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2B - Football Saturday - October 24, 2008

2008 Michigan Schedule
Utah, L 23-25: Michigan was expected to haye growing pains. And after a failed comeback
attempt, the Wolverines were on the wrong end of an opening game for the second year in a row.
Miami (Ohio), W 16-6: At least this gawe isn't against Oregon. Michigan should be able to win
against the average Mid-Awerican Conterence teaw or the Wolverines might really be in trouble.
at Notre Dame, L 17-35: With six turnovers, it looked like this could be one of
the sloppiest games the Wolverines would play. It was - for a week.
Wisconsin, W 27-25: The first half was terrible. The second half was inspiring. And though Threet
continued to improve, the Wolverines had no rhythm until their backs were against the wall.
Illinois, L 45-20: It was an historic day for all the wrong reasons. Michigan allowed the most
points at home since 1991, and it was the Wolverines' worst Big Ten loss since 1968.
Toledo, L 13-10: Well, there goes that perfect streak against Mid-American
Conference teams. No one saw that coming, even with a Michigan team like this.
at Penn State, L 46-17: Things were going great for Michigan early. Then everything collapsed.
The Wolverines were outscored 32-0 in the second half and lost for the first time in ten games.
Michigan State: It takes some guts to guarantee a win in your next game just moments after
losing by 29 points. But that's what junior Brandon Graham did. Can Michigan make it happen?
at Purdue: Senior quarterback Curtis Painter may give Michigan's secondary
trouble, but that's about all the Wolverines need to worry about.
at Minnesota: Watch out - Minnesota is already bowl-eligible. If it's any help to
upset Michigan fans, the Golden Gophers had just one win last season.

October 24, 2008 - Football Saturday - 7B
Harrison knows key to Spartan offense

The Michigan Daily football writers give 12 bold predictions for
tomorrow's game. Some of these are safe, some are daring -
and some are just outlandish.

The Wolverines have traditionally had higher-ranked
recruiting classes than the Spartans. But over the past 10/25
few years, Michigan is looking more out-of-state. Read
more about what that means for high school athletes in
Michigan who have grown up loving the Wolverines.
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According to the stats, who has the edge? Read here to see the
breakdown of Michigan and Michigan State's offense, defense,
special teams and intangibles.
Breakout performances from freshmen and injuries have impact-
ed this week's depth chart. Learn more about who will likely start
against the Spartans and who won't even make the list.

By COURTNEY RATKOWIAK
Daily Sports Editor
Michigan State running back
Javon Ringer has averaged 147.4
rushing yards per game this season,
second-best inthe nation.
He has scored 14 of his team's 24
touchdowns.
He can lay flat on his back and
jump to a standing position without
using his hands,
"I mean, the
guy's a freak,"
Michigan Spartan quarter-
State at back Brian Hoyer
said at Big Ten Me-
Michigan dia Day in July.
Matchup: "I saw him squat
Michigan State 520 pounds five
6-2, 3-1; Michi- times."
gan 2-5,1-1 But when he
When: Swatur- playedforCham-
day 3:30 P.M. inade-Julienne
TV/Radio: High School in
ABC Dayton, Ohio,
the seemingly
invincibleRinger
was sidelined as
a senior after knee surgery - and
his replacement at running back
for the team's first-round state
playoff game was current Michi-
gan safety Brandon Harrison.
Harrison and Ringer were
the running backs in their high
school's two-hack system. In that
playoff win, Harrison was the
team's star on his 18th birthday
with 219 rushing yards and three
touchdowns.
Now, with Ringer getting the
glory as one of the nation's best
backs, Harrison is all too happy
to talk about his former teammate
and best friend.
"I'm proud of him, man," Har-
rison said. "I mean, everybody is.
We kind of knew this was going to
happen eventuully."
Harrison said two of Ringer's
strongest assets in high school
were his good vision and balance.
Thattalenthas helped Ringergain
1,179 yards so far this season for
the Spartans. With 263 carries,
Ringer has one fewer than all of
Michigan State's opponents com-
bined this season.
In other words, Ringer is the
Michigan State offense - and the
Wolverines know that all too well.
Last year, even while splitting time
with running back Jehuu Caul-
crick, Ringer rushed for 128 yards
in Michigan's 28-24 win. His only
real struggle this season was in
last week's 45-7 loss to Ohio State,
when he was held to a season-low
69 rushingyards on16 carries.

"They've played really, really well, Wolverines will win Saturday. Add
last game notwithstanding, Michi- that to former Michigan running
gan coach Rich Rodriguez said. "I back Mike Hart's now-infamous
think they got a "little brother" comment
couple plays that last year, and the Spar-
kind of skewed it "I don't think tans have lots of motiva-
there a little bit tion.
in the Ohio State w e are ever "I don't think we are
game. Whatever going to ever lose to
their best effort is, gon gState," Graham said after
I'm sure we'll get Michigan's 46-17 loss to
that Saturday." to State." Penn State. "I'm feeling
The Spartans' like we're not gonna to
best effort will lose to State because
likely be fueled by that's just - we're not
Michigan junior defensive end Bran- going to lose to State. We are going
don Graham's guarantee that the to work hard. We're gonna win"
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Though Dantonio answered
Hart's comment after the Spartans'
loss last year by poking fun at the
running back's height, he responded
differently to Graham's comments
Tuesday.
"Pretty soft bulletin board mate-
rial to me, soft," Dantonio said. "And
you know, when I say that, it's not
deliberate and antagonistic - that's
fine. I don't see that really as big ma-
terial."
Both teams will be looking to

end streaks Saturday. Michigan (2-5
overall, 1-2 Big Ten), currently on a
three-game losing skid, will need to
win Saturday or it will have to win
out for a chance to extend its 33-year
bowl streak. Michigan State (6-2,3-1)
has lost six straight against the Wol-
verines, but is coming to Michigan
Stadium already bowl-eligible.
"You can't really compare Michi-
gan to any other game because they
are a whole different category of
their own" Ringer said.

11/15 Northwestern: It's always good to have a game against a doormat before facing Ohio
State, right? But at 6-1, the Wildcats don't exactly look like a warmup anymore.
/22 at Ohio State: Michigan has lost four straight against the Buckeyes, and Ohio
1 22 State will be shooting for a prime BCS bowl bid. This could be ugly.

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