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10 Facts About the Maryland Terrapins Football

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The Maryland Terrapins football team represents the University of Maryland, College Park in the sport of American football.

The University of Maryland, College Park is a public research university located in the city of College Park in Prince George's County, Maryland, approximately 4 miles from the northeast border of Washington, D.C. Founded in 1856, the university is the flagship institution of the University System of Maryland.

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada, and also known as gridiron, is a sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end.

Maryland Terrapin Football 2013 Season Highlights by TerrapinRavenOriole Spinnato

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The Terrapins compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Big Ten Conference.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a non-profit association which regulates athletes of 1,281 institutions, conferences, organizations, and individuals.

The Big Ten Conference, formerly Western Conference and Big Nine Conference, is the oldest Division I collegiate athletic conference in the United States.

The NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, formerly known as Division I-A, is the top level of college football in the United States.

Maryland vs Penn State football 2016 by Big Ten Fan

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The Terrapins joined the Big Ten Conference on July 1, 2014, following 62 years in the Atlantic Coast Conference as a founding member.

The Atlantic Coast Conference is a collegiate athletic conference in the United States of America in which its fifteen member universities compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association 's Division I, with its football teams competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the highest levels for athletic competition in US-based collegiate sports.

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The Terrapins are currently coached by D.J. Durkin.

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Since 1950, the Terrapins have played their home games at Maryland Stadium in College Park, Maryland with occasional home games from time to time in Baltimore, Maryland, making them one of two FBS football teams in the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area and the closest Football Bowl Subdivision team to Washington, DC.

The Baltimore–Washington Metropolitan Area is a combined statistical area consisting of the overlapping labor market region of the cities of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland.

Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as "Washington", "the District", or simply "D.C.", is the capital of the United States.

Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium is an outdoor athletic stadium on the campus of the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.

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The team's official colors of red, white, black, and gold have been in use in some combination since the 1920s and are taken from Maryland's state flag, and the Terrapins nickname — often abbreviated as "Terps" — was adopted in 1933 after a turtle species native to the state.

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Maryland shares storied rivalries with Virginia and West Virginia.

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The program's achievements have included one NCAA-recognized national championship, nine ACC championships, two Southern Conference championships, eleven consensus All-Americans, several Hall of Fame inductees, and twenty-four bowl game appearances.

In North America, a bowl game is one of a number of post-season college football games that are primarily played by teams belonging to the NCAA's Division I Football Bowl Subdivision.

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Maryland possesses the third-most ACC championships with nine, which places them behind Clemson and Florida State with 15 each.

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Many former Terrapins players and coaches have gone on to careers in professional football including 16 first-round NFL Draft picks.

The National Football League Draft, also called the player selection meeting, is an annual event in which the National Football League teams select eligible college football players.

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