48 - November 22, 2010
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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 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.
Michigan's vaunted offense was non-existent in
the first half, racking up only 22 yards passing and
102 yards rushing on its way to being shut out. But
the Wolverines picked it up in the second half and
finished with 442 yards of offense and 28 points.
At the podium after the game on Saturday, Rich
Rodriguez was fed up. He got animated lament-
ing the fact that he was playing five freshmen on
defense, and how his entire team has been rav-
aged by injuries at wide receiver and cornerback.
3/4 Good work, seniors. Despite the fact that the game
was at noon, the students mostly filled up the stu-
dent section by the time the first quarter ended,
Big Houses They got hyped for every Wiconsin third down, even
though the Badgers converted five of their 10.
SOOHOMORE QUARTERBACK DENARD ROBINSON
Another game, another record broken by Denard
Robinson. With the 132 yards he gained on the
ground on Saturday against Wisconsin, Robinson
broke the NCAA record for most rushing yards by
a quatterback in a season. Ever. The record was
previously held by Beau Morgan of Air Force. He
also became the first player to ever pass and run
for more than 1500 yards in a season. As always,
the success hasn't gone to the quarterback's
head, When asked about it after the game,
Robinson looked at the reporter like he'd just
asked him to wear an Ohio State sweatshirt. The
sophomore was also an efficient 16-of-25 through
the air for 239 yards and two touchdowns.
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR GREG ROBINSON
Here we go again. Yes, we were lauding the
improvements in the defense from the Illinois
game and then against Purdue, when they didn't
let the Boilermakers score an offensive touchdown.
On Saturday against Wisconsin ... can you say
regression? The linebackers once again couldn't
tackle anyone and neither could the inexprienced
defensive backfield. The run defense especially
suffered. The Badgers only passed the ball once
in the second half and the Wolverines never came
close to stopping either James White or Montee
Ball. A lot of the issues may be execution, but we're
pointing the finger anyway: Robinson, this is your
fault. (Oh, and he still won't speak to the media.)
After Michigan scored 14 unanswered points, Wisconsin responded
with another rushing touchdown with 5:31 remaining in the third quar-
ter to reclaim command of the game. Wisconsin running back James
White took the handoff and went off tackle to the left. Badgers tackle
Gabe Carimi and guard John Moffitt pulled and got out in front to block
for White down field as the Wisconsin tight end blocked the Michigan
defensive end. White broke one tackle and sprinted to the endzone
for a 23-yard touchdown run to give the Badgers a 31-14 lead. White
finished the game with 181 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
We didn't tackle
well. We didn't
hatch the ball well.
We didn't execute
on either side of
the ball at times.
You do that against
A good team you're
going to get beat."
-- Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez after
the game on Saturday
THE MICHIGAN DAILY TOP 10 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: The reigning
No.15hadthe day off and
has No. 21 Arizona on the
schedule next week.
2. AUBURN: Cam Newton
better have rested during
the bye. Next up: No.8
6. STANFORD: Stanford
could be the most
underappreciated No. 6
team in FBS history.
7. OKLAHOMA STATE: The
Cowboys racked up 597
Ala yards on Kansas, and OK
State played defense too.
8. OHIO STATE:OSU
needed a late touchdown
drive to knock off Iowa.
-' Hawkeyes were sooo close.
3. BOISE STATE: Kartje
thought Fresno St. was
good. Boise whupped them
4. TCU: After the bye, the
Frogs have New Mexico
standing between them and
a perfect season.
S. WISCONSIN: The
Michigan; White and Ball
put on a show.
9. LSU: Stevan Ridley ran
for three TDs and LSU
barely held off Masoli and a
4-7 Ole Miss team.
10. MICHIGAN STATE:
Sparty needed 22 fourth-
quarter points to beat
Purdue. The dream lives.
The baily football writers do their best
to predict, against the spread, what Nicole
happens in the 2010 football season. Auerbach
No. 7 Wisconsin (-7) vs. Michigan
No. 4 Boise State (-30) vs. Fresno State
No. 5 LSU (-21) vs. Mississippi
No.6 Stanford (-8) at California
No.8 Nebraska (-2.5) at No.19 Texas A&M
No.9 Ohio State (-3.5) at No. 20 Iowa
No.10 Oklahoma State (-18) at Kansas
No.11 Alabama (NS) vs. Georgia State
No. 12 Michigan State (-26) vs. Purdue
No.13 Arkansas (-5.5) at No. 21 Miss. State
No.14Oklahoma (-9) at Baylor
No.15 Missouri (-12) at Iowa State
No. 16 Va. Tech (-3) at No. 24 Miami (Fla.)
No.17 South Carolina (-22) vs. Troy
No.18 Nevada (-36) vs. New Mexico St.
No. 23 Utah (+2) at San Diego State
No. 25 Florida State (-3) at Maryland
Illinois (-5) at Northwestern
Penn State (-17) vs. Indiana