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2015 game of the year, one to watch in 2016: Maryland Terrapins

The 2015 college football season certainly was one to remember in the Big Ten. Iowa's undefeated regular season, Michigan State's stirring 22-play drive for the league championship, Rutgers' improbable 25-point comeback on Indiana and the Spartans' wild last-second victory against Michigan following a blocked punt were just a few of the indelible moments from another great season.

We'll take a look at some of those signature games of 2015, along with an early glance at one game that could make memories in 2016.

Up next in our series is Maryland.

Best game of 2015

Maryland won only three games last season, so there are slim pickings for this category. But the obvious answer is Maryland's 46-41 victory at Rutgers in the regular-season finale, which helped the Terrapins avoid sole possession of the Big Ten East basement.

Maryland beat Rutgers despite not throwing a touchdown pass. Instead, the Terrapins scored six rushing touchdowns, including three from Brandon Ross, and torched the Scarlet Knights for 401 yards on the ground. Ross' 80-yard run with 4:40 remaining gave Maryland the lead for good.

Rutgers established a 31-10 lead before the Terrapins came storming back, marking their biggest comeback since they overcame a 20-point deficit against Virginia in 2006. Maryland also showed it could rack up its yardage totals, finishing with 656 yards of offense to eclipse the 600-yard mark for the first time since 2004.

Game to look forward to in 2016

Maryland's nonconference schedule doesn't offer much excitement. In fact, the Terrapins play the easiest slate in the bunch among Big Ten teams. So we'll instead choose from the nine-game Big Ten schedule and take the Maryland-Ohio State matchup on Nov. 12 in College Park. Maryland hung with Ohio State through a half a year ago before falling 49-28 in Columbus.

If the Terrapins are to have any success, however, they'll have to figure out the quarterback situation. Neither Perry Hills nor Caleb Rowe were consistent enough in 2015, and they'll have to be much better for Maryland in Big Ten play. Maryland threw 29 interceptions last season, which was worst in the nation. Games against Michigan State (Oct. 22) and Michigan (Nov. 5) will also serve as opportunities for Maryland to show it can compete with the best in the Big Ten East.