Thursday, September 14, 2006

tonight's double play

Maryland at West Virginia (-17)

Maryland's had much more difficulty with William & Mary and Middle Tennessee than expected winning at home by margins of 13 and 14. Now they travel to a legit Top 10 (Maybe Top 5) team.

In WV, the Terps face a team that loves to gorge itself vs true pigs. WV has covered its last 8 lined games. In 4 of those games they were favored by 2 TDs or more. Their margins of victory in those contests were: 32 pts, 38 pts, 32 pts and 32 pts. That's some awful poundings.

This team wants attention. They know blowouts get attention. WV feels it is good enough to play for the National Championship.

At Maryland they had back-to-back 11 & 10 win seasons in '02-'03. But in the 2-plus years since they've only won 11 TOTAL games. Their victories? No. Illinois, Temple twice, Duke, Wake Forest twice, Virginia, North Carolina and Navy. This program simply doesn't beat good teams any more. And these Terps are an ugly 5-22-2 ATS as double digit dogs against teams that have won 2 in a row.


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