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Rutgers vs. Maryland 12/12/2020 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Rutgers visits Maryland on 12/12/2020 at 12:00PM.

Rutgers and Maryland face off in an important game for both teams as every game in this shortened season with limited or no fans in attendance means more. Rutgers has a record of 2-5 this season. Maryland is 2-2 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Rutgers Team Defense Preview

Rutgers has had 85 total defensive drives this season and they yield 5.76 plays per drive. Rutgers lets opponents run a lot of plays per drive and in the Fourth Quarter, this team could be gassed. Rutgers has shown an inability to stop defenses from converting on 4th Downs and they let opponents get into manageable 3rd Down situations where an RPO may be especially deadly. Rutgers opponents pass the football 43.88% of the time.Their opponents favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

Rutgers is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to create negative yardage plays on the ground. How effective are opposing offensive lines given what we know about their ability to force negative yardage rushing plays? Rutgers can take credit for holding the offensive line of their opponent to 2.67 yards per carry. Opponent offensive lines have been simply unable to support their running games against this defense. This is also a team that is allowing running backs and quarterbacks to get to the second-level in an average fashion. Opponents have shown a relatively average level of explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play against them.

This Defense has had average success disrupting the flow of the opposing offense.. Getting more specific, this front seven is a cause of a lot of headaches for offenses. They may be good enough to cause trouble in pass rush with just four rushers!Rutgers is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

Rutgers Team Offense Preview

Rutgers has had 88 total drives this season and they generate 5.38 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive they run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Struggles to get ahead of the chains and convert on third and fourth down are common, the offense can stagnate. Rutgers passes the football 50.11% of the time.Relatively speaking, this is a team that favors run/pass balance.

Rutgers is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to avoid negative yardage plays on the ground. How effective is the offensive line given what we know about their ability to prevent negative yards on rushing plays? More than you think, thanks to the Adjusted Line Yards metric. Rutgers can take credit for 2.41 yards per carry. So what does this mean? It means that the offensive line has been incredibly disappointing in their contribution to the ground game. When it comes to getting to that second level where linebackers have not crashed down on the line of scrimmage, they are getting stopped with ease. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to bust out big rushing plays.

Defenses have had average success disrupting the flow of the Rutgers Offense. Front sevens are causing an average amount of trouble for the Offense. Rutgers is a better passing team than running team this season.

Maryland Team Defense Preview

Maryland has had 45 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes and they yield 6.11 plays per drive. The struggle is real. Maryland cannot find a way to get opposing offenses off the field. Three and outs are not common and if the team needs a three-and-out late in a game to get the ball back, it is just not happening.Maryland has shown an inability to stop defenses from converting on 4th Downs and they let opponents get into manageable 3rd Down situations where an RPO may be especially deadly. Passing plays make up 43.27% of their opponents’ play calls.Their opponents favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

This is a pushover defense. There is not enough push from the Defensive Line and not enough imagination from the Defensive Coordinator to cause chaos in the backfield.Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 3.13 yards per carry. This defense lets offensive lines have too much control over them on the ground, too much push from the opposing offensive line. This is a team that is getting gashed too much for the tastes of their base. Linebackers are not stopping the bleeding well enough. Opponents have shown a relatively average level of explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play against them.

This is not a disruptive Defense and they get pushed over way too easily. Perhaps they are too vanilla with playcalling. This front seven is simply unable to make an impact, something must change or else the problems will repeat. Maryland has shown themselves to be better at stopping the pass than the run this season.

Maryland Team Offense Preview

Maryland has had 44 drives in non-garbage time minutes and they average 4.61 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, Maryland is not a team that runs many plays per drive. The offense is either prone to faltering and struggles to notch first downs or extremely explosive, we will need to find out a bit more to get answers. Maryland is an average offense when it comes to staying ahead of the chains, getting into 3rd and Short scenarios, and converting on 3rd and 4th Down. Maryland passes the football 57.14% of the time.This is an Air Raid Offense team, they are going to pass the ball a lot and running plays are only used to keep opponents honest.

On first downs, getting ahead of the chains is crucial and running the ball well on first down can get a team there, Maryland has done a good job avoiding the negative yardage rushing plays. Based on the Adjusted Line Yards metric, which measures the amount of credit that should be ascribed to the offensive line for a rushing play, they average 3.05 yards per carry. This offensive line may be underappreciated, even though the running backs get the attention. The Maryland coaching staff really deserves credit for how they prepared this offensive line, but they could be a little bit better! This is a team that is rather above-average when it comes to gashing defenses. The threat of the run should force opposing to play more honest and assignment defensive football is a must. They have an explosive running game and they are capable of breaking big yardage runs on First and Second Down. This puts a lot of pressure on Linebackers and Safeties.

Defenses have been able to impose their will on the Maryland Offense this season. Front sevens are causing an average amount of trouble for the Offense. Maryland is a better passing team than running team this season.

The Rutgers Roster

The Players to Watch for Rutgers

Noah Vedral QB 6-1 195

This season, Noah Vedral has put up 1214 yards and 9 touchdowns. He has thrown 8 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 120.1thus far this season. Noah Vedral has thrown 8 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Noah Vedral has 144.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 83.33 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 59.0 times this season, which puts him in the 86.42 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 1.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Isaih Pacheco RB 5-11 210

This season, Isaih Pacheco has 396 rushing yards on 90 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 2 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Isaih Pacheco picked up 90 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 14 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Bo Melton WR 5-11 190

This season, Bo Melton picked up 509 yards. He caught the ball 36 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 6 receiving touchdowns this season.

Mike Tverdov DL 6-4 254.0

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for Rutgers, Mike Tverdov has 30 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 5 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 86.83 percentile among Defensive Ends. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 29.35 percentile among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced 1 fumbles this season.

Christian Izien DB 5-10 198.0

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Rutgers, Christian Izien had 49 tackles which puts him in the 94.22 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 31.97 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Christian Izien as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes this season, which puts him in the 83.84 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

The Maryland Roster

The Players to Watch for Maryland

Taulia Tagovailoa QB 5-11 205

This season, Taulia Tagovailoa has put up 1011 yards and 7 touchdowns. He has thrown 7 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 138.5thus far this season. Taulia Tagovailoa has thrown 7 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Taulia Tagovailoa has 49.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 62.35 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 26.0 times this season, which puts him in the 64.51 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 2.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Jake Funk RB 5-10 205

This season, Jake Funk has 331 rushing yards on 43 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 2 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Jake Funk picked up 35 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 6 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Dontay Demus WR 6-3 217

This season, Dontay Demus picked up 342 yards. He caught the ball 23 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 3 receiving touchdowns this season.

Ami Finau DL 6-2 330.0

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for Maryland, Ami Finau has 13 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 1 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 47.25 percentile among Defensive Ends. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 29.35 percentile among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Jordan Mosley DB 6-1 210.0

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Maryland, Jordan Mosley had 35 tackles which puts him in the 84.86 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 2 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 86.1 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Jordan Mosley as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes this season, which puts him in the 37.97 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Rutgers vs. Maryland Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Rutgers 22 Maryland 34

Spread Pick: Maryland -6.5 -122 BetOnline
Moneyline Pick: Maryland -240 5Dimes
Total Pick: Under 58 -102 Pinnacle Sports