At California, Sept. 5 -- Cal returns 17 starters from the team that fell to the Terps last season in College Park. Running back Jahvid Best wants to erase the memory, memorialized by YouTube, of losing his breakfast on the field after a savage hit by Kevin Barnes.

James Madison, Sept. 12 -- The Dukes are more familiar with new Maryland defensive coordinator Don Brown's schemes than other schools. That's because they regularly played Massachusetts when Brown was head coach.


Middle Tennessee, Sept. 19 -- Here comes a revenge game for Maryland, which was embarrassed last year at Middle Tennessee and had to answer annoying media questions about that loss for the rest of the season.

Rutgers, Sept. 26 -- Continuation of a series that last saw Chris Turner step in for an injured Jordan Steffy and lead the Terps to victory in 2007.

Clemson, Oct. 3 -- The Tigers have a new coach, Dabo Swinney, but the same star running back -- C.J. Spiller -- as when the Terps upset them last season and quieted the Death Valley crowd.

At Wake Forest, Oct. 10 -- Quarterback Riley Skinner returns, but the Demon Deacons have only four returning starters from their imposing defense of a year ago.

Virginia, Oct. 17 -- Maryland gets a shot at redemption. The Terps fell 31-0 to the Cavaliers last year in a game that precipitated much Maryland soul searching and a players' only meeting.

At Duke, Oct. 24 -- Chris Turner gets the first shot of his career against Duke, which has a dangerous quarterback of its own in Thaddeus Lewis.

At North Carolina State, Nov. 7 -- Returning quarterback Russell Wilson hurt the Terps last season with his mobility but couldn't pull off a Wolfpack win at Byrd Stadium.

Virginia Tech, Nov. 14 -- Maryland struggled as usual at Virginia Tech last season. At least the Terps get the Hokies -- picked by ACC media to win the conference -- at home.

At Florida State, Nov. 21 -- The rugged Seminoles ended Maryland's divisional title hopes last season. It won't be any easier for the Terps to beat the 'Noles this year.

Boston College, Nov. 28 -- Eagles players danced after clinching a divisional title against the Terps last season. Less is expected of Boston College this year. The Eagles are picked behind Maryland by some pundits.