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Hockey
vs. Ferris State
Today, 7 p.m.
Big Rapids

S

'TS

Football
vs. Wisconsin
Tomorrow, Noon (ESPN)
Michigan Stadium

'M' seeks revenge against disappointing Badgers

By CHAD A. SAFRAN
Daily Football Writer
While both Michigan and Wis-
consin stare up at Penn State in the
Big Ten standings, at least the Wol-
verines' postseason possibilities are
a bit better at this time. Michigan is
on track for a Citrus Bowl bid while
the Badgers are not even in conten-
tion for one of the Big Ten's post-
season tie-ins. Things won't get any
Obetter for Wisconsin as it struggles
to achieve a winning record.
Michigan rushing offense vs.
Wisconsin rushing defense:
The Wolverines showed why
they have arguably the deepest corps
of runners in the country in their
win over Illinois. The Wolverines
will need Ed Davis, as well as fresh-
men Chris Floyd and Chris
Howard, to make up for tailback
Tshimanga Biakabutuka's ab-
sence (bruised knee).
The Badgers' defense is allow-
ing a mere 3.3 average yards per
carry as linemen Jason Maniecki
and Mike Thompson have made a
combined 18 tackles for losses, re-
sulting in a negative 51 yards.
The Badgers have only faced one
opponent with a running game as
fine as Michigan's - Colorado --
and Rashaan Salaam scampered for
four touchdowns in the Buffaloes'
55-17 victory.
Advantage:
Michigan passing offense vs.
Wisconsin passing defense:
Todd Collins remains one of the
most consistent quarterbacks in the
Big Ten, despite throwing for only
one touchdown in conference play.
While he possesses fine skills, he
also has receiverAmani Toomer catch-
ing passes. Toomer has snared 35 re-
ceptions for 726 yards in seven games.
When Toomer is covered, Collins can
look to the ample supporting cast of
receiver Mercury Hayes and sure-
"*anded tight end Jay Riemersma.
The Badgers' secondary has per-
formed almost as poorly as Michigan's.
Defensive back Jeff Messenger, who
led the conference in interceptions a
year ago, is listed as probable for
tomorrow's game after missing last
week's contest with a thigh bruise. The
rest of the senior-laden secondary has

been burned by the likes of Michigan
State's Tony Banks and Purdue's Rick
Trefzger.
With 12 sacks in seven games,
the Badgers have failed to come up
with a consistent pass rush.
Advantage:
Wisconsin rushing offense vs.
Michigan rushing defense:
Brent Moss and Terrell
Fletcher are the Badgers' offense,
averaging over 255 yards per game
combined on the ground. Moss
missed Wisconsin's loss to Minne-
sota, and the Badgers had one of
their poorest rushing outputs of the
season (121 yards). He also sat out
the team's tie against Purdue. How-
ever, he should be recovered from
the sprained ankle and ready to play.
The Badgers' front line, featuring
the Big Ten's best center in Cory
Raymer, can dominate games. While
the quintet may not be the biggest in the
conference, it is the most consistent
and continues to improve.
The Wolverines' rushing defense
has seen an increase in intensity,
especially over the past month. Line-
backer Matt Dyson is relatively
healthy and Steve Morrison has
improved with every game. Michi-
gan allowed 40 yards rushing last
week, but the Illini do not have the
running attack of the Badgers.
Advantage:
Wisconsin passing offense vs.
Michigan passing defense.
Badgerquarterback Darrell Bevell
was named to the All-Big Ten first
team in 1993. This year he will be
hoping forjust a vote. Thejunior signal
caller has connected on less than 60
percent of his passes in 1994. He has
already thrown six interceptions and
only eight touchdowns.
Without injured wideout Lee
DeRamus in the lineup, the Badgers'
passing game lacks a deep threat.
Michigan's passing defense re-
mains the Wolverines' weakest link,
but it looked better against Illinois
as defensive coordinator Lloyd
Carr used more man coverage than
in previous games. Carr should stick
with this to take advantage of

A year later, matchup pits teams:
heading in different directions

By MICHAEL ROSENBERG
Daily Football Writer
Just 10 months ago, on the first
day of the new year, Wisconsin beat
UCLA to capture its first-ever Rose
Bowl title.
That same day, Michigan trounced
North Carolina State in the Hall of
Fame Bowl, a game that few watched
or cared about.
Everybody was talking about a
change in the conference's balance of
power. Michigan, they said, was the
team on its way down. Wisconsin was
the new king.
Now last season seems like adream.
The Badgers (2-2-1 Big Ten, 3-3-1
overall) appear destined to miss the
bowl season; they still have to play
Michigan, Ohio State and Illinois.
Meanwhile, Michigan (3-1, 5-2)
is back as one of the nation's elite
teams. The Wolverines' two losses
have been to top-ranked Penn State
and No. 2 Colorado. They seem to be
headed for another nine- or 10-win
season.
The two teams clash tomorrow at
12:10 p.m. at Michigan Stadium.
While Michigan has clearly been the
better team this season, coach Gary
Moeller is not taking the Badgers
lightly.
"They have two great backs,"
Moeller said. "Our primary goal is to
stop those two."
Those backs -- Brent Moss and
Terrell Fletcher -- each ran for over
1,000 yards a year ago. Moss was the
Big Ten MVP in 1993, but has missed
games this year because of a sprained
ankle.
He is expected to play tomorrow.
Like Moeller, Wisconsin coach

