Greetings from Clemson

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Good morning from Death Valley, where orange balloons are netted at the bottom of "the Hill," and offensive linemen are still scooting around on their mo-peds (seriously, got behind reserve Eddie Adams on the way in). For more on the subject of Clemson's patchwork line, check out these three keys to the game:

1. Maryland's senior-laden defensive line against Clemson's injured line. The Tigers' training room has a better lineup right now. Clemson has gotten so desperate the Tigers have pulled one of their student coaches, Bobby Hutchinson, into the starting lineup.

Check out this note: According to the depth chart entering last week's game against South Carolina State, the Tigers had 19 players listed as first or second team offensive or defensive linemen and only two of them were seniors. The lone senior on the defensive line is Dorell Scott, who is in his third season as a starting defensive tackle. The Terps have all seniors, but two of them expected to start today were walk-ons four months ago.

2. The clock. In order to have a chance in this game, Maryland is going to have to use Da'Rel Scott, run the ball, and keep the Tigers' speedy playmakers off the field. Otherwise, Clemson will expose Maryland's depleted secondary. The Terps are ranked 109th in the country in pass defense, allowing 279.2 yards per game. It's not Cullen Harper who the Terps have to worry about as much as Jacoby Ford, C.J. Spiller and Aaron Kelly.

3. Clemson's veteran secondary against Maryland's improved passing game. The Tigers have scored 35 points off turnovers this season and have eight interceptions. Michael Hamlin has three of them, and is second on the team in tackles with 29. This will be the toughest defense the Terps have faced to date.