4B - November 23, 2009
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THE QUICK BREAKDOWN
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
ludges how emotional (positive or negative) Rich Rodriguez was following the game and the Hype-o-Meter measures the fans' performance
Poor Jason Olesnavage. The fifth-year senior kicker was
4 1-of-4on field goals 26 yards or shorter, and 10-of-11on
Zoltans field goals 27 yards or more. Had he made that 24-yarder in
first quarter, it would have been an entirely different game.
Also, we're sad to see Zoltan Mesko leave, which means
he's taking the student section's 'Z' hand motion with him.
2,4 Rich Rodriguez was alittle bit snappy and very frustrated
during Saturday's press conference. He seemed tired
4 of answering the "What is your timetablefor success?"
Rich Rods questions and curtly answered questions about the
status ofthisjob safety. Of course, that's bound to hap-
pen after missing a bowl for the second straight year.
2 MichiganStadium was the loudest it has been all season, but
we couldn't help but think that was because ofthe enormous
g number of OSU fans in attendance. So much for being all
in for Michigan. We were also happy to see the traditional
blow-up penis in the student section, which is worthy of
one Big House. But that's it. Stop selling your tickets.
LOOKING GOOD FEELING BLUE I PLAY OF THE GAME
DEFENSIVE END BRANDON GRAHAM
There's really nothing more to say about one of
Michigan's greatest defensive players ever. But we
have space, so we'll try to do him justice. Graham
finishes-his career second all-time in career sacks,
tackles for loss and forced fumbles. He also leads the
country with 25 tackles for loss. Everyone will miss
him next season, but can still watch him on Sundays.
SAID ALSALAH/ Daily
QUARTERBACK TATE FORCIER
Before the OSU game, Forcier said he would do
anythingto make sure Michigan's seniors made a
bowl. He added he'd spend 10 extra hours watching
film just to get the win. Well, maybe the 11th hour was
the critical one. Forcier had five turnovers against
OSU, including a fumble for a TD and an interception
in the end zone. That's going to be a long offseason.
I talked to his brother,
too. I said, 'Yeah boys,
y'all got hard hitting.'
Because when we made
that tackle on Pryor,
I don't know what
happened, but I seen
Boren, he bump into
(his brother), and I
was like,'Yeah, Boren.
You still, you still a
Michigan Man. You still
trying to tackle Ohio
- Defensive end Brandon Graham on
what he said to former Wolverine and
current OSU0 -lineman Justin Boren.
THE MICHIGAN DAILY TOP 10 POLL
The Michigan Daily Top'10 returns for its final installment this season. Each week, Daily Sports
staffers will fill out ballots, with first place votes receiving 10 points, second-place votes
receivingnise,"and sso The results are published with first-place soles is parentheses.
1. FLORIDA (4): Tim Tebow 6. BOISE STATE: Utah State
is now the SEC career TD fell to 1-51alltime against
leader. His son will likely be teams in the AP poll. See,
the next one to pass him. RichRod isn't that bad.
2. ALABAMA (3): FCS 7. OREGON: The Pac-10
games in November? Who really comes down to
do the Crimson Tide think Oregon-Oregon State? For
they are, Minnesota? a Rose Bowl bid?
3. TEXAS (2): Colt McCoy
earned his 43rd career
victory asa starter. Guess
Forcier won't catch up.
-.8. GEORGIA TECH: The
' Yellow Jackets now face
Georgia, who just lost to
Kentucky this week.
4. TCU: The last time the 9. PITTSBURGH: The
Horned Frogs started 11-0, Backyard Brawl and a
they won the National trip to Cincy seems like a
Championship. Hmmmm. peachy end to the season.
S. CINCINNATI:With a 10. OHIO STATE: Jim
bye week, hopefully Brian Tressel still wears a
Kelly was exercising while sweater vest. We hear
watching Charlie Weis lose. Ducks love Buckeyes.
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Freshman Tate Forcler threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter. He finished with five turnovers.
The Daily football writers do their
best to predict what happens Michael Ruth Courtney Andy
in the 2009 football season. Eisenstein Lincoln Ratkowiak IReid
Michigan (+12) vs. No.10 Ohio State
No.1 Florida (-45) vs. Florida International
No. 2 Alabama (NS) vs. Chattanooga
No. 3 Texas (-27.5) vs. Kansas
No. 4 TCU (-31.5) at Wyoming
No. 6 Boise State (-23) at Utah State
No. 8 LSU (-4) at Mississippi
No.11 Oregon (-6) at Arizona
No.12 Oklahoma State (-19) vs. Colorado
No.13 Iowa (-10) vs. Minnesota
No.14 Penn State (-3) at Michigan State
No.15 Virginia Tech (-21) vs. North Carolina State
No.16 Wisconsin (-7) at Northwestern
No.17 Stanford (-7) vs. No. 25 California
No.19 Oregon State (-30.5) at Washington State
No. 20 Miami (FL) (-19.5) vs. Duke
No.21 Utah (-23) vs. San Diego State
No. 22 BYU (-10) vs. Air Force
No. 23 Clemson (-21) vs. Virginia
No. 24 Houston (-23.5) vs. Memphis
Purdue (-3) at Indiana
San Diego State
North Carolina State
San Diego State
Congratulations to Michigan Marching Band Drum Major David Hines, Jr. He beat us the most consecutive weeks (especially Andy Reid) and put the rest of you to shame. E-mail prize suggestions to email@example.com.