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Date: Jul 28, 2017

by Charlie Dyjak, Baltimore County Office of Communications Intern

August is right around the corner, bringing with it autumn. To most people this would spur thoughts of brisk nights, fresh apple cider, and the changing leaves making entire forests look like a bowl of Apple Jacks. Families look forward to weekends filled with hay rides and getting lost in corn mazes.

Fall means something entirely different to college football fans.

Fall is prepping to see how your team compares to your rivals in the pre-season and smack talking the members of your fantasy league. Most important, it is perfecting your buffalo dip for the upcoming tailgates and games.

Team Spirit

For Maryland fans, we have three well known and respected college teams to root for, the UMD Terps, the Towson Tigers and the Stevenson Mustangs.

Here’s a quick rundown to help even the rookie fan sound like a long-time follower of our hometown teams. 

Fear the Turtle

The Terps did not have the best 2016 season, falling just below .500 with a 6-7 season, led by new head coach DJ Durkin in his first year as a head coach. The Terps lost three players to the NFL draft, Levern Jacobs to the Redskins, Alvin Hill to the Browns and Will Likely III to the Patriots. Likely was one of the Terps star players and left some big shoes to fill on the field. Durkin signed a recruiting class that is ranked in the top 20 recruiting classes for the year, with 28 new recruits. Maryland will face a daunting schedule next year with Big 10 games against Ohio State, Penn State, and Michigan, all teams that are currently ranked in the preseason top 10. The Terps open up against a familiar face, the Towson Tigers.

Go Tigers!

The Tigers went 4-7 in their 2016 season. But that is history. The Tigers recruited 27 new players for this season. Lyndon Johnson, former runback and recruiting coach, has been named the Tigers defensive coordinator.

The 2017 schedule includes three out-of-conference games, the most notable against Maryland. Towson is coming in as the underdog in this fight. A win here could define the rest of the season for both teams.

 

It’s a Good Day to be a Mustang

The Stevenson Mustangs had the best 2016 season of the three hometown teams, finishing with a 9-2 record. Wesley took them out in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but Stevenson’s program hit a historic milestone last season when star safety Austin Tennessee was invited to the Vikings mini-camp, becoming the first Stevenson player to reach the NFL. This achievement will help bring in better recruits in the coming years. After getting a taste of the NCAA Tournament, the Mustangs will come out with a chip on their shoulder this season and hope to make it well past the first round. 

And then there’s “UNDEFEATED”

The UMBC Retrievers are still going undefeated! OK, you can’t lose if you don’t have an intercollegiate football team. But the Retrievers excel at basketball, carrying a strong 21-13 record in 2016. This impressive record led them to the CIT semi-finals last year. Retrievers’ fans, hang in there. Basketball season is coming soon.

 

Marylanders have great home town teams to root for. Get into the team spirit. Go Terps-Tigers-Mustangs-Retrievers!

If great college sports aren't enough to fill your weekends, you can find more places to visit and experiences to enjoy at www.enjoybaltimorecounty.com .


 
 
Revised September 26, 2016