Virginia Cavaliers (0-2) vs. Maryland Terrapins (2-0)
Virginia Cavaliers vs. Maryland Terrapins 9/15/23 – Virginia Cavaliers (0-2) look forward to their third college football game against Maryland Terrapins (2-0) as they try to claim their first victory of 2023 at SECU Stadium, beginning on September 15, 2023, and broadcast on FS1.
Though their start hasn’t been great, the Virginia Cavaliers have seen promising individual performances from running back Perris Jones and wide receiver Malik Washington despite their disappointing 0-2 start. Jones has managed 50 rushing yards on 17 attempts, with his longest run covering 17 yards, contributing one touchdown. Meanwhile, Washington boasts nine receptions for 148 yards at an average 16.4 catch rate with one touchdown score – unfortunately, these individual performances haven’t translated to team victories yet.
Maryland has made an excellent start to their season at 2-0 and is looking strong. Running back Roman Hemby has been highly productive on the ground with 220 yards rushing on 32 attempts for two touchdowns, while wide receiver Jeshaun Jones has collected eight passes for 102 yards and one touchdown, contributing significantly to Maryland’s balanced yet effective offense.
Virginia Cavaliers vs. Maryland Terrapins Game Info
|When:||Friday, September 15, 2023 at 7:00 PM ET|
Anthony Colandrea QB vs. Taulia Tagovailoa QB
Virginia’s Anthony Colandrea has shown potential, completing 22 of 33 attempts for a total of 389 passing yards. He has a 66.7% completion rate and is averaging a noteworthy 11.8 yards per pass attempt. Colandrea has also tossed two touchdowns against a single interception. However, his performance has been marred by being sacked four times, resulting in a loss of 31 yards. His current passer rating sits at 179.6, which shows that while he’s making good decisions generally, the offensive line’s weaknesses are affecting his overall output.
Maryland’s Taulia Tagovailoa has put up consistent numbers, completing 47 of 69 attempts for 547 yards. He has a slightly higher completion percentage at 68.1%, but his yards per attempt fall short at 7.9 compared to Colandrea’s 11.8. Tagovailoa has thrown four touchdowns but also has two interceptions. Impressively, he has not been sacked this season, and his passer rating is at 148.
While both quarterbacks have similar completion percentages, the differences in yards per attempt and touchdowns are telling. Colandrea’s 11.8 yards per attempt signal that he is not afraid to take risks down the field. However, his tendency to get sacked could prove to be a crucial weakness against Maryland’s defense. Tagovailoa’s more conservative style, reflected in his lower yards per attempt, might actually serve him better by reducing the risk of turnovers.
NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: Maryland Terrapins -600, Total Odds: 48.5
Virginia Cavaliers have a spread of +14 with odds at -105, while Maryland Terrapins are at a spread of -14 with odds at -115. The total for the game is set at 48.5.
Virginia Cavaliers Betting Trends
Virginia has managed a 4-2 record ATS in their last six games despite their lackluster start to the season. They have also been solid against Maryland historically, going 6-2 ATS in their last eight matchups. However, their overall SU record paints a dismal picture at 0-5.
Maryland Terrapin Betting Trends
Maryland holds a less-than-stellar 3-7 ATS record in their last 10 games but has been strong at home, recording a 7-2 SU in their last nine home games. They’ve been less convincing when playing against Virginia at home, going 1-4 ATS in their last five matchups.
Virginia Cavaliers vs. Maryland Terrapins 9/15/23 Betting Picks
Considering current form, key player stats, and betting trends, Maryland emerges as the favorite in our free sports picks for this matchup. Taulia Tagovailoa appears more poised for success, benefiting from better offensive line protection than Anthony Colandrea. While Virginia boasts strong ATS trends against Maryland, their recent SU record and on-the-road performance raise concerns. Given Virginia’s offensive vulnerabilities and Maryland’s balanced attack, the Terrapins are poised to cover the spread and extend their winning streak.
Free Pick and Prediction: Maryland Terrapins will win 34-17.