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If Maryland wins, they'll play a team that no one expected to be here in No. 3 LSU

If Maryland wins, they'll play a team that no one expected to be here in No. 3 LSU

If the No. 6 Maryland Terrapins happen to make it past No. 11 Belmont in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, they'll have an opponent that not manny people expected to make the Second Round.

No. 3 seed LSU Tigers powered past No. 14 Yale 79-74 to earn a spot in the next round.

The Tigers won this game despite turmoil hitting their program at the end of the season. The program is without their head coach Will Wade. In wake of an FBI wiretap, the school suspended him indefinitely. 

That wiretap recored Wade using phrases like “rookie minimum” and "strong-a** deal" to suggest the payment of his players. Freshman Javonte Smart appears to be the player Wade was referring to in this context, according to The Advocate.

Smart missed some time, but eventually came back. Wade, meanwhile, will likely not coach the team at all in the NCAA Tournament. 

For these reasons, LSU was a popular First Round upset pick with the Ivy League's Yale Bulldogs being the victors. 

That did not come to pass and now the Tigers face the winners of Maryland-Belmont. The Tigers are tall, athletic and have four different players that are capable of scoring at a high rate.

A tough draw for the Terps if they find a way to advance.

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AP Top 25: Terps bounced from rankings following Temple loss, Cavaliers move up the charts

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AP Top 25: Terps bounced from rankings following Temple loss, Cavaliers move up the charts

California and Arizona State moved into the AP Top 25 college football poll to give the Pac-12 six ranked teams, the most for the conference in almost four years.

A weekend filled with blowouts left the top half of the AP media poll presented by Regions Bank mostly unchanged.

Clemson remains No. 1, with 57 of the 62 first-place votes, as the top nine held their spots Sunday. Alabama was No. 2, receiving five first-place votes, followed by Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Auburn and Florida.

The ninth-ranked Gators were the only top-10 team to play a competitive game. The others won by a combined 428-97.

Utah, the highest-ranked Pac-12 team, moved up to No. 10. The last time the Pac-12 had six ranked teams was Nov. 8, 2015.

POLL POINTS

The Pac-12 took a fair amount of grief the first week of the season after it suffered a few upsets to Mountain West teams and Oregon let a potentially big victory slip away against Auburn.

Now the conference has had a mini-resurgence, despite issues with some of its typically strong teams.

Stanford started the season ranked, but is 1-2 after getting dominated by UCF on Saturday. Southern California had a brief stay at the bottom of the rankings last week, falling out after losing in overtime at BYU on Saturday.

Overall, the results were OK this past weekend for the Pac-12. The conference went 8-4 in nonconference play, including Arizona State's victory at Michigan State and Arizona beating Texas Tech. Though Colorado's loss to Air Force put the Pac-12 at 4-4 against the Mountain West this season.

Utah is in the top 10 for the first time since November 2015.

IN

No. 25 TCU also joined the rankings this week for the first time this season. The Horned Frogs beat Purdue 34-13 in West Lafayette, Indiana, on Saturday.

OUT

--Michigan State fell from the rankings after its 10-7 loss to Arizona State. The Spartans were swept in a home-and-home by the Sun Devils the last two seasons by a combined 26-20.

--Maryland is out after one week. The Terrapins went from scoring 63 in a victory against Syracuse to losing 20-17 to Temple.

--The next three games for USC are against Utah at home, at No. 22 Washington and at No. 7 Notre Dame.

CONFERENCE CALL

For a second straight week, the Southeastern Conference has three top-five teams and half of the top 10.

SEC -- 6 (Nos. 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 17).

Pac-12 -- 6 (Nos. 10, 16, 19, 22, 23, 24)

Big Ten -- 5 (Nos. 6, 11, 13, 13 (tie), 18).

Big 12 -- 3 (Nos. 5, 12, 25).

ACC -- 2 (Nos. 1, 21).

American -- 1 (No. 15).

Mountain West -- 1 (No. 20).

Independent -- 1 (No. 7).

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 7 Notre Dame at No. 3 Georgia. Return match from Georgia's 20-19 victory in South Bend, Indiana, two years ago.

No. 11 Michigan at No. 13 Wisconsin. Fox's first Big Noon game which is both big and starting at noon.

No. 8 Auburn at No. 17 Texas A&M. The whittling starts in the SEC West.

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7 Terps whiff on loose fumble before Maryland finally recovers

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7 Terps whiff on loose fumble before Maryland finally recovers

After Maryland scored 142 points over its first two games, things didn’t come as easily for the Terps in their Week 3 matchup with Temple.

Late in the third quarter, Terps defensive back Jordan Mosley forced a fumble at the expense of Owls running back Jager Gardner. What ensued once the ball hit the grass was sheer madness.

Marcus Lewis was covered with the recovery, but there were six other Maryland players who had the opportunity to secure the football before the redshirt senior defensive back finally pulled it in.

The Terps ultimately didn’t take advantage of the turnover, mustering only six plays on the ensuing drive before being forced to punt.

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