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10A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 10, 1996
AROUND THE Bhili
CONFERENCE

Buckeyes, Nittany Lions,

Wildcats look for big victories

ly T. Berka
Daily Sports Writer
- As the weather turns cooler and the
leaves turn brighter, many questions start
to surface, such as:
"Will the Buckeyes ever lose?"
"Will tie Purple go back to
Pasadena?'"
"Will Indiana ever win a conference
game?"
For the answers, and other cool stuff,
consider these games ...
WISCONSIN (0-1 BIG TEN, 3-1 OVER-
ALL) AT Ono STFE (1-0, 4-4)):
For the past two games, the controver-
sy in Madison was whether hot-shot
freshman tailback Ron Dayne should
surpass Carl McCullough on the depth
chart.
Although Wisconsin coach Barry
Alvarez declared Dayne the starter after a
two-touchdown performance against
Penn State, it's really of no consequence
in this game. In fact, the Badgers could
start Barry Sanders and still get wasted
by four touchdowns.
The reason is simple: The Buckeyes
are on a serious roll.
With Orlando Pace blocking, Pepe
Pearson running, and Stanley Jackson

throwing, Ohio State can play "Name
that Score." Coupled with a stout
defense featuring the likes of Matt
Vrabel, Greg Bellisari and Shawn
Springs, the Buckeyes will make sure
Dayne, McCullough and ouarterback
Mike Samuel taste the lovely Ohio
Stadium turf many times.
However, the Buckeyes will not reach
fifty points this time, due to the fact that
they probably will experience a let-down
after consecutive victories over Notre
Dame and Penn State.
Don't think they won't try, however. In
fact, Ohio State coach John Cooper will
order a two-point conversion in the final
seconds to reach the half-century mark.
Here's saying that they will fail.
Ohio State 48, Wisconsin 10.
PURDUE (1-1, 2-3) AT PENN STATE (1-
1,5-1):
A call has gone up throughout the Big
Ten: "Break up the Boilermakers!" Yes,
Purdue, the lovely little school that last
had a winning season when Ronald
Reagan was in the White Houseshas fol-
lowed the arm of John Reaves and the
legs of Edwin Watson to consecutive vic-
tories over North Carolina State and
Minnesota.

A problem crops up in the
Boilermakers' quest for their third con-
secutive win - an angry Penn State
club.
The Nittany Lions, who were run out
of the state of Ohio last week and almost
upset by Wisconsin the week before, are
sure to be angry. The consensus here is
that Curtis Enis will drive Purdue right
out of the game in the first quarter. With
the perturbed Penn State club and more
than 90,000 angry fans, the
Boilermakers stay in Happy Valley will
not be a very happy experience.
And besides, the Nittany Lions could
beat N.C. State and Minnesota handily,
even if they were combined into one
team.
Penn State 38, Purdue 16.
MINNESOTA (0-1, 3-1) AT
NORTHWESTERN (2-0, 4-1):
After the Wildcats' Lazarus-like per-
formance last week against Michigan, a
collective groan went up throughout the
conference, or at least in Ann Arbor.
Why'? Because this Northwestern
team looks to be a better model than last
year's Rose Bowl qualifiers.
With tailback Darnell Autry averaging
136 yards rushing per game and Steve

Schnur completing over 65 percent of his
passes, the Wildcats' offense is a scary
commodity for opposing defenses.
Coupled with a rock-solid defense led by
linebacker Pat Fitzgerald and defensive
end Matt Rice. the Wildcats' chances
look good this week.
Of course, it also helps that they are
playing the Big Ten's ultimate Jekyll-
and-Hyde team, the Golden Gophers.
Consider these facts about the rodents
from the north country: In their opening
game, they had to come from behind to
defeat Ball State but beat then-nationally
ranked Syracuse two games later.
To add to the schizophrenia that is
Golden Gophers football, they lost to
Purdue last week. The best adjective to
describe the Gophers is wacky, which
makes sense since their coach's last name
is Wacker.
Look for the Gophers, behind the
passing of Cory Sauter, to keep it close.
But the sound in the distance is another
purple wave gaining momentum.
Northwestern 27, Minnesota 21.
IOWA (1-0, 3-1) AT INDIANA (0-2, 2-3):
Yep, the Hoosiers blew it last week. A
loss to Illinois is bad enough, but Indiana
also finds itself the answer to an annoy-

