ESPN's SP+ predicts final score of Indiana vs. Maryland in Week 5
ESPN’s SP+ is predicting the final scores for the Week 5 slate of college football, including a Big Ten East clash between Indiana and Maryland. The Hoosiers and Terrapins have battled to remain relevant in one of the sport’s toughest divisions for years, but the programs appear to be going in opposite directions at this point in time.
Connelly’s system predicts that Maryland will cover the 14.5-point spread, with the Terrapins cruising to a 35-14 victory. Fans looking to get in on the action can take advantage of our special FanDuel Maryland promo code!
In a pivotal year for Tom Allen’s job security, the Hoosiers have had an up-and-down beginning to the 2023 campaign.
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Indiana’s defense played admirably in a 23-3 opening loss to Ohio State, and a 41-7 win over Indiana State sparked hope for this ’23 team. However, a 21-14 loss to Louisville put a damper on the momentum, and the Hoosiers narrowly avoided a back-breaking defeat to Akron in 4 overtimes last week. Turnovers and struggles in the running game (108.8 yards on average) have plagued this team thus far.
Many believed that Maryland, in QB Taulia Tagavailoa’s final season in College Park, could be a dark horse team to pull off some upsets in the conference.
The Terrapins are 4-0, but those wins have not always been pretty. Maryland handled Towson in its opener before having to come back from a pair of 14-0 deficits against Charlotte and Virginia. Then, the Terps took advantage of a reeling Michigan State squad in a 31-9 road victory last weekend. The passing attack has been as good as advertised, and the Maryland defense has only allowed 21 points outside of those first quarters against Charlotte and UVA.
Saturday’s game between Indiana and Maryland is set for 3:30 p.m. ET with a broadcast on the Big Ten Network.