College Football Pick Maryland at Clemson 10-16-10

October 13, 2010


Maryland Terrapins (4-1) vs. Clemson Tigers (2-3)

Saturday, October 16th, 2010 12:00PM ET

Line: Clemson -15.5

The Clemson Tigers remain as favorites in this meeting while carrying the losing record of 2-3. Clemson’s last three games were tough losses to big-time schools; Auburn, Miami and the recently-hot North Carolina team. The Tigers carry a loaded running squad that recently gave the nod to Andre Ellington to be their starting back for this game. Maryland’s running backs, Davin Meggett and Da’Rel Scott have both been doing the job for the Terp’s running game this season. Both backs shared their carries, totaling for 107 yards and a touchdown from Meggett.

Keys to the Game:

–          The Terrapins only loss this season came to West Virginia on September 18th, besides that loss, the team has been able to win games against weaker teams such as Navy, Morgan State and FIU.

–          Clemson hold’s a worse record but has had one of the toughest schedules this season. Their three game losing streak is something they look to snap when heading back home to Memorial Stadium. Quarterback, Kyle Parker has struggled in his last two games and needs to go back to the stellar form he had against North Texas and Auburn.

–          Andre Ellington’s performance last week against UNC was hard to watch, he only had 12 carries for 55 yards. Ellington needs to do more with his touches this weekend against the Terps, the sophomore running back has rushed for 435 yards and seven touchdowns so far this season.

Clemson’s difficult schedule has harden the team to rip a hole into this Maryland defense. The team owns an excellent backfield and a good set of receivers. But the Terps on the other hand, have allowed opponents to average 18.4 against them this season. Look for Maryland to rely on their big time receiver, Torrey Smith. The junior receiver is having his best season this year, with 17 receptions for 405 yards and five touchdowns.

Free Pick: Maryland +15.5

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