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4B - The Michigan Daily - FOOTBALL SATURDAY - Friday, September 28, 2001
Big-time matchup in Big 12 highlights weekend games

By David Oxfeld
For the Daily
With college football back in full
swing, most teams have traded in the
"cupcakes" on the schedule, and
replaced them with tough conference
opponents. This week features some
tests for highly-ranked teams and
unfamiliar poll placements for others.
No. 9 KANSAS
STATE (2-0) AT ACROSS THE
No. 3 OKLAHOMA
(3-0), SATURDAY, NATION
NOON, ABC
In this week's marquee contest,
Kansas State travels to Norman and
will give defending national champion
Oklahoma its first real test.
This year, the Sooners have a bit of
a different look. While the defense is
still their strong suit - some say its
better than it was a year ago -
Oklahoma is now led by junior
quarterback Nate Hybl. Hybl threw
for 350 yards three weeks ago against
North Texas, but this might be differ-
ent and a bit more challenging for a
quarterback making just his fourth
career start.
To make matters worse, Oklahoma
has to be sure not to overlook Bill
Snyder's Wildcats - next week, the
Sooners face No.s5 Texas in Austin.
Kansas State comes off a 64-0
shutout of New Mexico State in which
freshman quarterback Ell Roberson
made his second career start. The
game was Roberson's final tuneup
before going against the Sooners'
defense, led by All-American line-
backer Rocky Calmus.
In a tight game, Hybl may be too
pressured by the Wildcats' tough
defense to take advantage of good
field position and early opportunities.
But, Oklahoma's equally strong 'D'

McPherson. But Rix has been named
the starting quarterback for this
week's home game against Wake
Forest.
Wake Forest (2-1) comes off a close
defeat to Maryland, losing by a touch-
down 27-20. In that game the Wake
Forest defense gave up 276 yards on
the ground, suggesting Rix might take
out his frustrations by running the ball
down the field and down the throats of
the Demon Deacons' front line.
. A tough game on paper just got
even harder for Wake Forest as Florida
State will be looking for redemption.
Florida State 49, Wake Forest 17
No. 22 MISSISSIPPI STATE (1-1) AT
No. 2 FLoRIDA (3-0), SATURDAY, 3:30
P.M., CBS
Mississippi State helped turn the
country's attention back to sports last
Thursday, playing the week's first col-
lege football game. The Bulldogs suf-
fered a rare home loss to Lou Holtz
and South Carolina, 16-14.
South Carolina kept the ball on the
ground and took advantage of a tired
Mississippi State front seven by
pounding it up the middle. But, if
Florida wants to do damage to the
Bulldogs' defense and win this SEC
clash, it will have to be through the
air.
Last week, sophomore quarterback
Rex Grossman threw for 302 yards
and four touchdowns in a 44-10 win
against Kentucky. Florida also has
been led by its defense which allowed
only one touchdown a week ago and
forced its first turnover of the young
season. The Gators led the nation a
year ago by taking the ball away from
their opponents 40 times.
Look for Mississippi State to be
weary after last week's tough loss.
Plus, the Bulldogs could be a step off
after the long layover since they will

Butkus award candidate Rocky Calmus (left) and Oklahoma will finally face a worthy
opponent in Kansas State this weekend.

will make the difference by taking
advantage of Roberson's inexperi-
ence.
Oklahoma 16, Kansas State 9
WAKE FOREST (2-1) AT No. 18
FLORIDA STATE (2-1), SATURDAY, 7
P.M.
Florida State will start the week No.
18 in the AP poll, having slid 10 spots
after an embarrassing loss to North

