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Monday, November 20, 2006 - 5B

MAIZE GAUGE
The Michigan Daily football writers break down the weekend's stats that don't show up in the box-
score. The defense-o-meter measures the intensity of the defense, the Carr-o-meter judges Lloyd
Carr's demeanor following the game and the hypemeter measures the fans' game performance.

Po

DEFENSE-0-METER
0 The secondary was exposed as a weakness - again. But unlike
past weeks, Michigan's rush defense wasn't there to bail it
out. The Wolverine 'D' allowed more than 500 yards against
the Buckeyes, wasting a 38-point offensive performance.
STAFF PICKS
Predictions against the spread
for Nov. 18
Jim Betts, member of the '69
Michigan team that upset No. 1
Ohio State, 24-12, takes his shot
at the Daily football writers on Scott
the week of The Game.

CARR-O-METER
1/4 Carr was obviously upset after his tough weekend. He lost a
mentor and a friend in Bo Schembechler, and came up short
for the fifth time in six games against the rival Buckeyes.
But he did his best to put on a strong face for the media.

HYPEMETER
414 Shockingly enough, the Ohio State fans were excited for
arguably the biggest game in the history of college football's
greatest rivalry. One reporter in the crowd said it was
impossible to talk to someone three seats down from him.

a

MICHIGAN
Kevin Stephanie JimBetts
Wright Wright Former Wolverine

matt
Sina

Bsell inger

No.2 Michigan (+7) at No.1 Ohio State Ohio State Michigan Ohio State Michigan Michigan
Western Carolina (+35) at No. 3 Florida Florida Florida Florida Florida Western Carolina
No. 17 California (+6) at No.4 Southern Cal Southern Cal California california SouthernCal SouthernCal
No. 5 Arkansas (-14.5) at Mississippi State Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas
Army (+31) at No. 6 Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame Army
No. 7 Rutgers (-7) at Cincinnati Rutgers Rutgers Cincinnati Rutgers Rutgers
No. 8 West Virginia (-11) at Pittsburgh West Virginia Pittsburgh West Virginia Pittsburgh West Virginia
Mississippi(+27.5) at No. 9 Louisiana State Louisiana State Mississippi Louisiana State Louisiana State Mississippi
South Florida (+16.5)at No.10Louisville Louisville South Florida Louisville Louisville Louisville
Buffalo (+38) at No.12 Wisconsin Wisconsin Buffalo Wisconsin Buffalo Wisconsin
Utah State (+37.5) at No.13 BoiseState Boise State Utah State Boise State Utah State Utah State
No.19 Virginia Tech(+2) at No.14 Wake Forest Wake Forest Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Wake Forest Virginia Tech
No.15Auburn(-3)at Alabama Auburn Auburn Auburn Auburn Auburn
No.16 Oklahoma (-20.5) at Baylor Oklahoma Baylor Oklahoma Oklahoma Oklahoma
Duke (+26) at No.18 Georgia Tech Duke Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Georgia Tech
No.21Maryland(+7.5)atNo.20 BostonCollege Maryland Maryland Maryland Maryland Maryland
No. 22Tennessee (-8.5) at Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee
New Mexico (+26.5) at No. 23Brigham Young Brigham Young NewMexico Brigham Young Brigham Young Brigham Young
Iowa (+3) at Minnesota Minnesota Iowa Minnesota Iowa Iowa
Michigan State (+17) at Penn State Penn State Michigan State Penn State Penn State Penn State
Indiana (+10) at Purdue Indiana Indiana Purdue Indiana Indiana
Illinois (-2.5) at Northwestern Northwestern Northwestern Northwestern Northwestern Illinois
Best Bet Rutgers Auburn California Maryiand Michigan
Record 11-11 (0-1) 12-10 (1-0) 13-9 (0-1) 12-10 (0-1) 11-11 (1-0)
Overall Record 114-112-8 (3-7-1) 111-115-8 (5-6) 108-1188 (5-6) 107-119-8 (5-6) 122-104-8 (6-4-1)
Standings 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 1st

Pickers finally back on track
as Wright leads.500-or-
above push.
Kevin Wright's 13-9 mark was
tops in a week where the Daily
prognosticators all finally posted
a mark of .500 or above.
With Jim Betts stepping up
and doing the picks for the celeb-
rities. their spot atop the season
standings was in good hands
after a solid 11-11 performance.
With few games left in the sea-
son, the celebs look to have first
place all but locked up with a
comfortable eight-game lead.
Wright pulled away from a
last-place tie with his counter-
part, Stephanie Wright. But he's
just one game away from the
cellar, as Stephanie posted a
solid 12-10 mark of her own.
With the season nearing its
culmination, Daily Sports is des-
perate. We're looking for a celeb-
rity to do our picks. But we don't
want just any celeb - we need a
celebrity who would be horrible
at Staff Picks.
If you have any suggestions
or nominations, or think you
yourself are worthy of the distinc-
tion and would do an absolutely
horrible job, drop us an e-mail at
sports@michigandaily.com. Or,
if you're not a big fan of e-mail,
leave a suggestion at our blog.
It's called "The Game," and it
can be found at michigandaily.com

THE MICHIGAN DAILY TOP 10 POLL

week in our pull thanks to a convincisngvictory over
California. Now, Michigan fans everywhere can spend
Thanksgiving break rooting against Southern Cal.

