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18A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 16, 1999

Big games abound, will keep fa glued to the television,
No0 2 battles No. 4; Irish look to pound Spartans
DyDavRoth defense. Florida quarterback Doug of the best wide receivers in the
For he. airyJohnson has three powerful offensive nation - Santana Moss and Reggie
his Veekend is filled with some weapons and spreads the ball around Wayne.
of the most exciting college football the field. Receivers Travis Taylor Which personality will show up for
Y~r i Y.i tch ups of the sason. Since the Darrell Jackson and Reche Cadwell the schizophrenic Lions? Penn state
olvcines a s on the road this each have over 100 receiving yards in should win this game but they ca4
Saturdav, there is no better time to two games. The Gators have tallied repeat last weeks errors. Paterno
turn on the tube and be entertained. 113 points over their first two games. should have his team revved up. Bet
Here are some of the best games Tennessee's defense is unforgiving, on the Big Ten to triumph over the
this Saturda, with predictions. They so the Gators shouldn't expect to put Big East.
are all guarated to be 100 percent up the numbers they did against PENN STATE 35, MIAMI 14
Saccurate, so call your bookie (not that Division I weaklings Western
Sweendorse gambling). Michigan and Central Florida. MICHIGAN STATE (2-0) vs. No. 24

No. 20 NC. STri (3-0) vs. No. 1
FLORIDA STAxri: (2-0)
The 20th-ranked Wolfpack goes
head to head with the top-ranked
Seminoles in this ACC battle. The
Seminoles have revenge on their
inds as N.C. State ruined their near-
perfect season last year with a 24-7
TAl Florida State's Chris Weinke to
stop, drop and roll because recently
he has been on fire. The quarterback
put 41 pois on the board against
both Louiana Tech and Georgia
Tech. On the other side of the ball,
the Floridtate defensive line is a
g d mine of ent : De sive ends
Jamal Reynolds ad Roland Seymour
wil mae Wopack quarterback
Jamie ltamnette's teeth chatter.
Stts running game will
help keep thm aive. Senior Rahshon
Spikes and sophomore Ray Robinson
wi carry the load, but it is unlikely
that they can penetrate the Seminole
Revenge is sweet.
No. 2 T ESSE (1-0) vs. No. 4
In this SEC classic, the second-
ranked Volunteers square off against
the Gators in Gainesville. The
matchup not only has importance in
the national rankings, but the game
also could put the loser out of con-
tention for the SEC title.
Florida's explosive offense will
collide against Tennessee's stubborn

Tennessee recorded a school-record
13 sacks last week against Wyoming.-
Key defenders are linemen Shaun
Ellis and Darwin Walker, and defen-
sive back Mikki Allen, who all
recorded multiple sacks last week.
Throw those clippers away,
because this game is going to be a
nail biter. Last year the Vols won in
overtime, and this time around things
shouldn't be too different. Though
Florida has won its last 16 home con-
ference games, the Gators should
pray Hurricane Floyd turns around
and heads back south.
No. 3 PENN STATE (3-0) vs. No. 8
The Nittany Lions eked by
unranked Pittsburgh last week, 20-
17, with help from a blocked field
goal. Penn State coach Joe Paterno
will have his squad ready this week
as these two top ten teams fight for
positions in the polls.
Though Penn State won last week,
they know the country will be watch-
ing to see whether last week's game
was an abberation, or if they really
aren't as good as everyone thinks
they are.
Junior defensive superstar LaVar
Arrington, the best outside line-
backer in the country and likely the
best defender overall, will try to help
the Lions defend their pride.
The Hurricanes have been most
impressive, squashing Ohio State,
and annihilating Florida A&M.
Sophomore quarterback Kenny 'Kelly
has been near-perfect, passing to two

