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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 18, 2003 - 9A

No chance to rest for
Stop-ranked schools

'M' golfers setting high standards

By Robert Herrera
and Kyle Carpenter
F Daiy.

After Michigan's historical 38-0 vic-
tory over Notre Dame and Ohio State's
triple-overtime win against North Car-
olina State last week,
college football has
already seen its shareA OS
of ups and downs. t
Week four consists
of a few big games
and top teams from
across the nation
going head-to-head, including No. 7
Geogia visiting No. 10 Louisiana State.
Look for these games to cause some
shuffling in the polls.
TEXAS A&M (2-0) AT No. 8 VIRGINIA
TECH (2-0) - TONIGHT, 7:30 P.M.,
ESPN: Both teams are well rested, as
neither has played a game since Sept. 6.
This should be one of the best matchups
of the week.
Last year's game between the Aggies
and Virginia Tech was a defensive battle,
and the Hokies managed to pull away by
the score of 13-3 at College Station,
Texas. In that game, the Texas A&M
"Wrecking Crew" defense held running
back Kevin Jones, a potential Heisman
candidate, to 48 yards on 15 carries. But
it's a different story this year.
Making this game more exciting is
the speed at quarterback for both
teams. Texas A&M sophomore Reggie
McNeal, along with Virginia Tech jun-
ior Bryan Randall and freshman Mar-
cus Vick, the younger brother of the
eclectic NFL quarterback Michael
Vick, are three of the fastest players in
college football.
The "Wrecking Crew" motto of the
Texas A&M defense has been stripped
away until it earns it back, and it won't
be easier after losing starting middle
linebacker Jared Morris for the season.
Virginia Tech has won 14 straight non
conference home games and is notori-
ous for winning at Lane Stadium at
night. The streak will continue later
tonight.
Virginia Tech 14, Texas A&M 7
No. 2 MIAMI (FLA.) (3-0) AT BOSTON
COLLEGE (2-1) - 7:45 P.M., ESPN:
This is the last time that these two teams
play each other as Big East opponents
before Miami leaves for the ACC.
Boston College hasn't beaten Miami
since that famous last-second "Hail
Mary" touchdown pass from Doug Flu-
tie to Gerard Phelan in 1984.
Miami's last trip to Chestnut Hill,
Ma., in 2001 was decided with 13 sec-
onds left, as the ball was intercepted at
the 9-yard line by Miami defensive tack-
le Matt Walters, who then was stripped
by a teammate, safety Ed Reed. Reed
took it back 80 yards for the touchdown
to secure the victory, 18-7.
Boston College will try one more
time to shatter Miami's national
championship aspirations. But Miami
doesn't produce NFL draft picks by
losing games.
Miami 28, Boston College 14
No. 13 TENNESSEE (2-0) AT No. 17
FORIDA (2-) - NoON, CBS: Don't let
the 2-1 record fool you. After pounding
both San Jose State and Florida A&M
by 60 points and letting second-ranked
Miami barely slip past them in the final

quarter, the Gators have proven they can
contend with the best teams in the
nation. This Saturday the Gators take on
the Tennessee Volunteers, who have yet
to prove themselves as a justified top-15
team this season.
Last week against unranked Mar-
shall, the Vols avoided a fourth-quar-
ter charge and slipped away with a
34-24 "too close for comfort" victory.
In both the Marshall-game and Ten-
nessee's previous 24-6 victory over
Fresno State, senior quarterback
Casey Clausen put up good numbers
(39-for-64, 394 yds, 5 touchdowns),
but the team as a whole has not shown
it is worthy of a high ranking in the
polls.
Florida has a very strange offensive
combination this year, with three
potential starting quarterbacks in fresh-
man Chris Leak, sophomore Ingle
Martin and senior Gavin Dickey. The
combination of these three talents,
freshman running back DeShawn
Wynn and senior back Ran Carthon
bring a high-powered offensive pres-
ence to the Gators this season.
Expect the Volunteer defense to be
ready for the Gators through the air,
but it may not be able to stop DeShawn
Wynn and the Gator running game,

By Gabe Edelson
For the Daily
If the summer accomplishments
of Amy Schmucker and Laura Olin
are any indication, the Michigan
women's golf team has a lot to be
excited about this year.
Fresh off an appearance in the
U.S. Women's Amateur Champi-
onship in Gladwyne, Penn., in
August, Schmucker, a sophomore
from Cold Springs, Minn., is feeling
more confident than ever after
shooting 76 in back-to-back rounds
and qualifying for match-play.
"The Amateur was a great experi-
ence for me," Schmucker said. "I
was exposed to high-pressure situa-
tions, and now I know I can play
with the best."
Olin's offseason feats were no less
notable. The junior played in the
North/South Tournament at Pine-
hurst Country Club in North Caroli-
na and the Women's Western
Amateur in Champaign advancing to
match-play each time.
Olin believes the experience she
has gained recently has made her
"mentally tougher," she said. "If my
round goes bad, I can still keep
myself focused."
Perhaps the most promising devel-
opment, however, is the addition of

two extremely talented freshmen:
Brianna Broderick (Richmond, Mo.)
and Ali Stinson (Penticton, British
Columbia).
"This is the best freshman class
since I've been here," Olin said
without hesitation.
Michigan coach Kathy Teichert
agreed: "I am expecting (Broderick
and Stinson) to be contributing
members of the team each week.
Both have the ability to shoot low
(scores)."
Teichert believes there is a lot to
like about this year's squad.
"This team has all the qualities,
characteristics and abilities to be
one of the best we've ever had here
at Michigan," Teichert said. "The
team chemistry is great - all the
players get along very well. They are
dedicated workers, who want to
compete at the highest level for
themselves and for Michigan."
With the improvement of the team
comes increased leadership respon-
sibilities for Olin and Schmucker.
"I learned a lot from last year's
team," Olin said. "This year I'm
more prepared (for the captain's
role)." Olin also feels more com-
fortable as an intermediary
between Teichert and the rest of her
teammates.
"I can go to coach and tell her

how the team is feeling," she said.
"Last year, I just went with the
flow," Schmucker said. "Now I have
to step up and lead by example and
get people motivated and focused."
The women's team begins play
this weekend in East Lansing at the
Mary Fossum Invitational. Teichert
says the girls are ready to go.
"We need to get out and compete
... everybody is excited about what
will happen this weekend," Teichert
said. "For the new kids, there will
be nerves, but hopefully that will
dissipate as the tournament goes
on."
Broderick, Olin, Schmucker and
Stinson will occupy the top four
spots this weekend.
Players and coach alike are aim-
ing to best last year's sixth-place
finish at the Big Ten Champi-
onships.
"Our main goal is to get to the
(regional round) of the NCAAs,"
Olin said. "There is no reason why
we shouldn't do better than last year."
Teichert cannot help but feel the
same way.
"We're a better team this year, and
we expect to go to Regionals,"
Teichert said. "Another goal is to be
ranked in the national top 20. Our
team is going to be a pretty good
team."

AP PHOTO
Casey Clausen will face a big challenge
against Florida this weekend=
which has run for nearly 400 yards and
eight touchdowns in three games.
The big question for Florida in
this weekend's game will be defense.
If Clausen and the Vols can capital-
ize on the Gator defense when it is
most susceptible, then their chances
of winning are good. But if Florida's
offense comes prepared and has the
defense to back it up, look for the
Gators to pull off a victory over the
higher-ranked Volunteers.
Florida 31, Tennessee 28

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