Smoking
Buckeyes
blow past
Blue 'D'
By MATT SINGER
Daily Sports Editor
COLUMBUS - Everyone knew Ohio State's
offense was a force to be reckoned with. But few
could have anticipated the shellacking the Buck-
eyes' 'O' would put on Michigan's once-proud
defense.
Led by Heisman frontrunner quarterback
Troy Smith, Ohio State racked up 503 total yards
and 42 points - both season-worsts for Michi-
gan's defense.
"It definitely was a lot of points scored," senior
co-captain LaMarr Woodley said. "Nobody prob-
ably expected the (score) to be that high. They
probably thought it was going to be a low-scoring
game. It kind of shocked everybody."
The Buckeyes beat up the Wolverines with a
lethal combination of big-play ability and back-
breaking, methodical drives.
In 11 games prior to the Ohio State contest,
Michigan's defense allowed just 10 plays of 30
yards or more from scrimmage - all passes. But
against the Buckeyes, Michigan gave up four
plays of more than 30 yards, including two 50-
plus yard rushes.
With the game deadlocked at 7-7 early in the
second quarter, Ohio State began its big-play
parade. Working out of shotgun on second-and-
four at the Buckeyes' 48-yard line, Smith handed
off to backup running back Chris Wells on a draw.
Smith's fake rollout may have fooled Michigan's
defense, because Wells burst through the Wol-
verine front, beat the safeties and sprinted to the
end zone for a 52-yard touchdown run.
On the Buckeyes' next drive, Smith struck
twice with monster plays through the air. First,
he fired a 39-yard completion to receiver Brian
Robiskie to get Ohio State past midfield. Two
plays later, Smith pulled off a picture-perfect
play-action fake, freezing safety Ryan Mundy.
Smith then fired over the top to wide receiver
Ted Ginn, Jr. for a 39-yard touchdown, giving
Ohio State a 21-7 second-quarter lead.
But the most crushing play for the Wolverines
came in the third quarter. Michigan had all the
momentum early in the second half, scoring 10
straight points to cut Ohio State's lead to 28-24.
But then Ohio State running back Antonio Pitt-
man stormed up the middle for a 56-yard touch-

7. West Virginia: Rutgers's shocking loss to Cincinnati ended
any chance of the Big Eastcearning real respect in our eyes. But
we decided that the Mountaineers, who beat up on Pittsburgh
last week, are the best one-loss team of that sorry bunch.
S. Wisconsin: Tlie Badgers rivedt eir regular soaston
ejudc t-d ,cud1ave beo orIpe ssivef they had
scheduled a top-75 teamn in their no~nconference season.,
9. Louisville: The Cardinals' return to the Daily Top 10
more because of other teams' failures than any success
of their own. Louisville, West Virginia and Rutgers are
currently locked in a three-way tie atop the Big East.
10. Louisiana State: The definition of gettin > cauwght looking
ahtead: L ettingr Ole Mbliss t ake youi to over timie twith Ark ans as
'loomi ng neQxt 1n the schedule. One thin g's for cer'tain- the
Tigers nee d to plat a Int Ibe tter to knock oft thy. R a zobacks
Also receiving votes: Boise State, Texas, Auburn, Rutgers.
WE'D LIKE TO APOLOGIZE IN ADVANCE
FOR LEAVING MICHIGAN STATE OFF THE
Top 10... MUST HAVE BEEN A TYPO.

Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith torched the Wolverine defense all day long. He threw for four touchdowns.
down run, dealing Michigan a back-breaking "We just had mistakes," Woodley said. "Just
blow. as far as the defense, too many mistakes. When
"What I believe is that you can't give up big you have mistakes, the other team capitalizes on
plays and be successful," Carr said. "We've done them. You give up big plays and stupid penalties,
a great job of that throughout this season, but it allows the team to continue their drive."
we just didn't do that today. And that was, in my Smith's performance iced his Heisman-wor-
mind, the difference." thy season. Spreading out Michigan's defense
Huge gains were just one weapon in Ohio with four- and five-wide receiver sets, Ohio State
State's offensive arsenal. The Buckeyes proved coach Jim Tressel allowed Smith to slice and dice
adept at stringing together long, thoroughly Michigan's overmatched nickel and dime pack-
dominating drives. ages.
Fourteen-play,nine-play and11-playOhioState After burning Michigan with his legs in the
touchdown drives ate a total of 13:18 off the clock, previous two Michigan-Ohio State contests,
demoralizing the Maize-and-Blue defense. Smith used his mobility to buy more time for
It stiffened a bit in the second half, when Mich- throws on Saturday, instead of taking off down-
igan gave up 183 yards, compared to 320 yards in field. He finished with just 12 yards rushing, but
the first half. And the Wolverines took advantage completed 29-of-41 passes for 316 yards and four
of Buckeye mistakes to pick up three turnovers. touchdowns.
But even when the Wolverines slowed Ohio "He's definitely a great player," Michigan
State, they found ways to allow the Buckeye quarterback Chad Henne said. "He proved that
offense to continue rolling. Linebacker's Shawn today, that when there is pressure on him, that
Crable's fourth-quarter personal foul, in par- he can get out of the pocket and make plays hap-
ticular, deflated Michigan's defense. The 15-yard pen. So if he's leading the polls already, then I'm
penalty erased a huge third-down stop and led to sure he's going to get (the Heisman). He's a heck
the Buckeyes' critical sixth touchdown. of a player."

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