- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 8, 2019

The Maryland Terrapins demolished No. 21 Syracuse, then took the Orange’s place in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

Maryland (2-0) checked in at No. 21 in the nation in the Week 3 poll released Sunday, the Terrapins’ first time being ranked since Sept. 29, 2013. It’s also the highest ranking for the program since being 21st in the country back in 2006.

Maryland upset Syracuse 63-20 on Saturday on the backs of running backs Javon Leake and Anthony McFarland, who each scored two touchdowns. Maryland travels to Temple next week.

Maryland jumped to No. 21 after receiving no votes the week before.

Virginia joined Maryland in making their first poll appearance of the season, taking the 25th spot for Week 3.

The Cavaliers (2-0) earned their ranking after taking down FCS opponent William & Mary 52-17 a week after beating ACC opponent Pittsburgh 30-14. Virginia entered the season favored to win the ACC Coastal Division and is now one of just two ACC teams in the Top 25, after No. 1 Clemson.

Virginia hosts a desperate Florida State team next week. The Seminoles lost to Boise State and beat UL-Monroe in overtime by just one point so far this year.

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