- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 20, 2005

The resumption of an old local rivalry and seven bowl teams await Maryland’s football team next fall.

The Terrapins open against Navy on Sept.3 at M&T; Bank Stadium in Baltimore, their first meeting with the Midshipmen since 1965. Maryland also faces West Virginia on Sept.17, one of five home games against 2004 bowl-eligible teams. ACC newcomer Boston College visits Maryland for the first time since 1986.

Virginia Tech returns to College Park after a 15-year absence on Oct.20 for a nationally televised Thursday night game. Clemson and Virginia also come to Byrd Stadium.

Just nine days after facing Virginia Tech, Maryland will visit Florida State to complete what could be a critical midseason stretch. The Terps also visit Wake Forest and N.C. State.

“Once again, it is a very challenging schedule considering the fact that we play Virginia Tech and Florida State back-to-back and with three of our last four games on the road,” said Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen, who led the Terps to a 5-6 record last season after 10-win seasons in each of his first three years.

The Navy series resumes after a dinner meeting in 2003 between Navy coach Paul Johnson and Friedgen. The Mids won 14 of 19 meeetings over 60 years before the series was halted after Maryland player Jerry Fishman directed a profane gesture toward the brigade during the 1965 game. Maryland officials said the game could become a regular matchup in coming years. Tickets for the expected sellout will be offered Monday.

Maryland will play in the ACC’s Atlantic Division along with Clemson, Florida State, N.C. State, Wake Forest and Boston College. Atlantic and Coastal Division winners meet in the ACC title game Dec.3 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Meanwhile, Maryland expects a top-20 recruiting class when national letters of intent are signed Feb.2.

The Terps are expected to concentrate on receivers and defensive backs.

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