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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 17, 1997 - 13

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*taff
Picks
- all picks made
against the
spread.
Game (HOME TEAM IN CAPS)
MICHIGAN (-7) vs. Iowa
,Aichigan St. (-13) vs. NORTHWESTERN
OHIO STATE (-34) vs. Indiana
PENN STATE (-34) vs. Minnesota
PURDUE (-2) vs. Wisconsin
Florida (-11 1/2) vs. AUBURN
FLORIDA STATE (-23) vs. Georgia Tech
NOTRE DAME (-6) vs. Southern Cal
STANFORD (-11/2) vs. Arizona State
Tennessee (-8 1/2) vs. ALABAMA
est Bet
Last week
Overal l
Overall best bet

HAWKEYES
Continued from Page 11
per return.
Field position could be vitally
important, even though Fry is down
on his de fense.
"We'd have a hard time stopping
somebody in pregame warmups,"
Fry said, even though the Ilawkeyes
are ranked third in the Big Ten in
total defense. "That's no lie."
No matter, though. The focus of

this game will be on Michigan's
defense and Iowa's offense. The win-
ner of that battle likely will win the
war.
Carr said earlier this week that the
Wolverines "'don't hayve a lot of time to
get ready for a team that I think is the
best team that we've played this year.
"Offensively, Hayden does more
tricks than most guys. It's a very dif-
ficult thing to be sound against every
play, and we're going to have to be at
our best."

NICHOLAS J.
COTSONIKA
Michigan
Northwestern
Ohio State
Minnesota
Wisconsin
Florida
Florida State
Notre Dame
Arizona State
Tennessee
Tennessee
7-3
38-30

ALAN
GOLDENBACH
Michigan
Michigan State'
Ohio State
Minnesota
Wisconsin
Auburn
Florida State
Notre Dame
Arizona State
Tennessee
Michigan State
8-2
33-35
3-3

JOHN
LEROI

DANIELLE
RUMORE

Michigan
Michigan State
Ohio State
Minnesota
Wisconsin
Auburn
Florida State
Notre Dame
Stanford
Tennessee
Tennessee
6-4
35-33
2-4

Michigan
Michigan State
Indiana
Minnesota
Purdue
Florida
Florida State
Notre Dame
Stanford
Tennessee
Notre Dame
5-5
31-37
1-5

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The Matchups:

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defense, Iowa offense

ready for weekend clash

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By Danielle Rumore
Daily Sports Editor
Iowa. was being touted as the real
deal as it rolled to a 4-0 start after
ying - and destroying - four
$scr opponents.
But then the first real test came
two weeks ago when the Hawkeyes
traveled to Columbus to take on
then-undefeated Ohio State. The
Buckeyes dismantled the Hawkeyes,
23-7, courtesy of a stifling defense
led by linebacker Andy
Katzenmoyer.
.The ;Buckeyes shut down the
wkeyes' offense, arguably the
Mckbone of their team, and their star
running back Tavian Banks. Banks,
the nation's rushing leader with 919
yards and an 8.1 average per carry,
was held to just 84 yards on 22 car-
ries two weeks ago.
The Hawkeyes had last week off to
repuperate and prepare for tomor-
row's game against Michigan at
Michigan Stadium.
"We certainly needed the week
," Iowa coach Hayden Fry said.
"Ohio State shut us down as well as
we've been shut down in a long
while."
A clash between Banks and the
rest of the Hawkeyes' offense and
Miphi an's defense, ranked second
in the-nation, seems inevitable this
weekend and should make for a hard-
fought battle.
"We don't have a lot of time to get
ady for a team that I think is the
best team that we've played this
year," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr
said.
And with that said, here is how the
two teams match up against each other:
MICHIGAN RUSHING OFFENSE VS.
IOWA RUSHING DEFENSE:
The Wolverines have sputtered
offensively in their first five outings,
epecially on the ground. Last week
*ainst Northwestern, the
Wolverines managed 141 yards on
the ground, but tailback Chris
Howard was the only Wolverine to
rush for more than 20 yards.
The Hawkeyes are continuing to
deal with the loss of linebacker
Vernon.Rollins, who has been out for
the last three weeks. But he has been
replaced by Raj Clark, who has
recorded 13 tackles in the last two
ames.d
Iowa- defensive tackle Jared
DeVries's 266 yards in tackles for
loss surpassed the Iowa career record
of 241. For his efforts, he has been
selected one of 12 semi-finalists for
the Lombardi Award.
Michigan's ground game has been
unpredictable and the weak link in
its overall game. Iowa's defense
probably won't help matters tomor-
w.
IDGE: Iowa

