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September 14, 2019
TEMPLE OWLS vs. MARYLAND TERPS -6.5
Maryland had the same 2-0 record and a win over a ranked team last year when it faced the Owls and promptly got blown out. The Owls shut down the Terapins’ potent offense and pulled off a 35-14 upset. Maryland totaled 195 yards, made only 11 first downs and got its touchdowns on an interception return and a blocked punt in last year’s loss.
Maryland defeated Howard 79-0, stunned then-No. 21 Syracuse 63-20 and cracked the Top 25 for the first time since 2013. Maryland last ranked this high in the poll in November 2006.
(Take Maryland Giving 6.5 Points)
AIR FORCE FALCONS vs. COLORADO BUFFALOES -3.5
Air Force attempted just one pass in its season opener, but it was a successful one as backup quarterback Isaiah Sanders connected with Geraud Sanders for 41 yards. Otherwise, the Falcons kept the ball on the ground with 17 different players earning at least on carry. Air Force finished with 423 rushing yards, which currently ranks second nationally behind Navy, and an average of 6.51 yards per attempt, which ranks 12th.
Nebraska kept Colorado’s superstar receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. bottled up much of the game, holding him to 31 receiving yards and six rushing yards on eight touches offensively and forcing a fumble at the tail end of his 54-yard kick return. However, quarterback Steven Montez completed 28-of-41 passes for 375 yards and two touchdowns including a 96-yarder to K.D. Nixon that sparked momentum in CU’s favor and one interception while leading the Buffs to the comeback win.
(Take Colorado Giving -3.5 Points)
NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUSKIES vs. NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS -14
As Scott Frost and his Nebraska Cornhuskers move towards what appears to be a rebound game versus Northern Illinois, it’s time to look in the mirror and take stock. This team has talent, but also clearly more question marks than were apparent heading into the season. Nebraska has several issues to shore up, but a few potential solutions stick out that can be quickly implemented.
Ross Bowers leads the charge at quarterback and doesn’t provide anywhere near the running threat the Huskers saw with their first two opponents. He had a decent day against a 69th-ranked Utah passing defense (20-of-29, 220 yards, TD, INT). This is a concern for the Big Red as their efforts through eight quarters have resulted in a national pass defense ranking of 114th.
(Take Nebraska Giving 14 Points)
INDIANA HOOSIERS vs. OHIO STATE BUCKEYES -17.5
Justin Fields has thrown for six touchdowns and run for three more in his first two games with the Buckeyes. He’s second in Ohio State history to Dwayne Haskins Jr. for most touchdown passes in his first two starts. Haskins threw nine TD passes in the first two games last year. And the three TD runs are a school record for a quarterback in his first two starts. But the Georgia transfer doesn’t care about the numbers.
Indiana’s Michael Penix Jr. has shown what he’s capable of in his first two career starts. After throwing for 326 yards, one TD and two interceptions and running for 67 yards in the season opener, Penix cleaned things up last week and was an efficient 14 of 20 with 197 yards and two TDs before taking a seat late in the first half. The redshirt freshman knows he will have to be every bit as good Saturday.
(Take Ohio State Giving 17.5 Points)
ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS vs. MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS -14
The Spartans sputtered to a 7-6 season and were held under 20 points in each of their losses. This year there are signs of improvement, but No. 18 Michigan State will be put to the test Saturday at Spartan Stadium in a rematch with Arizona State.
Dantonio can take over Michigan State’s career lead in victories with a win this week. He and Duffy Daugherty are tied for first place at 109.
Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke is from Phoenix, so this is a special matchup for him. He threw for 314 yards and a touchdown in the loss at Arizona State last year.
Arizona State’s Eno Benjamin needs 45 yards rushing to reach 2,000 for his career, but he’ll be up against a defense that excels against the run. Michigan State was No. 1 in the nation against the run last season and has allowed minus-6 yards on the ground so far this year.
Jayden Daniels was the first true freshman quarterback to start the season opener for Arizona State. Through two games, he has thrown for 588 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions but the Sun Devils have allowed six sacks in two games.
(Take Michigan State Giving 14 Points)