Terps get prime-time date with defending Big Ten champs


Maryland head coach Randy Edsall.  (Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

Before its inaugural Big Ten season winds to a close, the Maryland football team will enjoy a night in prime time.

On Nov. 15 at 8 p.m., the Terrapins will host Michigan State, broadcast by the Big Ten Network as one of six prime-time games this upcoming season, which BTN president Mark Silverman called “our best prime-time lineup ever” in a news release.

The Spartans won both the Big Ten and the Rose Bowl last season, and arrive in the teeth of Maryland’s league schedule this fall. After visting Wisconsin and Penn State in consecutive weeks, the Terps take a much-needed bye before welcoming Michigan State, which finished 2013 as the third-ranked team in the country and will open 2014 in the top 10.

According to the network, it will televise at least 40 football games this fall, but start times won’t be announced until later.

As a reminder, here’s the schedule for next season:

Aug. 30: James Madison

Sept. 6: at South Florida

Sept. 13: West Virginia

Sept. 20: at Syracuse

Sept. 27: at Indiana

Oct. 4: Ohio State

Oct. 18: Iowa

Oct. 25: at Wisconsin

Nov. 1: at Penn State

Nov. 15: Michigan State, 8 p.m., BTN

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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