The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 5, 2005 - 13
*Battle of the States
. highlight weekend
By Mike Rothman
and Max Sanders
For the Daily
The dust has finally begun to settle. All is as it
should be in the land we call the Big Ten. Minneso-
ta's traditional collapse came at the hands of Penn
State, which was so dominate that its quarterback
put a Golden Gopher safety in the hospital. Mean-
while, Notre Dame racked up more than 600 yards
of total offense against the Boilermakers. So now the
two perennial paper champions of the Big Ten have
been put in their place - as disappointments. Iowa
rebounded from the thrashing
Ohio State put on them and
thrashed lifeless Illinois, 35-7.
And of course, the Michigan
State defense let Mike Hart run
all over it. So as a new week
commences, we look forward
to seeing more Big Ten team's
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player. Ginn's production has paled in comparison
to last year's when he averaged a touchdown every
eight touches. Since giving Troy Smith the starting
job - most likely a package gift involving cars and
free clothing - Ohio State's offense has gelled and
looks to test the strong Penn State defense. Happy
Valley will be loud enough to give Joe Pa a stroke,
but it won't be enough. Ohio State's linebackers
aren't going to be shaking in their boots when Rob-
inson comes chugging along.
Ohio State 21, Penn State 17
Iowa (1-1, 3-2) at Purdue (0-1, 2-2) - 4:30
p.m. - ESPN2
Purdue better learn how to tackle, and fast.
Iowa's offense clicked last week when quarter-
back Drew Tate finally found his rhythm. But
remember, the game was against Illinois, which
only puts up points on the hardwood. Purdue
should play angry after Notre Dame displayed an
offense that looked as if it should've been in an
Arena Football League game. Kirk Ferentz has
been unable to work his Big Ten magic this year;
the Hawkeyes were held to a pathetic 10 points in
losses to Ohio State and Iowa State. In the losses,
once-Heisman hopeful Tate looked more pathet-
ic than Michigan State's kicking game. Iowa is
playing against another laugher of a defense, and
the Hawkeyes should pull out a much needed
conference win in a season that is inches away
from becoming a serious implosion.
Iowa 28, Purdue 20
Undefeated Penn State could have a rude awakening this Saturday when It is forced to face Ohio State's linebackers.
championship hopes become as torn as the cover
of Drew Stanton's copy of NCAA 2006.
No.6 Ohio State (1-0 Big Ten, 3-1 overall) at No.
16 Penn State (2-0,5-0) - 7:45 p.m. - ESPN
The lone game between ranked opponents in
the Big Ten looks to be a battle. The game sets the
white-hot Penn State quarterback Michael Robinson
against Buckeyes linebacker A.J. Hawk and the now-
legendary Ohio State linebacking core. Penn State
freshman stud wide receiver Derrick Williams ran
for another two touchdowns, and he looks to replace
Ted Ginn, Jr. as the Big Ten's Swiss Army Knife
Illinois (0-2, 2-3) at Indiana (0-1, 3-1) - noon
The least exciting game of the weekend, this
matchup provides a perfect example of why people
shouldn't judge teams based on their records. The
teams' combined five wins have come against big-
time football schools: Rutgers, San Jose State, Cen-
tral Michigan, Nicholls State and Kentucky. The Ron
Zook era has not gone exactly according to plan, but
there are no reports of him crashing any frat parties
... yet. Giving up 61 points to Michigan State will
eventually drive any man toward the happy sauce.
Indiana should stick to basketball. The one bright
spot on either team has been Indiana quarterback
Blake Powers, who, if playing for a contender, would
be getting serious Heisman hype. In the end, Powers
will be the difference.
Indiana 31, Illinois 17
No 14 Wisconsin (2-0, 5-0) at Northwestern
(0-1, 2-2) - noon - ESPN
We have to tip our hats to Wisconsin, which has
blazed out of the gates to a 5-0 record. We'd also
like to congratulate the only Wisconsin quarter-
back worse than John Stocco - Brooks Bollinger,
who looked awful in his first start for the Jets. Brian
Calhoun has become a reincarnation of Ron Dayne,
and Calhoun's combination of power and speed
has put his name among the Heisman candidates.
Northwestern's pinpoint passer, Brett Basanez, has
put up respectable numbers this year - 11 touch-
downs and just three interceptions. Wisconsin will
win, despite the fact that Stocco hasn't thrown a
tight spiral since the fifth grade.
