No. 5 Iowa big test for unbeaten Maryland in Big Ten matchup

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Kirk Ferentz is in his 23rd year as Iowa’s coach, so he’s pretty familiar with the trips his team will take through the Big Ten.

There are exceptions, though. The Hawkeyes are about to play at Maryland for only the second time.

“It’s still different, yeah. It definitely feels — they’re not new to the Big Ten per se, but they’re new to us because we’ve only been there once,” Ferentz said. “It really is different, just like traveling to Rutgers was different.”

Although this is Maryland’s eighth football season in the Big Ten, the Terrapins still feel like newcomers. There are still teams they haven’t played very often — and perhaps more importantly, the Terps haven’t been all that relevant in the league standings. They can a big step toward changing that Friday night when they host No. 5 Iowa in a matchup of unbeaten teams.

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