Maryland football's 2016 regular season schedule
Game one: Saturday, Sep. 3 vs. Howard at noon
DJ Durkin makes his official debut as Maryland's head coach at home against Howard. The Bison were just 1-10 a year ago, and should make for an easy opener as the Terps look to improve on their own 3-9 record from 2015.
Game two: Friday, Sep. 9 at Florida International at 7:30 p.m.
The first of two straight matchups in Florida for Maryland comes against Florida International. At 5-7, the Panthers will be a bit tougher for Durkin's squad, but anything less than a 2-0 start would be surprising.
Game three: Saturday, Sep. 17 at Central Florida at 7:00 p.m.
Central Florida plays host to the Red, Black, Gold and White in week three on a Saturday in Orlando. The Knights will be looking to put an awful 2015 campaign, one in which they didn't win once, behind them.
Game four: Saturday, Oct. 4 vs. Purdue at 3:30 p.m.
This will be College Park's homecoming game, as Maryland Stadium should be packed with returning alumni and alumane. This is also the first conference showdown for the Terps. These two schools did not face off last season.
Game five: Saturday, Oct. 8 at Penn State at 12 p.m.
What's turned into a nice little rivarly will get another installment this coming October, this time in Happy Valley after taking place in Baltimore in 2015. The last time these sides lined up at Penn State's home, of course, some handshake shenanigans were involved.
Game six: Saturday, Oct. 15 vs. Minnesota (time TBA)
Avoding an October trip to the state of Minnesota is always a fun thing, and that's something Maryland is fortunate enough to do. 2016 will be the first full go-round on the job for Gophers head coach Tracy Claeys.
Game seven: Saturday, Oct. 22 vs. Michigan State at 7:30 p.m.
A primetime game will go down on Capital One Field on this night, as the powerhouse Spartans visit Maryland after beating them 24-7 a year ago. The away outfit was a College Football Playoff participant last January before being blasted by Alabama 38-0.
Game eight: Saturday, Oct. 29 at Indiana (time TBA)
Both universities are doing what they can to make this contest as appetizing on the gridiron as it looks on the hardwood, but some work still needs to be done. Even at just 6-7, the Hoosiers did play in a bowl last season, but overall, they'll be looking to finish over .500 for the first time since 2007.
Game nine: Saturday, Nov. 5 at Michigan (time TBA)
The day when Durkin returns to square off with his former employer and former boss, Jim Harbaugh. And if Maryland's new leader has his way, this will be a Saturday ruled by two stout defenses, not just one.
Game 10: Saturday, Nov. 12 vs. Ohio State (time TBA)
As far as back-to-backs go, the Wolverines and Buckeyes are about as arduous as it gets. The Terps hung with Ohio State initially last October in Columbus, and now, they get a shot against them in their place.
Game 11: Saturday, Nov. 19 at Nebraska (time TBA)
This will be the first time the Nebraska sees the Terrapins in the history of the two football programs. Whether turtles actually have a taste for corn remains to be seen.
Game 12: Saturday, Nov. 26 vs. Rutgers (time TBA)
Maryland and Rutgers were each other's final regular season opponent in 2015, too. Will this be the Terps' last time on the field before a bowl appearance, or their last time on the field before the offseason?