By José Umaña/The Sports Pulse Contributor
Photos by Michael R. Smith/The Sports Pulse
WASHINGTON – In a newly released and revamped schedule, the University of Maryland football team will face five teams that finished last season in the AP Top 25 poll this upcoming season.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Big Ten Conference switched to a 10-game conference-only schedule to limit travel.
The Terrapins will open the season on the road against No. 15 Iowa on Sept. before coming back home to Maryland Stadium to take on Michigan on Sept. 12.
Following a home game against Rutgers, Maryland will travel to Evanston, Illinois, for the first time since joining the Big Ten Conference to play Northwestern on Sept. 26 before returning home to face No. 11 Wisconsin on Oct. 3.
After a bye week, Maryland will play two consecutive road games: against rivals No. 9 Penn State on Oct. 17 and Indiana on Oct. 24.
After hosting last season’s Big Ten Conference Champions No. 3 Ohio State on Oct. 31, the Terrapins will face No. 18 Michigan at Ann Arbor in their final road game on Nov. 7.
After the Terps second bye week, Maryland will close out its regular season against No. 10 Minnesota on Nov. 21.
Maryland will follow guidance from the Prince George’s County Health Department and have no fans in attendance to start the season. According to a university fan guide, when fans return, the state’s masks order will be in effect, and mobile ticketing will be in full effect.
Kickoff times and broadcast information for each game will be released at a later date.
The Big Ten said the start dates for other fall sports, including cross country, field hockey, soccer and women’s volleyball have been postponed until Sept. 5. Those sports will also operate in a conference-only schedule.