14 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 22, 2000
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WEEK 3 SELECTIONS
ALL PICKS MADE AGAINST THE SPREAD.
HOME TEAMS IN CAPS.
Michigan (-6.5) vs. ILLINOIS
MICHIGAN STATE (-4) vs. Notre Dame
OHIO STATE (-11) vs. Penn State
WISCONSIN (-16) vs. Northwestern
NEBRASKA (-41) vs. Iowa
INDIANA (-5) vs. Cincinnati
FLORIDA (-22.5) vs. Kentucky
OREGON (-3) vs. UCLA (visitors)
PURDUE (-13) vs. Minnesota
EAST CAROLINA (-7) vs. Syracuse
Miami (Fla.) (-7) vs. WEST VIRGINIA
Clemson (-9.5) vs. VIRGINIA
Toledo (-2) vs WESTERN MICHIGAN
NORTH CAROLINA (-3.5) vs. Marshall
Alabama (-2.5) vs. ARKANSAS
Record last week (Best bets)
Record to date (Best bets;
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Continued from Page 12
ILLINOIS ItRSHING VS. MICH GAN
RUSHING DEFENSE: Very similar to
Michigan's situation, coach Ron Turner
htas a deep stable of running hacks. Both
Rocky Harvey and Antoinco Harris have
averaged alyost 110 yards per game and
over five yards per carry this season. Thte
offensive line, a huge player in last sea-
sons surprise climb out of the Big Ten
basement, has held well through the first
three games. Meanwhile, Michigan
doesn't have captain Eric Wilson or Jake
Frysinger on the defensive line. When
Wilson went out of the game against
UCLA, tthe runbdefense withered away.
While it won't be 112 degrees Saturday,
the Wolverines need some young line-
men to step up.
ILLINOIS PASSING VS. MICHIGAN
PASSING DEFENSE: Kurt Kittner should
be a strong Heisman candidate - too
bad lie plays for Illinois. After a stellar
1999 campaign during which he had 24
touchdowns with just five interceptions,
Kittner has seven and one, respectively,
so far this year. Still, against California,
he struggled mightily, completing only
four of 16 passes before leaving at the
start of the second half with an injured
Last years main receiving threat,
Brandon Lloyd, is out for the season
after suffering a broken leg in the sum-
mertime. Sophomore Aaron Moorehead
caught a 42-yard scoring pass against
the Golden Bears, while sophomores
Greg Lewis and Walter Young had suc-
cess in Illinois' first two games. On the*
other side of the ball, who knows-what
the Michigan defensive backfield :will
do. The Wolverines seemed lost last
weekend, falling down, misjudging
balls and giving up key plays late. Even
with Cato June out, Carr does have lots
of options. Hopefully, some of those
options will be able to stop Kittner, who
may not be 100 percent, but will.still be
SPECIAL TEAMS: After UCLA, kicker
and punter Hayden Epstein may be
Michigan's biggest question mark. The
usually solid Epstein looked lost, miss-
ing three kicks. Combined with blocked
kicks itt the Orange Bowl and against "
Bowling Green, one must wotder if Jeff
Del Verne will make an appearance. Is
the extra job of being both punter and
kicker causing enough problems for
Carr to make the switch? Probably not
yet, but a huge "uh oh" is all one can say
if the game comes down to a kick.
Illinois may fare no better, as Steve Fitts
(also the punter) is giving fits with his I-
for-3 (all from 30-39 yards) perfor-
mance thus far. How about if we just all0
go for it on fourth down?
OVERALL: Carr doesn't want to lose
this one after last year's humiliating loss.
Henson will play, he'll play well - love
and harmony will return to Ann Arbor,
but not before fans bite their nails a bit.
FINAL SCORE: Michigan 27, Illinois
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The injury appeared serious at first,
but the junior practiced yesterday and is
listed as probable for tomorrow. Kittner
'doesn't get sacked, which should mean
a pretty high completion percentage --
but before his exit last week The Kid
completed only four of 16.
It will be interesting to see if Kittner's
knee injury affects his mobility - the
Illini rely on Kittter's scrambling ability
to get them out of trouble. Kittner had a
two-yard touchdown run last week, but
the best rushing quarterback will be on
the Michigan sideline. Whether Drew
Henson plays is another matter.
Michigan coaches have been silent on
his possible return, and when asked, all
Henson can do is shrug his shoulders.
But the junior has regained much of his
mobility and chances of him starting
under center could be 50/50.
That leaves redshirt frosh John
Navarre in a familiar position, and what
Carr can expect from him, nobody
knows. Michigan's inability to convert
third-and-short situations was a big fac-
tor in its defeat last week.
But halfbacks Rocky Harvey and
Antoineo Harris make Illinois very
effective in these scenarios. The two-
headed rushing attack comprises the
bulk of Illinois' offensive scheme. Both
average about 100 yards per game. With
Michigan co-captain Eric Wilson and
Jake Frysinger both on the bench with
injuries, Illinois could have a huge edge
on the ground.
Michigan will have to put up similar
numbers to the last few weeks if it hopes
to survive, and those hopes rest in the
Anthony Thomas/Chris Perry tandem.
The duo has yet to disappoint, thanks
largely to the Wolverines' all-star offen-
sive line. But as evidenced last week,
Michigan cannot win on rushing alone.
"Whoever we have back there," said
lineman Steve Hutchinson of
Michigan's quarterback scenario, "If we
give them time, we know they'll make
On that confidence, Michigan's fate
PEN N STATE Purdy, both of whom are trying to come
back from injuries. The Nittany Lions
Continued from Page 12 will also be well rested, as they have not
in the last three games. Potteiger was played since the 1-0 victory over
named Big Ten player of the week last Virginia Commonwealth last Saturday.
week for his efforts that Even though it is the@
included game-winning TOMORROW favorite this weekend,
goals over ninth-ranked ELBEL FIELD Penn State is not comitg
Virginia Commonwealth Who: Michigan 3-2) vs. to Ann Arbor expecting
and the College of Penn State (6-0) the game to be given to
Charleston. When: 3 p.m. tomorrow them.
Sophomore goalkeeper Latest: hligan opensthe "I expect it will be like
Ryan Sickman heads into BigTenseason agaistNo.2 any other game" Penn
the game against the Penn Srate. This is the first State coach Barry
Wolverines leading the Big ever Big Ten contest for the Gorman said. "It will be a
Ten with a tiny .320 goals- newest varstlyproram. tough match. It's not going
against average. Sickman will also be to be easy"
playing in front of a supportive crowd - Although the Wolverines may not be*
his parents live in nearby Clarkston. ready to compete with a team like Penn
Michigan has had all week to prepare State, Gorman said the young Michigan
for an explosive Penn State team. This squad has done a good job of developing
should be helpful for senior forward at such an early stage in its inaugural
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