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3 Predictions for Maryland-West Virginia

Three things to expect from the Terps' matchup with the Mountaineers

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Maryland enters this weekend's matchup with West Virginia as 17.5-point underdogs, so this doesn't look good for the Terps. Here are my three predictions for the game.

A high-powered West Virginia offense

West Virginia scored 44 and 41 points in their first two games, and even though both of those games were against FCS teams, the Mountaineers still have a relatively prolific offense.  They average 4.2 yards per rush and 15.2 yards per catch so far this year, although those numbers will probably go down against an FBS opponent like Maryland. Many people expect West Virginia coach Dana Holgerson to emulate Bowling Green's fast-paced offense, which worked pretty well against Maryland two weeks ago.

Caleb Rowe will throw two interceptions

After throwing three interceptions and four touchdowns last week against Bowling Green, Maryland's quarterback will find the defense on a few passes this week as well. West Virginia has the ninth-best secondary in the nation, according to defensive passing S&P. But since the Mountaineers also own the best rushing defense in the country, according to defensive rushing S&P, Maryland could have a tough time running the ball Saturday, which could make for an even longer day for Rowe. If Maryland can't run the ball, Rowe could end up passing the ball 45+ times, which is not ideal. The three interceptions he threw last week is a lot, but Rowe very well could throw a few picks this week too.

Avery Edwards will be a bigger part of the offense

After last week's performance, it's clear that Edwards has the ability to contribute. He probably won't have another two-touchdown performance this week, but he should catch a few passes, especially if the secondary locks down the wide receivers. This is a big week for the freshman tight end to show that he can be a significant part of the passing game going forward.

After going 0-for-6 after two weeks of predictions, I went 3-for-3 last week. Here's to making it back to .500.