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College Football Betting Preview: Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Maryland Terrapins

November 4, 2023


The 11th-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions will travel to College Park, Maryland to face the Maryland Terrapins at SECU Stadium in a Big Ten showdown on Saturday afternoon with the game starting at 3:30 PM ET and airing nationally on Fox in week 10 of the college football season.

The Penn State Nittany Lions enter this game ranked 11th in the College Football Playoff rankings with a record of 7-1 following a 33-24 win at home against the Indiana Hoosiers while failing to cover the 31-point spread as a home favorite in week 9 of the college football season. Penn State scored 33 points while compiling a total of 342 yards offensively which included 210 passing yards and 132 rushing yards while allowing 24 points and 349 total yards defensively which included 269 passing yards and 80 rushing yards. 

Drew Allar led the team in passing, completing 20 of 31 attempts for 210 yards with three touchdowns and an interception while adding five rushing yards on eight attempts. Kaytron Allen led the team in rushing with 18 carries for 81 yards while adding two receptions for 13 yards. KeAndre Lambert-Smith led the team in receiving, catching six of eight targets for 96 yards and a touchdown.

Maryland enters this game with a record of 5-3 and is on a three-game losing streak following a 27-33 loss on the road against the Northwestern Wildcats while failing to cover the 14-point spread as a road favorite in week 9 of the college football season. The Terrapins scored 27 points while compiling a total of 391 yards offensively which included 274 passing yards and 117 rushing yards while allowing 33 points and 364 total yards defensively which included 265 passing yards and 99 rushing yards. Taulia Tagovailoa led the team in passing, completing 30 of 47 attempts for 274 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Colby McDonald led the team in rushing with five carries for 43 yards. Jeshaun Jones led the team in receiving, catching nine of ten targets for 78 yards and a touchdown.

BookMaker has the Penn State Nittany Lions listed as 8.5-point favorites on the road against the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday afternoon in week 10 of the college football season. Penn State has won seven of the nine games all-time and two of the last three meetings while going 6-3 ATS all-time and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Penn State Nittany Lions are 6-2 ATS overall, 2-1 ATS on the road, 6-1 ATS as a favorite, and 3-2 ATS in conference games this season while the Maryland Terrapins are 3-5 ATS overall, 2-3 ATS at home, 0-1 ATS as an underdog, and 2-3 ATS in conference games on the year.

Penn State is the more talented team this season and has dominated the series, winning seven of the nine games all-time while going 6-3 ATS in those matchups. The Nittany Lions have also been one of the best teams at covering the spread in the Big Ten going 6-2 ATS overall and 6-1 ATS as a favorite. Buy the .5 point and lay the points with the Penn State Nittany Lions when they travel to face the Maryland Terrapins in week 10 of the college football season. 

Spooky Express Pick: Penn State -8