Terps football schedule breakdown

September 02, 2010|By Jeff Barker | Baltimore Sun reporter

Navy (in Baltimore): Terps and Midshipmen have played only 20 times (Navy leads, 14-6), but there have been some memorable and intense games between teams that could become true rivals.

Morgan State: Terps will face Bears on just four days' rest. It's the first time the universities -- located just 36 miles apart -- have played in football. Maryland fans sure remember losing to Bears in men's basketball in 2009.

At West Virginia: Ralph Friedgen says he loves border rivalries, and this marks the resumption of one. Mountaineers will rely on young quarterback Geno Smith and a strong running game.

Fla. International: Terps have had problems in recent years against mid-majors. Florida International is from same conference (Sun Belt) as Maryland nemesis Middle Tennessee State.

Duke: A chance for revenge for Terps, who lost to Blue Devils last season but won't have to face departed quarterback Thaddeus Lewis this time around.

At Clemson: Maryland's last visit to Death Valley resulted in upset win that helped cost Tommy Bowden his coaching job.

At Boston College: Eagles picked third in the Atlantic Division by ACC media -- three slots ahead of Terps.

Wake Forest: Demon Deacons put up 42 points on Terps last season, but QB Riley Skinner, who picked Maryland apart, is gone.

At Miami: Hurricanes have a loaded roster and a loaded schedule (at Ohio State, at Pitt) before facing Terps.

At Virginia: Cavs, who ruined Maryland's 2009 homecoming, have a new coach in Mike London, who came from Richmond.

Florida State: Dadgum it, you mean Bobby Bowden is no longer coaching these guys?

North Carolina State: It's the Debbie Yow Bowl. Maryland's former athletic director has assumed the same position at N.C. State, where coach Tom O'Brien was 5-7 last season and could find himself on the hot seat.

--Jeff Barker

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