- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Maryland will face seven teams that appeared in bowl games next fall, including a Thursday night meeting with West Virginia in the season’s third week to start a stretch that will place an onus on the Terrapins to have their quarterback situation settled early in the season.

The Terps, who went 9-4 and defeated Purdue in the Champs Sports Bowl last year, will also visit defending ACC champion Wake Forest and Rutgers by the end of September and will open October with a visit from Coastal Division winner Georgia Tech.

The Terps’ season opener is Sept. 1 against Villanova, the fourth time in six years Maryland will face a Division I-AA team.

West Virginia, which ripped the Terps 45-24 last year, returns quarterback Pat White and tailback Steve Slaton in the teams’ final scheduled meeting before at least a two-year hiatus.

Maryland plays all three of its October games at home, but must finish with three of its last four on the road. The Terps’ home finale is Nov. 10 against Boston College, which precedes trips to Florida State (Nov. 17) and N.C. State (Nov. 24) to finish the season.

Meanwhile, Virginia Tech will visit Louisiana State on Sept. 8 in what could prove to be one of the country’s most glamorous intersectional games. The Hokies (11-2 last season) will also play consecutive Thursday night games to open a compelling stretch that also includes visits from Florida State and Miami.

Virginia, which went 5-7 last fall while enduring its first losing season since 2001, opens Sept. 1 at Wyoming. The Cavaliers then play host to Duke before visiting North Carolina on Sept. 15 in the Tar Heels’ first ACC game under Butch Davis.

The Cavaliers are also the conference’s only team to have its open date in November. Virginia will play the first 11 weeks, then have two weeks to prepare for a season-ending meeting with Virginia Tech in Charlottesville.

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