Maryland Terrapins vs. Stanford Cardinal NCAAF Free Pick

Published December 30, 2014.
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FOSTER FARMS BOWL

Santa Clara, CA

Maryland vs. Stanford (-14) 10:00 ET ESPN

Play On: Maryland +14. 

In another very contrary call, we will lineup with Maryland plus the generous points.  The case for Stanford is clear.  The Cardinal again fields one of the best defenses in the nation, allowing just 16 PPG on 4.2 defensive YPP.  They also feature the No. 7 pass defense in the country.  HC Shaw has excelled in this role, standing 14-7 ATS as double digit favorite, including 4-0 ATS this season with every victory by 17 or more.  In a similar fashion, Maryland was blown out when facing superior teams on their schedule.  Against Ohio St., Wisconsin and Michigan St., the Terps lost by an average of 47-15.  Yet, Maryland was good enough to record consecutive 7-win seasons for 4th year HC Edsall. A season ending, come-from-ahead loss to Rutgers will leave this team hungry.  As for Stanford, despite their own 7-5 SU record, they may be more satisfied with season ending victories over rival Cal (38-17) and at UCLA (31-10) as 6 point underdog.  After appearing in 4 consecutive BCS games, where is the excitement about traveling from Palo Alto to Santa Clara for the Foster Farms Bowl against Maryland?  These are the reasons why double digit Bowl dogs have covered 60% of the time in the last 14 years.