Randy Edsall looking forward to Big Ten

Coach Randy Edsall says the Big Ten will open up new recruiting avenues for the football program. Howard Smith/US PRESSWIRE

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland won’t go bowling for a second straight season, it has never won the ACC's Atlantic Division, and it holds an overall record of 4-44-1 against the Big Ten.

Randy Edsall’s reaction to joining the conference? Bring it on.

“I’m all for it,” he said. “We know we’ve got work to do.”

Lots of work.

Maryland’s overall record against the Big Ten is skewed by its 1-35-1 record against Penn State. It hasn’t played Wisconsin, Iowa, Northwestern, Nebraska, Ohio State or Illinois. That will change in 2014, when the Terps join the Big Ten.

“... It gives you other opportunities,” Edsall said. “These kids now will have a chance to play in the Rose Bowl, which is the granddaddy of them all. They’ll be able to compete amongst the other institutions in the Big Ten. It will be very challenging, but one we really look forward to.”

Edsall said the exposure from the Big Ten Network and throughout the Midwest will open up an entirely new recruiting territory for his staff.

“You’re going to be in over 30 countries, all over the United States, it’s going to open up some new areas for us in recruiting,” Edsall said. “We’ve already talked about taking care of the home base, but then moving in to Detroit, Chicago, Indianapolis, Kansas City, St. Louis. This exposure will aid us in recruiting and open up some areas maybe we couldn’t get into before.”

On the surface, it looks like the Terps are getting in over their heads.