Nine Days Until The Big Ten

Rutgers University sits nine days away from Big Ten membership, and ScarletReport.com is here to count down the days in style. A new conference means a significantly different schedule. Rutgers faces new opponents in the conference, but there are plenty of storylines with each opponent. We'll look at all of them, concluding with Maryland.

Rutgers plays eight games within the conference, and that concludes with Maryland.

2014 matchup -- Nov. 29 at Maryland. Kickoff time and TV station to be determined.

Series: -- Maryland leads 6-4

Last Meeting: -- Rutgers beat Maryland 34-13 on Sept. 26, 2009.


Storylines

Ralph Friedgen returns to Maryland for the first time since his firing led to Randy Edsall taking over the program. Friedgen, now the Rutgers offensive coordinator, is one of the most successful coaches in Maryland history and his Homecoming takes place on senior night for the Terps.

The connections do not stop there with the Scarlet Knights and Terps often clashing in recruiting the region.

Senior Rutgers safety Lorenzo Waters comes out of Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha, where he was teammates with senior Maryland corner Michael Washington. Maryland's Derwin Gray was a long-time Rutgers target before heading to prep school and then Maryland. He projects to compete for a starting spot at tackle after another former Rutgers target – Moise Larose – received a one-year suspension.

Some other familiar freshmen on the Maryland roster will be offensive tackle Damian Prince, receiver Juwann Winfree and linebacker Tyler Burke. Erial (N.J.) Timber Creek three-star corner Kareem Ali is one of Maryland's top commitments – a former teammate for Rutgers defensive end Quanzell Lambert and linebacker Myles Nash.

Rutgers and Maryland have the foundation for a rivalry as both join the Big Ten in July. Between recruiting ties, and some bad blood coming out of their last two non-conference games, an excited senior night in College Park, Md., has potential to create a rivalry.

Rutgers beat Maryland in 2009 the last time the two clashed. The Scarlet Knights took an early lead with a pick six by linebacker Antonio Lowery, and used Joe Martinek to grind out clock in the rain.


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