The University of Maryland Terrapins took a huge step last year. They joined the prestigious and very tough Big Ten Conference in 2014. Surprisingly, they did reasonably well against much more difficult competition than they had faced in seasons prior to last year.
In fact, the Terrapins, under the capable leadership of fifth year Head Coach Randy Edsall, finished the season with a Won-Loss record of 7-6. When this squad competed against conference foes, it held its own, compiling a record of 4 wins and 4 losses.
That was a great way to begin life in a prominent, top tier conference. The Terrapins even earned an invitation to a bowl game. They competed against Stanford University in the Foster Farms Bowl and, unfortunately, for them, lost by a score of 45-21.
Nevertheless, Coach Edsall prepared his squad for the new Season by adding some very capable new recruits from quality high school football programs. Not surprisingly, his team has gotten off to a very good start.
The Terrapins opened their season at home on Saturday, September 5th, by routing the University of Richmond by a score of 50-21. The very next week, this past Saturday, September 12th, the squad from Maryland hosted Bowling Green University and was soundly beaten by a score of 48-27.
There is no telling whether the “good, high-scoring Terrapins” will show up for this Saturday’s contest against the University of South Florida (USF) or if the “bad, defensively-challenged Terrapins” will show up on the gridiron.
Regardless of what happens on September 19th, the Terrapins are poised to host the Michigan Spartans on October 3rd, the Nittany Lions of Penn State University on October 24th, the nationally-ranked Wisconsin Badgers on November 7th and Indiana University on November 21st.
It will be interesting to see just how well the University of Maryland competes against such tough competition when they play at home. The same can be said for this squad’s road games.
The Terrapins will visit the University of West Virginia on September 26th, travel to Ohio to challenge top-ranked Ohio State University (OSU) on October 10th, play the Iowa Hawkeyes on October 31st and head to Lansing, Michigan for a very difficult and challenging road contest against fourth-ranked Michigan State University.
This team will complete its road schedule on Thanksgiving weekend when it visits Rutgers University on November 28th. The Scarlet Knights joined the Big Ten last year along with the University of Maryland. And, like the Terrapins, the New Jersey team also did well.
Its up-and-down performance in the first two games of the new season makes it difficult to determine just how well this team will perform. Fans of the Terrapins will be watching closely and hoping that their team does not disappoint them.
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