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16 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 6, 1996

AROUND THE BRif-
CONFERENCE
1Mg Red, Men of Troy a
Desert Swarm face Big

By Will McCahill
and Barry Sollenberger
]aily Sports Writers
Can Michigan State work miracles'?
Can Iowa contend in the Big Ten?
Can Illinois score a touchdown ?
Michigan is the only league team off tomorrow, so without
further delay ...
MICHIGAN STATE (1-0 BIG TEN, 1-0 OVERALL) AT
NEBRASKA (0-0):
The Spartans must have scheduled this one back when it
looked like the Cornhuskers were going into a decline.
Because even the San Francisco 49ers wouldn't dare play in
incoln, Neb., these days.
SNebraska is way, way too good.
Legal troubles have blemished Nebraska's recent success,
and it's too bad because - on the field - coach Toni
Osborne s squads have redefined the word dynasty. The
Cornhuskers haven't lost a home game since 1991 or a regu-
lar-season game since 1992. They have won 36 of their past 37
games and were 48 points better than last year's second-best
team, Florida. Nebraska beat up on the Gators, 62-24, in the
Fiesta Bowlr,
Nebraska has an inexperienced quarterback in Scott Frost,
but it won't matter. Kern Strug would lead the Cornhuskers
to victory tomorrow. Michigan State scores the last 30 points
- and still loses by more than three touchdowns.
Nebraska, 52-30.
SOUTHERN CAL (0-1) AT ILLINOIS (0-1 BIG TEN, 0-1 OVER-
ALL):
Coach John Robinson's Trojans meet Lou Tepper's
Fighting Illini in the first-ever Embarrassment Bowl. Both
teams were rather red-faced after their openers. Southern
Cal's offensive attack produced more yawns than an all-
;ighter in a 24-7 loss to Penn State. Illinois' offense put half
of Champaign to sleep in a 20-8 setback at Michigan.
Anyone for an upper?'
;The Trojans get well tomorrow and show everyone how
unimpressive Michiganii victory over the Illini was.
Southern Cal, 24-7 (yawn).
ARIZONA (1-0) AT IONNA (0-0 BIG TEN, 0-0 OVERALL):
A couple years ago, this would have been a low-scoring
affair, with Arizona's Desert Swarm defense chopping down
Iowa like rows of corn.
.This season, however, the Hawkeyes are sporting the con-
ference's most underrated - and maybe best - running back
in senior Sedrick Shaw, and junior quarterback Matt Sherman
looks set to come into his own. No way Arizona will make it
t~o Pasadena, but Iowa has as good a shot as anyone to visit the
Rose Bowl.

The Hawkeyes win, 27-6, as Shaw swarms on Arizona hke
flies on, well, you know ...
NORTHWESTERN (0-0 BIG TEN, 0-0 OVERALL) AT WAKE
FOREST (1-0):
Although the Wildcats lack the element of surprise that
made them America's darlings last year, they still have most
of the elements that keyed their historic Rose Bowl run.
Junior running back Darnell Autry is a legitimate Heisman
candidate, and senior linebacker Pat Fitzgerald leads a
defense almost as stingy as last year's.
Wake -orest, on the other hand, generally ought to stick to
basketball, which is what starting quarterback Rusty LaRue
does in the off-season - with greater success. The Demon
Deacons let LaRue air it out 70 times a game last year, and
that's his only viable option against the Wildcats. Star corner-
back Hudhaifa Ismaeli has been suspended, so maybe LaRue
will get lucky picking on his replacement.
Northwestern, 23-17.
RICE (0-0) AT OHIO STATE (0-0 BIG TEN, 0-0 OVERALL):
It's been a while since there has been a serious Heisma
candidate playing on the offensive line, but believe the hyp
on the Buckeyes' offensive tackle Orlando Pace.
Although Ohio State lost a bunch of offensive giants, its
defense remains intact. Rice will present few problems or
both sides of the ball, so even if Ohio State's offense struggles
to adjust, linebacker Mike Vrabel and defensive end Greg
Bellisari will keep the Buckeyes focused.
Ohio State spent the off-season snivelling about how start
ing the season early left them spent at season's end (th(
Buckeyes finished the year with a pair of losses), but coach
John Cooper should have noses wiped and tears dried b
game time.
Ohio State, 19-0.
MINNESOTA (0-0 BIG TEN, 0-0 OVERALL) AT NE
1LOUISIANA (1-0):
A few facts about the Golden Gophers
[hey haven't had a winning seasoii since 1990.
They haven't won more than four ganies since 1990.
They haven't finished higher than eighth in the Big Ter
since 1990.
They haven't been to a bowl game since 1986.
They are 1 2-point favorites over Northeast Louisiana.
Now let us ask you: If you were a Minnesota fan, woulc
you have the confidence that your team could beat anybody
by two touchdowns on the road, even if you were playing the
Little Sisters of the Poor?
I don't think so..
Minnesota still wins it, 24-15, even though Northeast
Louisiana isn't much better than the Little Sisters of the
Poor.

