The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 1, 1998 - 13A
Senn State travels to Columbus in clash of titans
By Raphael Goodsteln
For the Daily
The Big Ten has finished its first week
or-play and Minnesota is still in first
place. Wait, the Gophers didn't play last
week. Wisconsin and Iowa are also in
first,, but like
eery year, AROUND THE
played a good team. When they do, they
will lose. Purdue is coming off a tough
loss at Notre Dame that reminded all
Wolverine fans that Michigan is not the
only team that blows seemingly un-blow-
able leads. Northwestern has reminded
everyone that those back-to-back Big Ten
titles were aberrations. And, has anyone
beard anything about Illinois since they
lot Simeon Rice and Kevin Hardy?
ndiana has already made its fans start
tq count down the days until Bobby
Kpight starts throwing chairs and kick-
ing his son and other players. Michigan
Ste is going to try to bounce back from
the tough loss to you-know-who.
Hopefully, for Sparty's sake, they will not
respond this week the way they respond-
ed after their loss to Colorado State
(Oregon 48, Our State's Best Agricultural
ut, amidst all of these thrilling sto-
ries, Penn State at Ohio State still is this
weeks best Big Ten game. After this
week1every team will have played a con-
ference game, so expect a shakeup at the
te of the Big Ten.
49.7 PENN STATE (3-0) AT No.1 Omo
Joe (Roy Orbison in disguise) Paterno
matches his big-game skills against John
Coper's. That's one of the few things in
" Nittany Lions' favor. The Buckeyes
out to avenge last year's debacle at
happy Valley when Curtis Enis ran wild,
and they have the team to do it.
Joe Germaine will throw the ball all
oqyr the field, Michael Wiley will run
lik tle wind, and since the game is not
played in a classroom or golf course,
expect Andy Katzenmoyer also to do
Penn State lost every player from last
s Big Ten runner-up team, and even
allof the agents left Happy Valley to
come to Ann Arbor. This is a big game
for Ohio State and John Cooper, but not
even that can make up for the fact that the
Bukeyes have more talent than the
Indianapolis Colts, and they did not lose
one starter from last year's team to the
NFL. Penn State does not have one note.
worthy player (he now plays with thc
Chicago Bears) so look for Ohio State to
beat the spread. Penn State is overrated,
and undefeated only because their three
wins came against Southern Miss.,
Bowling Green and Pittsburgh. Not
exactly the Notre
m Syracuses of col-
CONFERENCE lege football. All
picks are for recreational purposes only,
and this recreational pick is:
OHIO STATE 34, PENN STATE 17
No.13 WISCONSIN (4-0) AT INDIANA
Wisconsin decided to take a page out
of Penn State's How-to-Start-the-Year-
Undefeated book. I read the Cliffs' Notes
for that book, and the main idea is to
schedule teams that are not good. If you
are really interested, you can buy the
book at the Borders at Kansas State. Ron
Dayne suffered a little bit of a sophomore
slump last year and this year he is bigger,
faster and hungrier than ever. Or is that
his offensive linemen?
Cam Cameron is trying to rebuild the
Indiana football team, and all there is to
say about this is that Lloyd Carr, not Cam
Cameron, was the right man for the
Michigan job. Look for Indiana to use the
2-3 zone and challenge the jumper. Oops,
wrong sport. In all honesty, I know very
little about Indiana's football team,
except the players wear those skin-tight
uniforms. Or is that their basketball
Wisconsin will continue to roll, as they
continue to play bad teams and pad Ron
Dayne's stats in a feeble attempt for the
Heisman. Come on, everyone knows that
only defensive players win the Heisman.
Look for the Badgers to be 9-0 when they
come to the bigger, uglier Big House.
And if you are worried about that game,
see the third line of this article.
Prediction: a late lay-up by Calbert
Cheaney is not enough as the Badgers
WISCONSIN 31, INDIANA 10
MINNESOTA (3-0) AT PURDUE (2-2)
As evidenced by the fact that undefeat-
ed Minnesota is not getting any votes in
the AP poll -=and there are teams that
have already lost twice that are ranked-
very few people think that the Golden
Gophers are the real deal. To them, which
I am sure includes you, I say: you're
right! Minnesota has obviously read the
same best-seller as Wisconsin, as the
Gophers' three wins have come against
Memphis. If they
are still undefeat- '7
ed in three weeks,
I will do my best
Terry Glenn and
eat my words. But- ,
that won't happen. , r
Purdue is con-
ing off a tough
against those -
After having to
look at the Notre
dance around for
three and a half
hours, surely all of
the Purdue players
have been trauma-
tized. So the real
question in this
game is not "How
respond after the
game, against a
team?" Rather, it is "What is a
Boilermaker?" No, that isn't it. The real
question is "Does Gene Keady think he is
fooling anyone with that haircut?" To
Gene Keady and all of Purdue: Think
"Rogaine." Hey, it delivered for Karl
Malone. Prediction: if you av. betting on
this game, you need help.
