Navy and Maryland will meet for just the second time since 1965 on an ESPN feature contest this Monday in NCAAF.
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Both programs appear to be heading in opposite directions, but don't be surprised if this contest plays a little tighter than expected.

Navy Midshipmen @ Maryland Terrapins Matchup

Navy Midshipmen in the NCAAFCollege Football Betting Line: Navy -6.5

Total: 48.5 

The Maryland Terrapins Can Win Because...:

Regardless of their record last season, they still have more talent than Navy.

The Maryland Terrapins are coming off one of the worst seasons in school history. They finished just 2-10 in 2009 and head coach Ralph Friedgen should consider himself lucky to still have his job.

They've clearly moved into the ACC basement but they still do have some things going for them. Namely, quarterback Jamarr Robinson who is athletic both running and passing. He started just two games last year, saw action in five and didn't throw an interception in 85 attempts.

Navy's defense is being retooled and the fact that they have to replace last year's three starters at linebacker could lead for some openings for running backs Da'Rel Scott and Davin Meggett.

The Terps also have some good speed at wide receiver in Torrey Smith. Navy can't really matchup talent-wise as the Terps do have some athletic playmakers.

The issue for Maryland really isn't talent; last year the offensive line was so bad that running game couldn't get going and the quarterbacks were running for their lives. With three starters back along the offensive line, if they can improve, Maryland should have an effective offense. They have plenty of talent at the skill positions.

The Navy Midshipmen Should Win Because...:

Their running game is relentless and nearly unstoppable.

The Terps may have a very underrated trio of linebackers, but they may be making plays far down the field as the Navy Midshipmen are running by them.

Not only is Navy's triple option offense normally tough to stop, it's even harder when a talented, veteran quarterback like Ricky Dobbs is running the show. He broke Tim Tebow's record of rushing touchdowns in 2009 when he ran for 27 and he makes those around him better, which includes the bulldozing fullback Vince Murray.

This triple-option is always a load to handle, including for a Maryland defense that often times lacks discipline.

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Outlook & Football Betting Prediction:

It's  an all-Maryland NCAAF betting on Monday and it is very much a contrast of styles. Maryland has the better talent but Navy is the better squad overall.

The real story of this game will be told by two of Maryland's units: the linebacking corps and the offensive line. If the offensive line is improved over last year, the Terps should be able to move the ball effectively in this game and hang around .And secondly, if the linebackers can play with discipline, they might be able to spring an upset.

Navy is a team on the rise and while they'll probably win this game, don't be surprised if the Terps make this closer than expected.

College Football Pick: Navy Midshipmen