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REACHING THE 2009 MICHIGAN FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

October 17,2009 1- Football Sat rda

Wolverines should run away with a 'W' against DSU

HALFWAY.POINT
Does this stat scare you? Michigan is 0-1 all-time
against Football Championship Subdivision competi-
tion. The one they lost just so happened to be to one of
the best FCS schools ever -- Appalachian State - but
anyway, we're done rationalizing that one.
The lowly Delaware State Hornets, winners of just
one game this season, are going to bring their best
into the Big House Saturday, because, well, this is their
Super Bowl.
You don't schedule a nonconference game over an
already-scheduled conference opponent and come
600 miles to lay down and die. Trust us, win or lose,
the Hornets will fight tough.
Michael Eisenstein a Ruth Lincoln
Courtney Ratkowiak * Andy Reid
HIGHLIGHTS
Believe it or not, Michigan isn't the only team that
boasts maize-and-blue winged helmets that Delaware
State will play this year. Page three for details.
It's the midway point of the season (and midterm time
for Michigan students), so it's about time for The Daily
to grade the Wolverines' performance thus far.
it's best to know the enemy, right? Read about
members of the opposing team in our weekly Q&A
feature. Up this week is Hornet defensive back Avery
Grant.

Sept. 5 Western Michigan: Before this win, it had been a while since Michigan
fans had anything to cheer about during opening weekend.
Sept.12 Notre Dame: Hey, Chuck Weis, you already got schooled by one true freshman
quarterback this season. This week, you'll make it two after Matt Barkley throws all over the place.
Sept.19 Eastern Michigan: The Eagles put up a good fight in the first half, but Michigan
once agais proved there's only room for one college football team in Washtenaw County.

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Sept.26 Indiana: Wait, what? Indiana still has a football team? We'll believe it when we
see it. Still haven't, even though it gave Michigan a scare for a few minutes there.
Oct. 3 at Michigan State: So the Spartans beat Michigan for the second year ina row.
Whatever. Keep Paul Bunyan. That thing is butt-ugly anyway. .

From page 6B
MICHIGAN PASSING OFFENSE
- VS. DELAWARE STATE
PASSING DEFENSE
Beyond battling a concussion,
Tate Forcier has a tender shoulder
and bruised confidence after last
Saturday's loss. Against the Hor-
nets, he should get some much-
needed rest.
Enter Denard Robinson.
Saturday could be Robinson's
chance to prove that he's actually
a quarterback and can, you know,
throw the ball. Robinson's game-
ending interception at Iowa last
week left a sour taste in everyone's
mouth, and the freshman quar-
terback would likely love nothing
more than to re-establish himself,
even if it is against a dismal FCS
passing defense that has given up
189.2 yards per game through the
air.
The Wolverine receivers, who
have left much to be desired the
past few weeks against physical
cornerbacks, should see this week-
end as a welcome relief. With two

players to watch ou
that's a stretch.
MICHIGAN RUS
VS. DELAWA
RUSHINGC
Playing a top-
Championship Sub
one thing. Playing
is another. The F
just 14 points a gam
to a dismal seven
Bethune-Cookman
hadn't won agame
it slipped past Del
weekend.
With Brandon
Martin and Craig F
Obi Ezeh and Jona
ing a game against
an FCS school to
fidence, Delaware
overmatched.
Remember whe
one rushing yard t
half last weekend?

it for -- and even MICHIGAN PASSING DEFENSE
VS. DELAWARE STATE
Edge: Michigan PASSING OFFENSE
If Delaware State was going to
HING DEFENSE take the edge in any category, it
ORE STATE would be this one.
OFFENSE The Wolverines are dead last in
-notch Football the Big Ten in pass defense, giving
division team is up more than 250 passing yards
a bad FCS team per game, but they have recently
'tornets average switched things up in the second-
ie and were held ary. After sophomore cornerback
points against Boubacar Cissoko was suspend-
- a team that ed for a violation of team rules
this season until and redshirt freshman J.T. Floyd
aware State last looked vulnerable, Troy Woolfolk
switched from safety to corner-
Graham, Mike back.
Roh up front and That may possibly shore up
as Mouton need- the defense for now, at least until
a teamlike, well, Michigan defensive coordinator
gain some con- Greg Robinson comes up with a
State is simply better solution. Even with all of
the Wolverines' faults, their tal-
n Iowa had only ent should be too much for the
hrough the first Hornets.

interceptions between them this lar performance.
season, defensive backs Greg Ligon
and Francis Adjei are likely the only

