Maryland Terrapins vs Illinois Fighting Illini predictions

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Illinois Fighting Illini
Point Spread PickBest Bet
Maryland Win -7.5

In a late game on Friday night the Illinois Fighting Illini will play host to the Maryland Terrapins. The Illini are 1-2 this year, with their latest game being a 42-14 beatdown at the hands of Virginia last week. While their offense certainly hasn’t been spectacular, it’s the Illinois defense that has really struggled up to this point, allowing more than 481 yards per contest and almost 34 points. In Week 2 they surrendered 423 passing yards and 5 scores through the air. That came just 7 days after losing at home to UTSA. As for the Terps (2-0), they come into this one clicking on all cylinders following a 62-0 shutout of Howard, after defeating a solid West Virginia team in Week 1. Quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa has started the season on a tear, completing nearly 69% of his passes for 606 yards and a 6-0 TD-to-INT ratio. The Terrapin defense has also been sensational through 2 games, allowing a measly 230.5 yards per game, including just 52 rushing. 

There’s a crazy amount of value on the line in this one. Maryland has looked phenomenal up to this point and if Tagovailoa can even play half as well as he has been, the Terrapins should roll. Illinois looked to be off to a decent start after defeating Nebraska 3 weeks ago, but it appears that says more about Nebraska than it does Illinois. The Illini have now lost back-to-back games, including one to a non Power-5 school. The Illini are now 1-5 ATS in their last 6 contests and 2-5 in their last 7 at home. Back the Terrapins in this one and do so with confidence. 

Maryland -7.5 available at time of publishing. Playable to Maryland -8.5.

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Illinois Fighting Illini
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Under 60.5

Considering the play of these two squads up to this point, it’s hard to envision this one being a shootout. The Illinois offense is averaging 24.7 points per game and coming off a performance in which they managed just 14 while punting it away 7 total times throughout the game. Additionally, they have now lost the possession battle in back-to-back games, whereas Maryland has dominated in that department, controlling the ball for an average of almost 36 minutes per game. 

From a trends standpoint, the total has gone under in 4 of the Terrapins last 5 road games and 4 of their last 5 overall. The under is also 4-2 in Illinois’ last 6 home games vs Big Ten opponents. Expect Maryland to put up some points, but the same cannot be said for Illinois. With the combination of the struggling Illini offense and the stout Terrapin defense, take the under.

Under 60.5 available at time of publishing. Playable at that number.

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