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College Football Betting Preview: Maryland Terrapins vs. Michigan Wolverines

November 18, 2023


Two Big Ten teams will face off in the first game of a triple-header on Fox when the 3rd-ranked Michigan Wolverines travel to College Park, Maryland to face the Maryland Terrapins at SECU Stadium in week 12 of the college football season with kickoff scheduled for 12:00 PM on Saturday afternoon.

The Michigan Wolverines are one of the most completed teams in college football this season as they enter this game with a record of 10-0 that includes a 7-0 record in the Big Ten following a 24-15 win on the road against the Penn State Nittany Lions in week 11 of the college football season while covering the 4.5-point favorites. The Wolverines have been one of the best scoring teams in college football this season as they enter this game averaging 39 points per game which is tied for 10th in college football while also featuring the best scoring defense in college football as they are allowing the fewest points per game with an average of 7.5 points per game. The only way Michigan loses this game is if they are looking towards their matchup next week in what is likely to decide the Big Ten East Division and a spot in the college football playoffs. 

The Maryland Terrapins will be going to a bowl game for the 3rd season in a row as they enter this game with a record of 6-4 and finally ended their four-game losing streak last week with a 13-10 win on the road against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. However, the offense which was expected to be a strength for the Terrapins this season has not been great over their last five games and has fallen from averaging 38.6 points per game in their first five games to averaging 19.2 points per game over their last five games this season and things won’t get any easier for the offense this week when they face the stingiest defenses in college football at home against the Michigan Wolverines. 

BookMaker has the Michigan Wolverines listed as 18.5-point favorites on the road against the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday afternoon in week 12 of the college football season. Michigan has won seven of the eight games all-time including the last seven meetings while going 6-2 ATS all-time and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Michigan Wolverines are 5-4-1 ATS overall, 4-0 ATS on the road, 5-4-1 ATS as a favorite, and 5-1-1 ATS in conference games this season while the Maryland Terrapins are 4-6 ATS overall, 2-4 ATS at home, 0-2 ATS as an underdog, and 3-4 ATS in conference games on the year.

Michigan is the better team this season and has dominated the series, winning seven of the eight games all-time while also going 5-2 ATS all-time. The Wolverines have also been the best teams in the conference at covering the spread in conference play as they are 5-1-1 ATS in conference play while the Terrapins have been one of the worst teams at covering the spread at home going 2-4 ATS at home. Buy the .5 point and lay the points with the Michigan Wolverines when they travel to face the Maryland Terrapins.

Spooky Express Pick: Michigan Wolverines -18