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4 - The Michigan Daily - Kickoff '99 - Thursday, September 9, 1999

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Wisconsin's Big Ten hopes
riding on Dayne, ground forces

WISCONSIN
B A D G
7-1 Big Ten, 11-1 overall
defeated UCLA 38-3 1 in Rose Bowl

E R S

september 2S, madison 3 p mr. ABC

By Rick Freeman
Daily Sports Editor -
Clearly, the thing to notice here is the
quarterback's name. Not his hair so
much, but his name.
No, it's not Lee. It's Brooks
Bollinger who will be one of
Wisconsin's quarterbacks this year. But
in coach Barry Alvarez's scheme, Lee
himself could probably take some
snaps.
All he'd have to do is hold out the
ball, like a mailbag waiting for a train
in an old cartoon. Ron Dayne would do
the rest.
"He's a legitimate Heisman Trophy
candidate, and he has a legitimate
chance to break the NCAA rushing
record," Alvarez said.
Actually, Dayne will have plenty of
chances. Since the Badgers are a bit
thin on talent at wide reciever, and have
split up their practice time at starting
quarterback, any Wisconsin snap is a
legitimate chance to give the ball to
Dayne. Why risk a pass with Bollinger
or Scott Kavanagh, who started against
Murray State?
This will be old-time Big Ten foot-
ball.
The kind of ball that can have a nar-
cotic effect on Woody Hayes, Bo
Schembechler and the Big Ten's old

guard for its frequent fixes of ground
game.
Its effect on fans is usually tends
more toward the narcoleptic - even
for the most tolerant fans of midwest-
ern football, it can be as exciting as
watching the artificial turf grow at
Camp Randall Stadium.
But when the Badgers run the option
- as they like to do against an aggres-
sive, blitzing defense like Michigan's
- they can make defensive coordina-
tors apoplectic.
In the past two years, the Wisconsin
game has signaled good things for the
Wolverines. In 1997, Michigan's victo-
ry clinched a share of the Big Ten title
and sealed a chance to face Ohio.State
undefeated. Last year, it showed that
they weren't as bad as the team that slid
a season-opening victory back across
the table to Notre Dame.
This year is a bit different. With the
game in September, the carpet will be
warmer than it was in '97. The game
opens the Big Ten season for both
teams.
But after watching the Badgers'
handoff artists in the pocket,
Michigan's defense will have to forget
all it learned and turn around to face
pass-happy Purdue.
The adjustments to the

Boilermakers' offense will be a big
subplot for Michigan the week follow-
ing the game.
Their 8 p.m. game (on the road, on
artificial turf - two factors that can
take a step off a team for that first prac-
tice back) the week before against
Syracuse will be an interesting one in
the week preceding.
But during the game subtlety will be
at a minimum.
Dayne will be coming at Michigan
between the tackles - and everyone
will know it.
"Oh, he's a load," said Michgan line-
backer James Hall.
Dayne's also a load of trouble for
Hall, Dhani Jones, Ian Jones and Grady
Brooks.
These are players - good ones,
mind you - that the 5-foot-10, 258-
pound Dayne could turn into bowling
pins.
The showdown between defending
Big Ten co-champs has the potential to
ruin one team's season at the start of
conference play.
The loser starts the Big Ten season
already wounded, and the winner has
seven more tough games to slog
through.
So a party at either Bollinger's is
probably out of the question.

OFFENSE

DEFENSE

QB
LT
LG
C
RG
RT
TE
RB
FB
FL
SE

Scott Kavanagh
Chris McIntosh
Bill Ferrario
Casey Rabach
Dave Costa
Brian Lamont
Dague Retzlaff
Ron Dayne
Chad Kuhns
Ahmad Merritt
Chris Chambers

LE
NT
RE
Rush
OLB
LB
LB
SS
FS
LC B
RCB

Ross Kolodziej
Eric Mahlik
Wendell Bryant
John Favret
Dan Lisowski
Donnel Thompson
Chris Ghidorzi
Bobby Myers
Jason Doering
Jamar Fletcher
Mike Echols

SPECIAL TEAMS
K Vitaly Pisetsky
P Kevin Stemke

KR
PR
LS

Nick Davis
Davis
Costa

DAILY SPECIAL: Favret. Favret takes over for Tom Burke,
who led the nation with 20 sacks last season. If Favret
can et half that total, the Badgers will have a formida-
ble front seven.
GRADE: We know Wisconsin can run the ball. We also
know that the Badgers' non-conference schedule is rem-
iniscent of a Hostess food product. And we also know
that if Kavanagh and/or Brooks Bollinger can't get it
done at quarterback, there will be no Rose Bowl repeat.
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