College football is upon us once again! You have to love the fact that it’s time for football. I know I am pumped up for all of the action! I’m hitting the ground running on the college football season in 2010. I have now cashed on 71 of my last 103 plays overall. I am currently the top ranked handicapper in the world in 2010. Those who have played $1,000 per game on every one of my releases in 2010 are now up $96,750! My guaranteed sports picks have absolutely smashed the books all year long. HunterSportsPicks is here to provide you college football predictions and in-depth previews of all the big games this season. Be sure to check out the free college football picks throughout the year.
Navy Midshipmen (0-0) vs. Maryland Terrapins (0-0) Betting Lines from BetUS
MoneyLine: Navy (-245) Maryland (+205)
College Football Betting Favorite: Navy -6.5
Navy Midshipmen Preview:
This Midshipmen team made my list of top five underrated college football teams going into the season. Navy has quietly built up a very successful program in the last few years. A 10-4 record last year was impressive, but I think they can do even better this year.
Ricky Dobbs is the clear leader of this offense, and he is a great signal caller. He has the ability to throw the ball when necessary, and makes great decisions in the option offense. The fullbacks and tailbacks are solid, and that is extremely important for an offense like the one the Midshipmen run. They have been a top four ranked rushing offense for four straight years, and I fully expect them to do it again in 2010.
The defense has improved in the last three years at Navy, which is one of the main reasons they have made such strides overall. This year the linebackers will be young and inexperienced, but the line and the secondary are both stocked full of solid veterans who know their roles well. The defense won’t be great, but it should be a decent unit.
Maryland Terrapins Preview:
Ralph Friedgen’s team had a horrific 2-10 campaign in 2009, but they should certainly be at least somewhat improved in 2010. Jamarr Robinson brings great athleticism to the offense and the team is full of talented running backs, but how will the rest of the squad perform?
The offense ranked 102nd in the nation in 2009, which obviously won’t get the job done. Da’Rel Scott is healthy and ready to go for this Terrapins offense in 2010, and Meggett and Porzel will serve as strong backups in the backfield. Robinson definitely brings a great athlete to the signal caller role, but how will his decision making be? Torrey Smith is dangerous on the outside and Maryland will be well served to get him the ball far more often this season.
The Maryland defense instituted a new scheme in 2009, but it simply did not work. Defensive coordinator Don Brown believes that in the second year this attacking scheme will catch on. The defensive front appears improved from last year, but the huge question mark will be the secondary. The secondary replaces all four starters and will likely be short in the depth department.
College Football Betting Trends:
Navy is 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games at a neutral site
The under is 5-0 in Navy’s last 5 games overall
The under is 5-1 in Maryland’s last 6 games overall
Navy vs. Maryland College Football Prediction:
While many might not know it, these schools consider themselves rivals. The schools are less than 30 miles apart and this game at the home of the Baltimore Ravens will likely be quite the heated battle. I actually have my big Labor Day College Football Play of the Day on this game. Head over to the college football picks section of the site, and get this big winner!