Carolina in Chapel Hill. The loss was
the worst regular season defeat for the
Seminoles since a 57-27 loss to
Miami in 1985.
Freshman quarterback Chris Rix
looked decent in early season matches
against weaker teams, but came
unglued in last week's debacle, turn-
ing the ball over five times. To make
matters worse, he was replaced late in
the game by true freshman Adrian

have had nine days between games.
The added lift Florida will get by
returning to Gainesville will push the
Gators past Mississippi State.
Florida 31, Mississippi State 14
No. 10 UCLA (3-0) AT No. 19
OREGON STATE (1-1), SATURDAY, 3:30
P.M., ABC
The Pac-10 features four top-20
teams. On Saturday, two of those
squads will battle in Oregon.
UCLA has been led by its defense.
The Bruins put an exclamation point
on their 13-6 win over Ohio State last
week by holding the Buckeyes to eight
first downs.
It was the first time a UCLA
defense kept an opponent out of the
end zone since 1994 (Ohio State
scored on a blocked punt). After giv-
ing up 29 points a game from 1998 to
2000, this year's UCLA defense is
allowing a measly 17 points a game.
Against Ohio State, Bruins quarter-
back Cory Paus threw for 262 yards,
but the offense had trouble holding
onto the ball, coughing it up seven
times and losing four of the fumbles.
Oregon State returns home after 'a
subpar performance in a 27-22 win
over New Mexico State three long
weeks ago. But, there is reason for
optimism for those rooting for an
Oregon State upset. Senior quarter-
back Jonathan Smith has almost sin-
gle-handedly defeated UCLA the last
two years, throwing for 612 yards and
seven touchdowns.
Playing at home, the Beavers will
come out fired up. Plus, the long lay-
off allowed Oregon State to correct
early-season mistakes. Coming off an
unbeaten nonconference slate, UCLA
will be a step slow and - much like
last year's Bruins - overconfident.
Oregon State 17, UCLA 14
No. 14 LOUISIANA STATE (2-0) AT
No. 8 TENNESSEE (2-0), 7:45 P.M,
SATURDAY, ESPN
After sneaking past Arkansas 13-3
three weeks ago, the Vols return home
for a SEC clash of top 15 teams.
Sophomore quarterback and Heisman
hopeful Casey Clausen had a tough
afternoon, throwing for only 136
yards against a strong Arkansas
defense.
The week that was postponed due to
the terrorist attacks along the East
Coast forced Tennessee and Florida to
reschedule their game for Dec. 1.
Meanwhile, the Tigers get their shot at
the Gators next week in Baton Rouge
and may be caught looking past a
Tennessee team that has struggled so
far this year.
Louisiana State will get a boost
from the return of superb athlete
Domanick Davis from a knee injury.
Davis, who says he benefited physi-
cally from the week off, plays both
tailback and defensive back and also
returns kicks.
But, Davis won't be enough to com-
pensate if the Tigers look past
Tennessee and Clausen, who will be
committed to getting his Heisman
campaign back on track in front of the
home crowd.
Tennessee 34, Louisiana State 20

By Kara Wenzel
Daily Staff Reporter

The Michigan Student Assembly
approved its $415,370 budget this
week, but much of Tuesday's meeting
centered on a push by several members
of the assembly and other constituents
to bring to light the probable motives
of one of MSA's most vocal factions.
Many expressed disappointment
over actions by the Coalition to Defend
Affirmative Action and Integration
and Fight for Equality By Any Means
Necessary since the Sept. 11 terrorist

attacks on New York and Washington.
BAMN has organized an anti-war rally
on the Diag and begun a green arm-
band campaign meant to show support
for Arab-Americans who have been
victims of harassment or violence
because of the suspected terrorists'
ethnicities.
Some BAMN members have also
formed a new group, the Coalition to
Stop Racial Scapegoating and the War.
The speakers accused BAMN of
using the issue of racial scapegoating
to gain visibility on campus and draw
support for their group.

