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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 4, 1996 -13

top.15teams in.thenation,,

The matchups:
No more surpnses f om Wildcats

By Barry Sollenberger
Daily Sports Editor
The Michigan football team hasn't
siarted a season 9-0 since 1986. But if
the sixth-ranked Wolverines beat No. 22
Northwestern tomorrow, they will likely
ach that mark. But the Wolverines can
ardly pencil in a victory over the
Wildcats.
MICHIGAN RUSHING OFFENSE VS.
NORTHWESTERN RUSHING DEFENSE:
Michigan running back Chris Howard
showed what he is capable of against
UCLA last week with a four-touchdown,
109-yard rushing performance. But line-
backer Pat Fitzgerald had a big game
against Michigan last season.
EDGE:
EVEN
MICHIGAN PASSING OFFENSE VS.
NORTHWESTERN PASSING DEFENSE:
Michigan quarterback Scott
Dreisbach had his best game of the sea-
son last weekend. Through four games,
the Wildcats are giving up an average of

just 166.8 yards in the air per game. But
they haven't played anybody good.
EDGE:
NORTHWESTERN RUSHING OFFENSE
VS. MICHIGAN RUSHING DEFENSE:
Get ready for World War 111.
Northwestern has one of the nation's
best running backs in Darnell Autry.
Michigan defense's ranks as one of the
nation's best against the run, and it will
attempt to keep Autry under the century
mark for the first time since 1994. The
Wolverines are allowing just 94 yards
rushing per game.
EDGE:
EVEN
NORTHWESTERN PASSING OFFENSE VS.
MICHIGAN PASSING DEFENSE:
Northwestern quarterback Steve
Schnur was one of the surprises in the
Big Ten last season. This season has not

been as kind to Schnur. He has already
thrown as many interceptions (six) as he
did all of last season.
EDGE:
SPECIAL TEAMS:
Every kick is an adventure for
Michigan placekicker Remy Hamilton.
In comparison, Northwestern placekick-
er Brian Gowins is 4-for-6 in field goals
this season.
EDGE:
Michigan will provide the toughest
competition thus far this season for a
Northwestern team that has been less
than spectacular through four games.
No more surprises from

WEEKEND
Continued from Page 12
New Hampshire is led by senior attack-
er Kristen Diamond, who has scored
five goals and delivered an assist for 11
points.
Michigan is led by junior attacker
Julie Flachs, who scored the game-win-
ning goal on Wednesday to push her
season total to seven. She leads the
team in goals and has 14 points this
year.
The Wildcats lead the series between
the two schools, 1-0, having beaten the
Wolverines 6-1 in 1991.

- Richard Shin

Soccer

Northwestern.
PREDICTION:.
Northwestern 21

Michigan 27,

The Michigan women's soccer team
is going out west this weekend to battle
Washington and Portland in Seattle.
The Wolverines haven't played since
Sunday, Sept. 29, when they beat
Indiana for their first Big Ten win of the
season.
To avoid any incidences ofjet lag, the
team took off for the Great Northwest
early yesterday morning. The
Wolverines arrived Thursday afternoon
and had a chance to rest and get ready
for this weekend's games.
After arriving in Seattle, Michigan
met with its coach Debbie Belkin who
flew out west earlier in the week to
recruit.
"Washington is a physical team,"
sophomore Nicole Savage said. "We
will have to play a more offensive game
than we have in the last couple games if
we want to win."
Defeating Washington will not be an
easy task, however. The Huskies, as
well as Portland, are ranked among the

top 15 teams in the nation.
-Kevin Goldfein
Men's golf
Things are starting to come together.
for the Michigan men's golf team as it
competes in its own Wolverine
Invitational this weekend.
Michigan coach Jim Carras has rea-
son to be upbeat for this weekend. The
Wolverines will send their top lineup -
this season onto the course. Kyle Dobbs
and Brent Idalski, who did not compete
last weekend, return for the Michigan
Invitational.
"I am very optimistic about this tour-
nament,' Carras said. "Not only do we
have our five strongest players compet-
ing, we are on our home course."
Top teams such as Texas Tech, Ball
State, Kent State, Indiana and
Minnesota will bring their squads in to
Ann Arbor with victory in mind.
- John Friedberg
wowmen's tennis
The Michigan women's tennis team
moves onto its tournament this week-
end with high hopes and a lot of confi-
dence. The Wolverines will take on top
caliber teams in the Eck Classic at
Notre Dame.
Ball State, Drake, Illinois, Indiana
State, Iowa, Kentucky, Marquette,
Minnesota, Notre Dame, Ohio State,
Purdue and Western Michigan will par-
ticipate in the tournament.
The tournament format allows each
player three singles matches. Seven of
the eight Wolverines will compete, with
the exception ofjunior Jen Boylan, who
is still recovering from a knee injury

