Maryland football has been on the steady decline in recent years. The signing of DJ Durkin was supposed to change that, but the team’s performance in 2017 suggested otherwise. While injuries may have plagued them to a degree, they still had no real shot of competing with Big Ten East teams, let along the Big Ten in general. The offense could be fun this year, with the return of health at some key positions, but with the defense still expect to be abysmal, expectations must be held in check at College Park.
As DJ Durkin enters his third year with the Terps, he will have his most talented roster yet. With low expectations, his 10-15 record could be worst, and he shouldn’t be too worried about the hot seat. With returning quarterbacks Tyrell Pigrome and Kasim Hill; if one of them can come back with full health and the 2017 version of themselves, then this offense could be explosive in their rushing attack. Defensively, things will remain a challenge, but the return of Jesse Aniebonam should allow for the front seven to create some sort of disruption. With Texas out-of-conference, along with a Big Ten East schedule, another disappointing season could be awaiting Maryland. It will be essential for the Terps to win their early-season matchups against Bowling Green and Temple because Maryland could be an underdog in all of their Big Ten matchups and would be lucky to steal one or two. With this formula, another 4-8 record seems probable.
Record: Wins 3, Losses 9
Week 1: Maryland 17, Texas 38 (L)
Week 2: Maryland 28, Bowling Green 25 (W)
Week 3: Maryland 24, Temple 21 (W)
Week 4: Bye
Week 5: Maryland 21, Minnesota 23 (L)
Week 6: Maryland 17, Michigan 42 (L)
Week 7: Maryland 21, Rutgers 31 (L)
Week 8: Maryland 20, Iowa 41 (L)
Week 9: Maryland 27, Illinois 24 (W)
Week 10: Maryland 24, Michigan State 42 (L)
Week 11: Maryland 21, Indiana 31 (L)
Week 12: Maryland 23, Ohio State 42 (L)
Week 13: Maryland 13, Penn State 35 (L)