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Maryland schedules future games with Syracuse, Temple, Towson

Randy Edsall AP

Maryland is getting their future non-conference match-ups in order and as fate would have it they could be playing Syracuse more times by 2019 than some of Syracuse’s ACC rivals thanks to an expanded ACC conference and future schedule rotation between divisions. Maryland will visit Syracuse in 2014, Maryland’s first year as a Big Ten member, and the Orange will make a return visit in 2019. Plan accordingly. Maryland has also added future contests with Temple and local FCS foe Towson.

According to The Washington Post, Maryland will visit Syracuse on September 20, 2014, a week before playing their first Big Ten game in program history and a week after hosting West Virginia of the Big 12. Syracuse will visit Maryland on September 21, 2019. The week before hosting Syracuse that season, Maryland will play at Temple in Philadelphia. That will be the back-end of a home-and-home schedule agreement. Temple will play at Maryland on September 15, 2018.

Maryland’s game against Towson will be played on September 9, 2017. The two Maryland schools have played just once before, with Maryland winning a 2011 contest by a score of 28-3. The previous week Maryland will open their 2017 season on the road at Texas.

Maryland’s future games against FCS opponents (James Madison in 2014, Richmond in 2015, Howard in 2016 in addition to Towson in 2017) is a scheduling strategy the Big Ten is encouraging their members to avoid doing when possible. With the College Football Playoff era commencing in 2014 the playoff contenders will likely be evaluated using schedule strength as a part of the résumé. While individual strength of schedule may mean more to the selection committee, boosting the overall conference strength of schedule will be beneficial. The Big Ten does not prohibit schools from scheduling FCS opponents or teams from smaller conferences, but it is generally not the ideal tactic for the conference.

However, Maryland is not exactly taking it too easy with their schedule. Games against West Virginia and Texas will be challenging in addition to games against Big Ten East Division rivals Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State on an annual basis.

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4 Responses to “Maryland schedules future games with Syracuse, Temple, Towson”
  1. ajarkoski says: Sep 5, 2013 5:32 PM

    Boy you really threw me there with the’Big Ten East Division’. For a second I thought Big East? no, were are the leaders and legends? OK, maybe it will sync in now that they have come to their senses in league names. Maryland is going to have a rough go at it as they will be the test dummy for most of those schools names to kick around.

  2. Kevin McGuire says: Sep 5, 2013 7:03 PM

    Well, why not just call it the B1G East and B1G West? anyone have a problem with that idea?

  3. Kevin McGuire says: Sep 5, 2013 7:04 PM

    For the record, the Big Ten is dropping the Legends and Leaders division names and going to a more traditional naming system.

  4. tendigitpoet says: Sep 6, 2013 10:56 AM

    The B1G will in fact go with East and West divisions beginning in 2014.

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