Penn State vs. Maryland preview: the Nittany Lions look to hand Maryland its first loss under first-year head coach DJ Durkin.
On Saturday, October 8 at 12 p.m. E.T., the Penn State Nittany Lions host the Maryland Terrapins at Beaver Stadium, which has a listed capacity of 107,282. The game will be broadcast on Big Ten Network. Read on for our Penn State vs. Maryland preview.
According to ESPN's matchup predictor, which is based on the network's Football Power Index, Penn State has a 56.6-percent chance to defeat the Terps. Penn State won last year's matchup 31-30. The series is 1-1 since Maryland joined Penn State in the Big Ten, with both games being decided by one point. Historically, Penn State has absolutely dominated Maryland, however, with a 36-2-1 record in the all-time series. According to OddsShark, Penn State opened as a three-point favorite in this one, but the line has flipped in the other direction, and Maryland is actually now favored by a point at most sports books.
Spread: Maryland Terrapins -1
Game Time: 12:00 p.m. E.T.
Channel: Big Ten Network
Penn State vs. Maryland preview:
Penn State is 3-2 while Maryland is 4-0, but the most impressive win on either resume came for the Nittany Lions this past weekend, when Saquon Barkley broke through for a huge overtime touchdown to beat Minnesota. Penn State has losses to Pitt and Michigan, while undefeated Maryland has not played anyone of note.
Barkley leads the way for Penn State's offense, with 380 yards and an impressive seven touchdowns through five games. Quarterback Trace McSorley has been a nice surprise as well, with over 8 yards per attempt, and 1,284 yards so far on the season.
Maryland's offense has been all about the ground game so far. The Terrapins have 185 runs vs. just 90 passes, with 12 players carrying the rock, and seven finding the end zone. As a team, Maryland has 1,200 rushing yards in four game, and is averaging 6.5 yards per carry.
Penn State vs. Maryland prediction:
Maryland is undefeated, but Penn State is easily the best team it has faced all season. The Nittany Lions are at home for this one, and should have a solid talent advantage. James Franklin has not been great as PSU head coach, but he has brought in some nice talent. They should hand their Big Ten East rival its first win.
Penn State 29, Maryland 27