Maryland's 2011 football to open vs. Miami

The first game for Randy Edsall as Maryland football coach will come in prime-time against Miami on ESPN.

That's according to the just-announced schedule.

The Terps lost a close game to the Hurricanes in Miami last season. Maryland has an offer on the table to former Miami head coach Randy Shannon to be defensive coordinator. He was dismissed at the end of the regular season.

Maryland said the Towson game was originally scheduled for the opening weekend of the season.

“We were approached by the ACC about playing Miami in a prime-time national broadcast on ESPN,” Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson said in a news release. “Based on the positive experience that our student-athletes and many of our fans enjoyed last season playing on Labor Day, we agreed to the request.”

The Terps opened on Labor Day against Navy last season in Baltimore.

The Terps also have home games against West Virginia, Temple, Towson, Clemson, Boston College and Virginia. The Terps play Notre Dame on Nov. 12 at FedEx Field in Landover.

Quick thoughts: The bye week comes in Week 2, which is certainly earlier than most coaches prefer. How do you like starting with a conference game right off the bat? It's good exposure for Maryland to play on ESPN in prime time. It's different in that the Terps have not opened against a league opponent since 2001 (North Carolina).

Sept. 5 MIAMI (Monday) , ESPN, 8 pm

Sept. 10 OPEN

Sept. 17 WEST VIRGINIA

Sept. 24 TEMPLE

Oct. 1 TOWSON

Oct. 8 at Georgia Tech

Oct. 15 CLEMSON

Oct. 22 at Florida State

Oct. 29 BOSTON COLLEGE

Nov. 5 VIRGINIA

Nov. 12 vs. Notre Dame (FedEx Field; Landover, MD)

Nov. 19 at Wake Forest

Nov. 26 at NC State

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