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Maryland football goes 6-6 in USA Today preseason projection

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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USA Today came out with its preseason conference projections Monday morning, predicting that Maryland will finish the regular season with six wins and six losses.

Another 6-6 season would tie Maryland with Michigan State for fourth in the Big Ten East, finishing ahead of both Indiana (5-7) and Rutgers (2-10), according to this projection. With a 4-5 conference record, USA Today projects that the Terps will win two of their non-conference games. Texas, Towson and Central Florida are on the slate.

We know that one of Maryland’s six projected wins won’t come against the Ohio State Buckeyes, who are picked to run the table and win the Big Ten Championship. Here’s a look at Maryland’s schedule and each team’s projected record:

Maryland football opponents’ records

Opponent Projected record
Opponent Projected record
Texas 7-5
Towson N/A
UCF 6-6
Minnesota 4-8
Ohio State 12-0
Northwestern 8-4
Wisconsin 11-1
Indiana 5-7
Rutgers 2-10
Michigan 10-2
Michigan State 6-6
Penn State 10-2

Getting to six wins and earning a trip to another bowl game would be a huge win for Maryland, which plays one of the hardest schedules in the country.

In other news

It’s Specialists Week at Testudo Times! Yesterday, Lamar looked at how Adam Greene can carry Maryland’s kicking game.

In case you missed any part of Safeties Week, we’ve got you covered.

After landing two targets last week, the Terps missed out on four-star defensive tackle PJ Mustipher, who plays his high school ball at McDonogh in the Baltimore area.

The BTN camp tour stopped by College Park yesterday. Jermaine Carter Jr., Ty Johnson and Lorenzo Harrison, DJ Durkin and Walt Bell all stopped by the set to talk to the crew:

The BTN crew also spent some time breaking down what they’d seen during practice and what they expect from Maryland going forward: