie Brown, also returns to the team after a good 2020 campaign. West Virginia only returns seven starters on defense, but this was a unit that allowed the fewest points per game in the Big 12 last year at 20.5. West Virginia does face two Power 5 teams in its non-conference schedule, Maryland and Virginia Tech.
Maryland's 2020 season was one to forget as the Terrapins only played five games and had to deal with injuries and COVID-19 issues all season. Maryland finished the year with a 2-3 record and had four games canceled throughout the season. Maryland's two wins were over Minnesota in overtime and Penn State in back-to-back weeks. Maryland enters the 2021 season with eight returning starters on offense, and that includes their starting quarterback in Taulia Tagovailoa. Brother of Dolphins QB Tua, Taulia Tagovailoa is set to be the starter yet again this season. Maryland returns 10 starters on defense from last season but this was a unit that struggled in 2020. Maryland allowed 32.0 points per game last season and will look to sharpen up on the defensive side of things in 2021. Head coach Mike Locksley enters his 7th year as a head coach, four of them being with Maryland.
West Virginia opens as a 3-point favorite and the total is set at 57. I think West Virginia's defense leads the way in this one. Maryland's lack of a running game should hurt them and I think West Virginia's running game led by Leddie Brown is enough for a win by the Mountaineers here.