NCAA football betting expectations are high for Navy while Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen’s seat is one of the hottest in all of college football betting.
Sports-Gambling.com opened with Navy as a 6.5-point favorite and with an over/under of 48.5. Kickoff is at 3:05 PM Eastern and the game can be seen on ESPN. The game will be played at M and T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens.
These two teams have not met since 2005 when Maryland scored a 23-20 win but failed to cover as 13.5-point chalks. Navy has 16 wins against Bowl Championship Series teams since 2003which is tied with Utah as the best in college football.
Navy has beaten the NCAA odds in just 2 of their last 10 games as a favorite of 8 points or less. Maryland has covered just 7 out of their last 20 games against the spread as a dog of 8 points or less including just 2 out of their last 6 with 4 of those games going over the total.
Navy has gotten the money in just 1 out of their last 6 against the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Navy is coming off a 10-4 season that ended with a 35-13 Texas Bowl win over Missouri. The Midshipmen return 8 starters on offense led by senior quarterback Ricky Dobbs, who is not only being mentioned as a Heisman Trophy candidate but also a future Presidential candidate.
Dobbs is a key asset for Navy with the NCAA football odds as he led the Middies in rushing with 1367 yards with a whopping 27 touchdowns while passing for 1031 more yards with 6 touchdowns. The Navy option attack continues to confound opponents and has been a key component in Navy’s 7 consecutive winning seasons.
Maryland has slipped considerably and is coming off a 2-10 season last year. Friedgen is under intense fire as after two losing seasons in the last 3 NCAA football betting campaigns. Friedgen also has a new athletic director to report to that has no ties to him.
The Terrapins return 7 starters on offense and 5 on defense and have a new quarterback in junior Jamarr Robinson.
Last year Maryland was outscored by an average of 21-31 per game and the Terps offense has been consistently inconsistent since 2004.