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Terps head into Saturday's game against Penn State as a three-point underdog

Terps quarterback C.J. Brown.
Terps quarterback C.J. Brown. (Mike McGinnis, Getty Images)

Maryland heads into Saturday's game at Penn State as a three-point underdog, according to four lines listed on ESPN.com.

While the Terps (5-3 overall, 2-2 Big Ten) lost, 52-7, to Wisconsin on Saturday, the Nittany Lions took No. 13 Ohio State to double overtime before falling, 31-24.

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Penn State (4-3, 1-3) has lost three straight games and is ranked 123rd nationally in rushing offense. However, Nittany Lions sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg is arguably the most talented young signal-caller in the country, and Penn State is ranked seventh nationally in total defense.

After scoring 50 or more points in each of its previous four games, Ohio State was held scoreless during the second half against Penn State and finished with just 293 yards of total offense, even after two overtime periods.

Now, a Maryland offense that went most of the second half against Wisconsin without gaining a first down will have to overcome that same Nittany Lions defense.

On a positive note for the Terps, they appear to have an advantage in their front seven on defense against a Penn State offensive line that has had issues in the running game and is allowing more than three sacks per game.

The Terps and Nittany Lions haven't played since 1993. Penn State holds a 35-1-1 advantage in the all-time series, and Maryland's only win came in 1961.

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