TOM STRYKER’S FREE FOOTBALL SELECTION SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH
#337 PENN ST (-8′) over Maryland at 3:30 PM EST
After going through the motions in last week’s lethargic 33-24 home win over the Hoosiers, look for the Nittany Lions to crank their game up to the next level and completely dominate this sinking Terrapins squad. After starting the season with a perfect 5-0 SU mark, Maryland has hit the skids inking a horrible 0-3 SU tally in its last three games and this will prove to be another tough test for head coach Michael Locksley and his players.
Historically speaking, PSU has been in complete control of this series notching a respectable 11-2 SU and 9-3-1 ATS mark in the last 13 meetings. Equally impressive, since October 1st, 2016, the Nittany Lions have been a phenomenal run inking a solid 69-23 SU and 56-33 ATS record in their last 92 games. In this string of contests storming the field off a straight up win, head coach James Franklin and his boys improve to a healthy 51-13 SU and 45-17 ATS including an outstanding 37-3 SU and 32-8 ATS provided they are priced as a favorite of -27 or less.
Since the start of the 2016 campaign, Maryland has been a below average college football team posting a soft 40-48 SU and 34-49 ATS record in its last 88 games including a timid 9-32 SU and 13-28 ATS if the Terrapins are tackling a foe that enters with confidence off a straight up win. With those two parameters live and the Turtles priced as a Big 10 underdog, this team trend falls to a rough 1-27 SU and 6-22 ATS including a dismal 0-22 SU and 4-18 ATS provided both participants arrive off a conference war. To make matters worse, Big 10 home pups in conference play that are lined up against a foe that arrives off a straight up victory own an embarrassing 11-66 SU and 26-51 ATS record. If our “play against” side is fighting an opponent that scoots in off the comforts of a home game, this situation falls to a miserable 7-59 SU and 20-46 ATS.
With a monster home game against the Maize and Blue on deck, Coach Franklin will make sure he keeps his players focused on the task at hand. Next week’s showdown against the Wolverines is meaningless if the Nittany Lions trip here. Take Penn State. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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