The short-term implication of Maryland's 42-28 defeat of Florida International is that the Terrapins are halfway to bowl eligibility at the end of September,
Maryland (3-1) never even got there last year, so that's progress.
But the larger storyline is the flux at quarterback.
Danny O'Brien, making his first career start, completed 18 of 27 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns.
Not bad, especially since he still has a sprained ankle.
Meanwhile, Jamarr Robinson (shoulder) couldn't raise his right arm during warmups and was, at best, an emergency option.
"Basically, we didn't have a quarterback in practice all week," coach Ralph Friedgen said. "Danny practiced a little bit Thursday and said his ankle was feeling better. [What] the doctors were concerned about when I talked to them Sunday was that if we kept playing Danny, it was never going to heal. A three- or four-week injury could last eight weeks. But Jamarr wasn't coming along either."
Not good. Tony Logan was the third quarterback throughout the week, but the junior hasn't played quarterback on a regular basis since 2006 --- when he was a high school senior.
O'Brien started off 1-for-4 for 11 yards, and it was fair to wonder just how capable he was on this day. But he regrouped and completed 17 of his final 23 passes.
"He didn't get any reps, and that's my concern," Friedgen said. "He's a bright kid and he does work at it. I was very impressed with his poise."
So O'Brien thrived, setting off a logical question: Who starts the ACC opener against Duke?
If Robinson isn't ready, the question answers itself with ease. But whoever trots out a little after 6 p.m. next Saturday will be an interesting moment --- even if Friedgen is playing down any pending decision.
"I'll look at the tape," Friedgen said. "I think both of them will end up still playing. I think both of them have strengths. ... I think if we can utilize both of their talents, we should try to do that."