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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 16, 1998 - 13

Staff Picks
- all picks made
against the
spread.

SHARAT
RAJU

Game (HOME TEAM IN CAPS)
Michigan (-15) vs. NORTHWESTERN
COLORADO (-5) vs. Texas Techk
FLORIDA (-20) vs. Auburn
FLORIDA STATE (-28) vs. Clemson
INDIANA vs. Iowa, no line
KANSAS STATE (-21) vs. Oklahoma State
LOUISIANA STATE (-10) vs. Kentucky
NEBRASKA (-34.5) vs. Kansas
OHIO STATE (-37.5) vs. Minnesota
PENN STATE (-8.5) vs. Purdue
UCLA (-10.5) vs. Oregon
Wisconsin (-20) vs..ILLINOIS
Best Bet
Last Week (best bet)
Overall (best bet)

Northwestern
Colorado
Auburn
Florida State
Indiana
Kansas State
Kentucky
Kansas
Minnesota
Penn State
UCLA
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
7-5(1-0)
31-29-1 (3-2)

JIM
ROSE
Michigan
Colorado
Florida
Clemson
Indiana
Kansas State
Louisiana State
Nebraska
Minnesota
Purdue
Oregon
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
6-6(0-1)
24-36-1 (0-5)

MARK
SNYDER
Michigan
Colorado
Florida
Florida State
Indiana
Oklahoma State
Louisiana State
Kansas.
Minnesota
Penn State
UCLA
Illinois
UCLA
5-7 (1-0)
25-35-1 (3-2)

Guest Selector
ESPN's RICH EISEN
Northwestern
Colorado
Florida
Florida State
Iowa
Oklahoma State
Kentucky
Nebraska
Minnesota
Penn State
UCLA
Wisconsin
Colorado
5-7 (0-1)*
30-30-1 (2-3)*

E MATCHUPS
CHIGAN RUSHING OFFENSE VS. NORTHWESTERN RUSHING DEFENSE
Northwestern's Barry Gardner could
make things difficult for the
Wolverines' talented running
Edge: Even
--- --- --- --- --- --- --- --e -- --------------------
NORTHWESTERN RUSHING OFFENSE VS. MICHIGAN RUSHING DEFENSE
Sam Sword and the rest of the Michigan defense will
crsh Northwestern's puny running attack. Maybe the
reason Darnell Autry quit the NFL was to try and beat
Michigan once more.
Edge: Michigan
------------------------------------------
NORTHWESTERN PASSING OFFENSE VS. MICHIGAN PASSING DEFENSE
Northwestern's DWayne Bates is good. Then again, he
shouk be. t's seems as if he's been around Evanston
for eih yeas.
Edge: Northwestem
MICHIGAN PASSING OFFENSE VS. NORTHWESTERN PASSING DEFENSE
If Michigan dismantles the Wildcats as expected,
Lloyd Carr won't be going to the air too much. He
shou d. The Wolverines' receivers are some of the
best in the conference.
Edge: Michigan
e-PE.---------
SPECIAL TEAMS

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
dailyfootbal@umich.edu and tell us why. Friends and family of Daily staffers are not only not excluded, but are welcome to apply. Good luck.

*Previous guest selectors have been:
Profs. Ralph Williams and Sidney Fine,
Former Michigan kicker Remy Hamilton,
Radio broadcaster Jim Brandstatter and
Michigan Daily columnist James Miller

A note of explanation on Jim Rose's head:
If you've noticed, Michigan Daily Sports Editor Jim Rose has had some difficulty in his 'Best Bet' pick. For this
reason, Mr. Rose will be wearing a bag on his head until he picks that game correctly. If you have any suggestions
on how he can get out of this funk, email the Daily football writers at daily.football@umich.edu. Jim thanks you.

IIIZ
T
EA.

Don't worry James Whitley, we still
love you. All the same, having Tai
Streets field punts will save many

Porous defense should doom Wildcats

By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Editor
n The embarrassment of losing to
orthwestern was immeasurable. In the
fall of 1995, Northwestern came into the
Big House and exacted revenge for years
of punishment by the Wolverines.
Hundreds of Michigan fans sat in their
seats after the game, stunned at the near-
impossible feat.
Then, a year later, Michigan sought
revenge in Evanston, only to fall prey to
Srian Gowins' bionic leg.
And so the tables turned - just that
fast.
Before those games, Northwestern
was the lowest of the low and all the
jokes were on them. The Wildcats held
the mark for the longest Division I losing
streak.
Now, success in recent years has both
teams spinning their wheels. And in the
crapshoot that is a Big Ten game, this
weekend will depend on the conditions.
MICHIGAN RUSHING OFFENSE VS.
ORTHWESTERN RUSHING DEFENSE:
Anthony Thomas is out with an ankle
injury, and will only be used in emer-
gency situations. So instead of the two-
headed tailback, Michigan will use
Clarence Williams as its primary ballcar-
tier. Expect Lloyd Carr to wrinkle the
game plan with freshmen Justin Fargas
and Walter Cross spelling Williams.
Northwestern's defense was shredded
Gready once by a freshman - Illinois'
Rocky Harvey - and with adverse
}weather conditions likely, the game will
turn on the ground.
Barry Gardner, first-team All-Big Ten
last year should hold his own. He tackled
20 Wolverines last year and could put a
halt to Williams.
Edge: Tie
NORTHWESTERN RUSHING OFFENSE

