Maryland receives inaugural Big Ten football schedule, opens at Indiana

The Maryland football team received its inaugural eight-game Big Ten football schedule on Thursday afternoon, heightening the anticipation for a move that won’t even be made for another year.

On Sept. 27, 2014, the Terrapins will play their Big Ten conference game on the road against Indiana. They return home on Oct. 4 to host Ohio State, Byrd Stadium’s marquee visitor that season, before taking a bye. Brutal road trips to Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan loom large down the stretch.

The full schedule is below. Here’s the home/away Big Ten breakdown:

HOME: Ohio State* (Oct. 4), Iowa (Oct. 18), Michigan State* (Nov. 15), Rutgers* (Nov. 29)

AWAY: Indiana* (Sept. 27), Wisconsin (Oct. 25), Penn State* (Nov. 1), Michigan* (Nov. 22)

*East Division game

Maryland’s all-time record against its 2014 Big Ten opponents is 7-48-1. The Terrapins are 5-4 vs. Rutgers, 1-4 vs. Michigan State, 1-35-1 vs. Penn State, 0-3 vs. Michigan and 0-2 vs. Indiana. They never have played Ohio State, Wisconsin and Iowa.

After Maryland and Rutgers enter the Big Ten next summer, the conference will reformat its two seven-team divisions into East and West. The Terps and Scarlet Knights will compete in the East — which contains all the teams residing in the Eastern Standard Time zone — against Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State.

Each year, teams play its divisional opponents plus two from the other division. If and when the Big Ten switches to a nine-game conference schedule, East teams receive five home games in even-numbered years and four in odd-numbered years, switching with the West division to maintain balance.

Paired with nonconference games, here’s what we know so far about Maryland’s 2014 schedule. There is one nonconference opponent that has yet to be determined.

Sept. 6: at South Florida

TBA: James Madison

TBA: West Virginia

Sept. 27: at Indiana

Oct. 4: Ohio State

Oct. 11: BYE

Oct. 18: Iowa

Oct. 25: at Wisconsin

Nov. 1: at Penn State

Nov. 8: BYE

Nov. 15: Michigan State

Nov. 22: at Michigan

Nov. 29: Rutgers

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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