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Friday, November 12, 1999 - The Michigan Daily - 11

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STAFF PICKS

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Runners ready for NCAAs

All picks made against
the spread.
Home teams in CAPS.
P1i'ENN STATE (-6) vs. Michigan
WISCONSIN (-31.5) vs. Iowa
Michigan State (-19) vs. Northwestern
MINNESOTA (-14) vs. Indiana
OHIO STATE (-10.5) vs. Illinois
VIRGINIA TECH (-9.5) vs. Miami (Fla.)
NEBRASKA (-8.5) vs. Kansas State
FLORIDA STATE (-33) vs. Maryland
Florida (-28) vi. $ C r1oun
Tennessee M 5 v ARKANSA
0 Notre Dame 0) vi P TSURGad
RICE(-85) v: Texas-ElPeso
Syracuse (-29,5) 3 6 tr[F
TEXAS (-15. vs Texas Teh
Best Bet
Last week
Overall

T.J. Berka Rick Freeman
Michigan Michigan
Wisconsin Wisconsin

Josh Kieinbaum Andy Latack
Penn State Michigan
Wisconsin Iowa

Michigan State
Indiana
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Virginia Tech
Kansas State
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Minnesota
Ohio State
Virginia Tech
Nebraska
Mary1end
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Michigan State
Indiana
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Virginia Tech
Nebraska
F oida State
Plttsburgh
Rice
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Michigan State
Minnesota
Ohio State
Miami (Fla.)
Nebraska
Maryland
Florida
Tennessee
Notre Dame
Rice
Rutgers
Texas
Tennessee
4-10(1-0)
63-60-3(54)

By Jon Schwartz
Daily Sports Wrter
It seems as if the coaches of the top
three men's cross country programs
competing in Saturday's NCAA Great
Lakes Regional in Terre Haute, Ind., are
rejecting the most basic of goals - win-
ning
In Saturday's meet, the qualifying
race for next week's NCAA
Championship, the top two teams
receive automatic bids. And with thir-
teen at-large bids, Wisconsin, Michigan
and Notre Dame, ranked sixth through
eighth respectively and all among the
country's premiere programs, are all but
guaranteed a bid as long as they take
one of the top three spots.
"That's just the goal, to qualify for the
nationals," Wisconsin coach Jerry
Schumacher said.
Both Michigan coach Ron Warhurst
and Notre Dame coach Joe Piane
expressed the same feelings.
Despite the meet's possible conse-
quences, the three schools hardly seem
to be overly nervous. They are the only

three teams from the region in the
national top 25, and their nearest com-
petitor, Butler, pales in comparison to
any of the three favorites.
"We're just going to go out there and
run as comfortably as we can,"
Schumacher said. "I don't know if we're
preparing for (Michigan and Notre
Dame) any differently than we'd watch
out for any team."
The teams' rankings seem highly
appropriate considering the amazingly
close nature of the season series. So far,
Michigan has lost a thriller to Wisconsin
by two points and squeaked by Notre
Dame earlier in the season. Wisconsin
and Notre Dame have yet to match up
this season.
All three squads will need their big
guns to step up like they did in the earli-
er meets. Notre Dane's junior star, Ryan
Shay, barely beat out Michigan's Jay
Cantin at the Notre Dame Invitational,
and Matt Downin and Jav SchoenfeIder
of Wisconsin took the top two honors at
the Big Ten Championship, leaving
Cantin small distance back for third.

While the coaches are intent on
asserting the point that they solely wish
to qualify for the championships, to
players, the same is not totally true.
As the Michigan runners ran around
the streets of Ann Arbor during yester-
day's practice, they seemed to realize
what the coaches are refusing to admit
to caring about - pride.
"There's still bragging rights on the
line," Cantin said. "We don't want to
lose to Notre Dame and we want to beat
Wisconsin,
"But if we had the choice, we'd rather
beat them at nationals. The real brag-
ging rights come at nationals, and you
have to get there first"
Cantin is convinced that the team is
well prepared for the NCAA's 10,000-
meter races, up from the 8,000-meter
race in non-NCAA competition. The
race, to be run on the campus of Indiana
State University is expected to be a dif-
ficult but fair run.
"Everything about that course follows
NCAA regulations," Piane said. "It's a
fair course and it's a good place to run."

