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College football rankings: Michigan set to visit Maryland as ranked team

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As rankings come into focus this week, Maryland's schedule looks tougher and tougher.

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Maryland fell to 2-2 with a loss to West Virginia on Saturday. That the Terps lost by a 39-point margin is ugly, but there's a growing consensus that the Mountaineers are one of the best teams in college football. They rose to third nationally in Bill Connelly's S&P+ ratings this week and are now ranked – albeit far lower – in this week's AP and Coaches polls.

It's looking more and more like Maryland, which is No 70 by Connelly's S&P+ and nowhere near the human-generated rankings, has one of the hardest schedules in college football. Maryland's next two opponents, Michigan and Ohio State, both look like clear top-25 (or far better) teams. After that comes a run featuring Penn State (up to 23 this week in S&P+), Iowa (33), Wisconsin (16) and Michigan State (15). That's a brutal run for Maryland, which will have to win at least two of those games to preserve any shot at bowl eligibility.

Jim Harbaugh has Michigan in the top 25 for the first time as the Wolverines' head coach. Michigan visits Maryland this upcoming weekend, and the Terps are 0-10 against ranked teams under Randy Edsall.

AP Coaches S&P+
1 Ohio State (45) Ohio State (61) Alabama
2 Michigan State (5) Michigan State (2) Florida State
3 Ole Miss (10) TCU West Virginia
4 TCU Baylor LSU
5 Baylor Ole Miss (1) Ole Miss
6 Notre Dame Georgia Clemson
7 UCLA Notre Dame Ohio State
8 Georgia LSU Oklahoma
9 LSU Florida State USC
10 Utah (1) UCLA Michigan
11 Florida State Clemson Georgia
12 Clemson Utah Notre Dame
13 Alabama Alabama Stanford
14 Texas A&M Oklahoma UCLA
15 Oklahoma Texas A&M Michigan State
16 Northwestern USC Wisconsin
17 USC Northwestern TCU
18 Stanford Wisconsin Baylor
19 Wisconsin Oklahoma State Duke
20 Oklahoma State Stanford Minnesota
21 Mississipi State West Virginia Florida
22 Michigan Mississippi State Penn State
23 West Virginia Florida Tennessee
24 Cal Cal (tie) Miami
25 Florida Oregon (tie) Texas A&M