In South Bend, look for the 1-2
Fighting Irish to have better luck
against the Spartans. Notre Dame ha
proved itself a worthy team despi
two losses. They were in position to
beat both Michigan and Purdue, but
lost both by a total of just nine points.
Though the Spartans are undefeat-
ed, they just don't have the talent to
match the Irish. Senior quarterback
Bill Burke defines mediocrity, and
the only redeeming quality wide
receiver Plaxico Burress has is a real-
ly cool name.
The Michigan State defense
solid, but not solid enough to stop
Notre Dame.
Notre Dame quarterback Jarious
Jackson is one of the most mobile
play callers in the country. The option
should work for Notre Dame this
week, so look for Jackson to break
through for some long runs.
I bet me Lucky Charms Notre
Dame slaughters the Spartans at
PURDUE (2-0)
No ifs, ands or buts, the Chippewas
don't stand a chance in West
The best thing going for Central
Michigan is their running back corps,
of Eric Flowers and Vince Webbek
Flowers had more than 1,300 rushing
yards last year, but the Mid American
Conference can't run with the big
See FOOTBALL, Page 22A

Doug Johnson and the Gators will battle arch-rival Tennessee on Saturday. However, Hurricane Floyd may have other ideas. The
storm has already postponed activites at several southeastern colleges.
Women runners join men for
weekend against Nittany Lions

By Arun Gopat
Daily Sports Writer
This weekend, Michigan travels to
Penn State in a matchup of two of the
best teams in the Big Ten Conference.
The Michigan women's cross coun-
try team will be in State College for
the Spiked Shoe Invitational, where
the Nittany Lions are the host school.
This meet is the second competi-
tion of the season for Michigan. Two
weeks ago, the Wolverines ran away
from Michigan State in the Michigan
State Invitational at Buhr Park.
Paced by junior Lisa Ouellet, who
claimed the top spot with a time of
18:01, the Wolverines took the top
seven places in a dominating perfor-
The primary focus for the
Wolverines this weekend is to get
familiarized with the Penn State
course, which will be the site of the
Big Ten Championships in late
"No one on our team right now has
ever run there," Michigan coach Mike
McGuire said. "They have pretty good
footing at Penn State, better than what
we had two weeks ago at Buhr Park, so
we're looking for a good, sustained
McGuire was fairly pleased with the
performance two weeks ago, but saw a
lot of room for improvement.
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"Given the conditions, we ran pretty
well, but we have to run much better as
the season goes on," McGuire said.
"We've had two solid weeks of prac-
tice, and the pre-race anxiety should
be' less for the freshmen. We should be
a lot better in our second meet."
Last year, the Wolverines could
always count on Katie McGregor to
lead the way. McGregor, a two-time
Big Ten champion, made history when
she became the first Wolverine to win
the NCAA title. But she graduated,
leaving a huge void. McGuire sees
several possible successors to
McGregor on this year's team.
"Lisa Ouellet has already shown
that she is a lot better than she was last
year. She could be a real front-runner
for us," McGuire said. "A few others
like Katie Clifford, Elizabeth Kampfe
and Katy Radkewich could also step
up this year."
Clifford, Sarah Hamilton and Angie
Stanifer will be rejoining the team in
State College after missing their meet
two weeks ago due to illness. A large,
talented freshman class will help the
upperclassmen this weekend and the
rest of this year.
"Lyndsi Gay and Jane Martineau are
leading the freshmen right now,"
McGuire said. "The common link with
all of the freshmen is that they've
shown a good work ethic and a desire
to get better. As long as they all stay
healthy, the rest of them will also start
to emerge."
Without a dominant runner like
McGregor, McGuire said he felt that
the Wolverines will have to focus more

"We don't have
another Mcregor
on this team so
we need to try
and keep
everyone close."
- Mike McGuire
Women's cross country coach
this season on running in tighter
"We don't have another McGregor
on this team yet, so we need to try and
keep everyone close," McGuire said.
"Naturally, the pack will split up a bit
as people take the lead, but the most
important thing for us is to get people
in bunches. We're looking for balance
and quality this year."
McGregor's departure leaves the
Wolverines without a clear-cut number
one runner. While this will at times
pose a problem, McGuire said he felt
that it could work out to be positive for
the older runners.
"As the level of competition gets
tougher, McGregor will be missed,"
McGuire said. "Next week, we'll be in
Arkansas, and the top returning runner
from last year's NCAA's will be there.
"On the other hand, now the number
one runner can change from meet to
meet. It's an impetus for everyone to
step up."

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The Michigan women's cross country team will count on its strong freshman class to make up for the loss of Katie McGrego.
The Wolverines travel to Penn State this weekend.

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