The Maryland Terrapins and North Carolina State Wolfpack started the season strong, only to stumble down the home stretch.
NC State opened 4-0 but finished 1-2. Likewise, Maryland started the year 3-0 but went 1-3 in the final four weeks.
Both teams did finish the regular season with a win. Maryland shut out Rutgers 37-0, while NC State beat UNC 30-27 in OT.
Maryland Playing Shorthanded
Despite crushing Rutgers 37-0 in their most recent game, the Terps will be playing this game with one arm tied behind their backs in a sense.
The star of Maryland’s offense is Taulia Tagovailoa, who threw his 50th career touchdown against Rutgers.
The problem is that Tagovailoa will be without four of his top five recievers.
Raking Jarrett, Jacob Copeland, Dontay Demus, and CJ Dippre. Copeland, Demus, and Jarret are opting out as they explore their NFL options. Meanwhile, Dippre is transferring to Alabama.
That leaves yardage leader Jehsaun Jones with minimal backup against a Wildcats defense that ranks in the top 50 in opponent yards per pass and opponent completion percentage.
As far as their betting record goes, things could be better for Maryland. Despite finishing the season 2-0 against the spread, that mini-streak was preceded by five straight ATS losses. Maryland is 6-6 ATS, but much of that success was earlier in the season.
Wolfpack Quarterback Situation Still Unknown
While the Terrapins have question marks at wide receiver, the Wolfpack don’t even know who will be starting under center on Friday.
It all started earlier in the season when starter Devin Leary suffered a season-ending injury. He may be healthy, but it doesn’t matter because he’s already in the transfer portal. Freshman M.J. Morris took over but was injured and missed the last two games (a loss to Louisville and a win over UNC).
Third-stringer Ben Finley went 27-for-40 with 271 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. Finley has 472 yards, three scores, and one pick in two starts, with a rating of 120.7.
With starting center Grand Gibson also hurt, the Wolfpack offense could struggle against a stout Maryland defense.
While the Wolfpack won enough games to qualify for a bowl, their record against the spread could be better at 4-8.
Maryland vs North Carolina St. Game Injuries
Maryland vs North Carolina St. Head-to-Head
The Terps and Wolfpack last played in 2013 when Maryland won 41-21 on the road.
Maryland vs North Carolina State Game Information
- Game: Maryland vs North Carolina State
- Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
- Day/Time: Friday, Dec. 30th, 12:00 p.m. ET
- Maryland vs North Carolina State: ESPN
Maryland vs North Carolina St. Betting Lines
Maryland vs North Carolina St. Picks & Prediction
With so many question marks of offense and two solid defenses, the total of 46 feels a bit high. There is talent on these rosters, but most of it will be on the sidelines or watching from home.