4B - November 9, 2009
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THE QUICK BREAKDOWN
M A IZE GAU GE The Michigan Daily football writers break down the weekend's stats that don't show up in the box score. The Mesk-o-Meter measures the success of special teams, the Rod-o-Meter
judges how emotional (positive or negative) Rich Rodriguez was following the game and the Hype-o-Meter measures the fans' performance.
1/4 Mesko and Stonum had great games, but it didn't matter.
Saturday's biggest plays were Michigan's miscues. Ole-
Zolt ans snavage missed an extra point and field goal, and Michigan
misplayed an onside kick. Each directly altered the outcome.
3 By now, you've probably heard Rodriguez wasn't exactly.
"pleased" with Purdue's Zach Reckman. Completely
4 unprovoked, the coach called out the lineman for his
snarky postgame remarks. It's tough tolose three straight.
4 I Well, it's true the game was against Purdue, but it's pretty sad
when Michigan has a shot to clinch a bowl and a chunk of the
student section didn't even see the Wolverines'first touch-
Big Houses down. Only the White Stripes could get the crowd going.
Former Daily Sports Editor Naweed Sikora lost his battle with testic-
ular cancer in mid-October, and a memorial service was held in his
honor in Ann Arbor this weekend. He was just 27 years old.
When he worked for Daily Sports, Sikora led a campaign to change
Michigan fans' post-defensive stand cheer from a Florida State-like
Tomahawk Chop to what he deemed The Claw, invoking the feroc-
ity of a Wolverine. This was the trend for a while, but students have
reverted back to the Chop.
Against Ohio State, try the Claw. After all, the Wolverines need all the
help against the Buckeyes they can get.
The true meaning of
this motion is not really
important here. The
point is, it's a thing of
SAIDALSALAH/Daily JAKE FROMM/ Daily
WIDE RECEIVER ROY ROUNDTREE OFFENSIVE LINEMAN MARK HUYGE
After feeling blue for falling a yard short of the end The line is already underappreciated, so getting
zone on a critical play last week, Roundtree stepped knocked off the boxscore on a replay is just rough.
up his game. He more than doubled his career On a last-ditch chance, Huyge's first-down run was
catches with 10 receptions for 126 yards and a score. reversed because he caught the ball on a forward pitch.
Just (when) all the
goals we had this
year go down the
drain a little bit. It's
not over. The last
two, we just trying
to get to a bowl
now. That's a big
goal. I'll really cry
if we don't."
- Michigan senior defensive end
Brandon Graham on what makes him
THE MICHIGAN DAILY TOP 10 POLL
The Michigan Daily Top 10 returns for its 10th installment this season. Each week, Daily
Sports staffers fill out ballots, with first place votes receiving 10 points, second-place votes
receiving nine, and so on. The results are published with first-place votes in parentheses.
1. Florida (6): The Gators
struggled to pull outthe
win, though only one
staffer predicted that.
., 2. Texas (3): McCoy passed
for 470yards and said C-Ya
(hockey style) to Barkley
3.Alabama (4): The Tide
have a Dec. 5 date with the
Gators after beating LSU.
That's all we care about.
4. Cincinnati (1): It was
almost a Big East hiccup,
but the Bearcats were
mightier than the Huskies.
5. TCU:A focused Horned
Frog is the highest
form of Zen. Watch
out, BCS title game.
6. Boise State: The
Broncos are 9-0 for the
fourth time in six years.
Take note, Rich Rod.
a 7. Georgia Tech: Nesbitt
overcame a 4-of-14
game to win it in OT.
8. LSU: The Tigers did us
all a favor by losing to give
us the game we wanted:
9. USC: Barkley, future
Heisman winner, went
7-of-22. Hey, Arizona State
is a good team, right?
10. Iowa: Stanzi went
down, and so did Iowa's
BCS hopes - all because
of lowly Northwestern.
Make sure to keep your
elbow up, your wrist
locked, and your mouth
The Daily football writers do their
best to predict what happens in
the 2009 football season.
Michigan (-6.5) vs. Purdue
No.1 Florida (-35) vs. Vanderbilt
No. 2Texas (-34.5) vs. UCF
No.3Alabama (-7.5) vs. No. 9 LSU
No.4 Iowa (-16) vs. Northwestern
No. 5 Cincinnati (-17.5) vs. Connecticut
No. 6 TCU (-24.5) at San Diego State
No. 7 Boise State (-21) at Louisiana Tech
No. 8 Oregon (-7.5) at Stanford
No.10 Georgia Tech (-15) vs. Wake Forest
No.11 Penn State (-5)vs. No.16Ohio State
No.12 Southern Cal (-10) at Arizona State
No.13 Pittsburgh (-21) vs. Syracuse
No.14Utah (-27.5) vs. New Mexico
No.15 Houston (-2) at Tulsa
No.17 Miami (FL) (-14) vs. Virginia
No.1ISArizona(-32) vs. Washington State
No.19 Oklahoma State (-7.5) at Iowa State
No. 20 California (-7.5) vs.Oregon State
No. 21 Wisconsin (-11) at Indiana
No. 22 Notre Dame (-12) vs. Navy
No. 23 Virginia Tech (-13) at East Carolina
No. 24 Oklahoma (-5) at Nebraska
Michigan State (-20.5) vs. Western Michigan
Minnesota (-7) vs. Illinois
To apply to be a guest picker, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're chosen and can beat at least two of us, you'll stay on for another week. The longest tenured guest picker will get a prize at the end of the season.