Maryland football receives votes in AP, USA Today coaches polls

September 22, 2013

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

On the heels of its biggest win over West Virginia since the 1950s, the undefeated Maryland football team (4-0) received votes in both major national polls, setting up a marquee matchup in two weeks against Florida State.

The Terrapins ranked third among teams outside the top 25 in the latest Associated Press poll, which unofficially slotted Coach Randy Edsall’s team 28th. Maryland’s 24 votes were six shy of Georgia Tech. The Seminoles (3-0) are ranked eighth and Clemson (3-0) is third.

Virginia Tech, who the Terps visit in mid-November, received four votes despite barely squeaking past Marshall in three overtimes.

The USA Today coaches poll gave Maryland 11 votes, eight more than the Hokes but 36 behind the Yellow Jackets among ACC teams outside the top 25. Clemson (fourth), Florida State (eighth again) and Miami (15th) represent the ACC in the rankings.

Still, simply receiving votes represents a win for the program, which hasn’t even sniffed the AP top 25 since receiving votes after Edsall’s first game in College Park, a 32-24 win over Miami on Sept. 5, 2011.

The Terps finished 2-10 that season and 4-8 last year, but matched their 2012 win total with a 37-0 drubbing of West Virginia, turning some national heads and whetting appetites for their trip to Doak Campbell Stadium on Oct 5.

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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