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The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 20, 1996 - 11

MATCHUPS
ntnued from Page 10
All those razzle-dazzle plays, break
'em out Mr. Carr. This will just be a
high-profile practice.
ADVANTAGE:
BOSTON COLLEGE RUSHING
OFFENSE VS. MICHIGAN RUSHING
DEFENSE:
Nightmares, man. Nightmares.
That big, mean guy named Jarrett
Irons is going to send Boston College
home in tears. So is that guy named
Sword, that guy named Swett, that guy
named Huff, that guy named Steele
and that guy - whose name. doesn't
ng here but is tough anyway -
ied Copenhaver.
Michigan's defense is so suffocat-
ing, running backs who face the
Wolverines would breathe easier with
their heads buried into their pillows.
The Wolverines only allowed
Colorado - then the fifth-ranked
team in the nation and a national title
contender - to just 70 yards rushing.
And the Buffaloes had Lendon Henry
d Herchell Troutman.
The Eagles have who? Mike Cloud
and Quinton Lee. Both barely have
over 100 yards rushing in two games
combined.
If they can summon enough
courage, they will earn the right to go
back to Boston sobbing. When they
rush for less than 50 yards apiece, it
will be pretty sad.
ADVANTAGE:
BOSTON COLLEGE PASSING OFFENSE
VS. MICHIGAN PASSING DEFENSE:
If it weren't for Colorado's Koy
Detmer, one of the nation's top quar-
terbacks, who threw for 287 yards last
Nek, Michigan would not have given
an average of 233 yards passing in
its first two games.
Charles Woodson is too good, and
his help from Daydrion Taylor and
Woodrow Hankins isn't bad, either.
And don't forget about Chuck Winters,
who redeemed himself by batting
down his second Hail Mary encounter
last week.
By the way, Boston College doesn't
have a Detmer. No Doug Flutie, either.
there will be no miracles thrown in
nn Arbor tomorrow.
Matt Hasselbeck will complete a

Sta
Picks
- all picks made
against the
spread
Game (HOME TEAM IN CAPS)
MICHIGAN (-22) vs. Boston College
MICHIGAN ST. (-5) vs. Louisville
ILLINOIS (-26 1/2) vs. Akron

'M' soccer shoots for
wins, national ranking

NICHOLAS J.
COTSONIKA
Michigan
Michigan St.
Illinois

RYAN
WHITE

INDIANA (-3 1/2) VS. Kentucky Kentucky
Iowa (-18) vs. TULSA Iowa
NORTHWESTERN (-331/2) vs. Ohio Northwestern
OHIO STATE (-35 1/2) vs. Pitt Ohio State
Penn State (-27 1/2) vs. TEMPLE Penn State
WISCONSIN (-8 1/2) vs. Stanford Wisconsin

SOLLENBERGER
Boston College
Michigan St.
Akron
Indiana
Iowa
Ohio
Ohio State
Penn State
Stanford
Florida
Akron
3-&1
9-101
141

Michigan
Michigan St.
Akron
Indiana
Iowa
Northwestern
Ohio State
Penn State
Wisconsin
Tennessee
Michigan
11-8-1
2-O

ThNNESSEE(3 vs. Ioide
Best Bet
L f at Week
Overall
OverallBet e

Tennessee
Michigan St.
5-41
10-9-1
2-0

By Jacob Wheeler
For the Daily
With shots booming and goals piling
up, the Michigan women's soccer team
has turned it up to full throttle.
"Once we get the all important first
goal of each game out of the way, it takes
a lot of the pressure off," Michigan
coach Debbie Belkin said.
It took three games for the floodgates
to open, but since the season's first
week, goals have come gushing in. The
result has been two lopsided victories for
Belkin's team.
Coming into this weekend's matchups
against California and Kentucky, the
Wolverines are riding a program-high-
three-game win streak, in which they've
outscored opponents, 14-1.
But these next two games will be
tougher than any previous ones. Today,
at 4 p.m. at the Michigan Soccer Field,
Michigan takes on California, which is
ranked ninth in the west region.
"(The Golden Bears) have an older
program than us, so it'll be a challenge,"
Belkin said.
Women's soccer at Michigan, only in
its third year of existence, has not faced
a lot of top-notch competition.
This weekend, the Wolverines will see
how they match up against that kind of
competition. Sunday's opponent
,Kentucky (1 p.m. at the Michigan
Soccer Field), was ranked 16th before

losing to No. 8 Florida last week.
"I've seen Kentucky on tape "Belkin
said. "They're physical and very experi-
enced."
Experience may be the key this week-
end. Michigan has played only four
games, with a number of freshman see-
ing action. But with each contest, the
team has been more cohesive.
Fortunately, Michigan will probably
have the services of two players who
were injured last week. Sophomore
Vanessa Lewis will be back on defense
today. She sat out against Toledo with an
injured cheekbone.
Another sophomore, Jessica Limauro,
will be back Sunday, possibly today. She
went down with a nose injury. Limauro.
last year's third-leading scorer for the
Wolverines, is a crucial part of
Michigan's high-powered offense.
"We've got four forwards who all con.
tribute, in a rotational basis, so it would
be nice to have her today,' Belkin said.
Michigan's front line includes
Limauro (two goals), junior Ruth Poulin
(one goal) and freshmen Amber
Berendowsky and Mari Hoff (three
goals apiece).
Goalie Jessica Jones has fully recov-
ered from wrist injuries that kept her out
against Butler, the Wolverines' only loss.
Barring something unforeseen, she has
the nod as the starting keeper the rest of
the season.

. . . . ......

few passes, but look for his day to be a
complete disappointment.
ADVANTAGE:

playing down to the level of weak
teams. National champions and Big
Ten champions don't do that.
Tomorrow, Michigan has got to win
big for the Wolverines to be considered
a true national power.
There can be no lapses of concentra-
tion, no soft quarters and no late
touchdowns - no matter how bad the
Eagles are this year.
Of course, that doesn't mean the

Wolverines must be unsportsmanlike.
Carr has said running up the score is
an "indictment of his profession." And
that's fine. The Wolverines don't have
to score 70 points.
But anything less than a convincing
Michigan victory will be an indictment
of the Wolverines' chances for any
kind of championship.
PREDICTION: Michigan 27, Boston
College 3

SPECIAL TEAMS:
How about that Paul Peristeris?
The Greek has made Michigan's
punting look as good as a plate of
spinach pie. Carr has called him his
most improved player, because
Peristeris is kicking everything over 40
yards and Michigan's punt team is hav-
ing trouble keeping up with him.
Boston College doesn't have a
Greek,tbut the Eagles' punting is pret-
ty good. Call it as good as baklava,
because Jason Malecki is averaging a
sugary 43.2 yards per punt.
As far as place-kicking goes,
Michigan's Remy Hamilton and
Boston College's John Matich have
made a few and missed a few.
Special teams won't be especially
interesting.
ADVANTAGE:
EVEN
The Wolverines have just about all
the advantages, but this game will test
them. It will test their focus.
Last year, Michigan didn't really put
away lowly Miami .(Ohio) or
Memphis, and the Wolverines have a
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