The ACC entered Week 2 with just two schools ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. Based on an early game Saturday, that number could very well be sliced in half by Sunday afternoon.
Maryland, which won its opener 79-0 under first-year head coach Mike Locksley, kept its offensive machine rolling right along as they scored 42 first-half points en route to a 63-20 waxing of No. 21 Syracuse. The Terrapins put up 650 yards of offense, with 296 coming through the air and 354 on the ground. They averaged an impressive 7.9 yards on their 45 carries for good measure.
Including the opener, the Terrapins have now scored 142 points in two games this season; their first five games last season, they scored 158 in going 3-2.
For Syracuse, it was the football program’s worst loss since they were drubbed 56-10 by Louisville in November of 2017. And, in the bigger picture, it was about the worst thing that could happen for the very top-heavy ACC.
Syracuse will drop out of the Top 25, which will leave the conference with just No. 1 Clemson, which faces No. 12 Texas A&M Saturday, guaranteed to enter Week 3 in the rankings. There’s a possibility that Virginia, tops in the “Others Receiving Votes” category in the most recent poll and 52-17 winners over FCS William & Mary Friday night, could slide in at the back end, but that’s far from guaranteed.
It also means that College GameDay, which was very likely headed to the Syracuse-Clemson game next Saturday, will instead make the trek to Ames for the annual Iowa-Iowa State grudge match.