Staff Predictions: No. 10 Penn State vs. Maryland
Penn State enters Saturday’s regular season finale against Maryland 9-2, checking in at No. 10 in the College Football Playoff rankings for the second week in a row.
James Franklin’s Nittany Lions are currently 22-point favorites heading into College Park, and our staff doesn’t anticipate much of a struggle for them versus the 4-7 Terrapins.
Matt Fox: Penn State 41, Maryland 13
The Nittany Lions will conclude their season with a game against the lowly Terrapins. Maryland have struggled mightily in recent weeks in large part due to their injuries at the quarterback position. Without their top two quarterbacks Kasim Hill and Tyrell Pigrome the Terrapins have been unable to get anything going on offense. Look for Penn State to cruise to an easy victory and strengthen their case for a New Years Six bowl.
Mikey Mandarino: Penn State 31, Maryland 10
Tomorrow marks Penn State’s final game of the 2017 regular season as the team travels to Maryland for a game against the Terrapins. Although the game is away from home, the Nittany Lions should come away with their tenth victory of the year. The game may not have much meaning as far as the CFP playoff is concerned, but a win could help Penn State’s chances of appearing in a New Year’s Six bowl game.
Expect Saquon Barkley to polish off his Heisman resumé with a strong performance; the star tailback should run all over the Terrapin defense in what is undoubtedly his final Penn State regular season game.
Ethan Kasales: Penn State 45, Maryland 20
Mitch Stewart: Penn State 37 Maryland 10
Nathaniel Pinskey: Penn State 56, Maryland 0
David Abruzzese: Penn State 45, Maryland 10
This one should be easy work for the Nittany Lions. James Franklin wants to secure a second consecutive 10-win season for the first time in nearly a decade.