Martin’s 2008 Humanitarian Bowl Game Odds

John Martin continues to win this year with his bowl picks and he cashed in again last night on the 2008 Humanitarian Bowl.  Take a look at the writeup below and find out why he liked the bowl game odds on the Maryland Terps over the Nevada Wolfpack:

3 Unit Sharp Play on Maryland +3

I have Maryland coming out on top in the Humanitarian Bowl this afternoon.  The Terrapins come from the ACC, while Nevada comes from the WAC.  Both teams finished with 7-5 records, but clearly Maryland played the tougher competition throughout the season.  The ACC yielded 10 bowl teams this year for the first time in the history of the conference.  Maryland is not pleased with the way they finished the season, and they’ll be out to prove a point Tuesday and finish off their season with a victory.  Nevada is the best rushing team in the country, but Maryland has stopped the run pretty well all season.  The Terrapins do give up 149 rushing yards/game, but the telling stat is that Maryland only allows 3.9 yards/carry.  The ACC is a power running conference, so trying to stop the run will be nothing new for the Terrapins here.  Nevada got to run against some of the worst defenses in the country in the WAC, and that’s why they are rushing for nearly 300 yards/game.  When they finally faced good rushing defenses in their final two games, Nevada managed just 144 rushing yards on 35 carries against Boise State, and just 103 rushing yards on 42 carries against LA Tech.  Nevada gives up 324 passing yards/game on the road this season, and Maryland is a great passing team, averaging 241 passing yards/game on the road.  So Nevada’s defensive weakness is Maryland’s offensive strength, and Nevada’s offensive strength is Maryland’s defensive strength.  Maryland beats Nevada through the air Tuesday behind QB Chris Turner and several talented receivers such as Darrius Heyward-Bey.  You will be hearing Turner to Bay for a Touchdown at least twice in this contest.  Maryland is 14-4 ATS vs. poor passing defenses – allowing 8 or more passing yards/att. since 1992.  Maryland is 22-8 ATS off 2 straight losses against conference rivals since 1992.  The Terrapins are more hungry for a win tonight.  Cash in with Maryland as the underdog.