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2006 Michigan Schedule
CB WILL MIKE SAM
L. Hall P. Burgess D. Harris S. Crable
B. Harrison C. Graham J. Thompson B. Logan
DE DT DT DE
R. Biggs T. Taylor A. Branch L. Woodley
T. Jamison W. Johnson M. Walton J. Van Alstyne
M. Massey J. Long
B. Thompson M. Ortmann
A. Kraus M. Bihl
J. Ciulla D. Moosman
A. Mitchell R. Riley
J. Schifano C. Zirbel
Vanderbilt (Sept. 2), W 27-7: "Bend, don't break" can't be
used to describe the defense after this impressive performance.
Michigan allowed just 171 yards of total offense and sacked the
quarterback six times. Somewhere Jim Herrmann is crying.
Central Michigan (Sept. 9), W 41-17: Thunder and lightning
didn't stop the Wolverines from trouncing the Chippewas at the Big
House. Mike Hart ran all over Central's D for three touchdowns, and
LaMarr Woodley picked up two sacks for the second straight week.
Notre Dame (Sept. 16), W 47-21: The Fighting Irish came
into this one with the national media singing their praises, but it was
Michigan who emerged victorious. The Wolverines dominated every
facet of the game, but Mario Manningham's three scores stole the show
Wisconsin (Sept. 23) W 27-13: Michigan took its time in
this one, toying with the Badgers and giving them hope. Then
Chad Hence, Mario Mannigham and the Michigan defense
put the pedal to the metal and buried Wisconsin, picking up
revenge after last season's heartbreaking loss at Camp Randall.
Minnesota (Sept. 30) W 28-14: In 2005, the Golden
Gophers stormed Michigan Stadium's turf and planted their flag
after beating the Wolverines. This year, Michigan took back
the Little Brown Jug with a bit more class, marching slowly
toward the Minnesota sideline and celebrating as a team.
Michigan State (Oct. 7) W 31-13: After two straight years of
exciting finishes, this season's Michigan-Michigan State matchup
pretty much stunk. The Wolverines proved they won't let an emotional
rivalry game derail their undefmated year. The Spartans pmoved
they can't control theiremotions. Well done John L. Well done.
Penn State (Oct. 14) W 17-10: Everyone knew Michigan's
defensive line was good. Knocking Penn State's top two quarterbacks
out of the game is simply ridiculous. The front four's hits were so
hard, neither Nittany Lion signal-caller had been cleared to practice
as of Wednesday. Welcome lathe big leagues Paul Cianciolo.
Iowa (Oct. 21): Thanks to Iowa's recent success, the Big Ten
is now the Big Three and Little Eight. This year might bea little
different. The Hawkeyes dropped a disappointing game to Indiana
last week, so it's unclear which Iowa team will show up in Ann
Arbor. One thing is certain: Drew Tate is shaking in his cleats.
Northwestern (Oct. 28): Northwestern loves to be Big Ten
giant killers, and the Wolverines are no strangers to losing
an "easy" game against the Wildcats. This will be the final
Big Ten game played at the Big House this season, and you
can expect the outgoing seniors will want to go out on top.
Ball State (Nov. 4): Although Ball State is David
Letterman's alma mater, there won't be anything funny about
this game. Michigan should continue its dominance of the Mid-
American Conference in this late-season nonconference game.
Indiana (Nov. 11): Coach Terry Hoeppner claims the new team
motto is "If you can run, you can play," emphasizing team speed.
What he really means is that if you can functionally ran, you can play
because this team is awful. How the hell did it beat Iowa last week?
Ohio State (Nov. 18): The Horseshoe will be rocking, as this
game will most likely have Big Ten championship implications and
possible national title implications. If Lloyd Carrcan win this one
on the road, he may consider dropping the extra "L" in his name.
Saturday October 21, 2006 - The Michigan Daily - Football Saturday - 7B
Predictions against the
spread for Oct. 21
Former Michigan center and '96
team MVP Rod Payne takes on
the football writers. The Super -
Bowl Champion co-wrote a Scott Matt Kevin Stephanie Rod
book, "Centered by a Miracle." Bell Singer Wright Wright Payne
Iowa (+14) at No. 2 Michigan Iowa Iowa Michigan Michigan Michigan -
Indiana (+30.5) at No. 1 Ohio State Indiana Indiana Indiana Indiana Indiana
No. 4 West Virginia (-23 )at Connecticut West Virginia WesthirieaWestVirie West Virginia West Virginia
No. 5 Texas (-7) at No. 17 Nebraska Texas Texas Nebraska Texas Texas
No. 6 Louisville (-17) at Syracuse Louisville Syracuse Louisville Louisville Louisville
Alabama (+11) at No. 7 Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee Alabama
Tulane (+32) at No. 8 Auburn Tulane Auburn Tulane Tulane Auburn
UCLA (+14) at No. 10 Notre Dame Notre Dame UCLA UCLA Notre Dame Notre Dame
washington (+23) at No. 11 California California Washington Califomia Washington California
No. 13 Ga. Tech (+7.5) at No. 12 Clemson Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Georgia Tech
Fresno State (+33) at No. 14 LSU Fresno State Fresno State Fresno State Fresno State Louisiana State
Mississippi (+19) at No. 15 Arkansas Arkansas Mississippi Arkansas Arkansas Mississippi
No. 16 Oregon (-4) at Washington State Oregon Dregon Washinge n State regon Oregon
No. 18 Boise State -211 at Idaho Boise State Idabs Boise State Btise State Boise State
No. 10 Rutgers (+6.5) at Pittsburgh Pi burgh utgers Pit urghRtgets Pitther
Colorado (+14) at No. 20 Oklahoma Okahoma ColradoaColorado Oklahoma Oklahoma
No. 21 Wisconsin (-6.5) at Purdue Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin
No. 22 Boston College (E) at Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida State
No. 23 TexasA&M (-3) at OklahomaState Texas A&M Texas A&M TeasA&M Texas A&M Texas A&M
Kansas State (+16) at No. 24 Missouri Missouri Kansas State Missour Kansas State Missouri
Illinois (+18) at Penn State Penn State Penn State Illinois Penn State Penn State
Michigan State (-7) at Northwestern Michigan State Michigan State Michigan State Michigan State Michigan State
Best Bet WestVirginia Oregon California Tennessee Indiana
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Mesko should be able to bounce back now that the Wol-
verines return home.
ForIowaKyle Schlicher remains a solid college kicker.
He is 19-for-20 on the season. In clutch situations, Schli-
cher has an edge, but with Michigan's return and kicking
games, field position should favor the Wolverines.
press box dur-
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Michigan is No.
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falter at all?
Michigan is a much better team
Crap. I hate it when facts inter-
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It's no fair.
All right, I was just kidding ear-
lier. Is there still room on the band-
wagon for me?
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Michigan returns to the Big House after a huge road
victory at Beaver Stadium, and Iowa is coming off an
extremely deflating loss to Indiana in Bloomington. Even
though Iowa should be fired up to come out and avenge
the loss, the Hawkeyes have to go on the road again.
Michigan might be tempted to start looking ahead toward
the end-of-the-season showdown with Ohio State, but this
team has been in the spotlight for the last few weeks. It
knows how to handle the pressure, and it's still on a mis-
sion. Look for the Wolverines to take care of business.
Michigan 31, Iowa 14