AGAINST MICHIGAN RUSHING DEFENSE:
What's up with the Michigan line-
backers? Just when everyone was ready
to write them off, Sam Sword tosses the
group on his back and shows how to play
the game. When the game gets messy,
Sword is at his best. Against Iowa, he
was his usual dominant self, dragging
down Hawkeyes and intimidating the
ones he didn't. His tackle total this sea-
son (52) is already ahead of last season's
pace, when he led the team, even though
he's missed action.
The Wildcats top back - Damien
Anderson - is the only runner with
more than 30 yards per game and his
total of 60 is hardly noteworthy.
Sword may be tackling two players at
a time against this inept backfield.
Edge: Michigan
NORTHWESTERN PASSING OFFENSE
AGAINST MICHIGAN PASSING DEFENSE:
The "D'Wayne/DeWayne" Refrain:
There once was two men named the
same,
A duo who lined up without shame.
One caught balls with abandon,
While the other was landin',
In a spot where no one imagined.
The men are alike more than they
know,
As both their games are all about
show.
Last year they sat, only able to chat,
Each with a leg in a cast, resting pat.
But now they're back, and prepared to
attack,
A wideout and defensive back.
Patmon's day, was made when Ray,
said for this hotel, please pay.
Marcus was sittin' and DeWayne was
whittlin'
About the ball he picked off that first
day.
But on the horizon, Ray is now sizin',

His spot as eyes of the 'D'.
For now, though, it's Patmon, who acts
as the rat man,
Calling the audibles he can see.
But the D'Wayne to check, has
records 'round his neck,
And is in search of some more to
come.
Who knows who'll win? Here's
guessin' it's him,
Who leaves the DB on a whim.
Though covering is a must, Bates
never shows rust,
So it'll be Patmon left in the dust.
Edge: Northwestern
MICHIGAN PASSING OFFENSE VS.
NORTHWESTERN PASSING DEFENSE:
All season long, Michigan's receivers
have been tested. And all season long,
they've responded. One week, it's
Marcus Knight, and another it's Tai
Streets, but when it comes to big catches,
Tom Brady's eyes will focus on Jerame
Tuman.
Having three such versatile targets
makes the Michigan passing offense
effective and - dare we say it - reli-
able, midway through this season. But if
it starts to rain, Brady's deep threats -
Streets and Knight - will be taken away.
That makes Tuman's short slants neces-
sary and will probably involve fighting
off a few double teams.
But as he showed in the closing min-
utes against Iowa, Tuman has a knack for
the big moment and making a superior
catch.
And in the pelting rain, a good hands
man may make all the difference.
Edge: Michigan
SPECIAL TEAMS:
Michigan's kicking game is starting to
solidify. Jay Feely is gaining accuracy on
extra points and field goals. And punter

Jason Vinson can handle a snap in any
direction. So rain or shine, a heroic effort
is necessary for a victory. But these guys
are capable of producing it.
On returns, Marcus Knight will take
James Whitley's spot handling-- instead
of mishandling - punts. And Tai Streets
should back him up. But if that doesn't
solve Michigan's problems and special
teams' mistakes continue to haunt the
Wolverines, that could spell trouble. This
season's special teams are a 'choose your
own adventure.'
Edge: With stick-um: Michigan
Without: Northwestern
INTANGIBLES:
The week off should benefit
Michigan. They had time to rest their
injuies refine their skills and control
their bodies for the stretch run to come.
They prepared for this game by prac-
ticing under the lights on Sunday and
have all day to prepare for the 7 p.m. con-
test. Smart money says waiting an extra
seven hours will only make them hungri-
er.
Edge: Michigan
PREDICTION:
The Yankees will probably score more
Saturday night than Michigan. But the
Wolverines will score enough to win.
Michigan 22, Northwestern 6

a pacemaker.
INTANGIBLES
It looks as if Northwestern is back to being only the
boss of thick chemistry textbooks and high ACT scores.
Well, it was fun while it lasted.
Edge: Michigan
PREDICTION: MICHIGAN 22, NORTHWESTERN 6
Graphics by Alex Hogg

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