Maryland opens as favorite against West Virginia

  • Albert Reid and the Terps beat West Virginia, 37-0, last season at M&T Bank Stadium.
Albert Reid and the Terps beat West Virginia, 37-0, last season… (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore…)
September 08, 2014|By Matt Zenitz | Baltimore Sun Media Group

Maryland narrowly escaped with a 24-17 win Saturday over South Florida, a team that was just 2-10 last season and that struggled with a lowly FCS program (Western Carolina) the week before.

Nevertheless, the Terps begin this week as a three-point favorite over West Virginia, according to ESPN.com.

West Virginia travels to face Maryland on Saturday in College Park, a game that will provide the biggest indicator to this point of just how good the Terps can be.

The Mountaineers beat Towson 54-0 on Saturday and hung with No. 3 Alabama in Week 1 before falling 33-23.

With a win, Maryland would move to 3-0 and would then face a seemingly average Syracuse team next week with an opportunity to improve to 4-0 before opening the Big Ten portion of its schedule.

This is a big week. But for what it’s worth, Vegas appears to like the Terps, at least early in the week.

mzenitz@tribune.com

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