"They did not come to any Arab or
Muslim students and ask them if they
wanted that representation," said LSA
Rep. Fadi Kiblawi.
Rackham Rep. Jessica Curtin, a
member of BAMN, said the green
armbands are part of a national cam-
paign supported by Arab-American
students at other campuses.
"It's not true that Arab students as a
whole oppose this campaign," Curtin
said.
The assembly also voted down a res-
olution introduced by Curtin and
Rackham Rep. Suzanne Perkins-Hart

to stop "war hysteria."
"Terrorism is a crime and our
response can only be to treat it as a
crime," Perkins-Hart said.
But other members of MSA argued
that the resolution was another
BAMN-supported tactic to draw atten-
tion to itself.
"I would vote against war hysteria if
I knew what it was," said MSA Vice
President Jessica Cash.
Jackie Bray, a member of Students
Organizing for Labor and Economic
Equality, asked MSA to stop groups
like BAMN from dominating impor-
At attention

Most students, Americans
support U.S. going to war

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BAMN blasted for dominating raci

By John Alexander
and Carrie Thorson
Daily Staff Reporters

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Even though the majority of
Americans back the Bush administra-
tion in its war against global terrorist
organizations, University students and
campus groups with anti-war senti-
ments say they have not found it diffi-
cult to push their cause here.
A Gallup Organization poll released
Tuesday - two weeks after terrorists
attacked New York and Washington -
reported that 90 percent of Americans
support retaliatory military actions
against the groups or nations responsi-
ble for the Sept. 11 attacks.
"We've had a tremendous amount of
support from the University adminis-
tration and various other groups on
campus," said LSA senior Paul Saba,
president of the Arab American Anti-
Discrimination Committee. "There
have been way more positive things
happening than anything negative."
So far, anti-discrimination groups
and anti-war groups have been the
most vocal and visible groups on cam-
pus. Many.students speculated that the
University's liberal environment makes
it easier for these groups to operate.
"A lot of people I talk to are opposed
to anything that would take innocent
lives," said LSA senior James Moon.
Moon is one of the approximately 20
percent of Americans who knew some-
one who hurt, killed or left missing by
the attacks.
"Something has to be done, but war
isn't necessarily the answer," Moon
said. "It's almost like we're going hate
for hate."
Although students with anti-war
opinions have been most visible on
campus, this doesn't mean the majori-

ty of students oppose military action.
"All you see is the anti-war feeling,
but that's because nobody sits around
protesting for war," said LSA senior
Cole Redlawsk. "I haven't spoken to
anyone who doesn't think we should
do something."
Like Redlawsk, many students who
favor military retaliation said they have
been more cautious about voicing their
opinions on campus.
"My best friend is Muslim, so it's a
touchy subject," said LSA junior Reid
Joliat. "I just think something needs to
be done so that it doesn't happen again
in two years."
Tuesday's Gallup poll also revealed
that Americans view long-term war to
defeat global terrorism more favorably
than focusing only on those responsi-
ble for the attacks.
"The public is so angry that they want
not just retribution for vengeance sake;
the public wants to prevent these das-
tardly set of events from occurring
again,' said political science Prof.
Emeritus Raymond Tanter, a scholar-in-
residence at the Middle East Institute in
Washington. Tanter said he also believes
the polling data suggests the public is
sending a message to President Bush to
"take his time and get it right."
Far less certain is what officials
might be forced to do should another
terrorist strike take place before the

United States begins its offensive.
Yesterday's poll shows 66 percent of
Americans think more attacks could
happen.
But while most agree that Bush has
time on his side, University of
Michigan political science Prof. J.
David Singer believes the president's
war rhetoric has left him with little
room to maneuver.
"The administration is, I think, com-
mitting a very serious blunder, because
as you get the public revved up for war,
you've got to do something," adding,
"There really is so little that can be
done from a pragmatic point of view."
Despite overwhelmingly high poll
numbers showing support for the
President and his current strategy,
many students remain divided on what
form a U.S. response should take.
"This is going to last more than a
year, and I think people's attitudes are
going to change when we start sending
soldiers over there and they begin com-
ing back in bodybags," said LSA
senior Joanna Parnell.
Organizers of anti-war and anti-dis-
crimination groups said the polls did
not phase them. In Washington, what
was originally a protest against the
World Bank and International
Monetary fund this weekend has
become the People's Summit to
Globalize Justice and Peace.

"All you see is the anti-war feeling, but that's
because nobody sits around protesting for
war. I haven't spoken to anyone who doesn't
think we should do something."
- Cole Redlawsk
LSA senior

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