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Battle of the Newbies: How'd that first season go in the B1G for the Knights and the Terps?

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Who stood out in the first season of the first year in the Big Ten?

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The focus is on football because, as we all have heard....(wait for it)....football drives the bus.  But as I've written before, the Big Ten has good teams - national powers - in most sports.  We may be wondering if Ohio State will make the College Football Championship, but the Michigan State women are already national champs in cross country.  On the men's side in cross country, Wisconsin led the way for the Big Ten with a 10th-place finish at the NCAA championships, followed by Michigan in 11th place, and Indiana in 15th.  In field hockey, Maryland and Penn State both made it to the NCAA quarterfinals.  Six Big Ten volleyball teams have been selected to the 2014 NCAA Volleyball Tournament.  Big Ten Champion Wisconsin enters the tournament as the No. 4 overall seed, while No. 5 Penn State, No. 9 Illinois and No. 14 Nebraska have each earned top-16 seeds. The point is, the Big Ten is good at a lot of sports.  So how did the new kids on the block fare in their opening foray in the new neighborhood?

For Rutgers, we had had one good team and a lot of so-so/not very good squads.  Women's soccer was expected to fare well, and it did, finishing fourth in regular season play and then making it to the NCAA second round.  The other fall sports were clearly not as successful, as seen in the table below.

For the Terps, it was, likewise, seemingly a case of feast or famine.  Maryland came up with two regular season titles in sports in which they have perennially been good, field hockey and men's soccer.  The soccer team then went on to win the conference tournament.

So in terms of conference championships, Maryland leads Rutgers, 2-0.

The totals in the table only take into account conference wins and losses.

Rutgers   Conference Finish

W-L

Maryland Conference Finish

W-L
Field Hockey 7th 2-6 1st 7-1
Football ✜
4th - T 3-3 4th - T 3-3
Cross Country     Men 12th No team
Cross Country Women 12th 14th
Soccer Men 8th 1-6-1 1st * 5-2-1
Soccer Women 4th 8-4-1 9th 3-5-5
Volleyball 14th 0-20 13th 3-17

* = won conference tournament

✜ = yes, I cheated; UMd has a better conference record but we are equal in the division; and I could have said we are ahead in head-to-head competition so let it go.

I bet you can't guess who two of Maryland's three volleyball wins were against.  Go ahead....guess.

To try to find an "objective" way to rank the schools, I looked at awarding points in reverse order of finish (e.g. 1st place = 14 points).  In that system, the scoring and ranking looked like this:


Rutgers

Maryland


Finish
Points
Finish
Points
Field Hockey **
7
8
1
14
Football  ***
4-T
11
4-T
11
Cross Country Men **
12
3
NA
0
Cross Country Women
12
3
14
1
Soccer Men **
8
7
1
14
Soccer Women
4
11
9
6
Volleyball
14
1
13
2
Total

44

48

* * = Less than 14 teams; awarded points from 14 down

*** = based on division finish; still used 14 points for 1st place

The points system isn't that scientific, although Maryland did not get any points for men's cross country and was still 4 points ahead of the Knights.  If anything, it says that the two new schools in the conference may not be that far apart in overall strength.  Maybe.