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8A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 7, 2000
Amidst slight turmoil, Big Ten teams take confort in cupCak

By Peter Lund
For the Daily
The overall pride of the Big Ten took
a hit last week, as Wisconsin faced 26
suspensions amid an athletic shoe
scandal and Penn State was routed by
Toledo. But, on the bright side,.
Northwestern beat Northern Illinois.
This may be an interesting week for
the conference.
Indiana and Across the
Michigan State
take the field for lITE N
the first time this
season. There
mnay also be some entertaining
matchups in Oregon-Wisconsin, North
Carolina State-Indiana and Ohio State-
There will be some other games
worth missing, but that happens every
week. The pride of the conference will
be restored this week, and fans will
notice that if they look closely enough
a all of the predictions.
OREG;ON AT No. 6 WiscoNsIN
In a possible upset game, Oregon
will visit a Wisconsin team struck with
adversity over the last week and a half.
Coach Barry Alvarez must face a good
Ducks team without up to 22 players
on his roster, who were suspended by
the NCAA for their role in a scandal in
which players received discounts at a
Wisconsin shoe store.
But it could be a whole lot worse for
Wisconsin. Alvarez is spending much
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of his time and energy deciding which
of the suspended players will play and
which will serve their one- to three-
game suspensions, all of which must
be fulfilled during the season's first
four games.
What's more, the NCAA is allowing
Wisconsin wide receiver Chris
Chambers to serve his suspension dur-
ing an injury, defeating the whole pur-
pose of a suspension. Wisconsin is
lucky that the NCAA is giving them
such flexibility - otherwise, this
game would be a sure loss.
Oregon is coming off an excellent
defensive performance in a 36-7 victo-
ry over Nevada, but the Ducks have not
faced a team the caliber of Wisconsin,
with or without suspensions.
Wisconsin must also resist the temp-
tation to look ahead to the following
week, when it will host feared national
football power Cincinnati, victors over
the Badgers last season.
Despite all the troubles facing the
Badgers, they will pull out a close one.
Wisconsin 27, Oregon 24
This game has the makings of an
extreme blowout. Pittsburgh, a quality
football team but not of top-25 caliber,
racked up 30 points and 293 passing
yards against Kent last week. Now the
Golden Flashes will face Purdue and
Heisman candidate QB Drew Brees.
All Kent will see are flashes as Brees
and the Boilermakers run and throw
past its hapless defense. -
Purdue 66, Kent 0
Saturday's game in Tucson would
have looked like a great game at about
this time last year. That was when
Arizona opened the season in the pre-
season top five, with Ohio State not far
But both schools plummeted into
identical records of 6-6, neither play-
ing in a postseason bowl: Both squads
are coming off of impressive defensive

performances, with the Wildcats
defeating Utah 17-3 and the Buckeyes
scoring four defensive touchdowns en
router to a 43-10 victory over Fresno
This could come down to a battle
between athletic, run-happy quarter-
backs. Arizona's Ortege Jenkins is a
step above Ohio State's Steve Bellisari,
but the Buckeyes still win.
Ohio State 24, Arizona 10
The Fighting Illini head west with
depth problems at running back.
Rocky Harvey will start for Illinois,
but after No. 2 tailback Antoineo
Harris' injury last week and third-
stringer Quincy Washington's dis-
inissal from the team, only Harvey
San Diego State is equally troubled
with injuries on offense, Three offen-
sive linemen are sidelined for
Saturday's game, two of whom are out
for the season. The Aztecs' defense
fared well against Arizona State last
week in a 10-7 loss, but stopping the
Illini will be a tough task, even with
just one tailback.
Illinois 20, San Diego State 9
From the looks of it, this is a
blowout - a ranked Big Ten team
coming off a top-10 season against an
unranked team from the Mid-
American Conference. But as people
learned last week between Toledo and
Penn State, there are no guarantees in
Michigan State opens the season
without 1999's offensive star, wide
receiver Plaxico Burress, as well as
some players lost on defense. Marshall
holds the nation's longest current win-
ning streak with 17 wins, but in those
17 wins they have never faced a team
as good as the Spartans.
Michigan State 31, Marshall 21
This sounds like a matchup that
would be more interesting on the bas-
ketball court during Jimmy V's heyday
in the 1980s rather than a football
game in 2000. But given how these
two teams stack up against each other,
there might be an offensive shootout
with a score more common in a bas-
ketball game.
The Hoosiers feature an explosive

Evan Coleman (39) and the Wolverines ruffled the Falcons' feathers last Saturday at Michigan Stadium. This week's docket c
nonconference games offers another healthy dose of mismatches in the Big Ten.

offense led by flashy quarterback
Antwaan Randle El, but their defense
ranked 10th in the Big Ten - which,
the math majors know, is not last place
-- with 430.1 yards allowed. They face
in their season opener a Wolfpack
offense that cruised through 539 yards
of football field last week in a 38-31
double overtime victory over Arkansas
But the Wolfpack defense is also
butter, having surrendered 331 yards
to cupcake Arkansas State, a team with
an offense nowhere near the level of
the Hoosiers. Randle El leads Indiana
to victory in a shootout.
Indiana 41, N.C. State 34
Penn State has experienced a tumul-
tuous season, starting with the offsea-
son legal issues surrounding starting
quarterback Rashard Casey and its 0-2
start, including a 24-6 loss to intended
cupcake Toledo.
After two games, Penn State has
produced an impotent total of just 308
yards and is suddenly in danger of its
first 0-3 start since 1983. The only

good news around Happy Valley is that
the Lions are still undefeated in the
Big Ten. Of course, so are Iowa and
Out of the national title picture just
three days into September, the Lions
are still playing for pride and for coach
Joe Paterno, who is still seven wins
away from breaking Bear Bryant's
record for Division I-A wins.
Suddenly, it's no guarantee this year -
even in a 12-game season.
The 1-1 Bulldogs are Comning off of
two blowouts:a 63-10 win over
Mississippi Valley State and a 54-10
loss to Kansas State. The Lions win,
but they win ugly.
Penn State 13, Louisiana Tech 7
Believe it or not, Northwestern will
go to 2-0 with a victory over the Blue
Devils after last week's victory over
Northern Illinois. The Wildcats better
enjoy it while they can, because they
have a three-game stretch that features
road games at Texas Christian,
Wisconsin, and Michigan State. All
three are ranked, and all three will rout

the Wildcats.
Northwestern 19, Duke 10
Here's another game Michigan st
dents don't need to worry abou
Minnesota has a hyped freshman qua
terback in Asad Abdul-Khaliq, vh
did well last week against Louisians
Monroe before being knocked urwoi
scious in the first half. If he's back fx
this game, Minnesota will win. If he
not, Minnesota will win.
Minnesota 17, Ohio 3
The Broncos will debate amoig
themselves for hours before final
deciding to take the long trip to tov,
for what will be a yawner of a footba
This game will be so boring h
there won't even be a point scored an
the game will end in a 0-0 tie
wait, there's overtime.
Iowa 3, Western Michigan 0

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