Previewing Maryland football's 2019 schedule

Previewing Maryland football's 2019 schedule

The on-field results of Maryland football's 2018 season were overshadowed by a ton of off-field issues.

On the field, though, it was, in many ways, similar to the 2017 season. The Terps opened with an inspiring win against No. 23 Texas at FedEx Field, faltered against a Group of 5 opponent, handled lesser opponents, struggled against better ones and lost their starting quarterback to injury. After the Texas game, the most exciting moment of Maryland's season was actually an overtime loss at home to then-No. 10 Ohio State.

In the Big Ten East, there will never be a shortage of high-quality opponents to play. Luckily for the Terps, the out-of-conference slate of games looks a bit easier this year than each of the last two. Howard replaces Towson and Syracuse replaces Texas as Maryland's Power 5 opponent. The Terps do travel to Temple this year after the Owls dominated in College Park, but will face a different head coach in Rod Carey.

Maryland's crossover matchups with the Big Ten West include trips to Purdue and Minnesota, while Nebraska comes to College Park in late November. The Terps avoid the hardest part of their shedule until the last month of the season, when meetings with Michigan, Ohio State, Nebraska and Michigan State loom.

Here's Maryland football's 2019 schedule in its entirety:

Week 1, August 31, noon: Howard Bison

Week 2, September 7, noon: Syracuse Orange

Week 3, September 14, noon: at Temple Owls

Week 4, BYE

Week 5, September 27 (FRI), 8:00 p.m.: Penn State

Week 6, October 5, TBD: at Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Week 7, October 12, noon: Purdue Boilermakers

Week 8, October 19, TBD: Indiana Hoosiers

Week 9, October 26, TBD: at Minnesota Golden Gophers

Week 10, November 2, noon: Michigan Wolverines

Week 11, November 9, TBD: at Ohio State Buckeyes

Week 12, BYE

Week 13, November 23, TBD: Nebraska Cornhuskers

Week 14, November 30, TBD: at Michigan State

NCAA Tournament 2019: Maryland vs. Belmont First Round, tip time, TV channel, how to watch

NCAA Tournament 2019: Maryland vs. Belmont First Round, tip time, TV channel, how to watch

No. 6 University of Maryland faces off against no. 11 Belmont University in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament on Thursday, March 21 in Jacksonville, Fla. The Belmont Bruins beat the Temple Owls 81-70 in the First Four on Tuesday night, securing their spot in the first round to compete against the Terps.

Maryland exited the Big Ten Tournament with an early loss to Nebraska, so the Terps' first round match-up will be the team's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in two years. In 2017, the Terps were eliminated in the Round of 68 by the Xavier Musketeers.

Maryland finished its 2018-19 season 22-10 under head coach Mark Turgeon, and this is Maryland's third Tournament appearance under him. 

Belmont is making its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance under Rick Byrd, who won his 805th career game, and first in the NCAA Tournament, with the victory over Temple.

Belmont finished the regular season 27-5 but lost to Murray State in the finals of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. Like the Terps, the Bruins also received an at-large bid.

Here is the NCAA Tournament information:

Maryland vs. Belmont How to Watch

What: 2019 NCAA Tournament First Round, East Region

Who: Maryland Terrapins vs. Belmont Bruins

When: 3:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 21

Where: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Fla.

TV Channel: truTV

Online Stream: You can watch a live stream of Maryland vs. Belmont on March Madness Live on

TV Announcers: Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel / Jamie Erdahl

Twitter: @TerrapinHoops@BelmontMBB 

Maryland vs. Bracket Analysis

How They Got Here: Maryland (at-large), Belmont (at-large), Temple (at-large)

Previous Meeting: 

Next Round: Winner of No. 3 LSU vs. No. 14 Yale 

East Region Bracket:

No. 1 Duke vs. No. 16 North Carolina Central/North Dakota State
No. 8 VCU vs. No. 9 Central Florida

No. 5 Mississippi State vs. No. 12 Liberty
No. 4 Virginia Tech vs. No. 13 Saint Louis

No. 6 Maryland vs. No. 11 Belmont/Temple
No. 3 LSU vs. No. 14 Yale

No. 7 Louisville vs. No. 10 Minnesota
No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 15 Bradley

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Maryland Terrapins nab DeMatha safety Nick Cross from Florida State

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Maryland Terrapins nab DeMatha safety Nick Cross from Florida State

Terps head coach Mike Lockley’s "DMV to UMD" movement keeps growing stronger: DeMatha Catholic High School safety Nick Cross decommitted from Florida State to sign with the Terps, the school announced on Tuesday.

Cross, a four-star recruit, clocked a 40 in 4.48 seconds.

He verbally committed to the Seminoles in September and had offers from 34 schools, including Notre Dame, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State. He officially visited Florida State, Florida, Auburn,  Alabama and Penn State, and unofficially toured Georgia Tech. 

Locksley was Cross’ main recruiter at Alabama when he officially visited in June back when Locksley was still the Tide’s offensive coordinator. He was a familiar face with an established relationship when Cross came to College Park, just a few miles down Route 1 from DeMatha. 

247Sports ranked Cross the nation’s fourth best safety and No. 50 recruit overall. 

The All-American is joining 10 DeMatha alumni returning to Locksley’s team. All were coached by DeMatha head coach Elijah Brooks who just became Maryland’s running backs coach.