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

0
DENARD-O-METER
2 In a word, Dena rd was "meh." He threw for 92
yards and ran for 30, along with bruising his
4 wrist and leavin the game. But Michigan didn't
Denards need Robinson, so that softens the blow.

BEEF-O-METER
44 Hoke wants to run the football and stop the run.
The Wolverines ran for 223 yards. They gave
4 upljust 37 rushing yards. In the first half, Illinois
Brady Hokes had -14. That's a Brady Hoke football game.

HYPE-O-METER
2 4 Memorial Stadium is a slick piece of architecture. !
2/ The crowd was terrible. The student section was
BO8 percent full at the start and the crowd never
Big Houses got up for the few big moments they had.

LOOKING GOOD

FEELING BLUE

REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE
FITZGERALD TOUSSAINT:
Remember, no 'i' before the double
as.' You're going to be hearing his
name a lot over the next two or
three years. Michigan has its lead
running back. Toussaint ran for a.
career-high 192 yards on 27 carries
against the Fighting Illini. More
impressively, the first 121 yarda
came on his first nine carries.
Touaaaint credited his offensive
line when they were opening up
huge holes, but since Michigan's
bye week after the Michigan State
game, Toussaint has just seemed
different. The speed is there to go
along with some added shiftiness.
Toussaint only mentioned that he
felt healthier after the bye week.
But fans don't question why, they
just take delight in the fact that
offensive coordinator Al Borges
has finally found the running back
he's wanted since the beginning.

FIFTH-YEAR SENIOR TROY
WOOLFOLK: Things were looking
up for the oft-injured Woolfolk.
After losing his starting corner
spot to Blake Countess, it appeared
he had found a niche at safety as
part of a three-headed monster,
with Jordan Kovacs and Thomas
Gordon. He beat out Gordon for
a starting spot against Iowa.
Initially against Illinois, he was
1.1 getting his reps as well. Then his
competitor at his position, Gordon,
recovered another fumble, his
fourth of the season. Gordon also
has an interception. Woolfolk's
replacement is a turnover machine. 0
Then the injury bug popped up
and bit Woolfolk yet again. In
ra the third quarter, Fighting Illini
quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase
ran to the pylon for a touchdown.
Woolfolk was giving chase, but
he couldn't get there and then
MARISSA MCCLAIN/Daily pulled up lame on the sideline.

NOTABLE

QOTABLE
W*ithout
a doubt,
that was a
MichiganA t
defense."~
-Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison on
his unit's performance against the Fighting
Illini.

THE MICHIGAN DAILY TOP-lO 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 (8): We demand to 6. ARKANSAS: If Arkansas
know why Les Miles didn't , beats teams by 42but nobody
LS invite ESPN into his office. cares about their SEC title .
before Western Kentucky. chances, did ithappen?
2. OKLAHOMA STATE: The 7. HOUSTON: Boise State's
Cowboys play Iowa State loss means Case Keenum
next week. Putting up 100 becomes America's favorite
points is in range. "disrespected" quarterback.
3. ALABAMA: Glad 8. CLEMSON: Last-second
Alabama got to warm up field goals are more fun
against Mississippi State when you aren't almost
before its big matchup with 'W blowingrthe game.
Georgia Southern.
9. STANFORD: Andrew
4. OREGON: Quack, Quack, Luck violated no-shave
Quack, Mr. Luck. November and the Cardinal
lost. Coincidence?
S. OKLAHOMA: The
Sooners helped themselves by 10. VIRGINIA TECH: A
'BYE" tean.sApparently the Hokies, our favorite non-

score wasn'teven releasedt.

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

Michael Stephen JI
Florek 'H esbitt

Michigan Michigan

No. 22 Michigan (-3)atllinois
SN.1 LuisiaaState (-41) vs. WestenKentucky
No.2 Oklahoma State(-t8) at Texas Tech
No.3 Stanfordt(0)Svs. No. 6Oregon
No.4 Alabama (-8.5at Mississipp State
No. 5 BoiseState(-15.5) vs. TCU
No.S Arknsas(-03) vs, Tennessee
So. 9 Clemson,,(-1.5) vs. Wake Foest
No,. 20 Georgia Tech 0-) vs. No. 10 Virginia Tach
No. 11 Houston (-3) at Tulae
N,. 12 Penn, State (-) 'cs. No. 19 Nebraska
No. 1 Michigan, State (-3) at Iw
No.l4Georgia (-12;5) v's. So. 24 Abr
No.15SouthtCarolina(-4.5) vs. Forida
No. 16Wisconsin (-28.5) at Minnesota
Txas A&M (-3) at No. 17 Kansas State
No. 18 USC (-3.5) vs. Washintonc,
No. 21 Txas 0-.5) at Missouri
No. 23tincinneati (435)cvs.West Virginia
N.25 Southern, Misisipp(-10)cvs.tCentral Florida
Northestern(-15.5)cvs. Rice
Ohio State (-8) at Purdue
This Week
Overall

Michigan
Louisana State
Oklahoma State
Oregon
Alabama
Boise State
Arkansas
Wake Forest
Virginia Tech
Houston
Nebraska
Michigan State
Georgia
South Carolina
. Wisconsin
Kansas State
Washington
Texas
West Virginia
Southern Mississippi
Northwestern
Ohio State
15-7
141-107-4

Michigan
Louisiana State
Oklahoma State
Stanford
Alabama
Boise State
Arkansas
Clemson
Virginia Tech
Houston
Nebraska
Michigan State
Auburn
South Carolina
Wisconsin
Kansas State
use
Missouri
Cincinnati
Southern Mississippi
Northwestern
Ohio State
13-9
141-107-4

Kevin
Raftery
Michigan
Western Ketucky
Oklahoma State
Stanfcrd
Mississippi State
Boice State
Arkanstat
Wake Forest
Vinginia Tech
Houston
Nebraska
Georgia
South tarolina
Minneota
Kansas State
USC
titncitnati
SouthernnMississippi
Northwestern
Ohio State
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Tim
Rohan

Louisana State
Oklahoma State
Oregon
Alabama
Boise State
Arkansas
Clemson
Virginia Tech
Houston
Nebraska
Iowa
Auburn
South Carolina
Wisconsin
Kansas State
USC
Texas
Cincinnati
Southern Mississippi
Northwestern
Ohio State
12-10
148-100-4

sensical mascot.
Sam Sedlecky,0
Maize Rage
President .
Michigan
Lousiana Stae
Oklahoma State .
Stanford
Alabatna
Bcise State
Arkansas
Clemsonn
Virginia Tech
Houston
Nebnaska
Georgia
South Carolina
Wisconsin
Kansas State
USC
Tenxas
tincinnati
i Socthern Mississippi
Northeostern
Ohio Staen
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106-77-4

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