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ockey's sweep of Bowling Green last
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OCTOBER 26, 2000

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BCS lesson for this Saturday

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ou've probably taken Psychology 111,
Calculus 115 or Spanish 101. Forget
everything you learned in any of those
classes. None of that information is going to
help you this Saturday.
Football season doesn't halt when Michigan
has a bye. In fact, this may be the most
important weekend of college football so far
this season.
Michigan is virtually out of the bowl cham-
pionship series race at the moment. The rank-
igs were released this past Monday and the
Iolverines were nowhere in the top 15.
That's what an AP ranking of 15, two losses
and nonconference opponents such as Bowling
Green and Rice will do to a team.
Michigan's only hope right now is to pray
to the BCS Gods that Ohio State beats Purdue
at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday (the only time -
I hope - that anyone will be rooting for the
Buckeyes).
But in order to understand the full impor-
tance of this game plus the full importance of
the game I'm sure all of you will be tuning in
' before that one - Nebraska at Oklahoma
- one needs to take BCS logic 101.
I know what your thinking, "Why should I
be listening to her, she can't make picks against
the spread to save her life?"
For those of you who think I'm insulting your
football knowledge by the following explana-
tion, I apologize.
This is for those who will turn on the televi-
sion Saturday and wonder how in the world
e random football analyst came up with the
I and No. 2 rankings that surround the
day's highlighted matchup.
I think the BCS rankings mean very little
since Wisconsin still ended up in the Rose Bowl
as the Big Ten champion the last two years. But
the rankings have picked the national champion
the last two years, and the way things are going
this season, it very well may happen again. All
depending on what happens Saturday.
This lesson will be handier Saturday than
differentiating binomial equations, believe me.
* put down those textbooks and stop listening
to lecture. This is an important lesson that you
don't want to miss.
THE BCS BOWLS: Six of the eight spots
in the four bowl championship games will be

determined by conference champions.
The Rose Bowl, like always, will host the
Big Ten and Pac-l0 champions this year. Since
neither conference will boast a No. I or No. 2
team, the tradition will once again stay intact.
All the rest of the major conferences will get
a spot in one of the three remaining BCS bowls,
the Fiesta, Sugar or the national championship
game, the Orange Bowl.
This leaves two wild card spots for other
teams that finish in the top 10 of the BCS
standings.
TiE EQUATION: Four things are factored
together to figure out these BCS rankings.
f The first factor is position in the polls.
The rankings calculate the average standing of
each team in the Associated Press and the USA
Today/ESPN polls.
9 The second component is an average of
eight computer rankings. These include three
used in 1998 and five that were added last
year. The seven highest computer rankings are
averaged and the lowest is disregarded.
* The third item in the BCS rankings is
strength of schedule. The strength of a team's
schedule is determined by evaluating the win/
loss records of a team's opponents and the
win/loss records of the teams' opponents' oppo-
nents.
Sound confusing? It gets worse.
The formula is weighed by two-thirds for
the opponents' record and one-third for the
opponents' opponents' record.'
Then once the schedule strength is calculated
it is divided by 25 to get a figure.
0 The final component is a team's losses.
Each loss a team accumulates during the season
equals one point. So Michigan currently has
two points in this catergory.
The final standings are decided by adding
these four catergories together and the team
with the lowest point total will be No. I in the
BCS standings.
The top two teams in these standings at the
end of the season will compete in the Orange
Bowl.
Hopefully your lecture is now over and you
fully understand how the BCS rankings work.
If not, there's always next season.
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BRENDAN O'DONELL/Daily
Jed Ortmeyer (26) will face his brother Jake as Michigan plays host to Miami this weekend.
Battle of Ortmeyers roars
into Yost tomorrow night

