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MM 9.2: Maryland football’s game against Syracuse to air on ESPN

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

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Maryland football’s Week 2 game against Syracuse slated for Saturday, Sept. 7, at noon ET will now be televised on ESPN, according to announcements from both programs.

The battle between the Power 5 teams from the Big Ten and ACC, respectively, was originally up in the air between being scheduled on ESPN2 or the main channel, but the network has decided to showcase the matchup on its biggest platform following the first games of the season. West Virginia’s game against Missouri will now be shown on ESPN2.

While Saturday’s game was already nationally televised, this is just another boost for a Maryland program hoping to garner spotlight and attention for a positive reason. Following a 79-0 demolition of Howard just a couple days ago, the Terps will face their first real test in the Mike Locksley era in Dino Babers’ Orange.

Syracuse earned a victory in its season opener as well, but the way in which it achieved that win was rather suspect. Quarterback Tommy DeVito and Co. struggled on offense, but the Orange defense kept Liberty in check to the tune of a 24-0 final score. While a shutout is impressive, there was some cause for concern with the lack of firepower.

In any case, Saturday’s upcoming matchup is sure to be an intriguing one, and thanks to ESPN’s scheduling decision, many should and likely will tune in.

In other news

Recapping the weekend for Maryland football:

Maryland field hockey had a successful opening weekend, defeating Richmond 5-1 on Friday and blanking New Hampshire 5-0 on Sunday.

Maryland volleyball took care of business in a Saturday doubleheader, sweeping Austin Peay and Kansas State in the Wildcat Invitational.

Maryland women’s soccer couldn’t capture the same magic as the other programs showcased, falling to Auburn and Georgia to drop the team’s record to 2-2 on the year.

Former Terp Torrey Smith was cut by the Carolina Panthers Sunday, taking away one half of the team’s Maryland wide receiver duo.

Green Bay Packers rookie and recent Terp graduate Darnell Savage will wear No. 21 this season despite initially going with No. 26.