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In homecoming game against Rutgers, Maryland seeks to improve in role of big favorites

In homecoming game against Rutgers, Maryland seeks to improve in role of big favorites

The number seems staggering for a team coming off a 21-point road loss.

Can Maryland really be a 23-point favorite Saturday in its homecoming game against Rutgers?

Recent history should make fans — and possibly interim coach Matt Canada — shudder at the notion.

It was less than a month ago that the Terps lost badly, 35-14, to previously winless Temple after being favored by 16 points going into its home opener at Maryland Stadium.

A week later, it seemed rather strange that Maryland was actually favored at home — albeit by 2½ points — over previously unbeaten Minnesota in the Big Ten opener.

Of course, the Terps won...

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