Wisconsin 42, Northwestern 10
Kohlmeier thrives in second year
By Sara Livingston
Daily Sports Writer
So much for the sophomore slump.
With a year at Michigan in the books,
sophomore Alyson Kohlmeier arrived
back in Ann Arbor this August well
rested and ready to kick off the cross
After suffering a sprained IT band
(the tendon running from the hip to the
knee), Kohlmeier redshirted the spring
track season last year - a break from
running that would prove to be benefi-
cial down the road. In July, she returned
home to Ontario, where she began train-
ing for upcoming summer races. Kohl-
meier won the 3,000-kilometer race
at the Pan America Junior Games in
August. The victory gave her the perfect
mindset for her return to school.
"I made sure I didn't over-race at
all over the summer," Kohlmeier said.
"Then, ever since I got back, when we
went to training camp at the end of
August, I have had just quality training
and that has just made the difference."
Since the cross country season started
on Sept. 2, Kohlmeier has finished in the
top-three in all of the races she has com-
peted in - including back-to-back wins
at the Great Meadows Invitational and the
Spartan Invitational. In addition, she was
named Big-Ten co-runner of the week for
the week of Sept. 14, an honor that proves
the sky is the limit for Kohlmeier.
"I think she is capable of being in the
top-10 at nationals," Michigan coach
Mike McGuire said. "There are a few
races between now and then, and she
will get tested at a higher level, and she
will use these as stepping stones to get
improve even more."
For Kohlmeier, it just seems like night
and day when she looks back on last sea-
son in comparison to this one. Despite
having some success on the track - earn-
ing All Big-Ten first-team honors as well
as finishing in third place at the NCAA
Great Lakes Regional and seventh place
at the Big Ten Championships - she
lacked the experience to take her running
to the next level. But she's already been
able to do that this year.
"Overall, I'm enjoying this year so
much more than last year," Kohlmeier
said. "I think a lot of it is just being used to
the college life. Last year, everything was
just so overwhelming, and I was out of
my element. It's nothing like high school.
Coming in this year and just knowing
what to expect with training and with
school has been really reassuring."
Despite the fact that Kohlmeier
doesn't run in a group like the other
Wolverines do during races, her team-
mates are still finding that her success
is motivating them to train harder.
During races, the Wolverines fre-
quently use Kohlmeier as a barometer
to determine how well they are doing.
After all, they know if they can see
her in the distance they must be doing
a pretty good job.
"I couldn't be happier for Ali," soph-
omore Erin Webster said. "With all of
her success, I think that it's just positive
for the team. Just running with people
every day that are better than you makes
you better. Ali's success helps every-
body every day when we train."
As for the upcoming track and field
season, Kohlmeier hopes she can carry
her cross country success indoors and
dominate the distance events
"I'm actually looking forward to the
indoor season," Kohlmeier said. "There
is a 3-kilometer race. There isn't one in
outdoor, and that is my favorite distance
to run. I'm really excited about that, but
right now I'm mainly thinking about
cross country because there is still two
more months of it left until Nationals."
Alyson Kohimeler's has avoided the sophomore slump this season.
The aggressive style of Artsis has benefited the team on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball.
Hard work pays off for Artsis
By Katie Niemeyer
Daily Sports Writer
If there is one thing a coach wants from her midfielders,
it's hard work.
Michigan women's soccer coach Debbie Rademacher
found just that in sophomore Jamie Artsis.
"I just like the fact that she can run all day," Rademacher
said. "She's not the biggest kid, but she can out-jump people.
She's just got a feisty streak in her. That's kind of her trade-
Rademacher expects a lot out of the sophomore this sea-
son. Artis has to be all over the field, playing on the offen-
sive and defensive sides of the ball. She needs to win balls
in the middle of the field and set up the forwards for good
looks on goal.
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"I think her attacking game is becoming more established
and getting her comfortable taking shots and maybe (help
her in) becoming more of a goal scorer for us," Rademacher
Artsis has been working to improve her shot and put more
power behind it, but she's not worried about her personal
"Of course everyone wants to score, but scoring isn't real-
ly the issue with me," Artsis said. "Scoring doesn't show
how you do in a game. It starts from the goalie, it goes all
the way to the forwards - the whole team contributes for a
goal. I just want to be there for my teammates, support them
when they have the ball - feed the forwards."
It's that attitude that has impressed Rademacher and
makes her certain that Artsis will continue to improve.
"(Artsis) has high expectations for herself," Rademacher.
said. "So she's definitely very hard on herself. That's what
keens her eoing and makes her hetter."