Big Ten

The Undercard: Handshakes are for suckers

With the Orioles heading into hot stove season, let’s now direct our attention to where most  of America has been directing theirs since September: football.

But not—at least not yet—the Baltimore Ravens, who are in the middle of the pack in the AFC North at press time. Instead, let’s look to the University of Maryland.

Ignore for a moment the shellackings delivered by Ohio State and Wisconsin and the controversy over Maryland’s team captains refusing to shake hands with Penn State’s captains at the start of their game on Nov. 1.

In their first year in the Big Ten, the Terrapins have already locked up a place in college football’s bowl season,...