University of Maryland and Rutgers University are two of the latest additions to the Big “Ten” Conference that will make their respective debuts to the conference in the fall. Both east coast schools will be making a drastic transition from playing regional schools to traveling long distances to play the schools in the Midwest. There has been continuous debate on whether their arrival will disrupt the tradition of Big Ten style and attributes, but this decision came down to money on both sides. Let’s preview how the schools will fair in the first athletic challenge during their rookie Big Ten seasons–football.
The Terrapins finished 5th place in the ACC Atlantic Division just barley winning enough games to be bowl eligible. They ended up losing to Marshall from the MAC in the Military Bowl, ending their season on a sour note. Maryland will play in the East Division with Rutgers, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Penn State. This is arguably the much more competitive division with Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, and reigning Big Ten Champions Michigan State. This will prove a trail by fire transition for Maryland, but luckily they are used to playing with Florida State in their division. Their first five games are all winnable, with the key match up coming on September 13th at home versus rivals West Virginia. Maryland opens up their Big Ten campaign at Indiana on September 27th and at home versus Ohio State on October 4th. Continue reading “Maryland/Rutgers Football Preview” »