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Minnesota, Maryland Ready For Slugfest

Minnesota vs Maryland Betting Odds

Two teams coming off sobering losses to open their Big Ten schedules meet Sunday when the Maryland Terrapins entertain the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Terrapins (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS) came out completely flat in a 43-3 loss to Northwestern, and are significant underdogs against a Golden Gophers team (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS) that dropped a 49-24 decision to Michigan.

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Maryland Terrapins
  • Date/Time: October 30, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: Maryland Stadium
  • TV Coverage: ESPN
  • Opening Odds: Minnesota -17.5 | O/U 62.5 (Line History)
  • Minnesota vs Maryland Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

The Golden Gophers opened as 17.5-point favorites, but that line has since grown to -20.5. The total kicked off at 62.5 and is now at 60.5 in most spots.

Minnesota News & Notes

It has only been one game, but the Golden Gophers have made it clear who they will be leaning on to lead them to victory in a competitive Big Ten West division. Running back Mohamed Ibrahim saw an incredible 30 touches in the season opener against the Wolverines despite the one-sided result, turning them into 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

The passing game wasn’t quite as successful, but it did portend future value from a daily fantasy standpoint. Quarterback Tanner Morgan threw for just 196 yards with a touchdown and an interception but could be an interesting contrarian DFS play this week – and he has already established his No. 1 target, with Rashod Bateman hauling in nine passes for 102 yards in the season-opening loss.

Maryland News & Notes

It’s early, but the surname might be the only thing that Maryland’s starting quarterback has in common with his first-round draft pick brother. Taulia Tagovailoa had a dreadful debut for the Terrapins, throwing for just 94 yards and three interceptions against a stout Wildcats defense that held Maryland to just over 200 total yards and a 3.2 yards per carry average on the ground.

Fortunately for the Terrapins, Saturday’s matchup with the Golden Gophers should bear more offensive fruit. And with Maryland having established a trio of receivers – Nick DeGennaro, Dontay Demus Jr. and Jeshaun Jones – at the top of its pecking order, Tagovailoa should be able to move the ball through the air vs a Minnesota team that allowed 478 yards to Michigan.

Betting Pick: OVER 60.5 (-110)

We might be putting too much stock in last week’s results, but neither team looked all that impressive defensively in its season opener – and with both sides looking to rebound offensively, the points should be plentiful.

Shark Bites
  • Minnesota is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games.
  • Maryland is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 home games.
  • The OVER is 6-1 in Minnesota’s last 7 games vs the Big Ten.