ing trivia question - "Who was the first
Big Ten team to lose in overtime?"
However, it couldn't be any other way
for the Hoosiers, who last won a Big Ten
game in 1994,
The Hoosiers do have something
going for them, however, intailback Alex
Smith, who leads the Big Ten in rushing
with 688 yards.
Although it's hard to notice Hayden
Fry's hair turning gray due to his
advanced age, Hawkeyes fans are grow-
ing considerably older, due to their
team's erratic play.
Iowa has the potential to be as potent
as a truck full of C4, with the passing of'
Tim Sherman and the ground attack of
Sedrick Shaw and Tavian Banks.
However, the Hawkeyes have not put
together a full game yet this season, evi-
denced by a loss to Tulsa and a scare last
weekend against Michigan State.
No matter the outcome, this game
should be entertaining.
Iowa 35,, Indiana 20.
ILLINOIS (1-1, 2-3) vr MKC HGAN
STATE (1-1, 2-3):
Now, to the featured game this
weekend.
Actually, it would be more exciting to

hear opposing coaches Lou 'ppcr ind
Nick Saban talk in complete, coheent
sentences.
The Illini haxe gone crazy in theit past
two games, scoring 38 and 46 poil
respectively.
However, they did play Akr on.Lnd
Indiana, a Mid-American Conferuc"
school and a wannabe MAC progmm.
Michigan State, while not a Rose Bowxl
contender, is decent, and Illinois doesn't
handle decent teams well.
The Spartans are hoping that cuirent
starting quarterback Bill Burke, their
third starter of the year, is a charm
While scoring 47 points two weeks :ipO
against Eastern Michigan is no ace0
plishment, the 30-point outburst agahi0i
Iowa does show progress in East
Lansing.
Now, if Saban could teach his kickoP
returners how to catch the ball the
Spartans might be off to bigger and bet
ter things.
However, bigger vnd better things arc
not needed to beat Illinois. Semi-con-
sciousness is needed, evidenced
Michigan's drowsy 20-8 win over 1c
Illini on opening day.
Michigan State 2 1, Illinois 9.

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Miami blows into
action against 'Notes
aThe Associated Press
Miami is looking to get back in the national title picture Saturday against No 3
Florida State. LSU is looking to get back in the picture, any picture, against No. 1
Florida.
Just over a year ago, Miami was beaten, 41-17, by Florida State and dropped to
1-3. But the Hurricanes haven't lost since, and their annual game against the
Seminoles has taken on the usual national title implications.
"I think this is the biggest game, especially for me, because I haven't been in a
real big game since I've been here," Miami's sophomore receiver Magic Benton
said. "I think the team is fired up. I'm fired up and ready to go out redeem our-
selves after last year."
The Seminoles (4-0) dropped to third in this week's AP poll despite a 34-3 win
over Clemson, while Miami (4-0) moved up two places to No. 6 without playi0g.
Miami, riding an I1-game winning streak, has won the last five meetings
against FSU at the Orange Bowl, and is responsible for six of the Seminoles' 13
losses since 1987.
LSU (4-0) is off to its best start since 1978 and ranked 12th. In coach Gerry
DiNardo's second season, the Tigers - 19-15 winners over Auburn on Sept. 21t-
could be ready to challenge the Gators (5-0). Even a good showing at Florida Field
would do a lot to re-establish
LSU as a football power.
"LSU held us to some low yards last year," Florida coach Steve Spurrier sa
of the Gators' 28-10 win in '95. "They certainly bragged about holding us t(1
little over 300 yards and only 28 points, so hopefully we can do a little bit better
than that this year. And, hopefully, they won't be bragging about how they played
us.
The Gators, led by Danny Wuerffel's l4 TD passes, are second in scoring at 51.8
points, while the Tigers, with Kevin Faulk averaging 128.2 yards per game. sre
scoring 38 points per game.
The Miami-FSU matchup features two of the nation's top three defenses. The
Hurricanes are No. I overall (173.8 yards per game) and in scoring (3.3), while the
Seminoles are third overall (177.5 yards) and in scoring (6.8 points).
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