Maryland cracks AP Poll for first time since January 2011

Rob Carr

The Terps are ranked after a bye week.

Maryland's impressive 4-0 start has begun to catch national attention, as the Terps are ranked 25th in the AP Pollheading into their clash with No. 8 Florida State.

It's Maryland's first time in the polls since being ranked No. 23 on Jan. 11, 2011 after the Military Bowl win over East Carolina. It is their first regular-season poll appearance since being ranked No. 22 on November 16, 2008 after a 17-15 win over No. 17 North Carolina.

The last time Maryland faced a ranked team as a ranked team was November 18, 2006, when the No. 21 Terps lost at No. 20 Boston College, 38-16.

It is Randy Edsall's first time coaching a ranked team since the last week of the 2010 season, when his Connecticut Huskies were ranked No. 25 prior to their Fiesta Bowl thrashing.

The Terps earned the ranking on a bye week -- they were helped by losses from Ole Miss (previously No. 21), Notre Dame (No. 22) and Wisconsin (No. 23), as well as a strong showing from West Virginia, who rebounded from the 37-0 loss to Maryland with a huge upset over Oklahoma State.

Here's the full poll:

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (55) 4-0 1,495 1
2 Oregon (5) 4-0 1,422 2
3 Clemson 4-0 1,354 3
4 Ohio State 5-0 1,305 4
5 Stanford 4-0 1,280 5
6 Georgia 3-1 1,171 9
7 Louisville 4-0 1,091 7
8 Florida State 4-0 1,069 8
9 Texas A&M 4-1 1,012 10
10 LSU 4-1 979 6
11 Oklahoma 4-0 838 14
12 UCLA 3-0 834 13
13 South Carolina 3-1 812 12
14 Miami (FL) 4-0 753 15
15 Washington 4-0 665 16
16 Northwestern 4-0 550 17
17 Baylor 3-0 536 19
18 Florida 3-1 481 20
19 Michigan 4-0 471 18
20 Texas Tech 4-0 264 24
21 Oklahoma State 3-1 230 11
22 Arizona State 3-1 192 NR
23 Fresno State 4-0 187 25
24 Mississippi 3-1 132 21
25 Maryland 4-0 119 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Northern Illinois 104, Virginia Tech 49, Wisconsin 46, Nebraska 20, Missouri 14, Notre Dame 12, UCF 6, Michigan State 5, Rutgers 2

The Coaches' Poll is also out, and while Maryland is not yet in the Top 25 there, they moved from seventh in "others receiving votes" to fourth.

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS RANK
1 Alabama (59) 4-0 1546 1
2 Oregon (2) 4-0 1479 2
3 Ohio St. 5-0 1397 3
4 Clemson (1) 4-0 1352 4
5 Stanford 4-0 1325 5
6 Georgia 3-1 1148 10
7 Louisville 4-0 1147 7
8 Florida St. 4-0 1129 8
9 Texas A&M 4-1 1072 9
10 Oklahoma 4-0 964 12
11 LSU 4-1 931 6
12 South Carolina 3-1 860 13
13 UCLA 3-0 812 14
14 Miami 4-0 727 15
15 Northwestern 4-0 620 16
16 Baylor 3-0 573 18
17 Michigan 4-0 546 17
18 Washington 4-0 545 20
19 Florida 3-1 515 19
20 Oklahoma St. 3-1 330 11
21 Fresno St. 4-0 270 23
22 Texas Tech 4-0 231 25
23 Northern Illinois 4-0 131 NR
24 Arizona St. 3-1 118 NR
25 Nebraska 3-1 71 NR
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