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Maryland football to face Michigan State in primetime on Big Ten Network this October

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DJ Durkin's first primetime game will be a big one.

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In Maryland football's first season under new head coach DJ Durkin, the Terps will host Michigan State in primetime, the Big Ten Network announced Monday. The Spartans' visit to Maryland Stadium on October 22 will be televised on BTN, and kickoff is set for 7:30.

Michigan State will be an extremely tough test for Maryland, as the Spartans are coming off a Big Ten Championship and an appearance in the College Football Playoff.

The Terps didn't have a primetime appearance during their 3-9 season in 2015, as their scheduled game with Michigan was moved from 8 p.m. to noon due to Hurrican Joaquin. Maryland lost that game 28-0, but only trailed 6-0 at halftime. Things got out of hand late as Michigan limited the Terps to 76 yards passing and 29 rushing and broke through against a tired Maryland defense.

Maryland's previous primetime appearance came in 2014, also against Michigan State. The No. 12 Spartans came to College Park and left with a 37-15 victory.