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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 20, 2005 -13

Conference collisions

Familar foes
Iface off as
play begins
By Mike Rothman
and Max Sanders
For the Daily
Saturday is a day for clean slates as con-
ference play begins throughout the college
football nation. While Big Ten powerhouses
Michigan, Ohio State and Iowa rebounded
triumphantly from week two nonconference
disasters, Michigan State propelled itself into
the Associated Press poll with a thrilling over-
time victory over Notre
Dame in South Bend. Out-
side the Big Ten, the clash-
ing of giants Tennessee and
Florida left the Volunteers
reeling and the Gators
without their star receiver,
Andre Cawell. Boston
College got a rude intro-
duction to the ACC from Florida State when
Seminoles linebacker A.J. Nicholson picked
off two errant passes (one for a touchdown)
to go along with 19 tackles. Southern Cal and
Texas rolled over their opponents as expected,
and there were few surprises in the top-25. But
many week four roadblocks lie ahead.
No, 10 Tennessee (1-1) at No. 3 Louisiana
State (1-0) - 7:45 p.m. - ESPN
After a humiliating loss at Florida last week,
where Tennessee could not decide on a quarter-
back, muffed a punt, had another one blocked
and had a field goal botched, the Vols play
Louisiana State, coming off a bye week and
preparing for an emotional homecoming down
in Baton Rouge. Tennessee has only amassed
24 points combined in two games this year,
despite playing against unimpressive defenses
of UAB and Florida. Even though Louisiana
State put up 35 points against No. 17 Arizona
State, JaMarcus Russell looks to be the quar-
terback of the future for the Tigers, passing for
two scores and no interceptions last week. The
quarterback situation and the raucous Louisi-
ana crowd looking for anything to cheer for will
be the difference in this SEC Clash.
Louisiana State 28, Tennessee 17
No. 16 Georgia Tech (3-0) at No. 4 Vir-
ginia Tech (3-0) - 2:30 p.m. - ABC

nell Bing leading the attack. Oregon's defense
is porous at best and shows no sign of being
able to hang with the NFL-bound talent from
Southern Cal. Even if Bush does not dazzle,
running back Lendale White has first-round
talent, and 6-foot-5 wide receiver Dwayne
Jarret reminds many of former standout Mike
Williams. Oregon is a good Pac-10 team, but
nothing can prepare them for the juggernaut
that is the Trojans.
Southern Cal 63, Oregon 21
Boston College (2-1) at Clemson (2-1)
- noon
This game is a matchup of two ACC teams
eager to rebound from losses to powerhouses
Florida State and Miami, respectively. Boston
College is ready to obtain its first ACC con-
ference victory, and the Eagles will attempt to
do so on the strength of their defense led by
senior defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, who
has All-American aspirations. Led by quarter-
back Charlie Whitehurst, who almost willed
Clemson to an overtime victory against Miami
last week by producing two last-minute touch-
down drives, Clemson's offense will prove a
worthy opponent. The Boston College offense
has a few question marks, with quarterback
Quinton Porter playing on a severely sprained
ankle. Porter rebounded nicely against Florida
State last week after throwing two early inter-
ceptions. Whoever lines up at quarterback for
Boston College will be protected by a massive
and experienced offensive line led by monster
left tackle Jeremy Trueblood. Also, two-way
star Will Blackmon will be key as the Eagles'
deep threat. Boston College is too disciplined
on both sides of the ball for the oft-erratic,
Tommy Bowden-led Tigers.
Boston College 24, Clemson 14
No. 16 Notre Dame (2-1) at Washington
(1-2) - 3:30 p.m. - ABC
This game seems like a no brainier, with
the high-powered Irish taking on the Pac-10
bottom-feeder Huskies. There is, however,
one interesting plotline - Tyrone Willing-
ham will have his team going out there to
win one for the skipper. The Irish go into this
game looking to redeem themselves from last
week's overtime loss to Michigan State. They
are fueled by a powerful offense, and junior
quarterback Brady Quinn is turning himself
into a Heisman dark horse. When he struggles,
he has talented running back Darius Walker
to run behind a big offensive line. The Irish
defense has struggled this year and will have
trouble stopping the Huskies' athletic quarter-
back, Isaiah Stanback. Stanback was touted
as a Heisman hopeful by Willingham earlier
this year, but he has had trouble meeting the
expectations. In the end, the Notre Dame
offense will overpower the porous Washington
defense, and the emotionally charged Huskies
will fall victim to the more talented Irish.
Notre Dame 45, Washington 21

Left: Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn looks to get the Irish back on track against Washington. Top right: Southern Cal quarterback Matt Lein-
art hopes to add to his Heisman resume against Oregon. Bottom right: Virginia Tech's Marcus Vick is up for the challenge against Georgia Tech.

gie Ball heads into Blacksburg, Va., to take on
Marcus Vick and the Virginia Tech Hokies.
Even though the Georgia Tech quarterback
is recovering from a case of viral meningitis
- which forced him to sit out of last week's
game against Connecticut - the presence
of standout sophomore wide receiver Calvin
Johnson will test the Hokies' vaunted defense.
This game will provide Vick with his first
true test this season, while he tries to live up
to his brother's legacy and do what Michael
never did: bring a national championship to
Virginia Tech. He has found his stride the
past two weeks, scoring 45 points against both
Ohio and Duke. The defense has lived up to the
hype as one of the best in the nation - they have
not allowed a point since week one. But they have

not faced an offense as potent as Georgia Tech's,
which also has talented senior running back P.J.
Daniels, who complements Ball and Johnson nice-
ly. The defense and special teams will be too much
for the Yellow Jackets to handle, and Marcus Vick
will pass his first true test as starting quarterback.
Virginia Tech 27, Georgia Tech 10
No. 1 Southern Cal (2-0) at Oregon (3-0)
- 7 p.m. - ABC
Southern Cal seems invincible. Last week,
the Trojans scored on four of their first eight
plays in their 70-17 trouncing of Arkansas.
They put up 736 yards of offense and have two
front-running Heisman candidates in senior

quarterback Matt Leinart and junior running
back Reggie Bush. But Oregon is no lame
duck on the schedule. The Ducks are 3-0 and
have a potent offense that can put up points
in a hurry. Senior quarterback Kellen Clemens
put up four touchdowns against Fresno State
and has senior leadership at both running back
and wide receiver in Terence Whitehead and
Demetrius Williams, respectively. Oregon is
no stranger to playing spoiler; the Ducks beat
No. 3 Michigan in 2002. But John Navarre
never won a Heisman, Leinart has one and
could be on his way to another. Leinart has
already thrown for 713 yards and seven touch-
downs and has yet to play into the fourth quar-
ter of either match. The Trojans' defense is
also formidable, with hard-hitting safety Dar-

This game matches two of the most
tric quarterbacks in college football as


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