NCAA Football Free Picks: Miami @ Maryland Pick 9/5/11

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There’s just one more game on the Week 1 College Football schedule to analyze this week, and it’s a big one in the ACC, as the Maryland Terrapins take on the Miami Hurricanes. As always here at Cappers Info, we’ve got our NCAA football picks for the game and a check in on our up to date record.

Year To Date Record: 8-2 ATS

Upset Record: 1-1 +$230

NCAA Football Matchup: Miami Hurricanes @ Maryland Terrapins
Date: Monday, September 5th, 8:00 ET
Location: Byrd Stadium, College Park, MD
College Football Betting Line: Maryland -4
Over/Under 46.5

Hurricanes Notes: The notes that we could be making on Miami are quite extensive. It has been well publicized that this team has been absolutely crippled this year by suspensions stemming from improper benefits, and this is the game where the club is going to pay the heftiest price. QB Jacory Harris is out of the fold, as well as four other starters and a total of eight players, which is going to make this a tough, tough task for Head Coach Al Golden in his first game captaining the ship at “The U.” Still, Miami has itself a stout defensive unit, and this team can hold even the best in the nation down under 20 points if it is at its best. QB Stephen Morris started in place of an injured Harris last year in this game, and he led the team on a TD drive with less than a minute left in the game to come all the way back to win in South Beach.

Terrapins Notes: Head Coach Randy Edsall is going to be taking his first shot at an ACC opponent with his new team as well this year, and he is going to try to duplicate the successes he had at Connecticut with the Terps. Maryland brings back a ton of pieces from a team that was right on the verge of winning the ACC Atlantic Division last year, and it could be a club that competes again this season, especially with so many vital games being played here in College Park. WR Torrey Smith needs to be replaced, but the majority of the other skill players on offense are back and should be competent this season. Again, Maryland has a defense which could be outstanding, and this unit was unlucky not to guide the team to a ‘W’ last season.

The Final Word: These two squads have played two awfully low scoring affairs in their two meetings since Miami joined the ACC, and we don’t see this game as being an exception to the rule. QB Danny O’Brien and company are the better of the two offenses without Harris in the fold for Miami, and we expect to see that defensive intensity which the Huskies had last year carrying over to the Terps. Don’t be shocked if neither of these teams get into the 20s.

NCAA Football Free Pick: Under 46.5
NCAA Football Prediction: Maryland 17 – Miami 13

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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