The hype for Maryland football’s matchup against No. 12 Penn State had been growing throughout the course of the season thus far, but the anticipation reached a new peak as the game was announced as a sellout by the school on Wednesday.
With the addition of bleachers behind the student section to accommodate a record number of student ticket requests and the sell-out crowd, Friday could be a Top-10 crowd in program history. Interestingly enough, the largest crowd ever was 58,973 against No. 9 Penn State on Nov. 1, 1975.
The last time Maryland Stadium sold out was Oct. 3, 2015, when the Terrapins hosted the Michigan Wolverines in front of 51,802 fans at then-Byrd Stadium in what became a 28-0 loss. It also would be the final home game of Randy Edsall’s tenure at Maryland, as he was fired after a loss to Ohio State on the road a week later.
Some similarities can be drawn between the two games as both were the first Big Ten matchup for the Terps of the season, came against ranked-opponents and were tabbed as “blackout” games for their respective seasons. In 2015, Maryland unveiled a black version of the airbrushed Pride 2.0 helmets to go along with the “Black Ops” uniforms for the noon kickoff against the Wolverines.
As gameday is steadily approaching, the Terps are doing their best to maintain the hype and prepare for this record crowd. Along with the sellout announcement, the school also posted a hype video that is sure to raise anticipation even more:
In other news
Football coverage continued Wednesday with the following:
- A look at the history of the Penn State - Maryland storied series
- A film breakdown of what to expect from No. 12 Penn State.
- Maryland has struggled offensively in past games against the Nittany Lions, but looks to set a new tone this year.
- On this week’s podcast, Matt, Lila and Cody preview the matchup, discussing whether the Terps could pull of the upset or not.
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