Ten
LOUISVILLE (1-0)
AT PENN STATE (0-0
BiG TEN, 1-0 OVER-
ALL):
t Football in
t Kentucky? Who
knew ?4
But here come
the Cardinals, fresh
off a 38-14 drub-
bing of Kentucky. r
Ready to wel-
come them to
p py Va te i52Penn State's sopho-
more running backd
reminiscent~11 oftetmrv.TeCmukr av o otagm ic h 4 rang l
Curtis Enis, rested
and ready to go after
gaining more yards
n against Southern"
e Cal two weeks ago '
than anyone in his- ~'
S tory'. '.
I Throw in senior
quarterback Wally
Richardson, an
experienced defense
ebespectacled genius
h of coach Joen
Paterno, and you'llA
see Louisville coach
Ron Cooper wish :
E he'd stayed at ''~~
Eastern Michigan.
Penn State, 52- . ' M_ ARKFIDMNO
17, in a drubbingK RaMNU,
reminiscent of the Michigan State has the daunting task of facing defending national champion Nebraska on its home tjurf,
n erlyseaon up-tomorrow. The Cornhuskers have not lost a game since the 1994 Orange Bowl. "
cakes of years past.

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EASTERN MICHIGAN (0-I) AT WISCONSIN (0-0 BIG TEN, 0-
0 OVERALL):
Three years removed from the Rose Bowl, the Badgers are
ran' to go after last year's dismal 4-5-1 showing. Tomorrow
marks Wisconsin's first game back since a 3-3 tie against
Illinois last November - a game in which the crowd cried a
river of tears from boredom.
Wisconsin fans keep stiff upper lips tomorrow, 35-14.
INDIANA (0-0 BIG TEN, 0-0 OVERALL) AT TOLEDO (0-0):
The other Big Ten-Mid-American Conference matchup of

the week has the MAC-champion Rockets hosting the
Hoosiers.
Toledo returns its leading rusher, Wasean Tait, from an
offense that is better than anything in the lower division of the
Big Ten; Indiana can't wait for basketball season to start. Jo
Mellencamp really needs to get his act together and add a foot-'
ball team to the list of things lie's buying for the school.
Toledo, 45-14, in a ganie so embarrassing for the Hoosiers
you'll understand why they didn't schedule it in
Bloomington.

NStaff
Picks
- -all picks made
against the
spread
C1
Game (HOME TEAM IN CAPS)
NEBRASKA -29 vs. Michigan St.
WISCONSIN -24 vs. E, Michigan
NE LOUISIANA +12 vs. Minnesota
IOWA -6 1/2 vs. Arizona
OHIO STATE -27 vs. Rice
WAKE FOREST +16 1/2 vs N'western
TOLEDO (E) vs. Indiana
ILLINOIS +3 vs. USC
PENN STATE -20 vs. Louisville
TENNESSEE -18 vs. UCLA
Best Bet

CBS hopes UCLA-Tennessee game
will help boost sports programming

NICHOLAS J.
OTSONIKA
Nebraska
E. Michigan:
Minnesota
Iowa
Ohio State
N'western
Toledo
USC
Penn State
Tennessee
USC

BARRY
SOLLENBERGER
Michigan St.
E. Michigan
NE Louisiana
Arizona
Rice
Wake Forest
Indiana

RYAN
WHITE

Nebraska
E Michigan
Minnesota
lowa
Ohio State
N'western
Indiana
USC
Penn State
Tennessee
Eastern Mich.

The Baltimore Sun
When UCLA meets No. 2
Tennessee Saturday night (8 p.m.),
the game will be' another step along
the road the Volunteers hope will end
at the Sugar Bowl, the site of the
national championship game Jan. 2.
For CBS, the game means a whole
lot more.
The Bruins-Volunteers game kicks
off CBS' weekly college football
schedule, one that the bruised and
battered, but not bloodied network
hopes will re-establish it as one of
the big players in sports television.
"I feel whole (professionally) for
the first time in a while." said Jim
Nantz, the lead voice of CBS' col-

USC

Penn State
UCLA

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lege coverage.
In the early 1980s, CBS began to
amass a college football schedule to
rival that of ABC, the longtime
leader on the college gridiron scene.
But CBS foolishly let its deals
with the College Football
Association after the 1989 season
lapse under the tight-fisted reign of
former network president Laurence
Tisch, assuming, perhaps, that with
the strong National Football
Conference package of the NFL, its
college fortunes would be fine with-
out the colleges, save for the occa-
sional bowl games.
However, when the NFL left CBS
for Fox in 1994, the Eye was sent on
a downward spiral that only lately
has started to reverse. An easy way
out of the tailspin was to go back to
the colleges, through the acquisition
of Big East and Southeastern
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Conference games, along with -a
share of tle Bowl Alliance.
This is all a part of the plan to
make an all-out assault on the NFL
when the current television contract
expires after next season.
"Football, for television, is
America's sport. A lot of us have f'
that if you don't have football, you
really not a full-service sports
department.
"This is hopefully the start towa'rd
getting into football for real,"' said
Rick (ntiie, CBS Sports program-
ming chief and the No. 2 executive in
the department.
Nantz will be joined in the booth
by former UCLA Coach Terry
Donahue, with former ESPN studp
analyst Craig James performi'
those duties for CBS' new studio
show, with the ubiquitous Pat
O'Brien as hlost.
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holding penalty against -the
Commodores put the ball back at t
39. and then Allen was sacked by li
backer Bert Berry for a 14-yard loss.
After Jason Dnnavant ran for 3
yards, Allen dropped back and heaved
the ball to the goal line. Yoder, a 6-
foot-5, 180-pounder, leaped 'and
caught the ball with a defender 'on
him.
Powlus was calm as he came back
into the game. He completed three
straight passes for 31 yards and the
Irish were at the Vanderbilt 40.
After three running plays, Powlus
hit split end Emmett Mosley with a-
yard completion to the 20.
Four running plays later, Edwards
scored and then ran for the 2-point
conversion.

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