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How and what to watch for Minnesota vs. Maryland

Neither team enjoyed the way their season opener went, but Minnesota and Maryland will meet up on Friday night.

Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Giles Jackson attempts to catch a pass as Michigan Wolverines defensive back Gemon Green plays defense in the second half at TCF Bank Stadium. Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Maryland Terrapins struggled to open their season last weekend and will look for their first win of the year on Friday night.

Minnesota hosted ESPN’s College GameDay, but the then-ranked No. 21 Golden Gophers struggled to a 49-24 home loss to the Michigan Wolverines, which are now ranked No. 13 in the country. Minnesota running back Mohamed Ibrahim scored a pair of touchdowns rushing and finished with 140 yards on 26 carries. Rashod Bateman played well with nine catches for 101 yards, and quarterback Tanner Morgan turned the ball over twice with an interception and fumble. He completed 18 of 31 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown.

Maryland certainly did not have a whole lot of positives come out of its season-opening loss to a Northwestern team that is coming off a 3-9 season. The Terrapins lost 43-3 in Evanston on Saturday, and they need to correct things quickly as Minnesota comes to town. Maryland kicked a field goal on its first drive of the game, then allowed 43 unanswered points. Taulia Tagovailoa threw three interceptions and completed 14 of 25 passes for 94 yards.

Minnesota won the last game of this matchup when it defeated Maryland 52-10 in 2019.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Colorado State at Fresno State on Friday, October 30th at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Minnesota (-19.5) vs Maryland
Point Total: 61
Money line: Minnesota (-1000), Maryland (+600)

  • Minnesota is 13-3 straight up in its last 16 games.
  • The point total went over in seven of Minnesota’s last eight games.
  • Maryland is 1-5 against the spread in its last six games.
  • The point total went under in four of Maryland’s last five games.

The Best Bet

Neither of these teams looked very good last week, but Maryland looked significantly worse than Minnesota. The Terps got handled easily by Northwestern, but the Gophers at least put up a bit of a fight against Michigan.

Pick: Minnesota (-19.5)

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