The Washington Times - October 7, 2008, 10:33AM

If you haven’t done so already, it would probably be wise to bookmark this page if you’re a Maryland fan and this page if you’d like quick access to how every team in the country stacks up in several categories nationally.

It’s easy to figure out where the Terrapins stack up, but really there isn’t much of note one way or the other. They rank in the top quarter in one of the NCAA’s 17 categories and in the bottom quarter in three of them.

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The good and the bad are really no surprise to anyone who was watching the last six weeks:

* The Terps are 13th in the country in net punting at 38.88 yards a game, suggesting that sophomore Travis Baltz has improved in just the way Maryland hoped he would. Baltz’s net last year was 34.8 yards.

* Maryland is 90th in the nation in total defense, yielding 394 yards a game.

* The Terps rank 94th nationally in tackles for loss, averaging 4.83 a game.

* Maryland checks in at No. 98 in pass defense with 249 yards yielded a game.

The Terps’ ACC rankings might be even more dull. They neither lead nor rank last in any of the 17 categories. Maryland lands between fifth and ninth in 12 of them in the conference. Net punting is the only stat where the Terps rank in the top third of the league.

Patrick Stevens