For as much as Randy Edsall's messy fingerprints blotched DJ Durkin's first year as Maryland football coach, the schedule was something of a cleansing agent.
The Terps opened the year against Howard, a pushover. Their second game was at Florida International, a team that had lost seven games the previous season and then lost its starting quarterback midway through the Maryland matchup. Game Nos. 3 and 4 were at Central Florida and against visiting Purdue, owners of a combined two wins in 2015.
In all, the Terps were significant preseason favorites in five of their 12 games, according to