Maryland will host Minnesota in the team's home opener on Friday night. Both teams come into this game with 0-1 records, the Golden Gophers falling to Michigan last weekend by a score of 49-24. After that contest, they fell out of the Top 25 rankings.
P.J. Fleck enters his 4th season as Minnesota's head coach following a stellar 2019 season that saw them finish with a record of 11-2 (7-2) and ranked #10 in the country. Junior QB Tanner Morgan returns to lead an offense that features new co-offensive coordinators Mike Sanford, Jr. and Matt Simon. Simon has been on the staff since 2017 as the team's wide receivers coach, while Sanford, Jr. spent last season as Utah State's play-caller after being Western Kentucky's head coach from 2017-2018. For the third straight year, Minnesota's defense will be coached by Joe Rossi.
The only significant injury suffered by the Terrapins in their first game was to LB Durell Nchami, who is considered day-to-day.
Minnesota is currently listed as 20-point favorites in this game.