Maryland vs. West Virginia: Terps open as slight favorites

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

The bookies have picked Maryland to start 4-0.

Maryland faces West Virginia this Saturday in Baltimore, and have opened as 4.5-point favorites in the game. West Virginia has won the last seven contests in the rivalry, so this is not an insignificant choice by Vegas.

The Terps have started out the season 3-0, with blowout wins over FIU and Old Dominion followed by a convincing road win over Connecticut Saturday. West Virginia is 2-1 on the year, with wins over William & Mary and Georgia State offset by a loss to Oklahoma.

A 4-0 record in non-conference play could certainly sneak Maryland onto some Top 25 ballots, and would give them plenty of momentum heading into their first ACC game of the year -- a road game at Florida State.

In other, slightly related news, Stefon Diggs is on pace for 1,548 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns this season. The Maryland record for receiving yards in a year is 1,240, set by Marcus Badgett in 1992. Torrey Smith holds the receiving touchdowns record, with 12 in 2010.

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