Military Bowl: Maryland Looks to Win One for the Coach Against East Carolina

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Military Bowl: Maryland Looks to Win One for the Coach Against East Carolina
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The Maryland Terrapins felt a bit disrespected when they were selected to play in the Military Bowl, but now they are motivated to play against East Carolina. This will be the last game for long time Terrapin coach Ralph Friedgen.

It was announced a week ago that Friedgen will not be returning to the sideline after this game. The big burly coach is a favorite with the players and the fans and the team is inspired to send him out on a winning note.

The latest college football odds for this game as listed by BetPhoenix have the Terrapins listed as 7.5 point favorites over the East Carolina Pirates.

Although Maryland are big favorites in this game and emotionally invested, the Pirates are not an easy team to beat. Offensively they have a wide open attack that can light up the scoreboard.

Junior quarterback Dominique Davis is slinging the rock all over the field this year for the Pirates. He is the fourth leading passer in the country compiling 3,699 yards on the season and found the end zone 36 times tying him for the most in the nation. Maryland’s best defense for Davis and the Pirates may just be their offense.

The Terrapins can keep the ball away from the Pirates with a ball controlled offense led by quarterback Danny O’Brien, who threw for 2,257 yards and 21 touchdowns on the year. O’Brien can successfully manage the offense and hand the ball off to the dynamic duo in the backfield to chew up some clock.

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Maryland has a two-headed monster in the rushing attack that averaged 3.8 yards on the ground. Davin Meggett, gained 658 yards and is the first option in the backfield followed by Da’Rel Scott.

Scott also eclipsed 500 yards on the season and to compliment these two gifted ball carriers the Terps have D.J. Adams as a goal line back. Adams struck pay dirt seven times running the ball for touchdowns this season.

The Pirates defense had trouble stopping any opponent this year as they give up an average of 43.4 points per game. The running game flourished against the Pirates when they lost this year averaging 261 yards per game. The Pirates offense will put some points on the board but will be no match for the motivated Terrapins.

The Sports Betting trends in this game favor the Terrapins. The Pirates are just 106 against the spread (ATS) in their last seven games against the ACC and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games. The Terrapins are 4-1 ATS in their last five games as a favorite and in their last five bowl games.

The Terrapins win the Military bowl in blowout fashion and give Friedgen the sendoff he deserves.

Matt Regaw is a B/R Featured Columnist and the founder of BookieBlitz.com, your one-stop shop for sports articles, previews and predictions. Feel free to contact Matt at mregaw@gmail.com.

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