DraftKings MD has set the Terrapins’ win total at 7 games. Is Maryland a good bet to win seven or more games or will they take a step backward in 2023? Find out when we take a closer look at the 2023 Maryland Terrapins.
2023 Maryland Terrapins Schedule
According to FBSchedules, the Terrapins have one of the easier schedules in the country.
Key Terrapin Returnees
Maryland returns a combined nine offensive and defensive starters from last season, and the following student-athletes were the main offensive and defensive leaders returning in 2023.
- QB Taulia Tagovailoa
- RB Roman Hemby
- WR Jeshaun Jones
- SS Beau Brade
- DL Jaishawn Barham
Tagovailoa Returns for Final Season
The Terrapins were fifth in the Big Ten in scoring last season and received a boost with the news Taulia Tagovailoa would return for his final season of eligibility. Tagovailoa is the all-time leading passer in Maryland history, was named second-team All-Big Ten and has led the Terrapins to consecutive postseason bowl wins.
He’ll have last season’s leading receiver Jeshaun Jones and leading ground gainer Roman Hemby by his side behind a retooled offensive line with only LT Delmar Glaze returning.
Beau Blade Anchors Terrapins Defense
Maryland was ninth in the conference in total yards allowed, with the eighth-best scoring defense in 2022.
Strong safety Brade led the team in tackles and picked off a pair of passes last season. He and Dante Trader anchor a secondary, allowing the Big Ten’s tenth-most passing yards per game.
The defensive line is filled with transfer portal recruits, but outside linebacker Barham heads up a solid linebacker corps.
Maryland Terrapins 2023 Betting Odds
- BCS Championship Odds: +30000
- Big 10 Championship Game: +8000
- Big 10 East Winner: +5000
- Win Totals: Over 7 (-145), Under 7 (+125)
Are the Maryland Terrapins a Good Bet To Win the BCS Championship?
No, the Maryland Terrapins won’t win the BCS Championship.
The Terrapins’ schedule might be easier than most, but teams with two losses aren’t usually eligible for the playoffs. Maryland must play the Michigan Wolverines and Ohio State Buckeyes, and both are expected to be losses that would likely prevent the Terrapins from winning a national championship.
Are the Maryland Terrapins a Good Bet to win the Big Ten East?
The Maryland Terrapins aren’t a good bet to win the Big Ten East.
Maryland has to play Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State, and all are expected to challenge for a Big Ten East crown.
Tagovailoa is a terrific player, and Maryland is getting better, but the Terrapins don’t have enough depth to match up with the Nittany Lions, Buckeyes, and Wolverines of the world.
Are the Maryland Terrapins a Good Bet to Win at Least Eight Games?
The Terrapins aren’t a good bet to win at least eight games this season.
Maryland opens its 2023 campaign with a trio of winnable home contests against Towson, Charlotte, and Virginia. The Terrapins should win all three of these non-conference games, but then it begins to get interesting.
The Terrapins have road games against Michigan State, Ohio State, Northwestern, Nebraska, and Rutgers. Of those five, Maryland may defeat Northwestern and Nebraska but will likely lose the other three contests.
That gives the Terrapins five wins but home losses are expected against Penn State and Michigan, leaving Maryland with seven wins for a 7-5 record this season.
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