By Jon Schwartz
Daily Sports w riter
The home of Jack and Judy Ortneyer in Omaha,
Neb. is approximately 700 miles from Yost Ice
Arena. So on the surface, Michigan's hockey rink
would seem like an odd place to hold the Ortmeyer
family reunion.
Jed Ortmeyer is a sophomore forward for the
Wolverines, his brother Jake a junior defenseman
for Miami.
And when the RedHawks invade Yost this week-
end, the entire Ortmeyer family will be ready to see
the brothers go to battle.
"it means a little more," Jed, the younger Ort-
meyer, said of the matchup. "You just want to go out
and do your best to win the game, but it means a
little more because he's out there."
The Ortmeyers that fly in for the game will see
another chapter in the already long history of the
brothers'hockey lives.
The two have the ultimate scouting report on
each other. Besides learning the game together, they
both played juniors for the Omaha Lancers of the
USHIL and their careers almost progressed along-
side each other to Miami.
"They offered me to go there to be a freshman
with him but I didn't think I was ready yet," Jed
said. "I wanted to wait a year and they told me
that they wouldn't have a scholarship so they were
pretty much out of the question."
The older brother was a little bit disappointed but
realized that Jed was making a choice that was best
for his career.°

"Coming out of Omaha, lie was the best player
I'd played with," Jake said. "He's quick and lie
plays both sides well."
After tomorrow night's game, the family plans
to go out for dinner. There will be chatting about
school, home and family life. It will be an ordinary
meeting between a family that doesn't get together
very often.
What there won't be mention of is what went on
during the game and what is going to happen on Sat-
urday night. Because some of the things the brothers
will be doing to each other are not exactly condu-
cive to healthy family life.
"I wouldn't mind dropping him a few times,"
Jake said."I'm not going to go out and cheap shot
him or kill him, but if I have a chance to, I'm going
to hit him. Mom and dad might not like it but they're
not out thdre playing."
Mike Cammalleri, the center on Jed's line, is
excited for the extra spring that the matchup will
give his winger.
"I think it intensifies our line and it will electrify
us a little bit and get us going a little more," Cam-
malleri said.
"The great thing about the relationship they have
is they're really good friends off the ice but on the
ice they can battle like no one else. I'm extremely
excited. It'll be a good weekend of hockey"
This weekend will be the first time that Jed and
Jake's brothers and sisters get to see them
play against each other. So for the two soldiers
going into hockey's civil war, there is some
added pressure.
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'M' eyes
twin titles
By David Roth
Daily Sports Writer
The Twix bar mentality sums it up
for the Michigan field hockey team.
In a Twix bar, you get two deli-
cious chocolate and caramel bars.
The newest Twix ad suggests to
eat them both and not give one away,
as the guy on the commerical self-
ishly declares -- "two for me, none
for you."
This parallels Michigan's outlook
for the next two weeks.
The Wolverines want the Big Ten
regular season championship, plus
the Big Ten Tournanment champion-
ship. And they don't want to share
it.
"The team is so clear about its
goals -- to win the regular season
championship outright," Michigan
coach Marcia Pankratz said.
To win the regular. season crown
outright, No. 5 Michigan (15-3, 5-0
Big Ten) must defeat No. 19 Michi-
gan State (10-7,1-4 Big Ten) tomor-
row at 3 p.m. at Ocker Field.
The Wolverines have tied for the
regular season crown, but have never
won it exclusively.
They have won the Big Ten Tour-
nament, but not in the same season
that they won the regular season title.
Last year, the Wolverines placed
third in the Big Ten regular season
when they won the tournament.
But Michigan is hungry for both,
drooling over every Big Ten honor
the conference offers.
If Michigan's eagerness to show
the conference that they are the bul-
lies of the Big Ten isn't enough
motivation, playing an archrival,
Michigan State, should fuel the fire
even more.
Michigan would love to win the
championship at home on Senior
Day against its in-state foes.
"I expect our team to rise to the
challenge of winning the champion-
ship," Pankratz said.
"This should be a dangerous game
because Michigan State always
brings their 'A' game when they
come to play us," Pankratz said.
"This is a great rivalry."

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