The Maryland football team begins the 2017 season with a very tough task.
The Terrapins will travel to Austin for a date with Texas on Saturday afternoon.
Maryland’s schedule is the toughest that it’s been since joining the Big Ten and maybe ever. Starting off with Texas is the first time that they’ve played a marquee opponent since facing Miami (Fla.) in 2011.
Maryland is coming off a fairly successful season in D.J. Durkin’s first year as head coach. The Terps went 6-7, but did struggle during the bulk of Big Ten play as they won just three league games.
Durkin’s squad ended up reaching bowl eligibility in the regular season finale against Rutgers. The Terps played in the Quick Lane Bowl where they lost a hard-fought battle against Boston College 36-30.
Overall, it was a successful opening season considering that Durkin didn’t have a chance to bring in a complete recruiting class of his choosing. In 2017, Maryland had a top 25 recruiting class and are trending towards that way in 2018 as well.
Maryland begins their season by traveling to a hostile environment in Austin. Texas may have went 5-7 a season ago, but the Longhorns already are gaining respect nationally.
Texas enters the season ranked No. 23 and will want to make a statement just as badly as Maryland does. Watching the chess match between Durkin and new Longhorns coach Tom Herman should be a treat.
Maryland Terrapins at Texas Longhorns
When: Saturday, September 2, 12:00 p.m.
Where: Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium
TV: Fox Sports 1
Stream: Fox Sports GO
Line: Texas -18.5