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Kickoff

QB or not QB?
Michigan has two capable
quarterbacks who can take
the Wolverines bowling on
New Years day. But which
one will they ultimately
choose? Page 9

Back pains
After battling through an
injury-plagued sophomore
season, Anthony Thomas is
finally healthy. Meanwhile,
fellow back Justin Fargas
isn't. Page 10

Kicking it
After tearing his ACL, it
looked like kicker Hayden
Epstein would be out for
the season. Who would've
thought he'd play in the
opener? Page 11

Invisible line
Offensive lineman like i1
best when no one's
talking about them -
that means they're doin
their job.
Page 1

'99
How to decide?
t Daily columnist Rick
Freeman asks why is this
decision must be so
ig crucial?
12 Page 15

STAFF PICKS
CONFERENCE
Big Tenorder of finish
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
National Champion
Big Ten Player of the Year
Big Ten Coach of the Year
Heisman Trophy winner
Defensive Player of the Year
Surprise team

T.J. Berka

Team previews
Rice Page 3
The key this game? No, not Steve Hutchinson, Hayden Epstein or
Anthony Thomas. Actually, it's food.
Syracuse Page 3
With the slippery Donovan McNabb gone to the NFL, the Orange
are forced to choose from a pair of inexperienced quarterbacks.
Wisconsin Page 4
Even though they have a quarterback named Bollinger, the only
way the Badgers will be partying is if Ron Dayne can lead them
back to Pasadena.
Purdue Page 5
Drew Brees will throw for plenty of yards, but it will be Purdue's
defense that dictates how far the Boilermakers will go this season.
Michigan State Page 6
After numerous near-misses and burned couches the past couple of
years, the Spartans say they have a new attitude.
Illinois Page 7
The Illini have had their problems learning how to win. Coach Ron
Turner thinks that this might be the year they compete for a bowl.
Indiana Page 7
Adewale Ogunleye - a New York City native - turned down the
NFL to stay in Bloomington one more year. Why?
Northwestern Page 8
New coach Randy Walker says he doesn't have a competent quarter-
back, but the Wildcats will try to play anyway.
Penn State Page 13
Joe, Joe, Joe, we all know you've got a great team this year, even if
you won't admit it. Are you going to keep pretending that they're
just another bunch of buys in whiteand blue? Say it ain't so, Joe.
Ohio State Page 14
The Buckeyes lost their opening game for the first time since 1986,
but they still have their minds set on revenge against a certain team
in Michigan. And they wouldn't mind beating the Wolverines,
either.
Scouting report Page 16
Who's going to play, Drew Henson or Tom Brady? Well, we can't tell
you... but we'll tell you everything else.
Polls and picks Page 19
The AP top 25, the ESPN/USA Today top 25 and the real top 25, not
to mention staff picks by the Daily's football experts.
Michigan roster Page 18
Michigan schedule Page 19
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Kickoff staff

Penn State
Michigan
Purdue
Wisconsin
Ohio State
Indiana
Minnesota
Michigan Stat
Illinois
Northwestern
Iowa
Florida State
Drew Brees, Pur
Cam Cameron, Ind
Brees
Arrington
Ole Miss

Rick Freeman
Michigan
Penn State
Wisconsin
Ohio State
Purdue
Indiana
Minnesota
e Michigan State
Illinois
Northwestern
Iowa
Ohio State
due Ron Dayne, Wisc.
liana Cameron
Chris Weinke, Fla. State
Na'il Diggs, OSU
Miami (Ohio)

Penn State
Michigan
Purdue
Ohio State
Wisconsin
Michigan State
Indiana
Iowa.
Illinois
Minnesota
Northwestern
Penn State
LaVar Arrington, Penn St.
Joe Patemo, Pen St.
P. Warrick, Fla. State
Arrington
Virginia Tech

Andy Latack
Michigan
Penn State
Ohio State
Wisconsin
Purdue
Minnesota
Michigan State
Indiana
Iowa
Illinois
Northwestern
Florida State
MikhaelWle, OSU
Glen Mason, Minn.
C. Redman, Lou.
Corey Simon, FSU
Arizona State

The rankings
Associated Press Poll
The AP top. 25 poll (1st-place votes).

Team
1. Florida State (31)
2. Penn State (26)
3. Tennessee (11)
4. Florida (1)
5. Nebraska
6. Michigan
7. Texas A&M
8. Miami
9. Wisconsin
10. Georgia Tech
11. virginia Tech (1)
12. Georgia
13. Ohio State
14. UCLA
15. Arkansas
16. Notre Dame
17. Kansas State
18. Southern Cal
19. Arizona
20. Purdue
21. Alabama
22. Virginia
23. N.. State
24. Colorado State
25. Arizona State

Points
1,698
1,691
1.631
1,446
1,402
1,394
1,371
1,258
1,183
1,091
1,025
974
786
719
626
573
526
524
517
510
434
314
209
176
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The Daily Top 25
The Associated Press came out with the sportswriters poll, the coaches voted in the
ESPN/USA Today poll, but what do they know? Listen to what the real experts have to
say, as Daily football writers T.J. Berka, Rick Freeman, Josh Kleinbaum and Andy Latack
compile their top 25. Fear and respect it.
(First place votes in parentheses)
Team Points Comments
1. Florida State (1) 73 With just one national title, they're due.
2. Penn State (1) 69 Joe Pa's last hurrah?
3. Michigan 68 Home paper advantage.
4. Tennessee 61 Tee parties, but not in New Orleans
.5. Texas A&M 56 Can still win without Nguyen.
6. Nebraska 56 Would've been higher, but coach came back.
7. Miami (1) 53 Just a matter of time until stealing starts.
8. Virginia Tech 47 Hokies edge ITT in the Tech Bowl.
9. Purdue 40 Brees blows.
10.Tom Brady 39 We couldn't decide either.
10. Drew Henson 39 We like them both. Really.
12. Florida 37 Gave up 26 to Western. See ya later, Gators.
13. Georgia 37 Top dawgs in the state.
14. Georgia Tech 36 Jackets are straight this year.
15. Ohio State 30 At least State won't dash title hopes.
16. Arizona (1) 25 Latack sticks to his guns.
17. Delaware 22 Voters confused by winged helmets.
18. Wisconsin 22 QB's name is Bollinger. Party on.
19. UCLA 20 No handicapped spaces at Sugar Bowl.
20. Southern Cal 18 Do you think this is funny? Freeman does.
21. Arizona State 17 Only one Arizona flop per season.
22. Marshall 16 Best team in West Virginia. As if anyone cares.
23. Michigan's 2nd team 14 Walter Cross for Heisman.
24. Ole Miss 13 Hit or Miss. Come on, you try doing this.
25. Daily IM Football 13 Winning streak grows to three.
Others receiving votes: Kansas State 12, Virginia 11, Arkansas 11, N.C. State 11, 821
East U. 1, Little Lebowski Urban Achievers 1, Notre Dame 1.

1999 Michigan
football schedule
September:
4 vs. Notre Dame W, 26-22

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18
25

vs. Rice
at Syracuse
at Wisconsin

October:
2 vs. Purdue
9 at Mich. State
23 vs. Illinois
30 at Indiana
November:
6 vs. N'western
13 at Penn State
20 vs. Ohio State

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