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Maryland football played the toughest schedule in the country

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Anyone fan who looked at Maryland football’s schedule before the season started knew it would be one of the toughest in the country. College football sites across the internet ranked it as one of, if not the toughest in all the land.

Now that the season is over, USA Today’s Jeff Sagarin has rated every team in the country and, lo and behold, Maryland really did have the hardest schedule in the entire country.

The Terps were Sagarin’s No. 80 team in the NCAA. Per the rankings, Maryland played eight teams in the top 30, finishing with a 1-7 record—and an 0-3 record against top-10 teams. That one win, of course, was the Terps’ road win at Texas in Week 1, when a combination of Tyrrell Pigrome and Kasim Hill passed and ran all over the Longhorns’ defense. It was head coach DJ Durkin’s first win over a ranked opponent, and the program’s first since 2010.

Florida State, Notre Dame, Iowa and Syracuse rounded out the top five.

In other news

Maryland men’s basketball came just short of beating Syracuse on the road last night.

Maryland volleyball may not have made the NCAA tournament, but Erika Pritchard was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week.

Six Maryland field hockey players were named to the Nation Field Hockey Coaches Association first and second teams Monday.

His team lost, but Maryland signee Jalen Smith put up a double-double Monday night.