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12A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 19, 1996
AROUND THE IIKl
CONFERENCE M
Cardinalardnals among teams set to flock on Big Ten

By Jason Katz
Fdr the Daily
Will Indiana stay perfect?
Will John Cooper run up the
score?
. Will Michigan State be pumped or
bummed?
And, once again, the $10,000
question of the week: Will Illinois
score a touchdown?
Now to the games ...
PITTSBURGH (1-2) AT OHIO STATE
(1-0):
Ohio State will undoubtedly be
looking past this game, seeing as
they travel to South Bend in two
.weeks to play Notre Dame.
Having players like All-American
offensive lineman Orlando Pace and
stud linebacker Mike Vrabel allows
the Buckeyes to overlook teams like
Pitt.
The Buckeyes beat Rice, 70-7,
Sept. 7, and Rice's coaches had a few
choice words for Ohio State head
coach John Cooper after the game,
because they thought he ran up the
score. Nah, regularly throwing
bombs when you're up by 40 isn't
running up the score, is it John?
Since they were off this week,
Ohio State's first stringers were spot-
ted beating up on the practice squad.
Because they will be thinking Irish
thoughts, the Buckeyes won't win by
63 this week.
: Ohio State 55, Pittsburgh 13
LOUISVILLE (1-2) AT MICHIGAN
4 STATE (1-0 BIG TEN, 1-1 OVERALL):
After being placed on four years
probation for rules violations, it will
be interesting to see if Michigan
State head coach Nick Saban and his
Spartans are ready for this game.
Michigan State lodked impressive
after drubbing Purdue, 52-14, three
weeks ago, but the Spartans quickly
came back down to earth, taking a
beating by those football gods who
call themselves Nebraska.
The Spartans hope Louisville con-
tinues its downward trend. After
cleaning up on in-state rival
Kentucky, 38-14, the Cardinals
showed some spunk by hanging with
Penn State in a 24-7 loss. Last week,

however, they looked atrocious
against Baylor, losing, 14-13.
Saban is too good of a coach to let
the Spartans lose their focus. The
Spartans will come out angry and
clip Louisville's wings.
Michigan State 30, Louisville 13
PENN STATE (0-0, 3-0) AT TEMPLE
(1-2):
Penn State handily whipped
Northern Illinois, 49-0, last weekend
in a game played solely for monetary
reasons. This without star tailback
Curtis Enis, who sat out with the flu.
Enis had averaged 173 yards in Penn
State's first two games, and will run
wild against the Owls' porous
defense.
The Nittany Lions have their usual
solid defense and high-powered
offense, featuring Enis and former
special-teamer turned star wideout,
Joe Jurevicius. While Wally
Richardson is considered a solid sig-
nal-caller, his performance against
Louisville two weeks ago (11-for-33,
118 yards, 2 interceptions) had the
Happy Valley faithful w'orried. But
they won't have to worry this week-
end, because Paterno and the boys
win another squeaker.
Penn State 48, Temple 10
STANFORD (1-1) AT WISCONSIN (0-
0, 2-0):
Camp Randall Stadium will rock
this weekend, not only because
Wisconsin fans will be cheering on
their Badgers, but because freshman
fullback Ron Dayne will carry the
ball.
Dayne is a 260-pound fullback
who became a favorite of Wisconsin
fans in a hurry. Wisconsin's offense
is led by tailback Carl McCullough,
however.
The Badgers have a big edge on.
the ground, but the game may come
down to which quarterback makes
fewer mistakes. Stanford looks to
sophomore Chad Hutchinson, who
has put up nice numbers but is better
known for his baseball skills, having
been a first-round pick of the Atlanta
Braves.
Wisconsin counters with longtime
signal caller Darrell Bevell ... oh, he

