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Maryland and Texas finalize two-game series for 2017, 2018

Finally back from practice and in front of a computer to post the news that was officially released a few hours ago:

Maryland will travel to Austin, Texas, on Sept. 2, 2017 for a game with the Longhorns. Texas will make the return trip to Maryland on Sept. 1, 2018.

Both games will be season openers. Texas has won all three previous meetings, though the teams have not met since the 1978 Sun Bowl.

More thoughts on the two-game series tomorrow ...

By Eric Prisbell  | September 22, 2010; 8:44 PM ET
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Will the 2018 game be scheduled for Byrd stadium or one of the professional venues (FedEx Redskins or BB&T Ravens)?

Posted by: johnbecka | September 22, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Word has always been FedEx.

Posted by: CapsNut | September 23, 2010 5:34 AM | Report abuse

Wrong bank, it's M&T...As long as it's not Fed Ex, but it shouldn't be.. Ralph's plan will all done.. The new upper deck will be in around the bowl.. Capacity of Byrd will be around 70,000, filled every game.. Suites will have a waiting list, and Ralph will finally have a QB, heck maybe even 2..GO TERPS!!! Tailgate starts at 6AM LOt 9B, Eric, stop on by...

Posted by: frostanna | September 23, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

Better upgrade recruting by 2014. You typically don't get sellouts for anticipated blowouts.

Posted by: shanks1 | September 23, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Considering we know that Ralph will not be there. He would never play a quality opponent if he didn't have to.

Posted by: MARKHAGNER | September 23, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Seven years off, but two "givens" for game in Austin:

1. Terp coaches will claim they are young and inexperienced.

2. Terp players will be star struck.

Look for a repeat performance of the Cal game last year.

Posted by: MerlinTerps | September 23, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Ralph will be gone...the excuses such as weather and youth will hopefully not be part of the equation. Hopefully Mike Leach will help the players get comfortable with texas football.

Posted by: minhle1 | September 23, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Looks like Bevo is gonna have a couple cupcakes.

Posted by: je121819 | September 23, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

I'm really looking forward to this series. I do like the idea of the Terps playing one decent non-conference opponent in a home and home senario. Despite how frustrating the Cal game was last year, I had a great trip out there for the game, and enjoyed an amazing week in the Bay Area. I look forward to spending a week or so in the Austin/San Antonio area in 2017, but a little upset the Terps could not leverage a truely level series. The game in Texas should be on a neutral field, NOT in Austin. The Alomodome, Jerrydome, or Reliant would have been preferred. There's not way the Terps could play the 'Horns at Byrd because of the capacity, but it sucks that Texas would not give up the home field to make the series truly fair.

Maybe Mike Leach will be coaching the Terps in 2017/18, and can give UT a little taste of what he gave them when he was at Texas Tech.

Posted by: Russtinator | September 23, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I don't think the location of the game in Texas will matter-we'll be licky to bring 5K fans and Texas will feel at home whether in Jerrydome or Austin. The benefit to terp fans travelling is that Austin is a much cooler town.

The key to the game in Fedex will be the economics as the capacity is almost double but how much does the Danny keep? Had the game been at Byrd, UT fans would have bought the family 4 pack season tickets and taken 20K of Byrd as well.

Posted by: minhle1 | September 23, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Considering we know that Ralph will not be there. He would never play a quality opponent if he didn't have to.

Posted by: MARKHAGNER | September 23, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Yeah we never play tough teams out of conference under Friedgen. Well, except that time we played a tough Notre Dame team away from Byrd, or that time we played a Cal team with national title aspirations on the road, or a top 25 Cal team the year before that, or a top 10 Rutgers team the year before that (and then played them again last year). Oh and except for playing a ranked West Virginia almost every year. And except for playing a Navy team coming off a 10 win season this year. Oh and that time we played a Northern Illinois team on the road that would later became a top 25 team that year (with Michael Turner in their backfield).

Yeah, Ralph never plays tough opponents.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 23, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

How much is Texas paying the Terps to show up for their slaughter?

Posted by: KraftPaper | September 23, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Ralph will be long gone and maybe the Terps hire someone who can at least cover the 4 touchdown spread.

Posted by: nativedc | September 23, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I know Ralph will be long gone, I was just kidding in my earlier poat.. However, this game should be played at Byrd.. Why spend all this money to upgrade our stadium, then a game vs a big opponent comes, and we jump ship... I know it's the $$$$$, but I don't want Danny Boy making any money off my Terps tickets.. Besides, if you compare some of the schools stadiums from the Big 12, Byrd, at 54,000 fits:
Texas Tech - 60,000
Okla. St.- 60,000
Baylor- 50,000
Kansas St. - 52,200
So Texas plays games in their conference in stadiums that is similar to Byrd... Keep it there, or if you have to, take it to M&T.. NOT FED EX !!! Go Terps!!!

Posted by: frostanna | September 23, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

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