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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 9,1998-13

Staff Picks
- - all picks made
against the
Ohio State (-36) vs. ILLINOIS
MICHIGAN STATE (-10) vs. Indiana
Nebraska (-11) vs. TEXAS A&M
IOWA (-10) vs. Northwestern,
Kansas State (-15.5) vs. COLORADO
Penn State (-17) vs. MINNESOTA
ARIZONA STATE (-3.5) vs. Notre Dame
GEORGIA (-3) VS.Tennessee
Florida State (-10) vs. MIAMI
FLORIDA (-12.5) vs Louisiana State
WISCONSIN (-6.5) vs. Purdue
UCLA (-6.5) vs. ARIZONA
Best Bet
Last Week (best bet)
Overall (best bet)

Ohio State
Texas A&M
Penn State
Arizona State
Florida State
Louisiana State
24-24-1 (2-2)


Ohio State
Michigan State
Notre Dame
Michigan State
5-7 1(0-1)
18-30-1 (0-4)

Kansas State
Arizona State
Louisiana State
6-6-1 (0-1)
20-28-1 (2-2)

Guest Selector
Ohio State
Kansas State
Penn State
Notre Dame
Florida State
5-7-1 (0)*

Michigan State coach Nick Saban must
feel like he's dreaming. Only they're not
dreams. These are nightmares for any
college football coach, and they are very
real. They are option quarterbacks.
First it was Oregon's Akili Smith,
then it was Notre Dame's Jarious
Jackson. Now comes Indiana's Antwaan
Randle El, just itching to spoil the
Homecoming festivities at Spartan
Stadium tomorrow.
Michigan State (0-1 Big Ten, 2-3
overall) couldn't handle Smith at
Oregon. But the Spartans rebounded to
pin a 45-23 loss the Fighting Irish. Still,
that doesn't make Saban feel any better
about getting ready to face Randle El.
Randle El has been the focus of the
Hoosiers offense. He has passed for 878
yards and four touchdowns and also
leads the teams in rushing with 234 yards

Saban, State scared of
Indiana's Randle El

and five touchdowns.
"He's an outstanding player" Saban
said. "He's got big-play capabilities. Hc's
one of the leading total-offense guys in
the Big Ten"
The Hoosiers (0-1, 2-2) have become
an offensive threat this season, and the
redshirt freshman is a big reason why.
Indiana's two losses have come at the
hands of Kentucky and Wisconsin -
both noted offensive powers - by a total
of just eight points.
"They have tremendous balance,"
Saban said. "He runs the option well,
he's a good thrower, and he's very athlet-
ic. He is always a threat to scramble and
Last week, in a 24-20 loss to
Wisconsin, Indiana had more yardage
than the Badgers (29 1-253). Randle El
passed for 145 yards and ran for 34

. _

A note of explanation on Staff Picks:
One quick word about those picks, folks. They're made against the spread That means this:
MICHIGAN STATE (-10) vs. Indiana
'actually means that ifJames Miller picks the Hoosiers to win, they don't actually have to win
the game - theyjust have to be within 10 points ofMichigan State. So if Michigan State wins
by 9 points or fewer, Miller wins that game - even though the team he picked actually lost.

We will have a guest selector each week for the staff picks. Most times
it will be someone famous, but if you think you deserve to pick, e-mail
us at daily.football@umich.edu and tell us why. Friends and family of
Daily staffers are not only not excluded, but are welcome to apply.
*Previous guest selectors have been: Professor Ralph Williams, Professor
Sidney Fine, former Michigan kicker Remy. Hamilton and former Michigan foot-
ball player and current radio announcer Jim Brandstatter

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very difficult.
No doubt you've seen countless
pictures of Indiana coach Bobby
Knight with his red sweater and his
mouth wide open, hollering at some
poor farmer's kid because he didn't
tie his shoelaces with an overhand
bot and consequently missed a free
There was even a minor uproar in
recent years involving the high
school basketball tournament.
Indiana went from the single-class
tournament to a mutli-class tourna-
ment, dividing schools into divisions
according to enrollment size, pre-
venting a "Hoosier-esque" Cinderella
season from happening again.
The state oozes basketball from
*cry pore.
Larry Bird could run for governor
and would win in a landslide.
Ninety-year-old grandparents have
been seen practicing back-door
screen plays.
With a state that cares more about
the proper execution of a triple-post
offense than global warming, how
does football fit in?
Especially now, with an Indiana
Ootball team that is dangerous and
can at least put a scare into almost
anybody in the Big Ten, are people
starting to actually care about
Indiana football?

"The Indiana basketball team has
been a major plus for us in recruit-
ing," Indiana football coach Cam
Cameron said.
"Almost everyone we recruit
plays high school basketball. It's
something I believe in."
Cameron, who played both bas-
ketball and football at Indiana in the
early 1980s, has seen his team
emerge from something just above a
conference door-
mat. ",,a, d'nA


The Hoosiers
almost upset unde-
feated Wisconsin
last week, losing
by a mere four
The biggest

holes in i
1'll be all
on ho

its equal share of the limelight.
In recent seasons, Knight's pro-
gram hasn't been feared as much as
in the past.
But nobody has ever feared
Indiana football, regardless of what
Lloyd Carr might say before the
Hoosiers come to Ann Arbor.
So Cameron's crusade has been to
both gain respect for his program
nationally and also in his own state.
T h e
a few Indianapolis Colts
certainly don't
Wie but help the situation.
"I think we're
right3" moving away from
being a football or
- Hayden Fry basketball school,"
football coach Cameron said.
w he is feeling "We're an ath-
letic department
that is trying to develop both football
and basketball. I know coach Knight
has been a part of that chain of think-
THE FRYING PAN: In the midweek
Big Ten teleconference, Iowa coach
Hayden Fry always comes up with
the gems.
When asked an innocuous ques-
tion about how he was doing, he
replied: "I've got a few holes in me,
but I'll be all right."
No word yet on what that really
means in ordinary peoplespeak.
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at sraju@umich.edu.

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Indiana's sudden
emergence is the play of redshirt
freshman quarterback - and high
school basketball standout -
Antwaan Randle El.
The Riverdale, Ill., native will
play in Knight's backcourt this sea-
son as well as continuing to scamper
all over defenses during the football
part of the year. '
"Coach Knight has been a great
help to us in recruiting,!. Cameron
And why not?
Knight is as much a part of
Indiana life as corncob Oipes. But
Cameron's program has to fight for

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