Maryland football enters the Mike Locksley era trying to return to the postseason after posting a 5-7 record in 2018. While the Terps enter the season with plenty of talent, Vegas sportsbooks aren’t too optimistic about their chances.
Caesar’s Palace set Maryland’s over/under win total at 3.5 when it released Big Ten and SEC projections Monday afternoon.
Other over/under projections are somewhat higher, but still come in below last season’s win total. FanDuel and Bovada have the number at 4.5 wins, and several other books figure to open betting in the near future.
Maryland returns 11 starters from last year and brought in several potential impact transfers in the offseason, highlighted by quarterback Josh Jackson and linebackers Shaq Smith and Keandre Jones (at least Jackson and Smith will be immediately eligible; Jones is still awaiting word from the NCAA).
The schedule won’t be easy, though. Maryland has always had its hands full with the Big Ten East powers, and the crossover opponents from the West division — Nebraska, Purdue and Minnesota — will present challenges as well. The nonconference slate includes an FCS opponent in Howard, but a home matchup with Syracuse and road game at Temple are tough to predict two months beforehand.
Michigan has the highest over/under total in the league at 10.5 wins. Ohio State is just behind with 10, followed by Nebraska and Penn State at 8.5. Only Rutgers (2.5) has a lower number at Caesar’s. Illinois checks in at four, which would match its highest win total under Lovie Smith.
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Yesterday marked five years since Maryland joined the Big Ten. InsideMdSports has some of the best Terps moments in that time, and there’s been plenty to celebrate.
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Football winning at Penn State after refusing to shake hands
Men’s basketball reigniting its rivalry with Georgetown and sweeping two games
Melo Trimble’s buzzer-beater in final home game vs. Michigan State
Women’s lacrosse finishing a perfect season in 2017
Men’s lacrosse snapping a 42-year championship drought
Football beating Texas in the first game after Jordan McNair’s death
Men’s soccer’s run to the 2018 national title
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