Monday, October 27, 2008

Maryland Football Ranked for First Time since 2006

Maryland football has returned to the rankings as the AP and USA Today poll put Maryland at #25 in the nation after the Terps 27-24 victory over NC State on Saturday. Maryland however, did not get ranked in the BCS.

Most people in Maryland probably thought the season was going to spiral out of control after the Terps barely beat Delaware and lost a miserable game against Middle Tennessee State. But low and behold, after a big time wins over California and Clemson plus a Wake Forest win to recover from a bad Virginia loss, everything seems back on track, for now. With a 6-2 record, Maryland is bowl eligible.

Because Maryland won't play this week, it is possible they will lose points in the human polling and fall out. But on November 6th, Virginia Tech and Maryland will duel in Blacksburg on national television. If the Terps could win that game, they would gain a lot of respect in the national media. If not, then they fall out of the rankings, possibly for good.

The pieces came together at a good time. Obi Egekeze started nailing field goals, only missing one since the Eastern Michigan game. Though Chris Turner still isn't consistent, he's done enough of late to put the offense in decent position, and when he hasn't, the defense has done the work. Every close game, Delaware, California, Clemson, and NC State, has gone Maryland's way. Three wins over then ranked teams.

I'm not saying Maryland is a great team, or the clear favorite in the ACC, cause they aren't either, but they have done a good job for most of the season, and for all the criticism of Ralph Friedgen and gang, they are 6-2 and tied for first place in the Altantic Division.

(Photo credit: Doug Kapustin, Baltimore Sun)

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