One year after breaking into the Big Ten, the Maryland football team will welcome two division powerhouses to Byrd Stadium for the first time as conference members. Less than three weeks ago, the Terrapins learned of their 2014 football opponents. Monday, they got theirs for 2015, too.
Marquee home matchups against Penn State (at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium) and Michigan, sandwiching a rough road trip to Columbus, Ohio, and a subsequent bye week, highlight the schedule, and that’s just in the first four weeks.
The Terps and Nittany Lions haven’t faced each other since 1993, and since 1961 Penn State is 12-0-1 in College Park and Baltimore. The Wolverines have never played at Maryland, instead hosting the Terps for three wins in 1985, 1989 and 1990.
Maryland’s first three games in 2015, in fact, will be against the East Division’s most storied football programs. In the Big Ten’s final season of an eight-game conference schedule, before switching to nine in 2016, the Terps open against Michigan on Oct. 3, travel to Ohio State on Oct. 10, receive a bye week on Oct. 17 before hosting Penn State on Oct. 24.
Maryland will also return two non-division games, at Iowa and home vs. Wisconsin, the home game against the Badgers rounding out an already strong home schedule. Division games at Michigan State, home vs. Indiana and at Rutgers conclude the slate, which contains a fairly regulated home-road alternation but just one bye week, unlike in 2014.
There are still two nonconference opponents yet to be determined, but here’s what we know so far:
Sept. 12: vs. Bowling Green
Sept. 19: vs. South Florida
Oct. 3: vs. Michigan*
Oct. 10: at Ohio State*
Oct. 17: BYE
Oct. 24: vs. Penn State* (at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium)
Oct. 31: at Iowa
Nov. 7: vs. Wisconsin
Nov. 14: at Michigan State*
Nov. 21: vs. Indiana*
Nov. 28: at Rutgers*
*East Division games