In today’s Penn State opponent preview, we head into the last month of the schedule and take a look at the newest member of the Big Ten Conference.
The Maryland Terrapins join the Big Ten after spending the last 60 years in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). They officially joined the new conference in July and will make their Big Ten Football debut on September 27th when they travel to Bloomington, Indiana to take on the Indiana Hoosiers.
Coming off a season in which they finished 7-6 (3-5 ACC), Coach Randy Edsall and his team will look to improve and qualify for a bowl game for the second consecutive season. After starting last season 4-0, the Terrapins were bit by the injury bug as they lost their starting receivers, Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, for the season.
This year could be a different story, assuming everyone can stay healthy. The Terrapins return 20 starters from a season ago, which includes a number of injured or suspended players. If everyone can stay healthy and out of trouble, the Terrapins have a chance to make their first year in the Big Ten a successful one.
- Head Coach – Randy Edsall, 4th season at Maryland, 15th overall (13-24, 83-87 overall)
- Conference – Big Ten East
- 2013 Record – 7-6 (3-5 ACC)
- Key Departures – CB Dexter McDougle, LB Marcus Whitfield
- Key Returners – QB C.J. Brown, WR Stefon Diggs, WR Deon Long, RB Brandon Ross, C Sal Conaboy, DE Andre Monroe, NT Darius Kilgo, LB Matt Robinson, CB Will Likely