What would this ultimate road trip be without one final stop to College Park, Md.?
Week 7 schedule
Saturday, Oct. 12
Boston College at Clemson
Navy at Duke
Georgia Tech at BYU
Virginia at Maryland
Syracuse at NC State
Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech
Why you should come along: Folks love to be a part of history, especially when they have the opportunity to tell their grandchildren, "I was there the last time Virginia played Maryland." OK, that may be overstating things juuuust a bit much, but there is no getting around the historical implications surrounding this game. This is the last scheduled meeting between the two border rivals as Maryland prepares to hit the road for the Big Ten. These two schools first played in 1919 and have met every season since 1957. Seventy-seven games have been played between them. Virginia is going to take a good long while to replicate that kind of history with Louisville.
This is a critical game for both teams as they try to get back to a bowl game. Though it is not a divisional game, it still is big one. I am sure fans on both sides have penciled this one in as a "W," considering both are coming off losing seasons. For Maryland, this one could conceivably help the Terps get to 5-1. Their nonconference schedule is not as difficult as Virginia's. The Terps will have a great shot at going undefeated against FIU, Old Dominion, UConn and West Virginia. Looking at that slate, Maryland should go no worse than 3-1. Virginia, on the other hand, opens against BYU and Oregon, a much more difficult challenge. Still, a win here could help get the Cavs to six wins.
And, of course, whoever wins will have bragging rights for the foreseeable future.