Maryland at Minnesota: 10/23/21 College Football Picks and Predictions

Maryland at Minnesota: 10/23/21 College Football Picks and Predictions Photo by Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-2) vs Maryland Terrapins (4-2)

Game Info: Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 3:30 pm (Huntington Bank Stadium)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Golden Gophers -4.5 -- Over/Under: 54.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Maryland Terrapins and Minnesota Golden Gophers face off on Saturday in a Big Ten college football showdown at TCF Bank Stadium. When these two teams last faced off in 2020, Maryland won 45-44 in overtime. 

Minnesota comes into this game and they would be 5-1 with their only loss being to Ohio State if it wasn’t for the terrible loss to Bowling Green. Since that loss, Minnesota beat Purdue and Nebraska in back-to-back games. In the last game running back, Bryce Williams had a big game rushing 17 times for 127 yards and a touchdown. Minnesota has lost their top two running backs, but it’s a deep group that still will be leaned on. The Gophers are averaging 25.3 points while the defense is giving up 20.2 points per game. This is a run-first team but quarterback Tanner Morgan has thrown for 918 yards, six touchdowns, and four interceptions. Wide receiver Chris Autman-Bell has been banged up this season but he is still a dynamic ball catcher, and he should play a big role in this game. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Maryland Terrapins who sit with a 4-2 record overall but they have lost two games in a row. In the last game against Ohio State, the defense was awful, giving up 66 points. Maryland is averaging 30 points while the defense is giving up 29 points per game. Under center for  Maryland is Taulia Tagovailoa and he has thrown for 1,776 yards, 14 touchdowns, and six interceptions. Tayon Fleet-Davis has been the best player for Maryland throwing for 338 yards and four touchdowns. 

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Maryland is 6-14 against the spread in their last 20 games as an underdog. Minnesota is 7-2 against the spread in their last nine games against teams with a winning record. The under is 9-4 in Maryland’s last 13 games overall. The over is 4-0 in the last four meetings between the two teams. 

Maryland’s defense is awful, and Minnesota is going to take advantage. Look for the Golden Gophers to score at least 30 points, and Maryland will also score plenty too. Look for 57 or maybe even 60 points to be scored, and the over will cash. 

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