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Maryland's 2020 and 2021 Big Ten football schedules continue to be backloaded

If the Maryland football team continues to improve under second-year coach DJ Durkin, his team's November games might take on significant meaning in 2020 and 2021.

Based on the schedules released by the Big Ten on Tuesday, the Terps will play the league's East Division powers toward the end of the season after having more competitively balanced schedules in 2018 and 2019.

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In 2020, Maryland will open the conference season Oct. 3 in College Park against Minnesota before going on the road at Indiana and Northwestern the following two weeks. After home games against Wisconsin and Rutgers, things get interesting.

The Terps will play at Michigan on Nov. 7, followed by a home game Nov. 14 against Ohio State, a road trip to Penn State Nov. 21 and a home game against Michigan State Nov. 28.

In 2021, the Terps will play at Illinois for the first time in an earlier-than-usual Big Ten opener Sept. 18. Maryland then face Indiana at home Oct. 2, play at Rutgers Oct. 9, host Iowa Oct. 23 and travel to Minnesota Oct. 30.

Again, the schedule gets tougher the final month. The Terps host Penn State Nov. 6, play at Ohio State Nov. 13, play Michigan at Maryland Stadium Nov. 20 and close the regular season with a trip to Michigan State Nov. 27.

The schedule the next two years seems to be a little more favorable for Maryland, in comparison to what the Terps have experienced in their first four years in the Big Ten.

In 2018, the Terps have a road trip to Indiana on Nov. 10 before a home game the following week against the Buckeyes. The Terps finish the season on the road against the Nittany Lions.

In 2019, the Terps open the Big Ten schedule with a Sept. 28 home game against Penn State. To close the season, Maryland faces Michigan at home and Ohio State in Columbus the first two weeks of November and follow a bye week with a home game against Nebraska and a road game at Michigan State.

2020 Maryland football Big Ten schedule

Oct. 3 vs. Minnesota

Oct. 10 at Indiana

Oct. 17 at Northwestern

Oct. 24 vs. Wisconsin

Oct. 31 vs. Rutgers

Nov. 7 at Michigan

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Nov. 14 vs. Ohio State

Nov. 21 at Penn State

Nov. 28 vs. Michigan State

2021 Maryland football Big Ten schedule

Sept. 18 at Illinois

Oct. 2 vs. Indiana

Oct. 9 at Rutgers

Oct. 23 vs. Iowa

Oct. 30 at Minnesota

Nov. 6 vs. Penn State

Nov. 13 at Ohio State

Nov. 20 vs. Michigan

Nov. 27 at Michigan State

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