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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 11, 1996 -13

When you pick this poorly, you get a lot of ribbing

apologize. A few years ago, the
football writers here at the Daily
thought it would be fun to pick
games every Friday in the paper.
Last season, we decided to institute
the spread into our picks.
This year we have slipped into
mediocrity.
The Greek has spoken all the wrong
words, Sollenberger is far from
Paradise, and
I've, well, been
way, way off
Target.
How bad are
things?
At 5-5,Ihad
the best record -
last week.
The picks have RYAN
gotten so ugly
that last weekend White on
I was assaulted Target
by a University
administrator.
Now, I'm not going to name names,
but while trying to jam into the all-too-
small press box elevator at
Northwestern, a certain interim-presi-
dent elbowed me in the ribs.
But I'm not mad. After picking
Michigan State not to cover against
Eastern Michigan two weeks ago, I
deserved it.
After all, I was never below .500 last
season, and former President James
Duderstadt never elbowed me.
See the connection?
But the fact of the matter is, this
season has been nuts.
Illinois went more than four games
without seeing the endzone. Then, in
Week Four, the Fighting Illini were 26
1/2 point favorites over Akron. Well, I
for one didn't figure that Illinois' kick-
er could knock nine field goals
through in one game.
I took the Zips (a team now getting
national exposure through its Keds
endorsement). Who would have fig-
ured Illini back Rodney Holcombe
would have picked that day to rush for
four touchdowns.
I mean, you try to figure out Purdue.
One week, the Boilermakers look like
the worst team to step on the field
1996 Michigan
hockey
Read all about it in
Faceaf 6
Position previews, in-
depth looks at
Michigan's opponents,
player features and
more, coming
Monday
to the Daily.

since Spanky and Alfafa went head-to-
head with the neighborhood bullies.
The next week, Purdue does some-
thing like blow out North Carolina
State. Go figure.
Even Sollenberger, from Phoenix,
Ariz., who dreams about little Sun
Devils in his sleep, didn't pick Arizona
State's 19-0 stomping of Nebraska.
Cotsonika claims to know the least
Staff
Picks
- all picks made
against the
spread,
C
Game (HOME TEAM IN CAPS)
PENN STATE (-21) VS. Purdue

about most of the games we pick, but
he is somehow in the lead and miracu-
lously over .500.
None of this is an excuse, however.
We know we need to pick it up. We
know we are the Illinois, Purdue and
Indiana's of soothsayers.
At least we play fair, which saves
any of us from being Michigan State's
doppleganger. However, if we get any

worse, the NCAA may close us down
just the same.
So we'll promise to do better if
you'll promise not to laugh as hard as
you probably have been.
And if I don't do better this week,
I'm taking the press box stairs at
Michigan Stadium next weekend.
- Ryan White can be reached over
e-mail at target a~umich.edu.

RYAN
WHITE

Penn State

MICHIGAN STATE (-9) vs. Ilinois Michigan State
N'WESTERN (-10 1/2) vs. Minnesota Northwestern

OHIO STATE (-26) vs. Wisconsin
INDIANA (+6 1/2) vs. Iowa
UCLA (+4) vs. Arizona State
NOTRE DAME (-11) vs. Washington
FLORIDA (-19) vs. Louisiana State
MIAMI (FLA.) (+5) vs. Florida State
Central Michigan (-15) vs. Akron
Best Bet
Last Wbee
Overall
Overall Best Bet

Ohio State
Iowa
Arizona State
Notre Dame
Louisana State
Florida State
Central Michigan
Arizona State
4-6
24-25-1
3-2

SOLLENBERGER
Penn State
Michigan State
Northwestern
Ohio State
Iowa
UCLA
Washington
Florida
Miami
Central Michigan
Washington

Penn State
Illinois
Northwestern
Ohio State
Iowa
Arizona State
Washington
Florida
Florida State
Central Michigan
Ohio State
5-5
22-27-1

22-27-1
3-2

2-3

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MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily
Michigan middle blocker Sarah Jackson's spikes Just might help badger the
Badgers and bury the Golden Gophers this weekend at Cliff Keen Arena.
Lack-to-bac Big Ten
battles come to Keen
M' volleyball to host Wisconsin, Minnesota

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By Sharat Raju
Daily Sports Writer
The good news is that the Michigan
women's volleyball team doesn't have to
Worry about getting a Big Ten victory
anymore. The bad news is that the con-
ference schedule isn't getting any easier.
The Wolverines broke into the 'W'
column last week (1-3 Big Ten, 6-9 over-
all) by beating Northwestern. Now the
Wolverines will try to string a couple of

game against defending Big Ten cham-
pions Michigan State, but came up
short. A win or two this weekend might
give Michigan some confidence.
The Wolverines hope not only to get
a couple of victories during this two-
game homestand, but are also hoping
for a big turnout. Tonight's match is
dubbed the annual "Rock the House"
night. It's an annual event intended to
promote fan participation and atten-
dance.
"I hope people are fired up for this
great event, 'Rock the House,"'

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tonight
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tomorrow.
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Rockin'
Who: Michigan vs.
Wisconsin
What: "Rock the.
Heusen
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Where: Cuff Keen
Arena
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as we think we are," Michigan coach
Greg Giovanazzi said. "I don't feel this
eam is going south, I feel like I've
heduled this team into a real tough
position."
The Wolverines have already lost
seven of their nine games at the hands
of top 20 opponents. Playing in the Big
Ten, a team is guaranteed a tough
schedule. In the Big Ten, four teams are
ranked in the top 20, and in the ninth
spot sits the Badgers, with a hefty 13-1
Ooverall record, 3-1 in the conference.
Wisconsin's Laura Abbinante is
arguably the top setter in the league.
-She's seventh in the Big Ten's all-time
assists category, as well as the all-time
assist leader at Wisconsin. Playing
behind her are outside hitters Amy Lee
(3.82 kills per game) and Heather
-Dodaro (.316 hitting percentage).
Last year, the injury-plagued
,Badgers won the NIVC tournament -
The invitational tournament for those
eams not qualifying for the NCAA
ourney - despite finishing below
Michigan in the conference.
"A lot of teams are taking Wisconsin
seriously," Giovanazzi said. "We cer-
tainly (are)."
The Wolverines will get little rest
after facing the Badgers. Tomorrow,
Minnesota comes to Ann Arbor.
The Gophers don't have as good a
record as the Badgers do, but at 12-5
ind 3-1 in the Big Ten, Minnesota will
still prove to be a tough opponent for
the Wolverines.
"Minnesota always comes across as
underdogs, but I don't think they are
underdogs, especially with as talented a
player as (Katrien) DeDecker,"

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