Playing football games in Baltimore is a poor decision for Maryland

June 26, 2011 | Peter Dilutis

Come 2013, Maryland may be making its way to the top of the ACC. In 2014, the game against Virginia Tech may have ACC Championship implications.

Wouldn’t it be kind of weird to play a game of that magnitude at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore with perhaps tens of thousands of Tech fans in the house, knowing that those fans are there basically by the choice of Kevin Anderson and the athletic department?

Would a program like Texas ever play such a huge game away from Austin when they could have just as easily played the game at home? How about Florida? Ohio State?

Isn’t that what Maryland wants to become? An elite college football program?

Baltimore fans are going to enjoy seeing the Terps play at M&T Bank Stadium, but they will enjoy winning even more.

Playing important games in Baltimore does not give the Terrapins a better chance to win. In fact, it hurts their chances. Teams play better at home. That can not be disputed.

Why would the Terps not want to play at home? Why would they want to give up that advantage?

For most locals, playing these games in Baltimore may seem like a neat idea now. But come 2013 and 2014, especially if the Terps are having a good deal of success, the notion of giving up marquee home games may not appear quite as attractive as it does today.

When Oregon plays a big game, ESPN Gameday heads to Eugene, and the fans raise the roof of Autzen Stadium.

Maryland needs to develop that same kind of environment. Byrd Stadium needs to be rocking on fall Saturdays. ESPN Gameday needs a reason to come to College Park.

Playing two of the biggest home games the Terps will play this decade away from Byrd Stadium is not going to help that cause.