Barry Alvarez is worried about his
opponent's offense.
"They have some of the best weap-
ons, offensively and defensively, in
the country," Alvarez said. "(They
have) three great running backs and
deep threats."
Actually, one of those three
tailbacks will watch tomorrow's game
from the sidelines. Tshimahga
Biakabutuka is out with a bruised
knee, leaving Tyrone Wheatley and
Ed Davis with most of the carries.
For the second straight year, Wis-
consin plays Michigan a week after
being upset by lowly Minnesota.
"All Minnesota did was what they
did last year - get Wisconsin mad
before they play us," Moeller said.
But while the Badgers' 1993 loss
to the Golden Gophers was the lone
stumble during a 10-1-1 season, Wis-
consin has been no stranger to defeat
this year.
A combination of graduation, in-
juries and bad luck has plagued the
Badgers, who were ranked as high as
10th in the nation earlier this season.
The loss of offensive lineman Joe
Panos, nose tackle Lamark
Shackleford and linebacker Yusef
Burgess left Alvarez with less depth
to work with.
At various times this season, wide
receiver Lee DeRamus, quarterback
Darrell Bevell, safety Jeff Messenger
and Moss have all missed games.
DeRamus is out for the year.
Wisconsin can take solace in the
fact that last year Michigan suffered
through a 4-4 start -- and an 8-4
season. Now the Wolverines are once
again among the best teams in the
country.

EVAN PETRIE/DaiN
Michigan tailback Ed Davis carries the ball against Wisconsin last season.
The junior will likely see increased playing time tomorrow as he fills in for
the injured Tshimanga Biakabutuka, backing up starter Tyrone Wheatley.

cornerback Ty Law's skills.
Advantage:
Special Teams:
Michigan kicker Remy
Hamilton leads the Big Ten in scor-
ing with 67 points and has surpassed
all expectations anyone had for the
Wolverines' kicking game coming
into 1994. However, punter Kraig
Baker has been inconsistent with

an average of 35.5 yards per boot.
Wisconsin's field goal kickers
have been awful. Rick Schnetzky
has hit on 29-of-31 extra points but
only 1-of-3 field goals while team-
mate John Hall has hit only 4-of-7
field goal attempts. Punter Sam Veit
has excelled with an average of 41.9
yards per punt.
Advantage:

A MAYOR WHO BRINGS U-M
STUDENTS TOGETHER

'Harriers off to Iowa for

BY EUGENE BOWEN
Daily Sports Writer
The regimens have been followed,
the meets have been run and many
athletes' performances have improved.
Now, the time has come to determine
whether all the hard work will pay off.
The Michigan men's cross country
*eam left for Iowa today for the Big Ten
Cross Country Championships.
Michigan coach Ron Warhurst
chose nine Wolverines to compete, in-
cluding captain Ian Forsyth and All-
Americans ScottMacDonaldand Kevin
Sullivan.
Wisconsin is ranked first in the Big
Ten polls, followed by Penn State and
Michigan.
"We won last year, but it'satougher
conference this year," Forsyth said.
Teammate MacDonald agreed.
"Wisconsin is a lot better this year,"
he said. "We're going to have to run
harder this year than we did last year in
order to beat them and win the meet."
Sullivan feels that regardless of the
competition, Michigan has the strength
to win the Big Tens.
"It's going to be tough," he said.
*'Everyone's just going to have to keep
their head together and realize that we're
going to be running against some tough
teams."
Sullivan, who wontheBig Ten Cross
Country Championships last year, will

bethe man to beat. ButWarhurstdoesn't
think that this fact will affect Sullivan's
performance.
"Kevin can handle pressure," he
said.
MacDonald took fourth place at
last year's Big Tens and he's devised
a plan to improve his placement at
this year's meet.
"This year I'm not going to let the
first pack get away from me like I did
last year," he said.
Forsyth, who finished 31st last year,
says he hopes to make the top four or
five at this meet.
Warhurst says he will be more con-

Big Tens
cerned with some of his less-experi-
enced runners than he will be with his
top competitors.
"I can't worry about my top three
guys; they know what they have to
do," he said referring to Forsyth,
MacDonald and Sullivan. "I'm wor-
ried about who will be my number
four, five and six men."
Everyone who participates in the
Big Tens is thinking of ways to better
their chances of winning. That is the
dream of the Wolverine team.
"I want to win," MacDonald said.
"So does Ian, so does Kevin, so does the
rest of the team."

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