COACH: Randy Edsall, fifth year, 20-30
2014 RECORD: 7-6 (4-4, third)
RETURNING STARTERS: 11 (6 defense, 4 offense, 1 kicker)
WHAT WE KNOW: The Terrapins had a good first season in the Big Ten. It could have been better had they not blown a 25-point lead to Rutgers and gotten drilled in a bowl at season's end. Erratic play bothered UM throughout 2014. Now, only 11 starters return, veteran QB C.J. Brown has graduated and the defense is being remade from a 3-4 alignment to a 4-3 under a new coordinator. Place-kicking, however, is no problem. Brad Craddock, winner of the Lou Groza Award for that skill, is back. So is kick-return standout William Likely.
WHAT WE WANT TO KNOW: Can fourth-year junior and projected QB starter Caleb Rowe get through a full season after sitting out the spring while recovering from a second torn ACL? Can an offensive line that allowed 37 sacks last season (second worst in the Big Ten) protect him? Is senior WR Marcus Leak, who caught three TDs in the spring game, the big-play replacement for NFL early entry Stefon Diggs after years of inconsistent performance? Can Maryland go 5-1 on the road again like last year?
SO METHING FUN TO KNOW: In its first year in the Big Ten, Maryland saw season-ticket sales for football increase 25 percent and reported attendance rise 14 percent. That puts the Terps at about 90 percent of their stadium capacity of 51,802.