The Terps got three votes — one 18th, one 23rd and one 25th — from the 61 journalists polled, translating to 12 points. That puts the team 31st in the nation after being unranked in Week 1.
This is the third consecutive year Maryland has received votes. The Terps peaked at 28th in 2017, after they upset Texas for the first time and trounced Towson, and 34th in 2017, when they started the season 4-0.
Meanwhile, the Longhorns not only fell out of the rankings, they didn’t get a single vote. It’s a huge dropoff from the preseason poll, when 44 voters had Texas in their top 25.
Maryland now has a great opportunity to crack the top 25 for the first time since 2013, when it was No. 25 for a week. The Terps have a road game against Bowling Green and a home matchup with Temple in the next two weeks, both very winnable games after their Week 1 upset.