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Terps beat writers predict the outcome of Maryland-Rutgers

Each week during Big Ten play, the Washington Post's Roman Stubbs, another Maryland football beat writer and I share our predictions for the Terps' upcoming game.

This week's rotating writer is Daniel Popper from The Diamondback, Maryland's independent student paper.

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Here are our predictions for Saturday's game between Maryland (7-4 overall, 4-3 Big Ten) and Rutgers (6-5, 2-5) in College Park.

Matt Zenitz

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Maryland 31, Rutgers 20

Rutgers is allowing the most yards per carry of any team in the Big Ten, is 12th out of 14 teams in the conference in pass defense and has given up 37 points or more in four of its last five games. I see Maryland being able to run the ball despite some of the issues it has had doing so throughout the season, and I see the Terps having an overall decent day offensively. I also think Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova will be under pressure and will make some mistakes against a Maryland defense that has played well in recent weeks.

Roman Stubbs

Maryland 27, Rutgers 13

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Although Rutgers is far from a marquee opponent, Maryland can seize a major opportunity with a win over a bowl-eligible team Saturday. The Terps' offense should have considerable confidence after last week's win over Michigan and I think behind a revamped offensive line, C.J. Brown will continue to throw well and make plays with his feet. The defense will have to improve against the run after giving up nearly 300 rushing yards to Michigan, but the unit's overall body of work in November has been solid and I think it continues against an inconsistent Rutgers offense.

Daniel Popper

Maryland 31, Rutgers 17

With a combined 13 seniors starting on both sides of the ball, the Terps should avoid a letdown on Senior Day at Byrd Stadium. Quarterback C.J. Brown will carry the momentum from a solid performance against Michigan to lead another stout rushing performance. Randy Edsall will cap his fourth season in College Park and first in the Big Ten with an eighth victory.

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