The Washington Times - September 24, 2008, 08:21AM

And so another week of Maryland football is underway.

Unlike last week, we might actually learn more about the Terrapins on Saturday, which is a good thing. Seems like at least half the time in the last four or five years, it takes until October to really figure anything out (2006 was very much like that).

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Here’s one thing that is certain: The secondary is depleted.

* The Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell also writes about the secondary’s struggles, looking at the causes of the Maryland pass defense’s No. 109 ranking nationally.

* The Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Barker writes about the sea or orange awaiting Maryland in Clemson.

* Eric Detwiler of the Diamondback examines Josh Portisbreakout fourth quarter on Saturday.

* The Hagerstown Herald-Mail’s Bob Parasaliti discusses the start of conference play.

Down at Clemson…

* The Charleston Post and Courier’s Larry Williams looks at the scrutiny quarterback Cullen Harper is receiving.

* Paul Strelow of The (Columbia) State writes about the toughness (or perhaps lack thereof) of the Clemson defense, especially in light of its performance in the opener against Alabama.

* Will Vandervort of the Daily Journal says the Tigers think they can play better.

* Still, Tommy Bowden has seen some improvement according to Eric Boynton of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal.

Patrick Stevens