Edge: Michigan

SPECIAL TEAMS
Punter Zoltan Mesko had the
game of his life last week against
Iowa, averaging53.8 yards per punt
and launching a 61-yard boot.
There is some reason to fear the
Hornets -- Ligon might be riding a
hot streak after he blocked an extra
point against Bethune-Cookman
last week.
Edge: Michigan
INTANGIBLES
The Hornets regularly play in
front of about 7,000 people. Add
100,000 more, and it's safe to say
they will be a little overwhelmed.
Michigan is bigger, stronger, fast-
er, more tradition-rich, has more
scholarships and is undoubtedly
more physically fit than Delaware
State. And what small school play-
er isn't at least a little intimidated
when he sees those winged helmets
flying at him?
Edge: Michigan

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Oct.10 at Iowa: Kinnick Stadium would rank as one of the best in the Big Ten -if they didn't play
"Gotta Feeling" 3,000,000 times and their fans didn't storm the field against unranked teams.
Oct.17 Delaware State: As if Michigan students needed more motivation to skip this
game, the Athletic Department scheduled it during Fall Break.
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Oct.24 Penn State: Little known fact: Joe Paterno is the only active college football coach
who participated in the Revolutionary War. Just kidding. He is really old, though.
Oct. 31 at Illinois: After a weak start, the Fighting llini are almost as irrelevant as Chief Illiniwek,
the school's mascot that was discontinued in 2007.
Nov. 7 Purdue: Think the Wolverines still have that hook-and-lateral on their minds? With the game
against Purdue one Michigan is expected to win, expect the Wolverines to come out swinging.
Nov.14 at Wisconsin: Hey, Bret Bielema. What are you going to do about that tigerhawk
tattoo on your calf this weekend while your team is playing the Hawkeyes?
Nov. 21 Ohio State: The sweater vest -perfect for when your torso is ice cold but your
arms still need to breathe. Seriously, Tressel, what is up with that wardrobe?

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Edge: Michigan

Michigan 52,
ware State 7
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STAFF PICKS
The Daily football writers do their
best to predict what happens
in the 2009 football season.
Michigan (NS) vs. Delaware State
No.1 Florida (-24) vs. Arkansas
No. 2 Alabama (-17) vs No. 22 S Carolina
No. 3 Texas (-3.5) vs. No. 20 Oklahoma
No. 4 VA Tech (-3) at No.19 GA Tech
No.6 So. Cal (-10) at No. 25 Notre Dame
No. 7 Ohio State (-14) at Purdue
No. 8 Cincinnati (-3) at No. 21 So. Florida
No. 9 Miami (FL) (-14.5) at UCF
No. 11 Iowa (+2.5) at Wisconsin
No.12 TCU (-22) vs. Colorado St.
No.14 Penn State (-16.5) vs. Minnesota
No.15 Nebraska (-10.5) vs. Texas Tech
No.16 Oklahoma State (-7) vs. Missouri
No.17 Kansas (-10) at Colorado
No.18BYU(-17) at San Diego State
No. 23 Houston (-17) at Tulane
No. 24 Utah (-16.5) at UNLV
Indiana(+2) vs. Illinois
Michigan State (-13.5) vs. Northwestern
Last Week
Overall

Michael
Eisensteir
Michigan
Arkansas
Alabama
Texas
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame
Ohio State
South Florida
Miami
Iowa
Colorado State
Minnesota
Nebraska
Oklahoma State
Kansas.
BYU
Houston
Utah
Indiana
Northwestern
11-11
73-58-1

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Ruth
Wincolns
Michigan
Arkansas
Alabama
Texas
Virginia Tech
Southern Cal
Ohio State
South Florida
UNLV
Te xas Christian
Minnesota
Texas Tech
Oklahoma State
Kansas
San Diego State
Houston
UNLV
Indiana
Northwestern
11-11
67-64-1

Courtney
Ratkowiak
Michigan
Arkansas
Alabama
Texas
Georgia Tech
Southern Cal
Ohio State
Cincinnati
Miami
Wisconsin
Colorado State
Minnesota
Nebraska
Oklahoma State
Kansas
San Diego State
Houston
Utah
Illinois
Northwestern
10-12
70-61 -1

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Michigan
Arkansas
Alabama
Texas
Virginia Tech
Southern Cal
Ohio State
Cincinnati
Miami
Iowa
Texas Christian
Penn State
Nebraska
Missouri
Kansas
BYU
Houston
Utah
Indiana
Michigan State
10-12
61-70-1

Michigan
Arkansas
Alabama
Oklahoma
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame
Ohio State
South Florida
Miami
Iowa
Colorado State
Minnesota
Texas Tech
Oklahoma State
Kansas
BYU
Houston
Utah
Indiana
Northwestern
12-10
69-62-1

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