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THE QUICK BREAKDOWN
I\//\ I Z E G A/ JG E The Michigan Daily football writers break down the weekend's stats that don't show up in the box score. The Denard-o-Meter measures the success of quarterback Denard
Robinson, the Beef-o-Meterjudges how emotional (positive or negative) Brady Hoke was following the game, and the Hype-o-Meter measures the fans' performance.

E -
DENARD-O-METER

BEEF-0-METER
2/ Hoke displayed his usual mastery at the press confer-
ence, saying Devin Gardner played "quarterback-like."
4 But his team wasn't very Hoke-like in the first half. For-
Brady Hokes tunately for him, they got it together in the second half.

4

2/
Denards

At times Robinson was a four, launching deep
bombs to Junior Hemingway and Roy Roundtree.
At other times, he threw off his back foot and
floated balls to the Wildcats' safeties.

HYPE-C-METER
3/4 Ryan Field might as well have been the "Little
House." Half the stadium was filled with Michigan
fans. So the crowd wasjust kind of there. It never
Big Houses got too loud, but it was never too quiet either.

4

LOOKING GOOD

FIFTH-YEAR SENIOR JUNIOR
HEMINGWAY: Junior "the jump-
ball king" Hemingway added to his
collection early inthe first quarter
by snagging a 48-yard pass away
from a Northwestern cornerback.
The play set up Michigan's first
touchdown of the game. He also
had two more catches that went
for more than 20 yards. Halfway
through the season, Hemingway
can add another title to his name:
Go-To Receiver. He had five
receptions and his second 100-
yard game of the season. He's
the only receiver to eclipse the
century mark this season and the
only to catch five passes in a game.
After struggling with injuries for
most of his career, Hemingway is
finally healthy. In a year where the
passing game has been criticized
more than it has been praised,
Denard Robinson is thankful for
the 6-foot-1, 225-pound reciever.

THE MICHIGAN RUNNING
BACKS: Sure, redshirt sophomore
Fitzgerald Toussaint got 14
carries, but he had just 25 yards.
His other two counterparts,
senior Mike Shaw and junior
Vincent Smith, combined for nine
carries and -33 yards. While the
running backs may be "Feeling
Blue" because of their numbers,
they have something else to be
sorry about. Sometimes they're
not needed in the running game.
Denard Robinson has carried the
rushing load more and more as the
season has wore on. Remember
when Brady Hoke said he wanted
Robinson to run about 15 times
a game? Robinson has rushed
more than 20 times in three of
the past four games. By the end
of the season, the running backs
may be better known for their
blocking than their rushing. That's
all Michigan needs these days.

MARISSA MCCLAIN/Daily
NOTABLE
QUOTABLE
I don't know ifI
can tell you what
the difference in
the throws were
besides they
caught them in
the first half and
we caught them
in the second
half."
-Michigan coach Brady Hoke on
Denard Robinson's hot and cold day

MARISSA MCCLAIN/Daily

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. LSU (6): The Tigersbeat
Jolhn Brantley-less Florida.
For how long did the Gators
L think aboutsmugglingTim
Tebow into the game?
2. OKLAHOMA (3): It went
from a rivalryto a massacre
on the Red River.

6. STANFORD: Does
Stanford know it's probably
in Boise State territory?
7. CLEMSON: We're excited'
forthe annual Tigers
collapse. It may start next
week against Maryland.

8. OKLAHOMASTATE:
3. ALABAMA: Somehow The Cowboys put up 70
a 34-0 win over Vanderbilt against Kansas. They're not
doesn't vault Alabama ahead winning any sportsmanship
of Oklahoma. This is rigged. awards.

4. WISCONSIN: Russell
Wilson threw for like 45
touchdowns in practice
during the bye week.
5. BOISE STATE: Boise has to
be at the point where it knows
its not getting a shot atthe
nationaltitle.

STAFF PICKS
The Daily football writers do their best
to predict, against the spread, what
happens in the 2011 football season.

Michael Stephen J.
Florek Nesbitt

No.12Michigan (-6) vs.Northwestern
No.1 L sUN2) vs .N.17Florida
No.2 Alabama (-29)vs. Vanderhilt
No.3Okiaheee(1i5) atNo.11 Texas
No. 5Boise State 09.5) ai FresoSatie
No. 6 Oklahoma State (-29) vs.Kaansas
No.7 Stanford (-29) vs.Colorado,
No. 8 Clemson (-20) vs. Boston College
No 9Oregon (-20.5) vs. tal
No.l5Arkaosas (-8)vs. No. 15 Auburn,
No. 13 GeorgiaTech (-15)Nas. Marland
No. 14 Nebraska (-10) vs. Ohio State
o6sWVU-145) vs. Connecticut
No.18SouthtCarolina(-20.5) vs. Kentucky
No.19 Itinois (-14) at Indiana
No. 20Kansa Staevs. Missui (2.5)
No. 21 Virginia Tech (-6) vs. Miami (Fla.)
No. 22 ASS (-3) at Utlah
No. 23 Forida State (-25) at Wake Forest
No, 24 Texas A&M (-6.5) at Texas Tech
No. 25Baylor (-14) v. owa cae1
Purdue(-1) vs'. Minnesota
Penn State (-2) vs. Iowa
This Week
Overall

Michigan
Losiana State
Vanderhit
Okiahoma
Boise State
Okiahoma State
Stanornd
tiemsoM
Oregon
Arkaesas
Georgia Tech
Nebraska
West Virginia
Kentucky
Kansas Stte
Virginia Tech
Arizona State
Forida State
Texas A&M
Bayior
Purdue
Penn State
16-7
88-63-3

Michigan
Lousieea State
Alabama
Okiahoma
Boise State
Okiahoa State
Stantord
Ctemson
Oregon
Arksat
weorgia Tech
Nebraska
West Virgnii
South Carolina
Ilinois
Kansas State
Virgitia Tech
Arizon State
FTida State
Texas A&M
Baylor
Purdue
Pene State
9S-56-3

Kevin g
Raftery
Michigan
Lousiana State
Alabama
Tea a
Boise State
Okiahoma State
Stantord
Bostan College
Oregon
Arkansas
Marytltnd
webraska
West Virginia
Kentucky
Ilinois
Kaesas State
Virginia Tech
Arizona State
ForidaState
Texas Tech
Baylor
Purdue
PetnState
16-7
90-61-3

Tim
Rohan

Lousiana State
Atabama
Ohiahoma
Boise State
Okiahoma Stato
Stanford
Ciemson
Oregon
Aubcrn
Georgia Tech
Nebraska
Went Virginia
South Carolina
Illinois
Missaor
Virginia Tech
Arizonsa State
Flrda Stat
Texas A&M
Baylor
Minnecata
14-v
96-S5-3

9. OREGON: The Ducks beat
the Cal Bears inthe only
matchup ever where a duck
would beat a bear.
10. MICHIGAN: The home
team makes its debut in the
Top 10. Are we homers?
Probably.
Sam Sedlecky,
Maize Rage
President
Michigan
Lousiana State
Atabama
Okiahoma
Boise Stane
Okiahoma State
Stenord
tiemson
Oregon
Georgia Tech
Nebraska
West Virginia
South taroline
Ilitnois
Kansas State
Virginia Tech
Utah
Foia Siotate
Texas A&M
Baylon
Purdue
16-7
55-32-1

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