finally graduated last year? Sorry.
Mike Samuel has taken over for
Bevell and is adequate at best. The
folks in Madison go home happy
after watching the best game in the
Big Ten this week.
Wisconsin 24, Stanford 17
INDIANA (0-0, 2-0) AT KENTUCKY
(0-2):
How 'bout them Hoosiers?
Indiana has played only two games
thus far, but not many people expect-
ed them to be undefeated. Certainly
they should have lost to last year's
Mid-American Conference power-
house Toledo. Indiana won, 40-6.
Next, Indiana disposed of pesky
Miami (Ohio), 21-14. Does this
mean Indiana has a shot at the Rose
Bowl?
Nope.
Aside from junior running back
Alex Smith, a legitimate threat to
score every time he touches the ball,
Indiana does not have much on
offense.
The defense is decent but should
be handled easily by the tough Big
Ten offenses.
Kentucky should concentrate on
foul shots and boxing out, because,
well ... you'll see Saturday. Break up
the Hoosiers - they stay perfect.
Indiana 27, Kentucky 20
IOWA (0-0, 2-0) AT TULSA (0-2):
The way Iowa has played its first
two games, the Hawkeyes could be
this year's Northwestern, although
not as surprising.
The collective groan heard from
Iowa fans when standout running
back Sedrick Shaw went down with
an ankle injury last weekend quickly
turned to cheers as backup Tavian
Banks destroyed Iowa State's
defense. He ran for 182 yards on
merely 18 carries in a 38-13
Hawkeye win.
Shaw will start Saturday if healthy,
but Banks has earned some carries.
Iowa quarterback Matt Sherman is as
steady as they come, and his compo-
sure in the pocket will help send
Tulsa back to the WAC.
Iowa 44, Tulsa 10
SYRACUSE (0-1) AT MINNESOTA (0-

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The Illinois football team (0-1 Big Ten, 0-3 overall) has not scored a touchdown in its first three games this season. The
Fighting Ililni, who have made up for a less than stellar offense with their defense over the past few years, have been
outscored 116-11 so far. The llilni look to turn their luck around this weekend, when they battle winless Akron (0-3) at

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Memorial Stadium.

0, 2-0):
Minnesota coach Jim Wacker has
been issued an ultimatum - win five
games or resign. This means he only
needs three more wins to save his job,
and with some help from the schedule
makers, he has a shot.
The Golden Gophers do not play
Penn State or Ohio State, so Wacker
will look to quarterback Cory Sauter
to help him save his job against the
likes of Illinois, Purdue and
Wisconsin.
He had better win those games,
because Minnesota will not beat Paul
Pasqualoni's Orangemen. Look for
Syracuse quarterback Donovan
McNabb to have a huge day and
Wacker to start making copies of his

resume.
Syracuse 37, Minnesota 20
OHIO (2-1) AT NORTHWESTERN (0-
0, 1-1):
After a disappointing loss to Wake
Forest two weeks ago, Northwestern
righted itself by whipping Duke last
week, 38-13.{
Ohio is not a bad team, but
Northwestern is now focused and line-
backer Pat Fitzgerald will make sure
the Wildcats don't lose that focus.
The offense is led by running back
and thespian Darnell Autry, who has
had an amazing 15-straight, 100-yard
games, and quarterback Steve Schnur,
who usually makes very few mistakes.
Northwestern 31, Ohio 16
AKRON (0-3) AT ILLINOIS (0-1, 0-

3):
The answer to the $10,000 quxes-
tion is yes, the Illini will finally score
a touchdown.
They have been outscored 116-1
so far, but they insist they aren't thd
bad. There will be no way to tell
Saturday, because Akron is not- a
good football team and will not test
them. Illinois finally wins.
Illinois 27, Akron 10
WEST VIRGINIA (3-0) AT PURDUE
(0-1, 0-2):
West Virginia's redshirt freshrhan
Amos Zereoue has been outstanding
and has more than enough help
around him to beat a lacklusie4
Purdue squad.
West Virginia 27, Purdue 14

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