Will the 11th time be the charm?
In Randy Edsall's four-plus years as Maryland's head football coach, the Terps are 0-10 against opponents ranked in the top 25 nationally. Jim Harbaugh's Michigan skyrocketed to No. 22 in the AP Poll after a 31-0 win last weekend over BYU, so Maryland is back in a deeply familiar place: Hosting a "blackout" home game against a ranked team from Michigan.
In this event last year, No. 12 Michigan State beat Maryland, 37-15. Now the Terps get another crack at one of the country's better teams, in a game that starts at noon instead of a previously planned 8 p.m. Maryland (2-2) isn't just kicking off big play, but also a brutal six-game stretch that doesn't include a single meeting with less than a top-40 opponent.
Maryland is 1-3 against Michigan all-time, the first win coming in Ann Arbor last November. But both teams are drastically different now than then, with the Wolverines in particular making massive early strides in Harbaugh's first season. As a result, the Wolverines are better than a two-touchdown favorite at most sportsbooks.
The Terrapins' two-deep depth chart looks like this:
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Ryan Connors will have updates from the Byrd Stadium press box, and Pete Volk will chime in from elsewhere. In a twist of fate, the game time change moved it into direct conflict with the Law School Admissions Test, which I'm taking as you read this. Think a good thought for me, and follow along with our coverage on Twitter:
Cheers to the weekend.