Figuring out where to put the Maryland Terrapins was the most difficult task of this endeavor. Rutgers was always going to be 14th. Penn State and Nebraska have been prominent on the national scene longer than I have been watching college football. Everyone else has been in the Big Ten since 1950, most long before that.
It might have been easier if they were in the SEC, Big 12 or Pac 12 prior to joining, but they were in the ACC. Maryland holds the distinction of being the only team to win the national title prior to 1981 and belong to the ACC. When Clemson became the second in 1981, they faced exactly one ranked team in conference play. Since then, Florida State has been on a roll, and Clemson has had a resurgence, but for most of it’s history, the ACC was clearly a basketball conference. That makes Maryland’s winning percentage sort of a moot point, and it’s not that great to begin with.
Their bowl record is a solid 11-13-2, but they only own 1 major bowl win. Conference championships are about as equally worthless as winning percentage, and NFL production and talent is something I factor in, but only mildly.
So what does that leave us? The good old AP poll. The Terrapins have finished ranked a respectable 18 times, and have 3 top 5s to go along with the one championship.
I am not in love with the number 9 ranking. A part of me actually wants to put them a few spots higher. But I guess that is a testament to how solid the middle of the B1G is. It’s really splitting hairs from 5 through 11. As I fill out more teams, I will give a little better description on why I put each team where. I don’t want to give too many spoilers this early.
So here is the list after 3 weeks of B1G 2017.