10 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 21, 2005
Predictions against the
spread for 10/22/05
Michigan (+3) at Iowa
No. 1 Southern Cal (-30) at Washington
No. 1O Texas Tech (+16) at No. 2 Texas
Arkansas (+19) at No. 4 Georgia
N. 17 Tennessee (+3) at Norg5Alabama.
Georgia Tech (+16) at No. 6 Miami
No. 16 Auburn (+6,5) at No. 7 Louisiana SI
Oregon State (+9) at No. 8 UCLA
Brigham Young (+19) at No. 9 Notre Dame
No. 11 Florida State (-29.5) at Duke
No 12 Penn State (465) at Illinois
No. 14 Ohio State (-15.5) at Indiana
No. 15 Oregon (-9.5) at Arizona
Purdue (+8) at No. 19 Wisconsin
No. 20 West Virginia (-2) at South Florida
No. 21 Texas Christian at Air Force (off)
Northwestern (+115) at No. 22 Michigan
No. 23 Virginia (+1) at North Carolina
No. 24 Fresno State (-28.5) at Idaho
Washington State (+11.5) at No. 25 Califoi
Southern Cal Washington
Arkansas Georgia Arkansas
Afabamna Alabama Al'abama
Miami Georgia Tech Gerogia Tech
Lousiana State Louisiana State Louisiana State
Oregon State UCLA
Brigham Young Notre Dame
For answers to picks,
Daily goes to Genghis
The local online T-shirt
specializes in jerseys for
historical and literary
figures. Since they have
their own jerseys, we
figured these celebs
probably know a thing or
two about sports - even.
though American football
might be a bit too modern.
The website has a section
called "Ask Genghis,"
in which people can ask
mongolian leader Genghis
Khan questions ranging
from career choice to time
management and room
selection. So the-guys who
run the website convinced
us that he would be perfect
on celebrity staff picks.
He'll have to be almost
perfect if he wants to use
his leadership abilities to
rescue the lowly celebs,
who have suffered from
poor showings by Bongo
Man and others.
M WOMEN'S SOCCER
'M' set to battle country's best
Before every football game this sea-
son, two of the Daily's football writers
will take the weekend's matchup to
the PlayStation 2 and then let you
know what happened.
* Play of the game - With less than
two minutes left in the game, Iowa
had all the momentum. Until, Michi-
gan WR #15 made an acrobatic catch
in triple coverage on third-and-21.
" Player of the game - Michigan
WR #15 had five punt returns for 93
yards and a TD and had five grabs for
113 yards and one score.
Iowa coach Ian Herbert:
"I was pretty disappointed with
WR #88. That guy has all the tools
- tall, fast, strong - but the guy
just can't catch a pass. It was pretty
disappointing to watch that.
"QB #5 did not have his best game.
He threw a lot of passes at receivers'
feet. You just can't do that at this
"Was there anything I was happy
with? Yes. I though our linebackers
were outstading. We blitzed on
pretty much every play. It was a lot
of work for them, but they stepped
up. LB #18 had a pick to go with his
Michigan coach Matt Venegoni:
"I would be lying if I said I wasn't
impressed with the defense
today. Two short yardage stops,
"QB #7 started off fast, not that
he never does (insert sarcasm)
and kept it going the whole game.
"Playing these inferior coaches is
really boring. But hey, when you're
the best, that happens. I think before
the next game, I'm gonna get really
housed and then play."
The title carries an aura of invincibility,
yet vulnerability. The team carries itself
with an outward confidence, as if they
know they are the best, and opponents are
intimidated when they set foot on the field.
By Daniel Bromwich
Daily Sports Writer
Notre Dame two years ago at South Bend.
The only difference, she said, was that this
year's game will be at home.
"We have a certain energy at home, so
hopefully we can use that to carry us to a
win," she said.
Going into that game two years,
the Fighting Irish were undefeated
But No. 1 also walks around
with a big bulls-eye painted
in the middle of its jerseys.
Every night, opponents
bring their best effort to be
the one to topple No. 1.
And this weekend, the
women's soccer team will
have a chance to do just
The country's top-ranked
soccer team will shpw up at
Penn tateat Mchi}
No. 2 in the country.
They hosted the Wolver-
ines in their final game
of the regular season.
But Michigan surprised
everyone - except
itself - and, when the
clock was full of zeroes,
it read 3-2'in favor of
the Wolverines. The win
ended Notre Dame's bid
for an undefeated season
currently has a streak of 15 games with at
least one goal scored - good enough to
tie Santa Clara alumna Brandi Chastain's
NCAA record - and will look to claim
sole possession of the record tonight.
The responsibility of neutralizing
Weimer will fall on the shoulders of the
whole defense; the team has worked with
many different strategies in practice to do
A win would be more than just a
confidence booster. With a record
of 7-6-2, the Wolverines are still not
assured an NCAA Tournament spot,
and rankings within the Big Ten are
important for the conference tourna-
ment. The team's morale could also
use a boost; they have lost several
disappointing games this season,
including one-goal losses within the
Big Ten to Illinois, Wisconsin, Pur-
due and Indiana.
"If we beat Penn State, that would be
huge," Heaton said. "It would turn every-
thing around and kind of be the starting
point and kick us off for the postseason."
Despite Penn State's awe-inspiring
record, the Wolverines are confident going
into the game on Friday night.
"It's really uncommon for any team to
have the record they have," Mulholland
said. "I feel like it's their time. They're
The Wolverines shocked the college
soccer world once before.
They hope history repeats itself.
THINK YOU COULD BEAT COACH MATT VENEGONI-
JOIN DAILY SPORTS. WATCH OUT. HE LOOKS AT YOUR PLAYS.'
Field on Friday night in the form of the
Nittany Lions of Penn State, with whom
the Wolverines have often competed for a
Big Ten Championship and have a healthy
Michigan is looking forward to the
opportunity to take down the undefeated
Nittany Lions and believes that having
home field advantage is huge.
"All the pressure is really on them,"
senior forward Therese Heaton said.
"They are coming in with no losses and
no ties. We have absolutely nothing to lose
and everything to gain."
Heaton said it reminded her of playing
and cemented the Michigan's spot in
the NCAA Tournament.
So the Wolverines have some history
ruining perfect seasons.
But in order to ruin Penn State's, Michi-
gan will need to focus a lot of attention
and energy on stopping the Nittany Lion
with the number eight on her back. Penn
State senior forward Tiffany Weimer has
been all but unstoppable this season. Last
year, Weimer finished as the runner-up for
the M.A.C. Hermann trophy - the most
prestigious individual honor in intercol-
legiate soccer - and was named the Big
Ten Offensive Player of the Year as well as
a first-team NSCAA All-American. She
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