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College Football Betting Preview: Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Maryland Terrapins

October 7, 2023


Maryland has started the season off undefeated with a record of 5-0 but will have their toughest test to date on Saturday in week 6 of the college football season when they travel to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes in a battle of two undefeated teams in the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes have looked like one of the best teams in the country and have already had one of the best wins this year by defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Will the Terrapins keep the game closer than Vegas projected or will the Buckeyes win convincingly at home? Let’s take a look at how these teams have fared this season.

The Maryland Terrapins enter this game with a record of 5-0 following a 44-17 win at home against the Indiana Hoosiers while covering the 14.5-point spread as a home favorite in week 5 of the college football season. Maryland scored 44 points while compiling a total of 472 yards offensively which included 352 passing yards and 120 rushing yards while allowing 17 points and 321 total yards defensively which included 205 passing yards and 116 rushing yards. Taulia Tagovailoa led the team in passing, completing 24 of 34 attempts for 352 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 15 yards and a touchdown. Roman Hemby led the team in rushing with 14 carries for 54 yards while adding two receptions for 19 yards. Tai Felton led the team in receiving, catching seven of nine targets for 134 yards and three touchdowns.

Ohio State enters this game ranked 4th in the AP Poll and 3rd in the Coaches Poll with a record of 4-0 following a 17-14 win on the road against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish while the game ended in a push in week 4 of the college football season. Ohio State scored 17 points while compiling a total of 366 yards offensively which included 240 passing yards and 126 rushing yards while allowing 14 points and 351 total yards defensively which included 175 passing yards and 176 rushing yards. Kyle McCord led the team in passing, completing 21 of 37 attempts for 240 yards. TreVeyon Henderson led the team in rushing with 14 carries for 104 yards and a touchdown. Emeka Egbuka led the team in receiving, catching seven of 11 targets for 96 yards. 

BookMaker has the Ohio State Buckeyes listed as 20-point favorites at home against the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday in week 6 of the college football season. Ohio State has won all eight games all-time in the series and has gone 5-3 ATS all-time and 2-1 ATS in the last three matchups. Maryland is 3-2 ATS overall, 1-0 ATS on the road, and 2-0 ATS in conference games this season while the Ohio State Buckeyes are 1-2-1 ATS overall, 1-1 ATS at home, 1-2-1 ATS as a favorite, and 0-1 ATS in conference games on the year.

Ohio State is the superior team in terms of talent this season and has been the dominant team in the series, winning all eight games all-time in the series. The Buckeyes have been the better team at covering the spread in the series as well, going 5-3 ATS all-time and 2-1 ATS in the last three matchups. As a result, I am taking the Ohio State Buckeyes -20 on BookMaker for this matchup on Saturday. 

Spooky Express Pick: Ohio State Buckeyes -20