W October 6, 1999- The Michigan Daily - 15
Around the Horn
choice or champs
orida State paid Duke $800,000 to play its game last
week in Jacksonville, Fla. instead of Durham, N.C.
Yesterday, the school renegotiated coach Bobby
Bowden's contract for $500,000.
What the Seminoles owe college football fans can't be
calculated that way. By the time the sixth game of the year
rolls around, the No. I team in the country should not be
earning praise from its half-million dollar coach - not for
the reasons the Seminoles do.
"This time we played two quarters
nstead of one," Bowden said after his
keminoles did to Duke what Godzilla Rick
does to sushi. Freeman
Despite such heady praise, the
Seminoles showed signs of weakness.
With the starters removed, the backups
allowed 13 unanswered points from
the Blue Devils.-
Two quarter performances are a way
of life for the Seminoles, whose con-
ference, the ACC, is more shooting
*allery than rogues' gallery. Is this a FREEMA tr
championship performance? Two THE PRESS
quarters - and that's an improve-
"I don't mind them (offense) not doing anything, but I
don't like letting the other team get points!; Bowden said.
"They're sitting over there with their shoes off rubbing
their toes in the dirt and then they have to go back into the
Such a shame. Starters at lesser schools sometimes don't
have a conference win assured until the third, even the fourth
quarter. Then again, most other contenders have a schedule
*Tougher than Andy Katzenmoyer in summer school.
Florida State has only lost two conference games since
joining the ACC in 1993 - to Virginia and last year to
North Carolina State.
And, while including such natural, in-state hazards as the
Hurricanes and the Gators on your schedule every year is
admirable, there would be something unnatural about a
national title for the Gators.
It would cheapen the term. Kind of like Katzenmoyer's
How 'BOUT THEM TROJANS?: Everyone who thought
Wuthern Cal would be the only ranked team in the Pac-10
by October, raise your hand. Not you, Mr. Marinovich.
The conference's collapse puts it right up there with the
ACC and Little Debbie as cream filling purveyors. But the
rubble that remains of the once-proud conference is just the
aftermath of the destruction wreaked by Penn State in
August and Wisconsin in November.
Back in the day (read: the '80s) coaches named Bo and
Woody took big, slow teams to the West Coast and were left
in a three-yard cloud of dust by halftime. The Midwest has
* Earthquakes, mudslides, and two undefeated Rose Bowl
champs in the past five years have discredited the Left
Coast. When Wisconsin shocked everyone by outrunning
UCLA last year, the Bruins' porous defense took the blame.
But when Penn State dismantled Arizona, they exposed
more than a weak defense, they exposed a conference on the
SPEAKING OF THE PAc-10: Despite an 0-2 start, this sea-
son's Rose Bowl rep could be Rick Neuheisel's Washington
Huskies. And they could hit back.
Led by speedy junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo,
4e Huskies have mushed back into the heart of the squishy
Pac-10.... Alabama's Shaun Alexander threw his name into
the Heisman ring with his performance last week in Florida.
First a touchdown run on fourth down deep in Florida tern-
tory, and then a 25-yard slither on the Tide's first snap in
overtime - would you vote against Warrick if he turned in a
similar performance on Nov. 20? ... When Wisconsin pun-
ished Ohio State 42-17 last week, they were flying in some
rare air. The last time a team scored 42 points in Ohio
Stadium - Illinois in 1958?? -- it lost, 49-42. The last time
a team scored 42 on the Buckeyes in the Horseshoe and
#on? 1946, when Michigan won 58-0.
- Rick Freeman can be reached
via e-mail at rickfree@cumich edu.
Rivalry brings out best
and worst -i
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"It could," the senior linebacker said. "\\e
could be 9-0; we could be No I and No) 2m the
And with all the media attention --including
the first visit from ESPN's GameDay crew
since 1997's Michigan-Michigan State game -
Saban may get his wish. He has said he hopes
that the two programs don't need to succeed at
the expense of each other, and pointed to the
mutual, long-term success of rivals Florida and
He - and nearly everyone else associated
with this game - would like Saturday's game
to be more than a Big-State-School-rumbles-
with-ag-School matchup, a la Texas-Texas
A&M, or Iowa-Iowa State. The way both teams
have looked this season, it has the potential to
transcend those preceptions, the way Alabama-
"The country may not see it that way, but we
do," Gold said.
And Gold, who sees it from a far closer level
than the national media, said it means more
than just national recognition.
"To me, it means a lot," the Belleville native
said. "Last year, I didn't get to play in this,
game. I want to go out with a win. I don't want
to hear 'You lost to State in your last game.'
None of the seniors want that. And none otf
the underclassmen -- on whose shoulders that
-i both teams
"I don't want to hear
'You lost to state in
your last game. Y"
- lan Gold
Michigan senior linebacker
burden is to an extent - want to let them down.
That goes for both teams, which may explain
why there's extra woofing - and more -
"Oh my God, my first Michgan State game, I
almost was taken off on a stretcher," Gold said,
recalling an incident on special teams. Gold
was running downfield to cover a kick, until...
"He just leveled me," Gold said. "I just laid
there for about five seconds, and I started to
think 'Well, this is going to be on film, and
Coach Carr is going to notice, and I'll get
pointed out in front of the whole defense."
Gold has learned from that first, brutal intro-
duction to this rivalry. Now he and his defei-
sive teammates are looking forward to sharing
his knowledge with some young Spartans, in
particular, true freshman tailback and line-
backer T.J. Duckett, a fellow in-stater from
"He's a freshman and he doesn't have too
much experience, so we're looking to break him
into Big Ten football," Gold said.
Fullback Aaron Shea is among a crop of Michigan seniors that have yet to be on
the field for a loss against arch-rival Michigan State.
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