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The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 22, 1996 - 13

BEARS
Sontinued from Page1±
adden and Warren Luhning. Matt
Herr has switched to Morrison's line,
with right wing Bill Muckalt staying
put. Mike Legg has jumped to a line
with freshman forward Andrew
Merrick and Sean Ritehlin.
But Berenson doesn't-consider the
shakeup of Morrrison's line as a nega-
tive and doesn't think of the lines as
the No 1 and No. 2 lines. He feels that
* change of lines may be exactly what
Morrison and Botterill need.
"It was good for Botterill, Morrison
and Herr to move," Berenson said. "I
think it will be good for both those
lines. I wouldn't say that one line is
our, first line and one is our second
line. Both those lines are first lines as
far as I'm concerned."
Botterill welcomes the sight of
Madden and Luhning next to him.
.esides, he now will be playing next
11 Madden - this week's CCHA
Defensive Player of the Week, the
league's scoring leader (23 points) and
Michigan's hottest player.
"I'm real excited about playing with
(Luhning and Madden)," Botterill
said. "They are two of the grittiest

players on our team. They're not afraid
to use their wheels out there, and they
are not afraid to do a little crash and
bang."'
Merrick's phyiscal play is the pri-
mary reason for him moving up to
play with Legg and Ritchlin. Berenson
said that his effort and hard play were
the reasons for his move. It shows that
goals don't mean everything. Merrick
hasn't yet to score his first goal as a
Wolverine.
"I've been working hard trying to
get up there," Merrick said. "I feel
more comfortable out there. Maybe
it's confidence. I'm not scoring, but
I'm just working harder."
It has been a busy week for Brown.
This weekend's back-to-back games
will be the Bears' fourth and fifth
games in seven days. After tying
Princeton, 3-3, last Friday, Brown
defeated Yale, 5-4, the next night. The
Bears fell to Harvard, 2-1, on
Tuesday.
While 13 different players have
scored for Brown, the Bears' offense
has been bad. Defenseman Jimmy
Anderson leads the team with seven
points, while forward Michael Flynn
follows with six. The Bears' leading
goal-scorer is forward Adrian Smith

ccBoth those
lines are first
lines as far as I'm
concerned"
-- Red Berenson
Michigan hockey coach
on his newly-shuffled lines
who has three.
To put things in perspective, four
Wolverines -- Madden, Morrison.
Luhning and Herr- at least double
Brown's top scorer.
Herr knows the most about
Brown.While at Hotchkiss Prep
School, he played with or competed
against a few of the Bears. He also is
familiar with the ECAC, since a lot of
his prep school teammates and friends
went on to play in the ECAC.I-lerr
knows that Brown will bring a differ-
ent style of play to Yost Arena tonight.
"I think there is more size (in the
CCHA)," Herr said. "The guys (in the
ECAC) are little smaller, but still are
pretty fast."

4 4

Michigan left wing Jason Botterill will skate with Warren Luhning, instead of against him, tonight.

. ATCHUPS
otinued from Page 11
MICHIGAN PASSING OFFENSE VS. Owo
STATE PASSING DEFENSE:
Michigan quarterback Scott
Dreisbach has had his troubles as of late.
Of course, that's like saying Boris Yeltsin
only has minor health problems.
Dreisbach threw three interceptions
and fumbled once against the Nittany
Lions. Against Purdue, he was picked off
twice and fumbled twice.
* Still, Michigan co-captain Jarrett Irons
said this week the one thing he knows
about Dreisbach is that he'll bounce,
back. He'll need to bounce like a
Superball for Michigan to win tomorrow.
Ohio State is giving up only 145.3
yards per game through the air. Shawn
Springs, possibly the top defensive back
in the league, leads the Ohio State see-
ondary.
Springs has only 30 tackles and no
interceptions this season, but that's
because most teams throw away from

him.
Saftey Damon Moore has five inter-
ceptions, and cornerback Ty Howard has
four.
Add to that an experience defensive
line and linebacking corps that has come
up with 35 sacks, and again, Michigan is
in trouble.
ADVANTAGE:
OHIO STATE RUSHING OFFENSE VS.
MICHIGAN RUSHING DEFENSE:
If the Wolverines are going to win this
game, or even keep it close, it will be up
to the defense.
Junior tailback Pepe Pearson enters
the game with 1,256 yards rushing on
the season. And while his 125.6 yards-
per-game average is impressive, he is no
tougher a back to stop than Eddie

George was last season.
George had 104 yards in last year's
game but wasn't the dominating factor
he had been all year.
Michigan has two things going for it
in this catagory - William Carr and
Jarrett Irons. Both are seniors, and both
are playing their final regular-season
game for Michigan.
The Wolverines are giving up only
104.6 yards rushing per game this year
and should be able to stuff Ohio State in
spite of guard Orlando Pace, who looks
like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man-
only bigger
ADVANTAGE:
OHio STATE PASSING OFFENSE VS.
MICHIGAN PASSING DEFENSE:
The question here is who will be Ohio
State's starting quarterback? Joe

Germaine. Stanley Jackson or Jermaine
Jackson?
Chances are it won't be the third, but
after that, it's anyone's guess, including
lito's.
Jackson brings to the Ohio State
offense the ablitity to scramble out of the
pocket and run. The same ability that
gave Michigan trouble against Purdue's
Rick 'refzger.
Jermaine is the better dancer ... oops,
Germaine is the better passer He has
completed on nearly 60 percent of his
passes and connected for 13 touch-
downs. He has only been picked offthree
times.
Michigan will need another big game
from Charles Woodson and the rest of
the secondary. The Wolverines also need
to continue pressuring quarterbacks like
they pressured Wally Richardson last
week against Penn State.
AnvANmTAGE:
EVEN

SPECIAL TEAMS:
If the two defenses do what they are
capable of doing, tomorrow's game
could come down to special teams,
which could, again, be a major problem
for Michigan.
You could say Michigan's special
teams had problems against the Nittany
Lions, but only in the sense that the
offense has just been slightly off.
The Wolverines had one kick
blocked and returned for a touchdown
last week and had another partially
blocked. The kick returns weren't all
that great either.
Brent Bartholomew is averaging 42
yards a punt for Ohio State, while Paul
Peristeris is averaging five yards less per
kick.
Remy Hamilton has hit 14 of his 19
attempts for Michigan. Ohio State's Josh
Jackson has made seven of his I1 trys.
One would expect Michigan to have
the advantage here due to the fact that it
gets to practice special teams more dur-
ing the games.

