Maryland football’s Week 10 matchup against Michigan State will kick off at noon on ESPN2, the program announced Monday.
The Terps announced that this would be the blackout game two weeks ago, with a kickoff time still unannounced. Blackout games are, of course, much better at night, when the sky matches the uniforms, but that won’t be the case here. (Game times are predominantly chosen by networks, so it’s not like the noon start was Maryland’s idea.)
Maryland’s blackout game last year was against Northwestern, which kicked off at 3:30 ET after initially being scheduled for Friday night. The black-clad Terps did beat the Spartans in primetime two years ago.
Maryland has kicked off at noon in six of its first seven games this season, with the lone exception being in Week 2 at Bowling Green (which was a very weird 6 p.m. ET kick on ESPN+). This weekend’s home game against Illinois is slated for a 3:30 kick, the Terps’ first of the season after playing eight contests in that time slot last year. But it’ll only be a one-week break from noon starts.