I get it. Maryland is not a football school. At least that’s what we hear every preseason. The first USA Today Coaches’ Poll is out, and Maryland is ranked #54. In NCAA football, starting out the season at #54 means there is a 0% chance the Terps will make a BCS game. My expectations for this season were never that high to begin with.
What I don’t get is how, according to the coaches, the Terps could be the #10 team in the ACC. In 2008, we beat four of the nine teams ranked ahead of us in conference. We also beat Cal, who is ranked #12 in this poll and is on the schedule again this year, and we played BC down to the wire in Boston on November 21st.
I know Maryland has a tendency to have bad losses and to play down to the level of our competition. Somehow, I don’t see JMU and Middle Tennessee State sneaking up on us this year. On the whole, the Terps were slightly better than mediocre last season, but I don’t think we’ve had a huge drop-off in talent. This is the first season in as long as I can remember where Maryland has a starting QB without any question, and he’s going to have an entire off-season to practice with the first team.
Maryland will have one of the toughest schedules in the country. The Terps play five Top 25 teams including VT (7), California (12), GT (15), Florida State (19), UNC (20). Rutgers could be ranked by the time we play them at home in late September. The Terps were in contention late in the 2008 season to make the ACC Championship Game, and if they achieve that feat this year it likely means that an additional ranked team would be on the schedule, bringing the potential total as high as seven ranked opponents in thirteen games.
What I’m saying is this poll is garbage. You can’t tell me that Clemson, NC State, Wake Forest, and BC are that much better than us. I’m putting every NCAA coach on notice. Thanks for the disrespect, fools. The Terps play their best with a chip on our shoulder.