ODU To Play Maryland In 2013

October 18, 2012
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Oct. 18, 2012

The Old Dominion University football program continues to step up its 2013 transition schedule by announcing today a game with the University of Maryland in College Park on Sept. 7, 2013.

"Maryland is another quality, high caliber ACC opponent for ODU football in 2013. In scheduling Maryland we are again providing ODU football fans with another outstanding, easy to access road game, while also putting our student-athletes in the position to experience a dynamic football playing environment of the highest level," ODU Athletic Director Dr. Wood Selig said. "We look forward to the opportunity to compete against the University of Maryland in our first year of transition to the FBS."

As the Monarchs begin their transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision of NCAA football and as a Conference USA member, the program must play a mixed schedule of FBS and FCS opponents in 2013.

ODU will be ineligible for conference and NCAA post-season play next season, however will add eight Conference USA opponents to the 2014 schedule, before joining the C-USA as a full member in 2015.

The Maryland contest is the second FBS opponent scheduled for the 2013 season, following the announcement earlier this week of a game at the University of North Carolina on Oct. 12.

"Our entire program is excited to now have two ACC teams on our schedule for 2013. With our move to C-USA, we wanted to challenge ourselves to play some top FBS teams within our region. I feel like we are off to a great start with these two games, both within driving distance for the 12th Monarchs," ODU head coach Bobby Wilder said. "Maryland is currently 4-2 and tied for first place in their division. This game will be a major challenge, but one that we will embrace."

The Monarchs will also play a two-year series with Norfolk State, travelling to the Spartans stadium on Oct. 26, 2013 and hosting NSU in 2015. Future C-USA member UNC Charlotte will visit Foreman Field at SB Ballard Stadium next season on Nov. 16.

Maryland is 4-2 overall and 2-0 so far in ACC play this season. The Terps have won two-straight with victories over Wake Forest and Virginia.

The Terps have appeared in 24 bowl games in the history of the program, making seven appearances in the last 10 years, going 5-2 in those games.