The Maryland Terrapins have lost four straight games after beginning the season 5-0. They’ve had an opportunity to become bowl-eligible for a month and haven’t succeeded.
The good news is that whoever wins on Saturday will earn an extra game in December.
Oddsmakers like the Maryland Terrapins on the road, with their odds at -2 against the spread. Meanwhile, the total is 45.5.
Can Nebraska get back into the win column on Saturday?
Here’s a look at the Maryland vs Nebraska betting odds for Saturday’s Big Ten matchup on Peacock.
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Maryland vs Nebraska Betting Odds
The Maryland Terrapins are only 3-6 against the spread this season. They’ve lost four straight games against the spread in those four games.
Maryland’s college football schedule got more challenging in the second half of the season. But they’ve struggled to cover and have lost multiple games outright as 13-point or higher favorites in the last month.
However, the Over has hit in five of nine games for the Terrapins this season.
On the other hand, Nebraska has gone 4-5 against the spread this year. Most recently, the Cornhuskers lost outright to Michigan State, 20-17, as a three-point favorite.
Meanwhile, the Under has hit in five of nine games for the Cornhuskers this season. Still, the Over is trending lately, as it’s hit in the last two games for Nebraska.
Nebraska and Maryland have only played twice. The last game was in 2019, with Nebraska earning a 54-7 win. The Cornhuskers are 2-0 against Maryland.
Is Mike Locksley On The Hot Seat?
The Maryland Terrapins have lost four straight games. The defense has allowed at least 27 points in all four games, and the offense hasn’t scored more than 27.
After a 51-15 loss to Penn State in Week 10, the Maryland Terrapins struggle to find answers. The team has one of the more sought-after quarterbacks in the nation, Taulia Tagovailoa. He’s added 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions, with nearly 2,500 yards passing.
But the defense isn’t connected, and the offense hasn’t been consistent throughout the season.
That typically falls on the head coach.
If things don’t turn around in the next month, Mike Locksley couldn’t be on his way out. In his defense, the grass isn’t always greener. Losing Locksley would likely push the program into an even deeper hole.
Nebraska’s Exceeding Expectations
The last time Nebraska made a bowl game was in 2016. In that game, the Huskers lost 38-24. So, it’s been a while for the fanbase to enjoy Nebraska football.
With the offseason hire of Matt Rhule, the program started to gain some momentum. Through nine games, Nebraska is 5-4 and one win away from earning a bowl appearance.
The Cornhuskers have changed quarterbacks midseason and have made plenty of other adjustments. But they’re incredibly close to adding another game to their schedule later in the season.
That’s the Matt Rhule effect.
Rhule has taken over at Temple, Baylor, and now Nebraska. While it’s taken time to develop all of these teams, he’s already managed to make Nebraska competitive after last year’s team fired its head coach in the middle of the season.
We’ll break down the Maryland vs Nebraska betting odds and give a free pick below.
Maryland’s More Well-Round
The Maryland Terrapins actually have a quarterback who can make plays with his arm. Nebraska doesn’t.
The Cornhuskers are led by Heinrich Haarberg, who has thrown for under 1,000 yards on 152 attempts this season. Haarberg has also completed just 50% of his passes and has six interceptions, with seven touchdowns.
He’s still a true playmaker and can dominate with his legs. Haarberg has added 477 yards on the ground on 118 attempts, providing five more touchdowns for the offense.
However, Maryland has held teams to 3.28 yards per carry this season. They’ve also held teams to 5.14 yards per play. The Terrapins have struggled recently. But the defense has still been solid enough against the run this year.
Meanwhile, Nebraska’s defense has outperformed Maryland. The secondary for the Cornhuskers has been dominant, and the team has been strong up front and in the trenches.
But Maryland’s passing offense should still have success. As acknowledged earlier, the Maryland offense has still been good, with Tagovailoa running the show. The pass protection has been terrific, and the playmakers in Maryland have outperformed anyone in Nebraska.
For example, Haarberg leads the Cornhuskers in passing and rushing. He’s a one-man show. But Maryland has earned 441 yards from Roman Hemby on the ground and 521 yards receiving from Jeshaun Jones.
It’s been a tough stretch for Maryland, but the college football scores and odds still have the Terrapins ahead of Nebraska on the road this weekend.
We agree with those NCAAF odds. We’ll be back in Maryland at -2 (-112) on the road. Locksley’s job will be saved with this win!