The reality of Maryland's first season in the Big Ten became a little clearer Thursday, when the league announced the 2014 schedule for its 14 members.
The Terps will play their Big Ten opener Sept. 27 at Indiana and their home opener a week later against Ohio State at Byrd Stadium.
Maryland will also play at home against Iowa (Oct. 18), Michigan State (Nov. 15) and Rutgers (Nov. 29), and on the road at Wisconsin (Oct. 25), Penn State (Nov. 1) and Michigan (Nov. 22).
Iowa and Wisconsin represent the two non-East Division opponents. The league has announced that it will go to a nine-game league schedule beginning in 2016.
The Terps are also scheduled to play James Madison and West Virginia at home early in the season, as well as at South Florida (Sept. 6) and at Temple (Sept. 20).
“It is great to know that we have our schedule for our inaugural season in the Big Ten,” Maryland coach Randy Edsall said in a news release. “This is a very attractive and challenging schedule and is one our coaching staff, student-athletes and fans will look forward to playing in 2014.”
Of the eight Big Ten teams Maryland will face in its inaugural season, two finished in the Top 25 of the Associated Press last season and four played in bowl games. Both Ohio State and Penn State were ineligible.
The Nittany Lions will be in the third year of a four-year NCAA probation when they face Maryland at Beaver Stadium, marking the renewal of a series that ended in 1993 and was dominated (35-1-1) by Penn State. The last meeting, at Byrd Stadium, resulted in a 70-7 loss for the Terps.
Ohio State will make two trips to the Baltimore-Washington area in 2014. The Buckeyes are scheduled to open the season against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium on Aug. 30.
2014 Big Ten football schedule for Terps
Date -- Opponent
8/30 -- TBA
9/6 -- at South Florida
9/13 -- TBA
9/20 -- at Temple
9/27 -- at Indiana
10/4 -- vs. Ohio State
10/11 -- Open Date
10/18 -- vs. Iowa
10/25 -- at Wisconsin
11/1 -- at Penn State
11/8 -- Open Date
11/15 -- vs. Michigan State
11/22 -- at Michigan
11/29 -- vs. RutgersCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun