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Why we don't see Maryland in the No. 1 seed conversation right now

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Why we don't see Maryland in the No. 1 seed conversation right now

Maryland is the nation’s No. 2 team. But when looking at various bracket projections, the Terrapins sit somewhere on the No. 2 or No. 3-seed lines. Why?

As part of a larger interview on CSN Wednesday night, Rob Dauster of NBCSports.com explained, including where he ultimately thinks they will be on Selection Sunday.

“I think they’re going to end up probably being on the two-seed line,” Dauster said. “It’s going to depend on how their season ends, what they do in the Big Ten tournament, and what happens with the rest of the teams in the country.

“But they just don’t have that mass of quality wins at the top of their profile. They have two Top 50 wins at this point. They don’t really have any terrible losses on their resume, but they don’t have any of those great wins and when you look at teams like Oregon has [nine] Top 50 wins at this point, Iowa has six Top 50 wins and they just don’t have those great wins and those great wins are what makes the difference between a No. 1 seed and a No. 2 seed.”

He’s right.

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Sure, you can only beat the teams on your schedule, but Maryland is working from behind in terms of high-quality wins in the No. 1-seed conversation. Oregon is a good example with their nine Top 50 wins. Kansas, which has one more loss on the year than Maryland, has four times the number of Top 50 victories. Miami, which probably projects as a No. 3 seed, is 7-1 against Top 50 teams.

Even if Maryland had beaten two of the three teams they had lost to (say, Michigan and Michigan State), they would still only have four Top 50 victories. It is just a matter of scheduling.

But this isn’t the end of the road -- as if the regular season this year matters all too much anyway. Here’s what I mean:

First, they have a chance to solidify their profile down the stretch. Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana would be borderline Top 50 wins. Purdue would be a strong Top 25 victory -- though winning on the road in this conference is tough.

Then, you would need to see what happens in the Big Ten tournament. A 5-1 or 6-0 record down the stretch and perhaps a Big Ten tournament final appearance (or certainly a tournament title) could get the Terrapins in the No. 1 conversation.

But the other side of the coin is this -- all you need to do this year is get into the tournament.

There are legitimately 15 teams that could win a national title. Seeding won’t matter as much as who is within your region. Maryland will have a better chance to reach a Final Four as a No. 2 seed in a region that features a No. 1 they match up well against, as opposed to being a No. 1 seed in a less favorable region.

That will be the story of March.

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Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Former Maryland Terrapin D.J. Moore made his first trip to FedEx field as an NFL star. His Carolina Panthers traveled up to Landover, Md. for a Week 6 matchup with the Washington Redskins.

However, it was not the homecoming he and the Panthers were hoping for. 

The first-round draft pick had two fumbles in the first half against the Redskins. Both were punch-outs due to Moore not holding the ball tight enough.

The wide receiver's first came as he fielded the Redskins' first punt of the afternoon.

The second being a fumble coming off of his first reception, punched out by Josh Norman, who had his best game as a Redskin.

Both plays had enough effort, probably too much. Moore was clearly trying to make something out of nothing and both times it cost him and the Panthers two key possessions on the road. 

First two touches, two fumbles. Not a good look. 

But in other Maryland Terps news, Vernon Davis did haul down the first touchdown of the game and Torrey Smith scored a late touchdown and converted the two-point conversion. 

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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

On the field, it has been a season of ups and downs for the Maryland Terrapins. On Saturday, it became evident that the team's penalty issues are at epic proportions based on their loss to Michigan.

This season, Maryland is one of the most penalized teams in all of Division I football. 

No matter if the penalties are coming in wins or in losses, yellow flags have forced Maryland to dig themselves out of holes this season. Quickly these holes become insurmountable with the inconsistent offense the Terps have this season. 

Below is where they stand on the NCAA FBS Division I leaderboard:

  • Penalties per game (4th worst) - 9.8 penalties
  • Penalty yards per game (3rd worst) - 93.8 yards
  • 7 penalties per 100 plays (t-worst) 


This past Saturday against Michigan, their penalties were a significant factor in a loss for the first time this season. Twelve times the Terps were flagged, costing them 107 yards. 

The first major penalty was just after the Terps got a big kickoff return for a touchdown by Ty Johnson to give them an early 7-3 lead. Two scrimmage plays later, Darnell Savage got his second interception of the season on Michigan's side of the field with the upset in full swing. A holding penalty on the return pushed the Terps back to midfield where they would go three-and-out. 

That mistake, although minuscule at the time, cannot happen on the road against a top-25 opponent. A momentum-swinging play was diminished by the penalty and kept them from adding to their lead.  

The offense though was responsible for most of the dirty laundry on the field. Of their 12 penalties, half of them were on the offense. Five of those six were detrimental to their success. 

A holding penalty in the second quarter prevented the Terps from having the chance to answer Michigan's first touchdown of the game.

On the first drive of the second half for the Terps, three penalties in the first four plays pushed them back to a 4th-and-36. 

Although they converted a fourth-and-6 in the red zone, they got pushed back to that mark because of a false start the play prior. This was their first drive of the fourth where they were behind by three scores and desperately trying to come back.

In their Week 1 shocking upset over the ranked Texas Longhorns the team had eight penalties for 70 yards. This was the only game that their opponent committed more penalties.

The next week at Bowling Green (14 for 139 yards) was worse, at home vs. Temple (five penalties, 35 yards) and at Minnesota (10 penalties, 118 yards).

Currently, the team is sitting at 3-2 with a win over the No. 9 team in the country, Texas. Considering everything that has happened, and they are under interim head coach Matt Canada, they are rising above expectations. 

But by no means are there many confident in how the Terps have played this season. Mostly that is due to these penalties. 

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