COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The border rivalry between Maryland and Virginia has never been a friendly one. There’s no reason to believe the potential final installment will be any different.
Maryland’s move from the Atlantic Coast Conference to the Big Ten next year means today’s game at Byrd Stadium could be the last between the Terrapins and Cavaliers. It will be the 78th meeting in a series that began in 1919 and has been held annually since 1957.
“Virginia is a rivalry game,” Terrapins guard De’Onte Arnett. “We don’t like Virginia. That’s not a team we would befriend. It being the last game is something special, but we’re always looking to beat Virginia.”
Maryland (4-1, 0-1) has played Virginia more often than any football opponent. “We’re looking forward to getting after it,” Maryland center Sal Conaboy said.
The Cavaliers (2-3, 0-1) are also on the rebound following losses to Pittsburgh and Ball State.
“This is probably the last time that Virginia plays Maryland, a school that has been a border rival where recruiting has been an issue between the two of us,” Virginia coach Mike London said. “Focusing on that is the most important thing right now.”
There’s a chance the teams could meet in nonconference play, although nothing like that is currently in the works.
“If it happens later on down the road, for the powers that be as far as the scheduling is concerned, then it happens,” London said. “But right now our seniors, juniors, first years, second years, third years, this will be the last time that they will play them.”
Wisconsin, LSU to play
at Lambeau Field in 2016
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The home of the Green Bay Packers will host its first college football game in 33 years, and it should be a good one: LSU against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field in 2016.
The Packers said Friday the teams will play on Sept. 3, 2016. It’s an early-season game with little risk of the “frozen tundra” Lambeau is famous for.
Three previous college games have been played at Lambeau Field, but none of them was a Division I showdown featuring the likes of the Big Ten’s Badgers and the SEC’s Tigers. St. Norbert College, six miles from Lambeau Field, has won there three times, beating Fordham twice, in 1982 and 1983, and Mankato State College, in 1960.
Weis, Kansas look at TCU,
see better team than 2-3
FORT WORTH, Texas — Kansas coach Charlie Weis says he isn’t fooled by TCU’s losing record.
“Coach Gary Patterson has been there now for 15 years ... now people want to talk about his 2-3 start,” Weis said. “The teams that he lost to are 15-1. ... So there’s a reason for those close losses he had.”
The Horned Frogs (2-3, 0-2 Big 12) have lost to No. 10 LSU, No. 12 Oklahoma and No. 20 Texas Tech — all by 10 points or less and all away from home.
TCU, back home today where it is 2-0 this season, made its Big 12 debut last year with a victory at Kansas.
Clemson coach suspends two for poor behavior
CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney suspended receiver Germone Hopper and safety Ronald Geohaghan for the Boston College game today for what he called poor behavior.
Hopper is a redshirt freshman from Charlotte, N.C., who is the third-ranked Tigers’ second-leading receiver this season with 16 catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns.
Geohaghan is a freshman from Allendale who has one tackle in three games.
• In Cincinnati, Brendon Kay completed 31 of 37 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns to help Cincinnati beat winless Temple 38-20 on Friday night.
Tion Green ran for 91 yard and two more scores as Cincinnati (4-2, 1-1 American Athletic Conference) had the ball for 37 minutes.