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Men's Cross Country
Michigan Invitational
Tomorrow, 11:30 a.m.
Michigan Golf Course
The Michigan Daily

Friday, October 4, 1991

vs. Ohio St.
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Keen Arena
Page 11],


Ten embarks on road to


Spartans are indeed
as bad as they've looked
by Ken Davidoff
Daily Sports Writer
Yes, kids, it's that time of the week again. The day when some hapless
Daily sports staffer (usually the loser of an intense rock-paper-scissors
match) suddenly becomes a Big Ten football authority.
I know the rules say that paper covers rock, but couldn't I just bash
the other player's head apart with my massive boulder.
Michigan State (0-3) at Indiana (I-1-1)
Students in East Lansing are so despondent over their team's misfor-
tune that the libraries have been overflowing. Psychologists say it's
common for people to try something new when one of their time-worn
activities become unenjoyable.
I'm tempted to say that the Spartans aren't as bad as they've looked,
that they always start off rough and then turn it on for the conference
matches - but nah, not this year. They just really suck. Spartan coach
George Perles, September's recipient of the Alfred E. Neuman "What,
me worry?" award, may go with frosh quarterback Mill Coleman.
Sources haven't confirmed if he's related to Vince, Gary, or Dabney.
Anyway, expect MSU's dormant offense to stay that way, and the
Hoosiers' Vaughn Dunbar to wear down the Spartan "D." Indiana 17,
Michigan State 3.
Wisconsin (3-0) at Ohio State (3-0)
Two powerhouse Big Ten squads. Both undefeated. Only one will
leave the game that way. You make the call.
Hyperbole is a dangerous thing. The Buckeyes are performing their
annual "kick butt until Michigan" routine, and Wisconsin has beaten up
on the likes of Iowa State and Eastern Michigan. Kind of like the kid
from Home Alone picking on Sam from "Diff'rent Strokes." It may look
impressive, but it's all a matter of putting it in perspective. Ohio State
51, Wisconsin 10.
Minnesota (1-2) at Illinois (2-1)
The only thing the Golden Gophers have going for them is their head
coach's really cool name. And John Gutekunst is getting married soon, so
the game likely won't be the only thing on his mind while he's stalking
the sidelines. Besides, Illinois is 27-0 in October home games against
squads with the word "Gophers" in their nickname. Illinois 42,
Minnesota 17.
Purdue (1-2) at Northwestern (1-2)
I hope the Boilermakers tear the Wildcats to shreds. I hope the score-
board explodes from the deluge of Purdue scores. I hope every single
citizen of Evanston is condemned to endure a slow, painful death... I'm
sorry, I guess I'm still a little bitter over that rejection letter I received
when I was just a naive, rose-colored high school senior. I had the GPA
and SAT scores - who would've thought that polar bear incident would
come back to haunt me? Purdue 27, Northwestern 2.

Michigan-Iowa may be conference's marquee matchup

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by Phil Green
Daily Football Writer
Rodgers is the best quarterback in the
Big Ten. Lastseason's Big Ten Offen-
sive Co-MVP leads the conference in
passing efficiency while ranking third
in total offense. Against Northern Illi-
nois last week, he went over the 5,000
career yardage mark. He's a pocket
passer with a strong arm who reads
defenses well.
While everybody realized that
Michigan's Elvis Grbac wasn't as
good as his performance against Notre
Dame, he also isn't as bad as he played
against Florida State last week. Wol-
verine fans will probably see a happy
medium tomorrow.
Advantage: Iowa
RUNNING BACKS: Last season,
Iowa's Nick Bell and Tony Stewart
combined for an Iowa single-season
rushing record 1,853 yards. Unfortu-
nately for the Hawkeyes, they're gone.
Mike Saunders and Marvin
Lampkin carry the bulk of the rushing
load. Saunders, a converted wide re-
ceiver, also poses a dangerous re-
ceiving threat out of the backfield.
Michigan's Ricky Powers looks to
get back over the 100-yard mark after
Florida State broke his seven-game
streak last weekend. He's averaging
over 145 yards per game, and just
under fivepercarry. When called upon,
rookie Tyrone Wheatley has also
performed well.
Advantage: Michigan
RECEIVERS: Hawkeye Danan
Hughes is as fast, if not faster than the
Wolverines' Desmond How-ard.
He's pulled in 10 passes thus far, and
can explode for the big play every time
he touches the ball.
Despite soreness after last week's
game, Howard will be playing tomor-
row. And while Hughes may be fast,
he's not Howard. Everybody knows
what Howard can do, and will expect
nothing less than spectacular. Yale
VanDyne gets better every week,

in its first three games.
Michigan's defensive front was
virtually non-existent against Florida
State last week. Against Notre Dame,
they proved their ability to stop the run
but have yet to establish a solid pass
Advantage: Iowa
LINEBACKERS: Last year, line-
backer John Derby sealed the Wol-
verines' fate with an interception on
Michigan's last drive. He is joinedby
Teddy Jo Faley in Iowa's two-line-
backer lineup.
However, the Wolverines have
Butkus Award candidate Erik
Anderson, who leads Michigan with
34 tackles. He teams with No.2 talk-
ler Steve Morrison as a big-play ti-
dem of inside linebackers.
Advantage: Michigan

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Iowa tailback Mike Saunders will help propel the Hawkeye offense this
weekend against Michigan. Saunders is also a viable receiving threat.

