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Maryland Terrapins Football Ranked 10th in ESPN Power Rankings

May 18th, 2012 at 10:59 AM
By Sam Spiegs


It’s been a long, adventurous spring for the Maryland football program. More transfers, new coaches and an improved recruiting class, yet ESPN still considers the Terps among the bottom-feeders of the ACC.

Maryland was ranked 10th out of the 12 ACC schools in terms of post-spring power rankings, ahead of only Duke and Boston College.

ESPN ACC blogger Heather Dinich gives the following explanation:

The Terps had a good spring and were able to move forward with players who wanted to be there. It was a positive vibe, but coach Randy Edsall is still tangled in the shadow of last year’s two-win season. He’ll have to improve upon it without the services of former quarterback Danny O’Brien. 

We already know the Edsall story. And we already went over what he needs to do in 2012 to – essentially – save his job and prevent a total makeover of the athletic department.

Florida State, Clemson and Virginia Tech are easily the elite programs of the conference year in and year out. Dinich is right there.

But ranking N.C. State at four is a bit of a stretch.

Dinich calls the Wolfpack a championship-caliber team. Really, Dinich? Come on.

Georgia Tech gets that spot in my personal ranking, followed by Wake Forest and N.C. State.

Then there’s Virginia at No. 7, who is underrated, considering the Cavaliers received votes in the AP Top 25 and USA Today Polls. North Carolina is a close No. 8.

Now, I may be a little over my head right now when I say this, but I believe Maryland has a chance to be better than Miami. I’ll give the Terps the nod at No. 9 over the Canes.

Miami lost quarterback Jacory Harris, and his successor, Stephen Morris, sat out the spring due to a back injury. Running back Lamar Miller is now a Miami Dolphin, and their best overall player is a safety.

The Canes will be tested right away, facing Kansas State, Notre Dame (at Wrigley Field), South Florida and Florida State in their first five games.

For Maryland, if C.J. Brown can be effective in Mike Locksley’s offense, getting the ball into the hands of Stefon Diggs, Kevin Dorsey, Justus Pickett and Marcus Leak.

At the Red-White Game, the defense impressed. And that was without the likes of Kenny Tate, Joe Vellano and Darin Drakeford, and with a banged up linebacking corps.

Call me crazy, but the Terps are the ninth-best team in the ACC.

My personal ACC power rankings (as of May 18):

1.     Florida State

2.    Clemson

3.    Virginia Tech

4.    Georgia Tech

5.    Wake Forest

6.    N.C. State

7.     Virginia

8.    North Carolina

9.    Maryland

10. Miami

11.  Boston College

12.  Duke

Tags: ACC, C.J. Brown, Darin Drakeford, Joe Vellano, Justus Pickett, Kenny Tate, Kevin Dorsey, Maryland, Maryland Terrapins, NCAA, Randy Edsall, Stefon Diggs, Terps

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