14A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 15, 1998
Gophers should go dig up some holes to hide in
By Chris Grandstaff
For the Daily
It's the middle of October and that
means the Big Ten season hits full stride
this weekend. This is the time of year
football traditionalists live for. It's time
for three yards in a cloud of dust,
smash-mouth, knock-down, drag-it-out,
I've-got-more-game-than you, your-
This weekend's conference schedule
is filled with the top-ranked matchups
come to AROUND THE
the Big Ten.
Saturday's menu of pigskin delights
is highlighted by top ranked Ohio State
hosting ... Minnesota?
No, I meant No. 9 and undefeated
Wisconsin at ... Illinois?
OK, so there aren't any great games
this weekend. It seems that last week-
end's colossal matchup between
Michigan State and Indiana has left the
conference void of any meaningful
games. By the end of Saturday night,
however, we should be able to better
discern the difference between the
pathetic teams and the bad teams, and if
anyone besides the Buckeyes can con-
tend on the national level.
MINNESOTA (0-2 BIG TEN, 3-2
OVERALL) AT OHIO STATE (2-0,5-0)
Mason: noun. 1. one who builds or
works with stone. 2. The last name of
the Minnesota Golden Gopher football
coach, who will need to build a stone
wall around the end zone if he has any
thoughts of upsetting the top-ranked
Buckeyes in Columbus.
Mason fittingly returns to The
Horseshoe on homecoming weekend.
The Gophers' coach is a former Ohio
State player and was an assistant coach
under the legendary Woody Hayes.
Last weekend the Gophers had a
solid game, sticking close to Penn State,
but don't expect the same results on
Saturday. Ohio State coach John (I can
beat Minnesota but what's my record
against the maize and blue, oh yeah, I-
7-1) Cooper is 9-0 in his career against
Minnesota. The Buckeyes are the con-
ference's No. I-ranked team in total
offense, scoring offense, total defense,
and, oh yeah, scoring defense.
Ohio State quarterback Joe
Germaine has thrown for 300 yards or
more in his past three games and Ohio
State is winning by an average score of
They're good or something.
OHIO STATE 42, MINNESOTA 7.
WISCONSIN (3-0, 6-0) AT ILLINOIS
Does Wisconsin ever play any good
The Badgers have yet to play a
ranked team this season, and have just
one ranked team scheduled for the rest
of the season. Wisconsin has vaulted to
No. 9 in the country, feasting on teams
such as Ohio (is this team good in any-
thing?), UNLV (used to be good in bas-
ketball; its football team is a joke), and
San Diego (we-don't-have-Marshal-
CONFERENCE Wisconsin is
led by running
back Ron Dayne and his eighth-best
128 yards per game. Dayne is the sec-
ond fastest running back to reach 4,000
career yards, matching Marshall
(nobody cares about my school any-
more) Faulk, and falling one game shy
of the mark set by Herchel Walker.
This weekend, Wisconsin travels to
the tradition-rich home of Illinois,
where All-Americans Red Grange,
Dick Butkus, and more recently, Kevin
Hardy and Dana Howard played. Home
of 14 Big Ten championships and four
Home of the worst team in all of
college football last year.
The Illini, who were slaughtered 41-
0 by Ohio State last Saturday, are hop-
ing for a slightly closer game against
Wisconsin this weekend. On the bright
side, the Illini are already two games
better than last season's record of 0-11.
WISCONSIN 35, ILLINOIS 10
PURDUE (1-1, 3-3) AT PENN STATE
Purdue's Drew Brees set an NCAA
record last weekend, completing 55 of
83 passes for 494 yards in a losing effort
against Wisconsin. Brees will probably
need to match the feat, and then some, if
the Boilermakers plan on pulling off the
upset in Happy Valley.
Purdue has not been too successful
in recent years against the Nittany
Lions. The last time the Boilers did not
chalk up a loss against Penn State was
in 1952 - when they tied.
Sadly enough this could be the best
game on the Big Ten ticket this week-
end (with exception to the Wolverines
The Boilermakers have shown signs
of brilliance with Brees at the helm. It
will be smooth sailing for Brees and the
rest of the Boilermakers after this week-
end, as No. 9 Penn State is the last
ranked team on Purdue's schedule.
Penn State cannot afford another
and still stay in the Big Ten race. The
Nittany Lions already have one confer-
ence loss and are going to need some
help to earn even a share of the Big Ten
Big Ten Standings
Team Conf. Overall
Wisconsin 3-0 6-0
Ohio State 2-0 5-0
Michigan 2-0 3-2
Iowa 2-1 3-3
Penn State 1-1 4-1
Michigan State 1-1 3-3
Purdue 1-1 3-3
Illinois 1-2 2-4
Minnesota 0-2 3-2
Indiana 0-2 2-3
Northwestern 0-3 2-4
Penn State hopes to bounce back after a blowout loss to Ohio State last Saturday. The Nittany Lions will face Purdue, a team
they haven't loss to since 1952.
IGMA WPA5 ORORITY
PENN STATE 31, PURDUE 20.
IOwA (2-1,3-3) AT INDIANA (1-2,2-3)
What's up with Hayden Fry?
The "Dean of the Big Ten" lash*
out publicly against Des Moines
Register sports writer Marc Hansen for
calling Fry "unbelievable, " according
to the Daily Iowan.
Fry interpreted this to mean that
Hansen was calling him a liar. In all
fairness to Hansen, Fry did lie. Earlier
in the week, Fry said that he planned on
redshirting junior quarterback Randy
Reiners. Just four days after maki
that statement, Fry chose to stA
Reiners against Northwestern.
At the press conference in which he
degraded Hansen, Fry was asked by
another reporter if he understood
"where (the media) are coming from..
There are 70,000 people at every game
wanting to know the truth."
Fry responded to this by saying
"What's your point?"
Hey Hayden, I've got a question for
you: Are you dumb?
Hayden and the rest of th
Hawkeyes travel to Indiana in what
could be called the battle of the corn
states. This one could get ugly .if
Indiana's Antwaan Randle El isn't
ready to play. Randle El, who will also-.
play for Indiana's basketball team this
winter, received a concussion in the
fourth quarter of last weekend's double
overtime loss to Michigan State. Coac
Cam Cameron said Randle El's ava
ability for this weekend's game is still
The Hoosiers have already matched
their win total for last season, and have
lost by a combined total of 15 points in
their other three games. Indiana's
improvement this season can for the
most part be attributed to Randle El. As-
bad as Indiana already is, it will be
scary to see what happens to the
Hoosiers without their best player.
This game is just too tough to pip.
without knowing the condition of
Randle Elso I'll just go by who has the
IOwA 12,200 ACRES, INDIANA 5,900
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