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4B - November 15, 2010

THE QUICK BREAKDOWN
MA IZE GA/U G E The Michigan Daily football writers break down the weekend's stats that don't show up in the box score. The Spread-o-Meter measures the success of quarterbacks, 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.
SPREAD--METER ROD-O-METER HYPE-0-METER
It was one of the sloppiest offensive games in recent On Saturday, Rodriguez was happy with his This is being generous. Ross-Ade Stadium was a sloppy
memory, rivaling the Northwestern game in Ann defense, which held Purdue without an offensive mud pit by the game's end. The stands were about
Arbor two years ago in which 'M" also coughed up touchdown, but disappointed in his offense, which half full and pitifully silent, even in Purdue's shining.
Denards Rich Rods t Big Houses
the ball five times. But against Purdue Michigan still turned the ball over five times. But the most preva- And the 50,000+ announced attendance was not only
racked up more than 400 yards of total offense. lent emotion: relief in coming away with a victory. exaggerated but was in a large part Wolverine fans.

LOOKING GOOD

FEELING BLUE

ARIEL BOND/Daily ARIEL BOND/Daily
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SAFETY CAM GORDON SOPHOMORE QUARTERBACK DENARD ROBINSON
After sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson It was a sloppy day overall, but Robinson
fumbled the ball on the Wolverines' first drive, the looked especially so. The sophomore threw two
Michigan defense was backed up on its own 28-yard interceptions and lost two fumbles. The rainy
line. But when sophomore defensive end Craig Roh weather, undoubtedly played a part in what
laid a monster hit on Purdue running back Dan was arguably Robinson's worst day as a starter.
Dierking and knocked the ball loose, Gordon took Consolation for Robinson? He led the Wolverines
scoring, and the ball, into his own hands. The safety on the game-clinching drive with two impressive
deftly scooped the ball off the grass and sprinted third-down conversions: one on a 25-yard pass to
all the way to the endzone. Gordon was in the right junior tight end Kevin Koger and the last on an
place at the right time all day - he also recovered 11-yard scamper on third-and-nine. Robinson may
another crucial fumble in the fourth quarter. be feeling blue, but he still escaped with a victory.

With the ball on the Michigan 28-yard line early in the first quarter,
Purdue attempted to hand the ball off to running back Dan Dierk-
ing. But sophomore defensive end Craig Roh broke through the line
unblocked and hit Dierking as he was receiving the handoff. Redshirt
freshman safety Cam Gordon, who was blitzing from the right side,
picked up the loose ball and returned in 58 yards for a touchdown.

NOTABLE
QUOTABLE
There's no bad
wins. ... It's a win
on the road in
tough conditions
and we didn't
play our best. But
our guys held in
there, and we won
the game."
- Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez after
the game on Saturday

THE MICHIGAN DAILY TOP10 POLL
Each week, Daily sports staffers fill out ballots, with first place votes receiving 10
points, second-place votes receiving nine, and so on.

1. OREGON: Two
heartbreaking missed field
goalsby Cal allow Oregon to
narrowlyescape Berkley.
2. AUBURN: Allegations?
What allegations? Newton
puts Auburn on his back and
carries it over Georgia.

6. LSU: The Tiger defense
gets things rolling early
for LSU, which beat
UL-Monroe 51-0.

7. NEBRASKA: The Husker
defense picked up the slack
for the sluggish offense and
Nebraska rolls past Kansas.

:1

3. BOISE STATE: Despite the
serious BSU hate from Idaho,
the Broncos continueto
demolish all opponents.

4. TCU: The Frogsdrop a
spot after beating San Diego
State byjustfive and Utah
gets killedby Notre Dame.
S. WISCONSIN: The
Badgers put up some
straightstupid numbers
against Indiana.

8. OHIO STATE: Penn State
stuck around untilthe third
quarter, when the Bucks'D
took over.
9. STANFORD: ASU pushed
the Cardinal to the limit, but
Luck stepped up in the 4th
quarter. Stanford escapes.
10. OKLAHOMA STATE: If
there was a year to end the
Cowboys'12-year struggle
against Texas, it's this one.

STAFF PICKS
The Daily football writers do their best
to predict, against the spread, what Nicole
happens in the 2010 football season. Auerbach

Michigan (-13) at Purdue
No. 1 Oregon (-20) at California
No. 2 Auburn (-8.5) vs. Georgia
No. 3 TCU (-25) vs. San Diego State
No. 4 Boise State (-30) at. Idaho
No. 5 LSU (-31) vs. UL-Monroe
No.6 Stanford (-7) at Arizona State
No.7 Wisconsin (-23) at Indiana
No. 8 Nebraska (-32) vs. Kansas
No.9 Ohio State (-17) vs. Penn State
No.10 Oklahoma State (-6.5) at Texas
No.12 Alabama (-14.5) vs. No.19 Mississippi State
No.13 Iowa (-10) at Northwestern
No.14 Utah (-4) at Notre Dame
No.15 Arkansas (-28) vs.T UTEP
No.16 Oklahoma (-14) vs. Texas Tech
No.17 Missouri (-14) vs. No. 24KansasState Kansas State
No.18 Arizona (-4.5) vs. USC
No. 20 Virginia Tech (-3.5) at North Carolina
No. 21 Nevada (-7) at Fresno State
No. 22 Florida (-7) vs. No. 23 South Carolina
No. 25 Texas A&M (-3) at Baylor
This week
Overall

Michigan
Oregon
Auburn
TCU
Boise State
LSU
Stanford
Indiana
Kansas
Ohio State
Oklahoma State
Mississippi State
Iowa
Utah
UTEP
Oklahoma
Missouri
Arizona
North Carolina
Nevada
Florida
Texas A&M
8-14
117-91-8

Ryan
Kartje
Michigan
Oregon
Auburn
TCU
Boise State
LSU
Stanford
Wisconsin
Kansas
Penn State
Oklahoma State
Alabama
Iowa
Utah
UTEP
Texas Tech
Kansas State
USC
Virginia Tech
Nevada
South Carolina
Texas A&M
12-10
112-96-8

Tim 4A
Rohan vc
,A
Michigan
Oregon
Auburn
TCU
Boise State
UL-Monroe
Stanford
Wisconsin
Kansas
Penn State
Oklahoma State
Alabama
Iowa
Utah
Arkansas
Oklahoma
Kansas State
USC
North Carolina
Nevada
South Carolina
Baylor
112-96-8

Joe
Stapleton
Michigan
Oregon
Auburn
TCU
Idaho
LSU
Stanford
Wisconsin
Nebraska
Ohio State
Oklahoma State

Lee Quackenbush
Men's Glee Club
President
Michigan
Oregon
Auburn
TCU
Boise State
LSU
Stanford
Wisconsin
Nebraska
Ohio State
Oklahoma State
Mississippi State
Iowa
Utah
Arkansas
Oklahoma
Missouri
Arizona
Virginia Tech
Nevada
Florida
Baylor
9-13
64-54-6

Alabama
Iowa
Utah
Arkansas
Oklahoma
Missouri
Arizona
Virginia Tech
Nevada
Florida
Texas A&M
10-12
113-95-8

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