The Washington Times - August 7, 2009, 09:48PM

In the College Football Countdown last month, I had Maryland ranked 52nd in the country.

After counting up the votes in the preseason USA Today poll, the Terrapins are 53rd.


And so is Navy.

Both teams received two points.

As for the whole poll, it’s clear the coaches (like everyone else) likes Oklahoma State more than me. They’re also much higher on North Carolina and Notre Dame.

Who seems underrated? How about Kansas and Oregon State?

Anyway, here’s a full ACC rundown (with comments to follow):

No. 7 Virginia Tech
No. 15 Georgia Tech
No. 19 Florida State
No. 20 North Carolina
No. 33 Miami
No. 36 Clemson
No. 43 N.C. State
T-No. 47 Wake Forest
T-No. 49 Boston College
T-No. 53 Maryland

There were no votes for Virginia and Duke. Clearly, Steve Spurrier was either not voting of behaving himself this season.

The support for Boston College is mildly puzzling considering the questions the Eagles face. The lack of support for both Clemson and N.C. State was mildly surprising.

Let’s put it another way: Clemson is probably underrated. It feels weird to assert that.

One other chart —- a league-by-league rundown of the percentage of teams receiving votes. In all, 60 of 120 major-college programs picked up at least one vote:

83.3: Atlantic Coast (10-of-12)
83.3: Southeastern (10-of-12)
81.8: Big Ten (9-of-11)
66.7: Big 12 (8-of-12)
66.7: Independents (2-of-3)
62.5: Big East (5-of-8)
60.0: Pac-10 (6-of-10)
33.3: Mountain West (3-of-9)
25.0: Conference USA (3-of-12)
22.2: Western Athletic (2-of-9)
12.5: Sun Belt (1-of-8)
7.7: Mid-American (1-for-13)

—- Patrick Stevens