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Maryland Sitting Just Outside of AP Top 25 With 2-0 Start

September 12, 2018 - 12:50 pm

By Joe Schiller

While mourning the loss of teammate Jordan McNair and playing among a number of offseason distractions surrounding the absence of D.J. Durkin, the Maryland Terrapins couldn’t have asked for a better start to the 2018 season under interim head coach Matt Canada.

Following a 34-29 thrilling win over a ranked Texas team at FedEx Field, Maryland overcame a slow first half against Bowling Green on the road to rout the Falcons 45-14.

An undefeated start has earned the Terps national recognition. They sit just outside of the most recent AP Top 25 poll at No. 30. Maryland hasn't been ranked in the top 25 since September of 2013.

The Terps host their home-opener on Saturday afternoon again Temple – a team that has lost back-to-back games against inferior opponents in FCS Villanova and Buffalo to start the season. 

The ground game – led by Ty Johnson – figures to be the focal point for Maryland's offense this season. The senior running back was named to the Maxwell Award watch list to start the season and totaled 124 touchdowns and one touchdown on the ground against Bowling Green, part of 447 rushing yards for the Terps. Sophomore Tayon Fleet-Davis chipped in 102 rushing yards and two touchdowns of his own and an established run game will only help Kasim Hill grow more comfortable in the pocket as the starting quarterback. 

It’s early, but the Terps can take advantage of a favorable schedule to start the season. Minnesota follows to begin the conference schedule but even they have their vulnerabilities with true freshman signal-caller Zack Annexstad.

A 4-0 start would certainly put Maryland in the Top 25, a much-needed confidence boost before they embark on four ranked matchups among a talented Big 10 East division.