Illinois vs Maryland Prediction and College Football Odds for Week 3
Illinois vs Maryland Quick Prediction:
- Maryland will win
- Maryland will cover the spread
- The Game will be over the total points
The red-hot Maryland Terrapins are traveling to Illinois looking to get another win. They won last week 62-0, against Howard Bison. Illinois is looking to get back on track after starting the year 1-2.
Illinois lost last week to the Virginia Cavaliers (a better team than the Howard Bison) 42-14. This is the second straight loss, after opening the season with an upset win against Nebraska. Maryland’s first win was against West Virginia.
Both teams are trending in different directions. For Illinois, they want to show people this isn’t a down year. On the other hand, Maryland wants to prove to people that they are the team to beat in their conference (unlikely for the Big 10).
Illinois vs Maryland Prediction: Spread
The spread for this game is -7.5 for Maryland on PointsBet. This actually sounds quite low, because I have Maryland winning by double digits. A driving point for me is that Maryland’s offense actually averages 12 more points than Illinois surrenders.
Illinois has a decent offense, but Maryland has a fantastic offense. Also, Maryland has played pretty good defense, while Illinois is having a hard time limiting teams to under 30 points. We can expect Illinois to turnover the ball a couple of times, making the score even more lopsided.
Illinois vs Maryland Prediction: Moneyline
It should be no surprise that Maryland is the favored team this week. The offense for Maryland has been unreal and had a solid defense performance last week. Expect Illinois to have a better day against that defense, because Maryland did give up 24 points to West Virginia.
The biggest reason for a huge win is the difference between Illinois’ defense and Maryland’s offense. Maryland has one of the best offenses in the nation, whereas Illinois has bottom to mediocre defense. So this Illinois’ defense will not stop Maryland.
Maryland is better on both sides of the ball, which will make it hard for Illinois to win the game. However, Illinois will play better than Howard, but will still lose in double digits. Now the question is can the game meet the total points?
Illinois vs Maryland Prediction: Total Points
PointBet has the total score of the game being 59 points. I have both teams combining over that amount. The predicted final score is Maryland 45 to Illinois 28.
This isn’t the closest of games, but both teams will score. Might sound weird to have Illinois to score this many points against Maryland. However, if you look at Maryland’s first game we can see that they allowed 24 points, so Illinois will have around the same day.
This should be a fun game to watch with a high-powered offense and two teams that score frequently. This game will show us what offense can be so fun in college. Either team has a powerhouse of defense, so expect all offense in Illinois.
Tua’s little brother Taulia is going to keep his streak active. He’ll have over 350 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions. He’ll also rack up about fifty rushing yards and another touchdown (a predicted monster game for Taulia).
For Illinois, Artur Sitkowski will have a good day, with 275ish passing yards, and 3 touchdowns. I also expect him to throw one interception that is returned to the house. Also, Illinois’ backfield will have about 150 yards combined with a touchdown.
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