But after last week's performance
against Penn State ...
ADVANTAGE:
If Ohio State gets out to an early lead,
and the crowd gets even more riled up,
the Buckeyes will be on their way to an
undefeated regular season. And it may
not be close.
But if Michigan's defense can keep the
game close early, the game may go right
down to the wire.
And, if Michigan's offensive line
comes together, and the Wolverines'
defense shuts down the Buckeyes,
Michigan could win this game.
So, with that in mind ...
PREDICTION: Ohio State 35, Michigan 10
PREDICTION: Ohio State 17, Michigan 14
PREDICTION: Michigan 27, Ohio State 17
Could be any of 'em.

BUCKEYES
Continued from Page 11.
"We have not made a final determina-
tion as to who will start at quarterback,'
Cooper said. "Both will play, but we
don't know who will start."
That move counters Carr's decision
not to announce
who will start at
tailback for the
Wolverines -
Chris Howrad or
Clarence Williams.
Both Ohio State
signal-callers will
have room to work.
Ohio State's best
player is 6-foot-6,
oward 320-pound offen-
sive lineman
Orlando Pace, who also plays some
defensive end and is being promoted by
Ohio State for the Heisman Trophy.
He may be one of the greatest offen-
sive lineman every to play the game'
Carr said. "He is truly a great football
player."
Ohio State's defense is among the
nation's best, too.
* Led by defensive tackle Mike Vrabel,
the Buckeyes lead the nation in passing
cfficiency defense (78.3 percent), are
second in scoring defense (10.1 points
pergame), and are seventh in both total
defense (235.8 yards per game) and
rushing defense (92.4).
The Wolverines, who struggled to
score nine points against Purdue two
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weeks ago and could only muster 17
points against Penn State, might be in
serious trouble. They have a lot of talent,
but they've turned the ball over 10 times
in the past two games.
Against a defense that scores over 10
points per game, Carr is concerned.
"If we cut out the mistakes we've
made the last two games, we're going to
go down there with the ability to beat
this team'" Carr said.
Of course, Michigan beats Ohio State
more often than not. The Wolverines
lead the series 52-34-6 and are 6-1-1 in
the past eight games. Amid the fierce
rivalry between the two schools, Cooper
has felt the pressure.
"Believe me, no one respects
Michigan football more than John
Cooper," said Cooper, who is 2-6-1 life-
time against Michigan.
The Rivalry

No one
respects Michigan
football more than
John cooper."
- John Cooper
Ohio State football coach
The Wolverines are well aware of that,
but they have been down lately.
"It will be a true test of our attitude."
Michigan cornerback Woodrow H ankins
said. "This is the biggest game on our
schedule. As a group of seniors, we
know what we have to do, and we're
going to go out and regroup fast."

Staff
Picks
- all picks made
against the
spread.
Game (HOME TEAM IN CAPS)
OHIO ST. (-17 1/2) vs. Michigan
PENN ST. (-8 1/2) vs. Michigan St.
PURDUE (-7 1/2) vs. Indiana
ILLINOIS (+7) vs. Wisconsin
MINNESOTA (+11) vs. Iowa
MARYLAND (+34) vs. Florida St.
ARIZONA (+7 1/2) vs. Arizona St.
UCLA (+2) vs. Southern Cal
NOTRE DAME (-40 1/2) vs. Rutgers
CALIFORNIA (-2 1/2) vs. Stanford
Best Bet
Last Week
Overall
Overall Best Bet

NICHOLAS J.
COTSONIKA
Michigan
Penn State
Purdue
Wisconsin'
Iowa
Florida State
Arizona
Southern Cal
Notre Dame
California
Penn State
4-6
51-58-2

BARRY
SOLLENBERGER

Michigan
Penn State
Purdue
Illinois
Minnesota
Florida State
Arizona
UCLA.
Notre Dame
California
Michigan
5-5
53-56-2
5-6

Y
RYAN
WHITE
Michigan
Penn State
Indiana
Wisconsin
Iowa
Florida State
Arizona
UCLA
Notre Dame
California
Michigan
4-6
48-61-2

Six of the last eight Michigan-Ohio State matchups have determined the
Big Ten champion. This game isn't quite as monumental, but the
Wolverines have a chance to repeat their amazing feat from last year -
knocking off the second-ranked Buckeyes and ruining Ohio State's
national title aspirations. Here is Ohio State coach John Cooper's experi-
ence against the Wolverines:

Year
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995

Site
Ohio Stadium
Michigan Stadium
Ohio Stadium
Michigan Stadium
Ohio Stadium
Michigan Stadium
Ohio Stadium
Michigan Stadium

Score
Michigan 34, Ohio State 31
Michigan 28, Ohio State 18
Michigan 16, Ohio State 13
Michigan 31. Ohio State 3
Michigan 13, Ohio State 13
Michigan 28, Ohio State 0
Ohio State 22, Michigan 6
Michigan 31, Ohio State 23

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