Fearless Picks: West Virginia Mountaineers - Maryland Terrapins

It was one of the best cumulative weeks of predictions on record, as every panelist was hovering around the final score of the WVU - Liberty game. So much so, that a miss of just 14 points served to drop one of our predictors several spots in the standings. Not to worry, though, the race is still tightly bunched, with just two TDs separating first and last place in the standings.

Jane Donovan
Last Week: W Season: 2-0 Point Differential: 34
I love beating Maryland. I love it almost as much as beating Pitt (well, not quite, but almost). Maryland has the ugliest uniforms and THE most obnoxious fans. Mountaineer fans are a model of decorum and graciousness by comparison. So it will be a good and joyful thing to be present for the singing of Country Roads on Saturday evening. I hope Josh Lambert puts on a show for the ages.
  West Virginia 45-17  
Roger "C.J." Harvey Last Week: W Season: 2-0 Point Differential: 35
On paper, West Virginia should be able to handle Maryland. But this series is like any other rivalry -- either side could come up big and win the game. I think WVU has more weapons, and a defense that Maryland won't be able to handle. Maryland is already on its second quarterback this season, hoping to reinvigorate a porous a passing attack. Caleb Rowe will be leading the assault, but he'll be going against an aggressive Mountaineer defense. Rowe already has five interceptions between his two starts this season. A mixture of tough WVU defense and balanced offense will be enough to handle this year's Maryland squad.
  West Virginia 38-21  
Andy Easton Last Week: W Season: 2-0 Point Differential: 36
Last season it took a career performance from Clint Trickett (4TD, 511 yards) to nip the Terps 40-37 at Byrd Stadium. Those types of numbers shouldn't be needed from Skyler Howard to pick up a win this season. Maryland has lost its offensive weapons from last season and has had trouble holding on to the ball in its first three games. The Terps rank 116th nationally, turning possession over eight times this season while the Mountaineers rank second nationally and have yet to turn the ball over. If the Mountaineers win the turnover battle, this game shouldn't even be close.
  West Virginia 41-17  
Matt Keller
Last Week: W Season: 2-0 Point Differential: 37
Maryland has significant issues in the passing game, even with the additional of Caleb Rowe, and the Terps have beaten a pair of below average teams in game's filled with turnovers and big special teams play. This is, quite simply, a must win for a more talented Mountaineer team to have a legitimate shot at an above-average season. West Virginia has more talent, a seasoned defense and matches up well. The start might again be slow, but expect a solid win to end the nonconference portion 3-0.
  West Virginia 40-22  
Connor Murray
Last Week: W Season: 2-0 Point Differential: 38
West Virginia's week off gave it time to study the Terrapins a bit more closely than it normally could, and it pays off for the Mountaineers. Tony Gibson's defense forces Maryland QB Caleb Rowe into a few costly turnovers and the Mountaineer offense takes advantage of a suspect Terrapin secondary with its deep threat duo of Shelton Gibson and Jovon Durante.
  West Virginia 34-21  
Greg Hunter Last Week: W Season: 2-0 Point Differential: 40
We all know the Border Battle story. WVU has gone to a bowl game the last 13 times it has defeated UM, and in 18 of the past 20 seasons it has beaten the Terps. That may tell us what’s ahead if WVU wins, but it doesn’t predict the outcome of the Border Battle. Maryland isn’t a bad club, but unless it throws the ball better and defends the pass better than it has shown so far this year, West Virginia has to be considered a solid favorite.
  West Virginia 28-17  
Jonathan Martin Last Week: W Season: 2-0 Point Differential: 42
West Virginia comes off an early bye week to face its toughest challenge to date. And while Maryland may be a step above the Mountaineers' previous opponents, I don't anticipate a slip-up. Another solid performance in all three phases of the ball, and the Mountaineers remain undefeated.
  West Virginia 42-17  
Brian Jolliff Last Week: W Season: 2-0 Point Differential: 43
This weekend's match up of WVU and UMD features a host of unknowns still for both teams. While WVU has yet to play a quality opponent, Maryland has not been able to put together two games with any kind of consistency. We don't really know what kind of team Maryland has, but what we do know is that the Terps have a big problem with turnovers this year.. something that the Mountaineers should be able to take advantage of with their offensive potential. I look for a hard fought game, but one that WVU should be able to pull out a nice win against their state rival.
  West Virginia 42-17  
Chris Richardson Last Week: W Season: 2-0 Point Differential: 48
Maryland week. It's great to have college football back, but as a Mountaineer fan there's a little extra something that comes along with Maryland week, especially since they are the only longtime rival on WVU's current schedule. This game has had some great moments over the years, from Chris Henry's catch to Josh Lambert's kick. I'll never forget the roar of the crowd at Mountaineer Field when Henry hauled in Rasheed Marshall's pass to win the game in 2004. Even though the Terps didn't go on to have the type of season that year that they had in the years prior, it was a huge win for WVU at the time after Ralph Friedgen's bunch had dominated the rivalry from 2001-2003. Based on what I've seen so far, though, this year's game won't come down to a final play. West Virginia is the better team, and the Mountaineers are playing at home. Tony Gibson's defense will have another big day, and Skylar Howard and the offense will continue to improve.
  West Virginia 34-20  

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