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Predictions against the
spread for 9/6/03
Houston at No. 5 MICHIGAN (-28)
Boston College at PENN STATE (-10)
San Diego State at No. 2 OHIO STATE (-32)
Buffalo at IowA (-37)
Bowling Green at No. 1.6 PURDUE (-105)
Air Force (-7.5) at NORTHWESTERN
San Diego State
San Diego State
Michigan's Lauren Kathleen of
Playboy's "Girls of the Big Ten"
A2 celebrities take
on football writers
There's nothing the Daily football
writers like more than a chal-
lenge. That's why we will invite
Ann Arbor celebrities to take us
on each week in Staff Picks.
This week, Michigan student Lau-
ren Kathleen, featured in Play-
boy's "Girls of the Big Ten," will
test her knowledge of college
football against the best the
Daily has to offer.
Last season, David Horn walked
away with the Staff Picks title with
Jeff Phillips and J. Brady McCol-
lough breathing down his neck.
That makes McCollough, the sea-
soned veteran, the frontrunner to
knock off Courtney Lewis,
Naweed Sikora, Kyle O'Neill and
the best of Ann Arbor.
"I'm dedicating this season of
Staff Picks to (former football
writer) Joe Smith," McCollough
said. "Hopefully, I won't have the
bad luck he had last season when
he set a new standard for futility
with a record of 89-116-3."
Kathleen has a lot of confidence
in the Sooners beating the Tide
by more than 8 points. As far as
the Wolverines are concerned,
she didn't hesitate to send a
challenge to the team by picking
the Cougars to beat the spread.
No. 15 Virginia (-3) at SOUTH CAROLINA Virginia Virginia Virginia Virginia Virginia
Washington State at No. 19 NoTRE DAME (-6) Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame
UCLA at No. 24 COLORADO (-3) Colorado Colorado UCLA Colorado Colorado
No 17 Auburn (8) at GEoRGA TEcH
No. 1 Oklahoma (-8) at ALABAMA
Total season record
to face old friends
for Big Ten football
By Eric Ambinder
Daily Sports Writer
When Michigan volleyball coach
Mark Rosen and his wife, associate
coach Leisa Rosen, were expecting
their son Brady, they had dinner in
Hawaii with two collegiate volleyball
legends to discuss the challenge of
raising a child while working side-by-
Division I-A volleyball. All having been
"When it works between the hus-
band and wife it's because the personal-
ities are very different," Rosen said.
"Leisa and I are really different. All of
the husband-wife staffs are very differ-
ent, but we make each other much bet-
And if coaching against friends
By Jack Schinasi
For the Daily
Since everyone will be watching
Michigan, Ohio State and probably
Wisconsin this weekend, here is a
preview of some of the Big Ten.
games you may not see.
INDIANA (0-1) AT No. 22 WASHING-
TON (0-1) - 4 P.M.: Indiana, ranked
No. 7 in ESPN's "Bottom Ten" rank-
ing of the worst 10 teams in Division
I football, is coming off an embar-
side. Across the table
were Texas A&M
coaches John and Lau- THIS Wi
"The Corbelli's were Michigan vs. M
awesome," Rosen said Texas A&M 6
about their familial Tune: 7 p.n
advice. "They had many 7 p.m. ton
ideas and perspectives 1 p.m. St
for us." Cliff Keen
This weekend, the
couples will unite once
again but under very different circum-
On Saturday evening, they may trade
advice over dinner but only after they
coach their teams against each other
during the Michigan/Pepsi Challenge at
Cliff Keen Arena.
For the first time ever, the Rosen-led
Wolverines (1-2) will battle Corbellis's
No. 29 Texas A&M Aggies (3-0).
Surprisingly more common than one
would think, there are currently five
husband-wife coaching tandems in
isn't hard enough, Michi-
gan also faces No. 15
Louisville (1-2), led by
Mark Rosen's long-time
mentor Leonid Yelin.
Learning under Yelin,
Rosen developed his own
unique coaching style and
won the Division II National
Championship as head
coach of Northern Michigan
in '94. And he would have
rassing 34-10 loss
The Huskies, who
were ranked No.
