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ESPN Analyst Releases Score Prediction For Nebraska-Maryland

Nebraska head coach Scott Frost on the field.

LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 14: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers on the field before the game against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Memorial Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

The Nebraska Cornhuskers head into Saturday's game against Maryland in pure desperation mode. A loss eliminates them from bowl eligibility for the third year in a row, and a second under Scott Frost.

But as bad as the Huskers have been during their four-game losing streak, their game against the 3-7 Terrapins offers a chance to get back on track. Maryland has lost five games a row.

ESPN's Bill Connelly used the SP+ prediction model to determine the likely outcome for the game.

Based on the model, Nebraska has a 58-percent chance of winning at Maryland Stadium this weekend. The Huskers are projected to win the game, 31-27.

The SP+ model's score projection lines up with the four-point spread at most sportsbooks at the moment. From Connelly:

Nebraska is a four-point favorite heading into this game. That's a pretty unconvincing spread against a Maryland team on a five-game losing streak that's given up at least 34 points in each of those losses, even on the road.

It will be a battle of struggling defenses to be sure. But with Maryland already out of bowl contention, the Terrapins can make life extremely difficult for the Huskers in their own backyard.