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COLLEGE (18) IndCana 80.
BASKETBALL LAB 64
(1) ARIZONA at (22) GEORGIA 78,
Morgan St., inc. Mercer 58
(2) DUKE 100, PRO
Davidson 65 BASKETBALL
(6) PURDUE 107, Portland 93,
NE Louisiana St. 80 DETROIT 87
(9) KENTUCKY 88, NEW YORK 100,
Morehead St. 49 Atlanta 79

Golden State 101,
DALLAS 97
HOUSTON 127,
Toronto 97
Indiana 109,
MILWAUKEE 83
PHOENIX 89,
Chicago 85
Utah at
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Michigan and Ohio State used to duke it out every year for a berth in the Rose owl. This year, the pran
fourth-ranked Buckeyes square off with a trip to Pasadena on the line again in a showdown owy

VThe Coverage
GameDay
comes back
to Big House
From Staff Reports
Whether or not they are Rose Bowl
bound, there is no doubt that the No.1
Michigan Wolverines are drawing
natioial attention. For the second time
this season, ESPN's GameDay crew
will iislt Ann Arbor for a live broadcast
beginning at I1 a.m.
With the Florida-Florida State game
also a vital piece of the national cham-
pionship picture, ESPN is splitting time
between Ann Arbor and Gainesville,
Fla .'GameDay's No. I team of Lee
Corso, Chris Fowler and Kirk
Herbstreit will set up shop outside of
Gate 12 on the Southwest corner of
Michigan Stadium.
The- crew returns to Ann Arbor,
where all three commentators said they
were verbally and physically abused by
rowdy and rude Michigan fans.
Herbstreit is a former Ohio State quar-
terback and Corso coached at Indiana.
GareDay has appeared at Michigan
games three times this season --
against Colorado for Michigan's home
opener and two weeks ago at Penn
State. GameDay spurned Michigan's
matchup with Notre Dame partially
because the crew had no desire to
return to Ann Arbor.

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FILE PHOTO
Michigan tailback Chris Howard dives over a pile of offensive and defensive lineman in the Wolverines' 13-9 upset of then-No.
2 and previously undefeated Ohio State. The Buckeyes would like to return the favor tomorrow by dethroning No. 1 Michigan.

The Enemy

Pearson rememb ers
last Ohio State win

Kimberly Kowalski
The Ohio State Lantern
The clashing of Maize and Blue
against scarlet and gray. Wolverines
vs. Buckeyes. It's a tradition that's
become a legend, and for many
Buckeyes fans it's the game of all
games.
To senior tailback Pepe Pearson,
one of the few remaining Buckeyes
who participated in Ohio State's last
victory over Michigan, it's the last
chance to prove himself.
Ohio State's leading rusher real-
izes the significance of tomorrow's
game. As a candidate for the NFL,
{ this is one of his last opportunities
to show his true colors.
AP PHOTO "A win for us this week, as a team,
would mean the world," Pearson
said. "As far as I go, if you perform
well in the Michigan game, every-
body knows you're a good player.
I'm looking forward to playing my
best game and coming out with
another victory."
Pearson rushed for more than 100
yards for the third time this season
in the Buckeyes' win over Illinois
last Saturday. This year, he has only
carried for 724 yards, a solid num-
ber, but nothing compared to the

1,484 yards he rushed for last sea-
son.
"Last year is last year," Pearson
said. "Each year is a different team
with different situations in the
game. This year, I did go through
some things mentally, some things I
had to adjust to, but I'm stronger
now."
Strong enough to overcome the
mental block so often associated
with Michigan?
"It's just like every other game, it
all boils down to the physical game."
Pearson said. "It's just playing the
game of football. When you're out
on the field, it's who wants it the
most, who the better team is. Forget
the mental block."
Althetigh it may be just another
physical game to Pearson, he admits
that the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry
is something special. After all, he still
has his gold pants from the Buckeyes'
last victory over the Wolverines, a 22-
6 trampling in 1994.
"This is what we came here for,.
this is the game," Pearson said. "In
that game we played hard the entire
time. We gave it everything we had
and came out with a victory. That's
what football is all about."

By John Lerol
Daily Sports Editor
Michigan vs. Ohio State.
Bo vs. Woody.
Good vs. Evil.
There is no overstating the importance
and the hatred of this rivalry. And w th e
Rose Bowl on the line, to say this ame
means everything wouldn't be stretchI ig
the truth.
On paper the two squads are almot
mirror images of each other: terri
defenses, solid offenses and veteran qu-
terbacks (of course, Ohio State has two of
them).
The Wolverines' defense has been
good enough to win ballgames al by
itself for much of the season, but
Michigan's offense has sprung to _1d in
its last two games, rolling up 40)-pus;
yards against Wisconsin and Penn State.
Michigan's defense looked vulnerable
against the Badgers and with starting fre
safety Tommy Hendricks and his backup
Daydrion Taylor both probably out he
Wolverines might have a weak spot
Still, as Michigan coach Lloyd Carr
said, "If you need something to get thXd
up for this game, you've got a problen.
And with Michigan's Charles Woodson
and Ohio State's David Boston exchanr
ing pleasantries this week, this game
should be as heated as any in the history
of the rivalry
Breaking down a game this
position by position, is often a futile
effort, but here's a glance.
OHIO STATE PASSING OFFEE V'.
MICHIGAN PASSING DEFENSE: With Bren
Washington likely to starL for the injured
Hendricks and Michigan looking suscep-
tible against Wisconsin, the Buckee-s
will probably try to exploit Michigans
secondary.
Ohio State coach John Cooper rotas
quarterbacks Joe Germaine and Ste
Jackson more often than Dennis Rodim
changes his hair color. Germaine pa
most of last, year's game agi
Wolverines and is the Big Ten s leading
passer this season. But Jackson has start
ed all ofthe Buckeyes' games this seaon
and Cooper said it will stay that way.
While Germaine possesses the better
arm, Jackson may be more dangerous
against Michigan's defense because of hi
mobility. Wisconsin's Mike Samuel
picked apart the Wolverines' defense rn
ning the option, f. play Michigan haspt
stopped all year.
Germaine has a strong and accurate
arm andshe has two great receivers t.
throw to - Boston, the conference's
leading receiver, and Dee Miller. Boston
ripped Woodson in the newspapers this
week, much like former-Buckeye receiv-
er Terry Glenn did two years ago, so look
for Woodson to take it personally and to
cover Boston like a wet blanket.
And even with a depleted secondary,
Michigan's front seven should be able to
get enough pressure on Germaine (or
Jackson) to win the battle. After all, the
Wolverines' are the nation's No. 1 pass
defense.
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OIo STATE RUSHING OFFENSE VS.
MICHIGAN RUSHING DEFENSE: Wisconsin
ran for 154 yards against the Wolverines
last week. While that's a great figure for
most defenses, it is not acceptable in Ann
Arbor. The Badgers ran an inside tran

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