It appears that the dark days are in the rear-view mirror for the Maryland Terrapins.
After suffering through six straight losing seasons and on the verge of a seventh, the Terps pulled through with two late wins last season to finish 7-6 en route to their first Bowl victory since 2010.
Now the Terrapins are looking to ride last year’s momentum into the 2022 campaign and make waves in what should be the best team Maryland has fielded in years.
The Terps have a favorable schedule early, and if they can come out of the gates hot, who knows what kind of noise they could make in the Big Ten this year. Let’s take a look at the Terrapins’ futures odds and how the team stacks up this year.
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Maryland Terrapins Season Wins Total
Most sportsbooks have Maryland’s season wins total set at 5.5 or 6 wins with varying juice.
|FanDuel||Over 5.5 (-115)
Under 5.5 (-105)
|DraftKings||Over 6 (-120)
Under 6 (+100)
|BetMGM||Over 5.5 (-110)
Under 5.5 (-110)
|Caesars||Over 6 (-105)
Under 6 (-125)
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Big Ten Championship Odds
The 2022 Big Ten title odds show Maryland as one of the longest shots to take the crown this season. Here are all of the numbers.
|Ohio State Buckeyes||-200||-210||-250||-280|
|Penn State Nittany Lions||+1200||+1800||+1400||+1400|
|Michigan State Spartans||+2500||+2800||+2500||+2500|
|Minnesota Golden Gophers||+3000||+2500||+2500||+3000|
|Illinois Fighting Illini||+20000||+15000||+25000||+20000|
|Rutgers Scarlet Knights||+50000||+50000||+30000||+30000|
Maryland Terrapins Offense
On paper, the Terrapins’ offense was none too shabby last season. The Terps were 13th in the nation in passing and fourth in the Big Ten in scoring offense.
The caveat is that Maryland put up huge numbers in its wins — most of which were against bottom-feeder teams — and brutal numbers in its losses.
They’ll look to show more consistency this year and be tougher against stronger opponents.
The good news is that quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa had a bounce-back season last year, throwing for 26 TDs and close to 4,000 yards.
He’s got plenty of weapons to choose from at receiver with the ever-dangerous Dontay Demus, Rakim Jarrett (62 catches last year), and newly acquired Florida wideout Jacob Copeland, who has 85 receptions and nine TDs in the previous three seasons.
The ground attack will be playing second fiddle again this year but should find some openings with all five starting offensive linemen expected back.
Maryland Terrapins Defense
The defense shared the offensive theme of playing great against the poor teams and getting lit up against the talented squads. This year, things will have to change for the Terps to take a step forward.
Last season, Maryland finished 12th in the Big Ten in total defense and 13th in scoring defense. They struggled to create turnovers, so that will likely be a focus this year. Only two players on the Terps recorded an interception last season, and one of them (Nick Cross, 3 INTs) now plays for the Indianapolis Colts.
On a positive note, bruising middle linebacker Ruben Hyppolite will be back, and the beefy Ami Finau and Mosiah Nasili-Kite should plug up holes against the run.
The corners should be okay with Tarheeb Still back to go with Jakorian Bennett on the outside, but the Terps are thin at safety.
Betting Recommendation: Over 5.5 Wins
To win six or seven games this year, the Terps are going to have to take care of business against the bad teams and also pull off a couple of upsets along the way, which we think they can do.
Tagovailoa is cemented as the veteran starter and should build on his great campaign last season. He has the weapons on the outside to get it done, so we can look forward to another solid air attack.
The defense has its questions, but if it can help out the offense and create some takeaways this season, reaching six wins on the year should be no problem.