PURDUE 27, MINNESOTA 17
ILLINOIS (1-2) AT NORTHWESTERN (2-
Stop the presses! Illinois won a game!
After last year's Oscar-nominating
impression of Prairie View, the Illini are
fighting mad. As quickly as purple pride
took over Hollywood, Northwestern's
Ryan Field is once again quieter than the
Northwestern still has those ridiculous
purple pants and, unless Darnell Autry
decides to stop by, not even wide receiv-
er D'Wayne Bates can get Northwestern
back to the Rose, Citrus, Motor City or
any other bowl game. Lucky for the pur-
ple, he can get them past an Illinois
defense that does not have Kevin Hardy
or Simeon Rice. Unfortunately, some TV
station will waste valuable time televising
this game. Thank God for the remote
DAILY SPORTS (2-0):
BEATING OTHER STUDENT PUB-
LICATIONS IN FOOTBALL AS IF IF
WERE OUR JOB. BE A PART OF
THE WINNING TRADITION. CALF.
v r Ohio State wide
Miller makes a
diving catch In
31-27 loss to
Penn State last
year in Happy
Valley. Uke last
season, both the
Bukeyes and the
itany Uons are
a Saturday's meet-
Ing In Columbus.
QUALITY DRY CLEANING
& SHIRT SERVICE
(Across from Nickels Arcade)
control! Prediction: the Northwestern
football team will cover all bets.
NORTHWESTERN 24, ILLINOIS 7
CENTRAL MICHIGAN (2-1) AT
MICHIGAN STATE (1-3)
Sparty is down. Central Michigan has
a winning record and thinks it has a
chance. With dreams of old, Central is
dreaming of a third upset of State.
Michigan State is dreaming of beer at
Munn Field and rioting on Grand River.
Some things never change. Michigan
State has too much talent, and even
though they will get off to a slow start,
they will prevail. Sedrick Irvin will run
wild. Robaire Smith will sack the quar-
terback. And Bill Burke may even com-
plete a pass.
Look for Spartan fans to regain their
confidence and start talking nonsense
about winning records and cute girls.
Lucky for them, the Chippewas still have
a football team. Prediction: After a
Spartan victory, Cows will be tipped
over, a couch will catch fire, and a
"Doonesbury" cartoon will be drawn that
makes fun of State. S(Party) on!
MICHIGAN STATE 31, CENTRAL
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e4ye you ever tried so hard, for so
g, to defeat a major rival, and then
been apprehensive to challenge them
again because you knew they were
going to come back seething from the
That's the position the Michigan field
hockey team finds itself in this weekend
as it travels to Iowa tomorrow and
Northwestern on Sunday to begin the
road portion of its Big Ten schedule.
Last season, the Wolverines swept both
to msfor the first time in their 25-year
ory en route to winning the Big Ten
"We have to bring our best game,"
Michigan head coach Marcia Pankratz
said. "The revenge factor is something
we'll really have to battle against.'
Not only will the Wolverines have to
battle the revenge factor this weekend,
but they will have to handle the rigors of
playing two good teams on the road.
"The Big Ten schedule is so tough,
especially on the road," Pankratz said.
"There's a lot of tradition behind both of
the teams we're playing this weekend, so
they are tough to play against.'
In preparing for the challenges that lie
before the Wolverines this weekend, the
team has been taking a simple approach
to practice this week.
"We don't want to change the strength
of our game at all," Pankratz said.
Pankratz said that practices this week
have simply focused on sharpening team
strengths like intensive pressing, execut-
ing the corners, and up-tempo passing.
Additionally, Pankratz said she was
counting on the play of junior sweeper
Ashley Reichenbach this weekend.
"She is really the foundation of our
entire defense. She's been playing great
hockey," Pankratz said. "Since she plays
defense, she doesn't get all the recogni-
tion, but she's done a great job of hold-
ing the defense together."
Though the defense is playing well,
Pankratz is curious to see how the
offense will progress this weekend. With
the graduation of Big Ten offensive
player of the year, Julie Flachs, the
Wolverines' offense has been effective
with a more balanced attack than last
year. But Pankratz knows that the oppor-
tunity is there for someone to step up.
"It will be interesting to see who does
blossom in such a big game," Pankratz
Although this weekend will be a large
test for the Wolverines, Pankratz is con-
fident her squad can handle the chal-
lenges offered by the Hawkeyes and the
"I'm sure we'll be ready. We've
always risen to challenges," said
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