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Experienced Maryland, Rutgers are confident they will be competitive in 1st season in Big Ten

Maryland and Rutgers will bring along a lot of familiar faces when they enter the Big Ten this fall. The hard part will be getting to know their new opponents.The Terrapins return 18 starters, nine on each side of the ball, from the team that finished fifth in its division in its last year in the Atlantic Coast Conference.The experience is a big advantage for Maryland, coach Randy Edsall said. "We fully expect to be able to compete as we come into the Big Ten."Rutgers, which tied for sixth in its one year in the American Athletic Conference, has nine starters back on offense and seven on defense.Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood, like Edsall, is confident his team can hold up in the Big Ten. He'll know for sure after a mid-season stretch of games against Michigan at home, Ohio State and Nebraska on the road and Wisconsin at home.Maryland winds up spring practice Friday and Rutgers on April 26. The next task for Edsall and Flood will be to study opponents they'll encounter for the first ...

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