Continued from Page 9
MICHIGAN PA5#4Nk AMSS VS, P~f N S"IA
PASSING DEFENSE; TOM f$rady has 1a4 a fIeld day
passing the ball this year. At [Hres, it seems like
Brady and his wide receivers are wlstoppable
The most unstoppahle of the Mirhigan wide-
outs is sophomore David Terreli. Terrell kids the
team in crucial statistics such as receptions,
ceiving yards and words after the catch
*But he is not alone. Marcus Knight ha
emerged as a clut.h receiver while DjAlo
Johnson and Marquise Walker have been good
when they get on the field.
Penn State will be a good test for the
Wolverines. Although with the pass rush that
Arrington, Brown, and Short can come with, the
Nittany Lions possess some quality defensive
backs as well.
Cornerback David Macklin has a chane to
, ake millions in the -NFL, while safeties Askari
i dams and James Boyd are hard-hitting and
opportunistic.
But the Penn State defensive backs have one
shortcoming - their height. None of the defen-
sive backs are taller than 5-foot-10, while
Knight, Michigan's shortest receiver, is 6-foot- 1.
With a passing attack like Michigan's and a
defense like Penn State's, the matchup will come
down to inches. The Wolverines are a bit taller.
ADVANTAGE: MICHIGAN

Penn State line has been beaten around a bit
more than usual, making rushing the ball tough.
M higan's defense has a tendency to make
opposing runners a bit tipsy from time-to-time.
Michigan's front seven, led by nose tackle Rob
Renes and linebackers Ian Gold and Dhani
Jones, is among the best in the nation.
If the Niutany Lions have to win by passing the
ball, Michigan has done well.
APVANTA4E: MICHIGAN

1LIONS
Continued from Pagq 9

PfNN STATE PASSING OFFENSE VS. MICHIGAN
rAit;NG DifENSE: While Michigan doesn't want
Penn State t run the ball, Penn State wouldn't
mind getting a crack at Michigan's secondary.
Penn State continues what Michigan stopped
doing a couple of weeks ago - the two-quarter-
back system. They are run by drop-back passer
Kevin Thompson and the athletic Casey.
No matter who is behind center for Penn State
though, they will be looking for wide receiver
Chafie Fields. Fields is a big-play threat with
blazing speed who has bailed out the Nittany
Lions with his ability a few times this year.
When Fields looks across to the other side of
the ball, he will probably laugh at what he's see-
ing. Cornerbacks James Whitley and Todd
Howard have been beaten often this year, as
quarterbacks have had their way with them. And
with the only backups being Terrell and convert-
ed wide receiver Ronald Bellamy, Whitley and
Howard will have a mountain of a task.
Tommy Hendricks and DeWayne Patmon
'have been solid at the safeties, but they can only
do so much to protect the cornerbacks.
ADVANTAGE: PENN STATE

MICHIGAN SPECIAL TEAMS VS. PENN STATE
SPECIAL TEAMS: Three weeks ago against
Illinois, the Michigan special teams elicited as
many yuks as the Michigan cornerbacks. The
Wolverines had an extra point and field goal
blocked and couldn't manage any return yards.
Things have changed. Hayden Epstein has
assumed the kicking and punting duties and
Johnson has provided a spark returning punts.
Penn State is pretty consistent as far as its spe-
cial teams are concerned. Placekicker Travis
Forney and punter Pat Pidgeon have both been
solid, and the Nittany Lions have plenty of capa-
ble return men in Fields, Bruce Branch and
Eddie Drummond.
ADVANTAGE: EVEN
Penn State will not get killed by Michigan
this year. In fact, there are many indications that
the Nittany Lions could beat the Wolverines.
But Michigan has a tendency to do well in big
games such as this and has a bit of a psycholog-
ical edge over Penn State, having beaten the
Nittany Lions the last two years by a combined
score of 61-8.
Michigan won't win by that much this year,
but it will make it three in a row over the Nittany
Lions.
MICHIGAN 23, PENN STATE 21

Casey's running tonorrow. "With
Rashard, you worry about him scram-
bling out of the pocket. With
Thompson, you worry about him
having a lot of time back there to set
his feet and look down the field."
Thompson, who was the lone
starter for Penn State last season, did-
n't have that chance when these
teams met a year ago. Michigan's
defense harassed him into an awful
day as he completed just eight of his
21 pass attempts for 94 yards as the
Wolverines blew out Penn State, 27-
0.
But if Paterno was ever seething
about being handed his first shutout
in 130 games, he's over it by now. The
coach doesn't plan on using revenge
to motivate his team for this crucial
game.
"I'm not a get-even kind of guy,
Paterno said. "They out-coached us
last year and they out-played us. I
can't gethmad at them for doing that.
That's what they're trying to do."

ALLISON CANTER/Daily
If Anthony Thomas can break away this weekend, Michigan's
running game will take some pressure off the pass.

DAILY
SPORTS.

PENN STATE RUSHING OFFENSE VS.
MICHIGAN'S RUSHING DEFENSE: If the Nittany
Lions have a weakness, its the offensive line. The

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