College Football Lock Of The Week: Minnesota vs. Maryland
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In a year where we didn’t know whether or not we’d even have college football, it’s wild that the SEC’s 10-game season has already passed the halfway point as the conference enters Week 6 this weekend. As for the Big Ten, things are just getting started, and while we still may not know too much about a number of teams around the conference just yet, we’re circling a Big Ten matchup on Friday for this week’s college football lock of the week.
College Football Lock Of The Week: Minnesota at Maryland
Kick-Off: Friday, Oct. 30, 7:30 PM EST
The Pick: Minnesota -19.5
It’s easy to overthink games, especially when the line for the game is hovering around the 20-point mark between two teams in the same conference. Don’t overthink this one though because Maryland is a very bad football team and Minnesota is, at the very least, an above-average football team.
Maryland got annihilated 43-3 in its season opener against Northwestern last week. The Terps gained just 207 yards on the day while giving up 507 yards to the Wildcats. While Maryland does have a Tagovailoa under center, he certainly isn’t Tua as his younger brother Taulia got his Maryland career off to a poor start last week throwing three interceptions.
Tagovailoa could turn into a solid quarterback in the Big Ten, but it’s not going to start against Minnesota on Friday night. The Golden Gophers did fall to Michigan 49-24 in their opener last week, but they are far more talented than the Terps in just about every spot on the field. Minnesota didn’t force a turnover last week, but I think it’ll get on the board this week against a Maryland offense still very much trying to figure things out.
Maryland’s run defense is going to have a real problem in slowing down Mohamed Ibrahim who ran for 140 yards against Michigan. Maryland gave up 325 yards on the ground to Northwestern last weekend; teams don’t just all of the sudden become better at stopping the run in one week.
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