Maryland Betting Odds Preview
After going 2-10 last year Maryland is now 6-18 in two seasons under head coach Randy Edsall. Now, a good part of the blame can be attributed to multiple injuries at quarterback, but six wins in two seasons is certainly disappointing. But the Terps might have a couple things going for them this year; if healthy they'll have a senior starting at QB, and college teams often make considerable strides during the third year of a new coaching regime. And Maryland would love to have a solid season,before it heads into the Big Ten next year.
Maryland had 14 starters back last year from the 2-10 team of 2011, so it seemed logical the Terps might make some advances, and perhaps even return to a bowl. UM started off 4-2, beating nobody of note, and needed just two more victories to become bowl-eligible. But the Terps then lost by two points to N.C. State and by a field goal at Boston College, and then the schedule got tough, and they found themselves having to play freshman linebacker Shawn Petty at QB.
Not surprisingly Maryland lost its last four games to Georgia Tech, Clemson, Florida State, and North Carolina by an average of 23 points. So UM finished 4-8, 2-6 in ACC play in what might be considered a lost season. Somehow, the Terps managed to go 6-6 ATS, despite the ridiculous situation at QB and a -10 turnover ratio.
This year Maryland returns a dozen starters; seven are back on offense, including highly regarded WR Stefon Diggs and three along the offensive line, but only five are back on defense, as they'll have to replace three-quarters of the defensive line, including a pair of solid defensive ends.
The Terrapins open this season with what should be a couple of scrimmages, but then visit coach Edsall's former team, Connecticut, take on West Virginia in Baltimore, and visit Florida State. With any luck Maryland might win one of those games. From there on out the Terps host Virginia, Clemson, Syracuse, and BC, and visit Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, and NC State. Outside of its first two games Maryland might only be favored two or three times this season.
ACC Championship Odds at 5Dimes as of August 5
Florida State +240
Virginia Tech +775
North Carolina +850
Georgia Tech +1050
NC State +7000
Boston College +8500
Wake Forest +15000