- The Washington Times - Monday, February 27, 2012

There will be no extended homestands or road trips in Maryland’s football schedule. There also won’t be a weekday game.

The Terrapins, who open Sept. 1 against William & Mary at Byrd Stadium, will alternate home and away games throughout their 12-game schedule.

Unlike the past two years, when Maryland opened on Labor Day, it will play a Saturday-only schedule. The Terps have not played a Thursday night game since 2008 when they lost at Virginia Tech.

Maryland’s entire nonconference schedule is confined to September, including trips to Temple and West Virginia. The Terps make their biennial trip to Virginia on Oct. 13, and their marquee home game is Nov. 17 against Florida State. Maryland also will finish the regular season Nov. 24 at North Carolina, the first time the Terps have closed their schedule against the Tar Heels.

Overall, Maryland has nine bowl teams from 2011 on its slate. The Terps, who were 2-10 in coach Randy Edsall’s debut season last fall, went 0-9 against the teams on its 2012 schedule a year ago.

One other curious matchup is the Sept. 15 date with Connecticut, the first of a long-scheduled home-and-home series. Edsall spent 12 years with the Huskies before taking over at Maryland last year.

Elsewhere in the area, Virginia Tech opens on Labor Day, visits the Washington area for a neutral-site game and will play a pair of Thursday night games late in the season.

The Hokies start the season Sept. 3 against Georgia Tech at Lane Stadium. Since the ACC went to divisional play in 2005, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech have combined for all of the Coastal Division crowns.

Virginia Tech also will play Cincinnati at FedEx Field on Sept. 29, its second trip to the Washington Redskins’ stadium in three years. The Hokies lost to Boise State in Landover to open the 2010 season.

Frank Beamer’s team also will play Thursday night games at Miami (Nov. 1) and at home against Florida State (Nov. 8). The latter contest will be the teams’ first meeting since the Hokies upended the Seminoles in the 2010 ACC title game.

As usual, Virginia Tech’s regular season ends with the Commonwealth Cup against Virginia. This year’s game is in Blacksburg on Nov. 24.

That game comes nine days after Virginia plays host to North Carolina in a Thursday night game. The Cavaliers also play Penn State at home (Sept. 8) and will play four of five in Charlottesville just before its finale at Virginia Tech.

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