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College Football Betting Preview: Virginia Cavaliers vs. Maryland Terps

September 15, 2023


The 0-2 Virginia Cavaliers travel to take on the 2-0 Maryland Terrapins in a week 3 matchup Friday night on Fox Sports 1. The Cavaliers enter this game with a record of 0-2 following losses on the road against the Tennessee Volunteers by a score of 13-49 and at home against the James Madison Dukes by a score of 35-36 in week 2 while the Maryland Terrapins enter this game with a record of 2-0 following wins at home against the Towson Tigers in week 1 by a score of 38-6 and against the Charlotte 49ers in week 2 by a score of 38-20. 

Will the Terrapins improve to 3-0 this season or will the Cavaliers get the win on the road? Let’s take a deeper dive into how these teams are performing this season.

The Virginia Cavaliers enter this game with a record of 0-2 following a 35-36 loss at home against the James Madison Dukes while covering the 6-point spread as a home underdog. The Cavaliers scored 35 points while compiling 395 total yards offensively which included 377 passing yards and 18 rushing yards while allowing 36 points and 395 total yards defensively which included 228 passing yards and 167 rushing yards. Anthony Colandrea led the team in passing, completing 20 of 26 attempts for 377 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. 

Mike Hollins led the team in rushing with 12 carries for 28 yards. Malik Washington led the team in receiving, catching all five targets for 119 yards and a touchdown.

Maryland enters this game with a record of 2-0 following a 38-20 win at home against the Charlotte 49ers, however, the Terrapins failed to cover the 24.5-point spread as a home favorite in week 2 of the college football season. The Terrapins scored 38 points while compiling 530 total yards offensively which included 287 passing yards and 243 rushing yards while allowing 20 points and 314 total yards defensively which included 189 passing yards and 125 rushing yards. 

Taulia Tagovailoa led the team in passing, completing 25 of 36 attempts for 287 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Roman Hemby led the team in rushing with 19 carries for 162 yards and a touchdown while adding four receptions for 55 yards. Kaden Prather led the team in receiving, catching four of six targets for 80 yards and a touchdown. 

BookMaker has the Maryland Terrapins listed as 14.5-point favorites at home against the Virginia Cavaliers in week 3 of the college football season on Friday evening. The teams have split the last ten games in the series while Maryland has won two of the last three games. The Cavaliers are 7-3 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. Virginia is 1-1 ATS overall and 1-1 ATS as an underdog this season while the Maryland Terrapins are 0-2 ATS overall, 0-2 ATS at home, and 0-2 ATS as a favorite.

Maryland is the more talented team and has been the better team most recently in the series, winning two of the last three games. However, the Cavaliers have been the better team at covering the spread going 7-3 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. As a result, I am buying the .5 point and taking the Virginia Cavaliers +15 on BookMaker for this matchup on Friday evening. 

Spooky Express Pick: Virginia Cavaliers +15