Saturday, February 9, 2008

A Thursday night showdown with Virginia Tech highlights Maryland’s 2008 football schedule, which was released yesterday along with the schedules of the other 11 ACC schools.

The Terrapins, who went 6-7 and lost in the Emerald Bowl last season, will play a nationally televised Thursday night game for the 10th straight season when they visit Virginia Tech on Nov. 6. It will be the teams’ first meeting since 2005, also a Thursday night game.

Maryland will play seven home games, including a visit from California on Sept. 13 in the first end of a home-and-home over the next two seasons. The Terps open the season against Delaware, the runner-up in the former Division I-AA last season, before playing at Middle Tennessee.

The visit from Maryland is the first of consecutive Thursday night games for the Hokies, who went 11-3 and won the ACC title last season. Virginia Tech will play at Miami the next week.

The Hokies’ nonleague highlight is a Sept. 27 visit to Nebraska.

Virginia also has a big name on its nonconference schedule: likely national title favorite Southern Cal. The Trojans will play at Scott Stadium on Aug. 30 in the season opener for both teams.

The Cavaliers also will play host to Maryland on Oct. 4 and visit Virginia Tech on Nov. 29 in the season finale for both teams.

All three area schools will play a team from the former Division I-AA, a burgeoning trend among power conference schools. Of the ACC’s 12 programs, only Wake Forest does not play a nonmajor program.

Maryland will have a home-heavy stretch in the second half after splitting its first six games on the road, including its first two league games. The Terps will play four of five at home before finishing the season at Boston College on Nov. 29.

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