19 in the presea-
son before a loss
at Ohio State
knocked them out
won a second in '95 if not for Yelin's
Barry University team which, accord-
ing to Rosen; made significant coach-
ing adjustments to win the
championship match 3-1.
"We won 27 straight matches in '95
and had a great team," Rosen said. "It
wasn't like we lost the game, they beat
The two battled again, most recently,
during the first round of the 2000
NCAA Tournament. This time, Rosen
was victorious, winning 3-1.
Michigan volleyball coach Mark Rosen cheers on his team. Rosen and his wife,
Leisa, handle the coaching duties together for the Wolverines.
But Rosen assures that the past will
remain in the past when the two teams
play each other on Sunday.
"Over the years we have developed
this good rivalry," Rosen said. "But I try
not to get wrapped up in all of that. It is
just nice to play friends."
No, Rosen doesn't have any ties with
the coach of Michigan's third opponent
this weekend, Murray State. In fact, his
Wolverines have never played the Rac-
"Murray state is a darkhorse, and
they probably will be the sleeper team
in this year's tourney," Rosen said.
"They are going to be a lot better than
The Wolverines, though 11-2 at
home last season, could be in danger
of dropping all three matches if they
can't improve their serving and con-
But coach Rosen is more interested
in team development than beating old
"We need to just get better," Rosen
said. "We can't get wrapped up in wins
and losses. Our focus is less on the
results this weekend and more on the
process of improvement."
of the top 25, should control both
sides of this game. With arguably the
best quaterback-wide receiver duo in
the country in Cody Pickett and Reg-
gie Williams, look for Washington to
get revenge on the Big Ten after
being thrashed by Ohio State.
Washington 38, Indiana 6
ILLINOIS STATE (1-0) AT ILLINOIS (0-
1) - NoON, ESPN PLUS: The Fight-
ing Illini are coming off a rough
season opener in which they lost to
Missouri while pounding out almost
twice as many yards as the Tigers.
The Redbirds opened the season with
a win against Drake, but don't expect
this I-AA team to do too much
against this week's Big Ten opponent.
The game will be closer than it
should be, because it is an in-state
rivalry, but the Illini will prevail.
Illinois 24, Illinois State 17
RUTGERS (1-0) AT MICHIGAN STATE
O a dr
(1-0) - 3:30 P.M., ESPN PLUS:
After holding off Western Michigan
last weekend, Michigan State looks
to improve to 2-0 by defeating the
Scarlet Knights this weekend.
Michigan State quarterback Jeff
_.Smoker hit six receiesmultiple
times en route to36yars passing
Saturday. This was Smoker's first
start since late last season, when he
was suspended for five games after
admitting that he had a substance
abuse problem. Rutgers, which just
broke its nine-game losing streak in
its season opener against Buffalo,
will not be able to compete with the
Spartans and will lose its winning
record for the rest of the season.
Michigan State 24, Rutgers 7
BUFFALO (0-1) AT IOWA (1-0) -
NoON, ESPN PLUS: Iowa will look
forward to an easy win against Buf-
falo, which currently holds the
longest losing streak in NCAA foot-
ball (11 games). Don't watch this
game unless you love Iowa, hate
Buffalo or are sadistic and want to
see a beating.
Iowa: A lot, Buffalo: A lot less
TROY STATE (0-1) AT MINNESOTA
(1-0) - 8 P.M., ESPN PLUS: Min-
nesota and Troy State are both com-
ing off equally lopsided games in
their season openers. Minnesota
anihilated Tulsa 49-10 while Troy
State lost by a 36-point margin to
Kansas State. Minnesota, boasting
it's best squad in years, looks to fin-
ish in the upper half of the Big Ten.
Whether or not the Gophers manage
to accomplish that goal, they should
be able to handle a pretty miserable
Trojan squad that seemed complete-
ly unable to offer any sort of protec-
tion to their quarterback on
Watch for Minnesota quarterback
Asad Abdul-Khaliq to put up amaz-
ing offensive numbers, as Minnesota
will once again run up the score
against an inferior team.
Minnesota 45, Troy State 7
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