and is taking two to three weeks off. Six
Wolverines will play doubles as well,
excluding freshman Tenley Hardin.
"This is a great opportunity to play a
lot of matches, and to see how our com-
petitors have changed since last sea-
son," Michigan coach Bitsy Ritt said.
-Nita Srivastava
Crew
Twenty years after it was created,
Michigan's women's crew team will be
competing under varsity status.
Coach Mark Rothstein leads the
Michigan's women's crew team again
this year. Rothstein came to the pro-
gram as a novice coach in 1991 and has
been the head coach of the club team
since 1992.
"We are driven to develop the pro-
gram to the highest level," Rothstein'
said. "We're really looking forward to
the challenges that lie ahead of us"
In its last year as a club sport, the
Wolverines took the gold medal at the
well-respected Women's Henley
Regatta in Henley, England.
Rothstein, along with assistant
coach Emily Ford, will be leading
some experienced rowers in competi-
tion. Juniors Jeannette Stawasi, Kate
MacKenzie and Lisa Labadie are
joined by transfer students Emily
Green and Laurel Lacour. This sum-
mer, Lacour and Stawaski were invited
to the U.S. National Team Pre-Elite
camp.
The Wolverines have high expecta-
tions going into their first regatta in
Pittsburgh on Saturday.
"We expect to make an impact imme'
diately"said Rothstein.
- David Eklund

'WI LDCATS
Continued from Page 12
per play, and they're gaining 60 more
yards per contest.
According to Carr, Northwestern has
opened its offense up more this season
than last, and that is because of the added
turnovers, not Schnur.
Steele knows the Michigan defense
will be facing a good quarterback tomor-

row.
"He's very mobile and he moves
around a lot," Steele said. "For us to be
successful we're going to have to keep
him in the pocket."
Success has been the name of the
game for the Michigan defense.
Last week, the Wolverines held
UCLA to just two first downs in the sec-
ond half and only 170 yards of total
offense.

And with the offense emerging as it
did against the Bruins, Gary Barnett
sounds a little like Lou Holtz when it
comes to talking about Michigan.
"They're offense reminds me of the
way ours played (last year)," Barnett
said. "Everyone is trying to make the
team, do the job. There are no egos.
"They're working the ball so well
right now, we just hope we can make
them punt."

Staff
Picks
- all picks made
against the
spread.
Game (HOME TEAM IN CAPS)
NORTHWESTERN (+6 1/2) vs. Mich.

i

OWA (-8 1/2) vs. Michigan State
ILLINOIS (-5 1/2) vs. Indiana
OHIO STATE (-10) vs. Penn State
PURDUE (-3 1/2) vs. Minnesota
OHIO (-2 1/2) vs. Eastern Michigan
FLORIDA (-31) vs. Arkansas
FLA. STATE (-30 1/2) vs. Clemson

NICHOLAS J.
COTSONIKA
Michigan
Iowa
Indiana
Penn State
Minnesota
Ohio
Florida
Florida State

UARRY
SOLLENBERGER
Northwestern
Iowa
Illinois
PenrnState
Purdue
Ohio
Florida
Florida State

RYAN
WHITE

Michigan
Iowa
Illinois
Ohio State
Minnesota
Eastern Michigan
Florida
Florida State
Arizona State
Southern Cal
Iowa

ARIZONA STATE (-38) vs. Boise State Boise State

Southern Cal (-16) vs. Cal
Best Bet
Last Week
Overall
OveraIl Best Bet

Southern Cal
Southern Cal
5-5:
20-19-1
3-1

Boise State
Southern Cal
Florida
46
18-21-1
2-2

17-22-1
2-2

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