Jerame Tuman, who had gone widely
unused the past three weeks before
the Northwestern game. Opposing
defenses just don't feel the need to
cover him, and he has proven that he
can make the big play when he needs
to.
If Iowa can keep the Wolverines'
ground game at bay, Griese will have
to throw a little more. He'll keep the
passes short, and as long as Tuman
and receivers Tai Streets and Russell
Shaw can get open, the Wolverines
should have no problem in the air.
EDGE: Michigan

go against Michigan cornerback
Charles Woodson. His wish may
come true, especially if Michigan
neutralizes Iowa's ground game, In
that case, Sherman may have to go
deep with Dwight more so than
usual.
Dwight has five touchdown recep-
tions for 441 yards, leading all Iowa
receivers, and has benefitted from
having Sherman in the pocket.
Sherman is ranked 10th in the
nation with pass efficiency rating
of 156.3 and has a big arm that can
get the ball down field. He can throw
deep, having passed for 993 yards
and 1I touchdowns. The problem is
that Michigan's secondary is the
fourth-best in the country. Maybe
Dwight should rethink looking for-
ward to going up against Woodson.
EDGE: Michigan

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IOWA RUSHING OFFENSE VS.
MICHIGAN RUSHING DEFENSE:
Iowa's strength is its offense,
which starts with Banks, who is 81
yards shy of 1,000 this season. He
currently leads the Big Ten in rush-
ing (183.8 yards), scoring (15.6) and
all-purpose yards (190.2), and ranks
sixth in total offense nationally
(183.8).
Banks, essentially, is the Iowa
backfield. Every other offensive
back has rushed for less than 200
yards and only Rob Thein has rushed
for more than 100 yards (164).
But the Hawkeyes have one of the
nation's best quarterbacks in Matt
Sherman, who has managed to set up
a variety of rush plays that have
thrown off opposing defenses
"Iowa is a big play team. They
have a lot of weapons offensively,"
Carr said. "In almost all of their
weapons, they have the ability to go
the distance."
But the one thing standing in the
way of Banks running havoc on the
ground is Michigan's rush defense,
which has stuffed opposing banks
around the line of scrimmage and up
the sidelines consistently this season.
The Wolverines are ranked fifth in
the nation in rush defense (68.2).
Two weeks ago against the
Buckeyes, the Hawkeyes had prob-
lems against Katzenmoyer, who is
the centerpiece of the Buckeyes'
defense. Unfortunately, the
Wolverines have more than one
weapon, starting on the line and fil-
tering down to the linebackers.
EDGE: Michigan

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SPECIAL TEAMS:
Iowa and Michigan's punting units
are relatively equal. Iowa punter
Jason Baker is averaging 39.8 yards
per punt and Michigan's Jason
Vinson is averaging 40.9. Michigan's
field-goal tandem of Jay Feely and
Kraig Baker have settled in and
become more consistent.
Iowa gets the edge in punt returns.
Dwight led the Big Ten in punt
returns as a freshman and junior and
was second in the nation as a sopho-
more. But this year, teammate Tony
Collins is the top punt returner, aver-
aging 24 yards per return. The
Hawkeyes' suffer in kickoff returns
- they are ranked 10th in the con-
ference (17.7) - but Michigan has-
n't taken the world by storm in either
category.
EDGE: Iowa

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WHAT'S
HAPPENING

I

WALLYBALL

Iowa has had an extra week to
ready itself for this one. Whether or
not the extra week has any effect on
this game remains to be seen, but the
game should undoubtedly prove to
be a good battle,
The game should come down to
Iowa's offense and Michigan's
defense. After the game against Ohio
State, the Hawkeyes are looking to
prove that they can perform against
top caliber teams and the Wolverines
are fighting to prove that they can
keep up their intensity.
PREDICTION: Michigan 27, Iowa
17.

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ENTRIES TAKEN:
Monday 10/20 ONLY
11:00 AM to 5:30 PM
ENTRY FEE:
$35 per team ,
MANAGER'S MEETING:
MANDATORY
Weds 10/22, 7:15 PM, IMSB
PLAY BEGINS:
Thurs 10/23
IMSB

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FLAG FOOTBALL
ENTRIES TAKEN:
Monday 10/20 ONLY
11:00 AM to 5:30 PM, IMSB
ENTRY FEE:
$65 per team
MANAGER'S MEETING:
MANDATORY
Weds 10/22, 6 & 9 PM, IMSB
PLAY BEGINS:
Thurs 10/23
Mitchell Fields

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IOWA PASSING OFFENSE VS.
MICHIGAN PASSING DEFENSE:
Iowa senior wide receiver Tim
Dwight has said that he is fired up to

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TWO-PERSON
ENTRIES DUE:
Thurs 10/23, 4:30 PM, IMSB
ENTRY FEE:
$15 per team plus Course Fees
SCRAMBLE DATE:
Sun 10/26
U of M Golf Course
NOTE: The U of M Course
has a spikeless shoe policy.

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BROOMBALL
ENTRIES TAKEN:
Mon 11/10 and Tues 11/li
11:00 AM to 4:30 PM, IMSB
ENTRY FEE:
$30 per team
MANAGER'S MEETING:
MANDATORY
Weds 11/12, 6:00 PM, IMSB
TOURNAMENT BEGINS:
Sun 11/16, Yost Ice Arena

MICHIGAN PASSING OFFENSE VS.
1OWATASSING DEFENSE:
The Wolverines need to figure out
way to get their receivers into the
game more. Last week, Griese threw
a few more passes to tight end
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