If you happen to own calendars for 2020 and 2021, you’ve got something to write in them now.
The Big Ten announced its conference schedule for those football seasons Tuesday. Here’s when and where Maryland will be playing football games against league foes in three and four years’ time.
These unveilings don’t usually have any groundbreaking developments, but they can confirm which patterns will be continuing through the years—like the nine-game schedule and the East/West divisional alignment. With Maryland’s 2018 and 2019 schedules already out, nothing from Tuesday’s release was too surprising.
The 2020 crossover matchups are the same as 2017, as the Terps play Northwestern, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The 2021 matchups are the same as 2018. With Minnesota an annual crossover opponent, the Terps and Golden Gophers are slated to play each other at least six years in a row.
Also of note is Michigan State emerging as a frequent season-ending matchup for the Terps. After playing Rutgers on Thanksgiving weekend in each of its first three years in the Big Ten, Maryland finishes its regular season with Penn State this year and next. However, the Spartans are last on the schedule in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Of course, we won’t know game times or TV channels for any of these games for a long while. Those aren’t usually announced until the summer of that season at the earliest, and we just learned the kick-off time for Maryland’s next game against UCF.
The landscape of the Big Ten, and Maryland’s place in it, are tough to predict for these years. But with matchups and dates set, there’s just a little bit more certainty.