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Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Comparing Terps' ACC, B1G schedules

By Heather Dinich

ESPN Insider Travis Haney recently singled out six coaches in the country whom he deemed to be on the hot seat, and two of them -- Virginia's Mike London and Maryland's Randy Edsall -- hail from ACC country.

Haney took a look at whether or not the 2013 schedules will help or hurt London and Edsall in terms of their job secruity. Haney went into detail about both situations, and categorized each coach's hot seat as either sizzling, simmering or warming.

There was only one thing I disagreed with, and it really had little to do with the overall topic:

"Presuming Edsall survives another year, the 2014 schedule obviously will look significantly different. But it isn't as if the Big Ten presents anything all that different than the ACC in terms of difficulty."


Except maybe Ohio State and Michigan. And Wisconsin. With all due respect to the Cavaliers, opening the conference season at home against Ohio State is a wee bit more difficult than opening against Virginia. Here's what Maryland's 2014 Big Ten schedule looks like:
Here's what Maryland's final season in the ACC looks like:
Granted, having to play Florida State and Clemson helps tilt the scale of difficulty in favor of the ACC, but having to play at Michigan? At Penn State? At Wisconsin? Those stadiums alone are more daunting than most you'll find in the ACC.

My take: If Randy Edsall is going to win, he better do it now, because it's only going to get more difficult in the Big Ten.