The Washington Times - October 5, 2008, 02:22PM

Yes, most coaches know more about football than nearly any writer could ever hope to.

But the fact Maryland received seven points in this week’s coaches’ poll after a 31-0 humbling at Virginia yesterday is a sliver of evidence that maybe it’s not such a credible source.


The worst-case scenario is that four, five, maybe even seven coaches out of the 61 on the voting panel believed a team that allowed its opponent to almost double its point total from its first four games (36) should be considered one of the nation’s top 25 squads.

And the best-case scenario is that one head coach somewhere handed the ballot to his offensive coordinator, who handed it to a grad assistant, who handed it to a secretary, who handed it to her neighbor, who handed it to his 16-year-old kid who in turn filled it out in an underground crystal meth lab.

OK, that’s harsh. You wouldn’t have to be high to vote Maryland into the top 25 based on its performance to date, but you probably would have been asleep by 7 last night and not bothered to review the scores from the evening games to vote that way this week.

The Terps have soundly shown on two nights they weren’t in the same league as Middle Tennessee or Virginia. If they’re capable of that, why should anyone believe they’re better than Northwestern or Ball State or Tulsa or Cincinnati or North Carolina or whoever else is a borderline top-25 team and isn’t saddled with a jaw-dropping loss —- let alone two.

Here’s hoping it was only one voter responsible for a head-scratching choice rather than multiple coaches completely unaware of what was happening throughout the sport yesterday.

—- Patrick Stevens