Terps are a two-point underdog vs. Syracuse

September 15, 2014|By Matt Zenitz | Baltimore Sun Media Group

Maryland fell to Syracuse, 20-3, in College Park last season, and the Terps have been installed as two-point underdogs heading into Saturday’s game against the Orange in Syracuse, according to ESPN.

Maryland (2-1) lost, 40-37, to West Virginia on Saturday. Syracuse (2-0) bounced back from a shaky showing against an FCS team (Villianova) to beat Central Michigan, 40-3.

The Orange lost several starters on defense from last year’s team that finished 7-6. They also lost starting running back Jerome Smith. However, Terrel Hunt is still there at quarterback and has accounted for 386 yards — 269 passing and 117 rushing — and four total touchdowns.

Syracuse is also getting six-plus yards per carry from each of its two new primary running backs — Adonis Ameen-Moore and Prince-Tyson Gulley. 

Senior outside linebacker Cameron Lynch, a returning starter, is leading the defense and has 23 tackles, including 4.5 for a loss and 3.5 sacks in the Orange’s two games.

The Terps will have more firepower on offense than they did in last year's game against Syracuse. Standout wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long both missed that game with injuries.

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