Record for the week: 2-0 (wins against Lehigh and at #5 Indiana)
Grade: A+. For the second straight week, the Maryland men's soccer team went 2-0 and for the second straight week they knocked off a Big Ten team ranked in the top five in the country (this time on the road).
Games left: November 1st (Ohio State) and November 5th (Rutgers)
Title Chances: They have a really good chance. I give them a 4 out of 5.
Maryland is tied for second in points in the Big Ten with Michigan State and is only two points behind conference leader Penn State. Here is the bad news. They have one more loss than Michigan State and even if Penn State falters, Michigan State has a tie-breaker because of their head to head win over Maryland. They have over a week until their next Big Ten game.
Record for the week: 0-0-2 (ties against Northwestern and Illinois)
Grade: D. For the second straight week, the Maryland women's soccer team came away with one point when they needed three. This time, they did it not once but twice. They tied against a team that is third to last in the Big Ten standings and they tied with the team that is directly below them in the standings. Funny enough, even though they haven't won since October 2nd, Maryland has the longest active unbeaten streak in the Big Ten at five games. They are 1-0-4 during their streak.
Games left: At Minnesota, at Wisconsin, at Penn State. Three road games in seven days. Minnesota is sixth in the standings, Wisconsin is second and Penn State is first.
Title Chances: 0 out of 5. After this weekend's results, it is now statistically impossible for the Terps to win the Big Ten regular season title.
Even if Maryland wins all three of their remaining games, that would only give them 23 points. Penn State has 27 right now. They could still move up in the standings and help themselves going into the Big Ten Tournament -- right now they are positioned to make the tournament because the top eight teams go and Maryland is seventh in the standings.
It will likely take more than one win to make sure that Maryland goes higher than seventh in the standings by the end of the season. It is a very real possibility that Maryland drops all three games, and if Nebraska or Michigan State gets hot at the end of the season, they might bump Maryland from the top eight. At this point in the season, Maryland is in danger of missing out on the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.
Record for the week: 2-0 (wins against Princeton and Rutgers)
Grade: A+. The Terps keep on winning, and they not only destroyed Princeton 8-1 in a torrential downpour in the middle of the week but also blanked Rutgers to grab another Big Ten win.
Games left: at Indiana this Friday and Iowa at home (November 1st)
Title Chances: Excellent. I'd give them a 5 out of 5. The Big Ten has a bizarre and incredibly exciting three-way tie atop the standings. Maryland, Northwestern and Michigan are all 5-1 with 15 points. Each team has two games left. If Maryland wins out they will get no less than a share of the Big Ten regular season title.
Northwestern plays their last Big Ten regular season game at Penn State, who are a tough team at 13-3 (4-2). If Penn State knocks off the Wildcats and both Michigan and Maryland win out, Maryland will win the #1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament because of their head to head win over Michigan. If the Wildcats win out and Michigan stumbles, Northwestern will take the #1 seed because they beat Maryland head-to-head.
Record for the week: 0-2 (losses against Michigan and Michigan State)
Grade: F. The Terps are still winless in conference play and they have been getting hammered. Last week they got swept at home in both of their matches against the Wolverines and the Spartans.
Games left: An awful lot. Link here
Title Chances: 0 if we're being realistic. The Terps are likely a few years away from being able to compete for a Big Ten title.
Thankfully an oasis in the desert looms with fellow Big Ten door mat Rutgers this week