The polls came out on Sunday and there was no mention of the Maryland Terrapins anywhere. While unfortunate, that’s basically entirely understandable considering the opponents they’d faced thus far and that they didn’t win by about 200 points to get the voter’s attention. But that doesn’t mean no one is listening to the Terrapins knocks at the door.
Take Paul Myerberg of USAToday, for example. Myerberg is a favorite of mine, mostly because of his pragmatic approach to college football; there’s no discernible bias to be found. So when he re-ranked the NCAA teams after two weeks, I was curious to see where he pegged the Terps, who were initially at No. 60 in his countdown. Where the Terrapins ended up?
No. 48! Just inside the top fifty, and I encourage anyone to argue that that’s an unfair spot. The Terps landed ahead of teams like NC State and U of Southern California, but slightly behind Rutgers and Vanderbilt, which sounds about right. It sounds better than right when you consider how bad Myerberg feels about the opponents the Terps have faced thus far in Florida International (ranked No. 119) and Old Dominion (unranked!).
If you want a gauge on when the Terps will likely be ranked, keep consulting Myerberg’s list throughout the season to get an understanding on how the average voter outside of the Maryland bubble feels about the team. For now, Terps = top 50, but not top 25. And I’ll take it.