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Maryland football stays just outside top 25 in AP Poll

The Terps are 31st in the rankings, a spot down from last week.

NCAA Football: Towson at Maryland Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland football is 2-0 and has scored 114 points in its first two games this season. After wins over Texas and Towson, the Terps are still knocking on the door of the AP top 25, but they’ll have to wait.

The voters placed Maryland 30th in the poll last week with 45 points, and despite a 46-point win Saturday, the Terps actually moved down a spot. Maryland received 42 points, good for No. 31 on the list.

The Terps can’t do much to help or hurt their case during the bye week, so it’s likely they remain close to the same spot when they take the field Sept. 23 against UCF. With a win, it’s entirely plausible Maryland earns a ranking entering Big Ten play.

Alabama stayed atop the poll again after handling Fresno State. Ohio State fell from No. 2 to No. 8 following a home loss to now-No. 2 Oklahoma. Penn State is now the highest-ranked team in the Big Ten at No. 5, with Michigan and Wisconsin just behind at Nos. 7 and 10, respectively.