SECONDARY: Three Hawkeye start-
ers return from last year's stellar crew.
Eddie Polly and Scott Plate (brother
of former Wolverine Todd) lead the
way. On the other hand, the Wolver-
ines' biggest defensive liability is the
defensive backfield. Lance Dottin
leads a hard-hitting bunch that was
exploited for big plays in the Wolver-
ines' last two games.
Advantage: Iowa
SPECIAL TEAMS: Thekicking games
are pretty even. Both kickers are con-
sistent within 40-45 yards, but from
longer distances, things get interest-
ing. J.D. CarLson did show his range
with his ricocheting 47-yarder last
week. The punters are also even, with
neither team possessing a standout,;
either good or bad. But nobody in the
country has a better returner than the
Wolverines' Howard.
Advantage: Michigan

coming off a career-high seven recep-
tions for 74 yards againstFlorida State.
Advantage: Michigan
OFFENSIvE LINE: Michigan sup-
posedly has the best line in the coun-
try. The Wolverines didn't prove it
last week. Iowa's line ranks almost as
highly as the Wolverines', and the
Hawkeyes may have actually per-
formed better thus far this season. Iowa

does a good job protecting Rodgers
and can usually open up holes for a
solid running game.
Advantage: None
DEFENSIVE LINE: Iowa defensive
end Leroy Smith garnered Big Ten
Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors
last week for his six-tackle, two-sack,
one-fumble recovery performance vs.
Northern Illinois. Team-leading tackler
Jeff Nelson leads a five-player front
thathasregistered 15 quarterback sacks

Continued from page 1
the Rose Bowl and this loss to
Florida State doesn't affect that."
September 30th: "There is too
much emphasis on the National
Championship. The loss didn't take
something out of my pocket. My
goal is to go to the Rose Bowl."
After explaining to the world
what he wants, Moeller finally has
a chance to go out and get it.
He and the Wolverines open
their conference season in Iowa this
weekend in what could be their
toughest Big Ten game. The
Hawkeyes are ranked No. 9, the
Wolverines No. 7. Whoever wins
Saturday will have the inside track
to Pasadena.
The rivalry between Iowa and
Michigan has grown with the recent
success of the two programs. Over
the last decade, six of the games
have been decided by a field goal or
"These things have been clas-
sics," Iowa coach Hayden Fry said.
"It's a big, big game in the con-
ference," Moeller said. "The two
most important games on our
schedule are Iowa and then Michi-
gan State. Going on the road and
playing those after playing two na-
tional powers is going to be hard."
Last year's 24-23 Michigan loss
can be considered one of the best in
the Iowa-Michigan series. The
Wolverines were fresh off a one
point loss to Michigan State when
Iowa came to Ann Arbor. It took a
fourth-quarter scoring drive that
went 85 yards for the Hawkeyes to
steal the victory.
"Last year, we let our guard
down against Iowa," Michigan cor-
nerback Lance Dottin said. "We
can't allow teams in the fourth
quarter just to walk down the field

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Tailback Ricky Powers carries the ball against Notre Dame earlier this
season. Michigan will look to Powers in tomorrow's game at Iowa.

single play, every single series. Last
year, we were kind of lackadaisical
in the fourth quarter and ended up
losing three games. It probably cost
us a National Championship."
It appears the Wolverines have
solved their fourth-quarter prob-
lems thus far, but the other question
still remains: can they bounce back
after a 51-31 thrashing by Florida
State last week?
"I think we learned from last
year that when a big game is over,
you've got to forget it," Michigan
linebacker Erick Anderson said.
Known to have several tricks
plays up his sleeve, Fry could be just
as surprising as Seminole coach
Bobby Bowden. And then of course,

painted pink. It upset former-coach
Bo Schembechler so much that he
used to put white paper up over the
But Moeller is more concerned
with controlling quarterback Matt
Rodgers and Iowa's passing game.
"We've got to keep the ball in-
side our defense," Moeller said.
"Everybody has to contain their
man. We've got to play defense the
way it was taught."

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