The Terps are coming off their first bowl appearance since 2016 after a 7-6 record last season, but they could have difficulty getting back. The nonconference slate features winnable games against Buffalo and Charlotte (why it’s in Charlotte, North Carolina, I don’t know), but SMU won’t be easy. The conference slate starts with Michigan on the road before Michigan State comes to College Park, Maryland. It’s never easy for any Big Ten East team outside the top programs, but getting Michigan and Penn State on the road is hard. Plus, the draw from the West includes a road trip to Wisconsin. The killer stretch is November with the road game against Wisconsin, followed by the road trip to Penn State and a home date with Ohio State. By the time the Terps get to Rutgers, they could be banged up.2
Typically when we do these rankings, the best teams in the league find themselves at the bottom because they don’t get the “boost” of playing themselves. Ohio State finishes with the second-toughest schedule in the Big Ten because, even if it doesn’t play itself, it opens the season with Notre…..