- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 18, 2003

Seven bowl teams, four ranked opponents and two nationally televised Thursday night games await the Maryland Terrapins this fall.
Maryland opens and closes the season with consecutive road games and travels to nemesis Florida State, plus non-conference foes Northern Illinois and Eastern Michigan. However, Maryland also plays back-to-back home games three times.
"This is a good schedule, with two national TV games and possibly a third," coach Ralph Friedgen said. "I'm a little concerned playing our first two games and our last two games on the road. But I like the way the open dates fall and the fact we are playing two Thursday night games on ESPN."
Maryland will seek its third consecutive bowl berth for the first time since 1985, when the Terps ended a four-year postseason run. No.13 Maryland will return 18 starters and 57 players from last season's Peach Bowl champions who finished 11-3 and gave Friedgen a two-year record of 21-5.
Maryland plays West Virginia, N.C. State, Virginia, Florida State, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest, all of which went to bowls last season. N.C. State (No.12), Florida State (No.21), Virginia (No.22) and West Virginia (No.25) were ranked.
Rick Snider

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