The 2014 bowl season rolls on with a Tuesday night (9:00 pm ET) game featuring the Maryland Terrapins (7-5) of the Big-10 and the Stanford Cardinal (7-5) of the PAC-12 Conference in the Foster Farms Bowl from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. The Terrapins lost their season finale to their fellow newly-minted Big-10 rival Rutgers 41-38, they did notch wins over traditional conference heavyweights Penn St. (20-19) and Michigan (23-16) on the road in their first go round in the Big-10. The Cardinal closed the regular season with wins over traditional rival Cal (38-17) and UCLA (31-10), both on the road.
Maryland is ranked 64th nationally in scoring offense with an average of 29.1 points per game and 106th among FBS teams in total offense with 352.1 yards per contest. The Terrapins rank 82nd nationally in points allowed with 28.9 per game and 95th in total defense 438.1 YPG allowed.
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Stanford is ranked 85th nationally in scoring offense with an average of 25.7 PPG scored and 77th among FBS teams in total offense with 386.5 YPG. The Cardinal rank 2nd nationally in points allowed with 16 per game and 4th in total defense 287.4 YPG allowed.
Maryland vs. Stanford Spread, Line and Betting Odds:
Maryland Terrapins +14
@ Stanford Cardinal -14
Over 48 (-110)
Under 48 (-110)
Betting odds taken from Bovada.lv
Maryland vs Stanford Pick
The Terrapins are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games on grass and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The Cardinal are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 bowl games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. The Over is 21-8 in the Terrapins’ last 29 games on grass, 5-2-1 in their last 8 non-conference games and 5-2 in their last 7 neutral site games. The Under is 16-5 in the Cardinal’s last 21 games overall, 6-2 in their last 8 non-conference games and 14-3 in their last 17 games against a team with a winning record.
Stanford has one of the best defenses in the nation, both in terms of points allowed and total defense, but they also have an offense that has underachieved under senior QB Ryan Hogan. Hogan bounced back in the last two games, completing 31-of-39 passes for 448 yards and 2 TDs over the two games that also saw running back Remound Wright rush for 6 total TDs.
The Terrapins were largely successful in their first season in the Big-10, but they were over-matched against the cream of the conference; they were outscored 141-46 in losses to Ohio St., Michigan St. and Wisconsin. They do not match-up well against Stanford, which despite not having a great season by their standards, is still a battle-tested team that has beaten some quality teams this season. Stanford can utilize cornerback Alex Carter, who is considered a top NFL prospect, to neutralize Maryland’s only real offensive threat in wide receiver Stefon Biggs who finished 2nd in the Big-10 in receptions per game with 5.8, and was fourth with an average of 72.7 receiving YPG.
Stanford has looked better on offense of late, and they should look even better against a shaky Maryland defenses in the confines of Levi’s Stadium, in what amounts to a home game just miles from their campus. In what is one of the largest spreads of any bowl game, the Cardinal should cover. Take Stanford here.