The Big Ten Conference, like the majority of the sports world, had its 2020 season put in jeopardy by the coronavirus pandemic before it began an abbreviated eight-game campaign last weekend. The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Maryland Terrapins did not fare well, as both schools were soundly defeated in their season openers. Both sides will be looking for a stronger showing when the Golden Gophers visit the Terrapins on Friday. Kickoff from Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.
Minnesota (0-1) opened the scoring early against Michigan on Saturday but quickly lost the momentum and went on to endure a 49-24 loss. Maryland (0-1) suffered a similar fate in its first game, putting the first points on the board before being trounced 43-3 at Northwestern. The Golden Gophers are 20-point favorites in the latest Minnesota vs. Maryland odds from William Hill, while the over-under for total points scored is 61. Before making any Maryland vs. Minnesota picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Minnesota vs. Maryland. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college football odds from William Hill and trends for Maryland vs. Minnesota:
- Minnesota vs. Maryland spread: Golden Gophers -20
- Minnesota vs. Maryland over-under: 61 points
- Minnesota vs. Maryland money line: Golden Gophers -1100, Terrapins +700
- MIN: The Golden Gophers are 10-1 against the spread in their last 11 games following a double-digit home loss
- MD: The Terrapins are 1-5 ATS in their last six overall contests
Why Minnesota can cover
Despite the 25-point loss to Michigan, the Golden Gophers have a dangerous offense that is led by Tanner Morgan, who is 15-5 as the team’s starting quarterback. He guided Minnesota to an 11-2 record as a sophomore last season, including a 31-24 triumph over Auburn in the Outback Bowl. The Gophers scored more than 30 points in 10 of those victories, while Morgan finished the campaign with school records of 3,253 yards, 30 touchdown passes and a completion percentage of 66.
Morgan has thrown a TD pass in a school-record 15 consecutive contests and is tied with Cory Sauter for fourth on Minnesota’s all-time list with 40 scoring tosses. He lost leading receiver Tyler Johnson, who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he still has a formidable target in Rashod Bateman. The junior wideout, who made nine catches for 101 yards against the Wolverines last week, finished last season with 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns.