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Hockey
Blue-White Intrasquad Game
Tonight, 7 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

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Football
vs. Michigan State
Tomorrow, 12:30 (ESPN)
Michigan Stadium

Blue should get revenge against Spartans

By BRETT FORREST
Daily Football Writer
After last week's 29-14 win over
Iowa required a late Tyrone Wheatley
touchdown to silence aHawkeye rally,
Michigan must be wondering what it
takes to get an easy game.
With their toughest non-conference
schedule in years, the Wolverines not
only failed to coast to victory against
Boston College, Notre Dame or Colo-
rado, but also encountered trouble ring-
ing the death knell against Iowa.
Michigan may have problems
bringing out the nail, coffin and ham-
mer simultaneously before the third
ouarter tomorrow as well.
Here are the matchups:
Michigan running game against
Michigan State running defense:
Wheatley and Tshimanga
-Biakabutuka should have a field day
against the Spartan defense. With
Wheatley now up to speed and
Biakabutuka arguably just as talented
as the senior, Michigan is primed to
gain more than its average of 184.5
rushing yards per game.
D Y* E U AEY

Michigan wide receiver Seth Smith is just one of the Wolverines' talented
pass catchers. Along with Amani Toomer and Mercury Hayes, Michigan's
receivers will present problems for Michigan State's pass defense.

Plus, the Wolverines are going up
against the Big Ten's ninth-ranked
rushing defense. This unit has given
up more yards per game on the ground
(207.8) than Michigan averages.
Advantage
Michigan passing game against
Michigan State pass defense:
Michigan State defensive backs
Demetrice Martin and Robert
Shurelds rank one and three in the
conference with three and two inter-
ceptions, respectively.
Michigan quarterback Todd Collins
has had just one pass picked off - in
the first half against Boston College.
You guessed it, either they will
intercept him or they will not inter-
cept him.
Although the Spartans boast the
conference's No. I pass defense, Michi-
gan lays claim to the Big Ten's second-
rated quarterback and possibly the
league's most potent pass-catchers.
Also, Michigan State averages less
than one sack per game.
Wideouts Amani Toomer and
Mercury Hayes will undoubtedly en-

joy the fruits of the running game's
labor. Ever heard of the play-action
pass?
Advantage
Michigan State running game
against Michigan run defense:
325, 290, 300, 305, 250.
The weights of Michigan State's
probable starting linemen for
tomorrow's game are somewhat as-
tounding. That line pounded out 259
rushing yards against Wisconsin. The
Spartans were able to do that against a
team that, despite those yards, still ranks
fourth in conference run defense.
Michigan stands just behind Wis-
consin in run defense, and the reap-
pearance of linebacker Matt Dyson in
the Michigan scheme will only bol-
ster the lineup. Since 1969 the team
that wins the rushing battle wins the
game in this series.
Advantage: none
Michigan State passing game
against Michigan passing defense:
Michigan's pass defense ranks
near the Big Ten cellar, but so does
Michigan State's passing offense.

Spartan flanker Mill Coleman
ranks fourth in Big Ten average re-
ceiving yardage (72.8). But quarter-
back Tony Banks has completed just
57 percent of his passes, and has the
same number of touchdown passes
(two) as interceptions.
Advantage
Special teams:
Any team with Coleman deep on
punt returns should be ranked where
Michigan State is-fourth in the nati&
in punt returns. Michigan ranks last in
the conference in punt return average.
Spartan punter Chris Salam is no
gem, but Michigan State has a 37.7
net yards punting. After several shanks
earlier in the year, Michigan's punt-
ing game has stabilized in the person
of freshman Kraig Baker.
The two teams are within a half
yard of each other atop the confe-
ence standings in average kickoff re-
turn yardage.
Advantage
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By TOM SEELEY
Daily Hockey Writer
With midterms only a week away,
many students find themselves poring
over practice tests to see if they'll have
what it takes when the real thing arrives.
Tonight, the Michigan hockey
team faces just such a practice test
when it hits the ice at 7 p.m. at Yost
Ice Arena in the 22nd annual Blue-
White Scrimmage.
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impact on the Wolverines' final statis-
tics or record, it does provide the play-
ers and coaches with an opportunity to
evaluate themselves before the team's
first real competition - next Friday's
exhibition against York University
With only one week of official prac-
tices under the team's belt, the game
will also let the coaches see what line
combinations and defensive pairings
work best before they set them for the
beginning of the season.
"We try to create a game atmo-
sphere for our players," Michigan
coach Red Berenson said. "If a line
plays extremely well in the game,
then that helps us feel that this is a line
that should play together."
Forone group of players, this gale
is the biggest test of the year Those
players are the five walk-ons who
have been chosen by the coaches to
skate in tonight's scrimmage, and their
performance will determine if they
have a future with the Wolverines.
Junior defenseman Steven Halko
will not play this evening as he is
attending the funeral of his father,
who died earlier this week.
Tonight's contest will mark the
debut of Michigan's much ballyhooed
freshman class - a group labeled the
No I recruiting class in the country
by the Central Scouting Service.
One of last year's freshmen, Jason
Botterill, sees tonight as an opportu-
nity to strengthen the links among
players that haven't played together
in a game situation in over six months.
"The main thing in the Blue-Whhe
game is to keep the communication
going between your linemates,"
Botterill said. "You just want to keep
on talking out there and work through
any problems."
Volleyball
takes a swini
in rough Big
Ten waters
By RODERICK BEARD
Daily Sports Writer
If a small fish swims near t
shore, it doesn't have too much to
worry about. But if that fish strays too
far from home, it could make the
mistake of being sucked down by the
undertow
The Michigan women's volley-
ball team could be that fish, as it
ventures into the shark-infested wa-
ters of the Big Ten. The Wolverines
enter a perilous portion of the confer-
ence schedule this weekend, with road
matches against two nationally ranked
teams, No. 7 Ohio State tonight and
No. 3 Penn State tomorrow.
Swimming near the shore was a
lot simpler last weekend, as Michigan
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