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48 - November 21, 2011

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The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com*

THE QUICK BREAKDOWN
I A IZ E G / L G 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-Meter judges how emotional (positive or negative) Brady Hoke was following the game, and the Hype-o-Meter measures the fans' performance.

DENARD-O-METER

BEEF-O-METER
4/ For two straight weeks, Michigan has dominated on
defense and ran down its opponents throats. The
4 defensive line got in both Martinez's and Burkhead's
Brady Hokes grill all game. Brady Hoke is one happy man.

3/4A
Denards

It was solid performance: four total touchdowns, one
interception, 180 yards passing, 83 rushing. But he
didn't 'wow' too often. He seemed like he wasjust
one move away from breaking the long touchdown.

HYPE-O-METER
3/4 Big props to the student section for counting down
the play clock. The card stunt was pretty cool too.
/. But the student section was 80 percent full. This was
Big Houses Nebraska. The least you kids could do was show up.

LOOKING GOOD

FEELING BLUE

SENIOR WIDE RECEIVER
MARTAVIOUS ODOMS: Welcome
back, Mr. Odoms. After breaking
his arm in fall camp Odoms didn't
do anything in the first half
of the season from a receiving
standpoint. He practiced with a
cast on his arm, forcing him to
clamp down on the ball. But now
he's finally healthy and is breaking
out of his slump. He had one catch
against Iowa, but that was just
the beginning for the diminutive
receiver. He's scored the blow-out
inducing touchdown in each of the
past two weeks. He still has just
five catches, but two of them are
for touchdowns. That's efficeincy.
The good stretch for Odoms
continued after the game as well.
At the postgame press conference,
he revealed that he beat Denard
Robinson in race two years ago.

JUNIOR RUNNING BACK VINCENT
SMITH: For a week, Smith was
Michigan's starting running
back. A 118-yard game aginst
Eastern Michigan gave him that
right. In the seven games that
have followed, Smith has just 140
yards. He'll play as a third-down
running back as was originally
intended, but with redshirt
sophomore Fitzgerald Toussaint
now fully entrenched as the lead
back, Smith's carries will continue
to be few and far between. He
didn't have a single carry against
the Cornhuskers. He had just one
against Illinois for zero yards.
Though he's also known for his
receiving ability, he hasn't had a
catch since the Iowa game. Who
would've thought a 5-foot-6, 172-
pound running back would be used
primarily as a blocking back?

MARISSA MCCLAIN/Daily ADAM GLANZMAN/Daily

NOTABLE
QUOTABLE
You could
hear it, 'Five,
four, three.'
I'm like, 'Snap
the ball. Snap
the baIll.'"i
-Fifth-year senior offensive lineman Mark
Huyge on the student section counting
down the play clock
STAFF PICKS
The Daily football writers do their best
to predict, against the spread, what Michael
happens in the 2011 football season. Florek

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 (8): Kneeling the ball
with 5:00 to go definitely
L would have started a fight if
this were NCAA 12.
2. ALABAMA: The Tide is
onewin awayfrom givingus
a 3-2 final score in the LSU-
Alabama title-game.

5T. OKLAHOMA STATE:
OU-OSU went fromhaving
title game implications to
Cotton Bowl implications.
7. BOISE STATE: Why give
Boise aranking? Just send
them to the Las Vegas bowl
and get this over with.

3. ARKANSAS: S-E-C! 8. HOUSTON: Houston
1-2-3! What happens when should move up one spot
Arkansas gets destroyed by for making Corso drop an
LSU? S-E-C! 1-2-8! F-bomb on GameDay.

URM

4. STAN
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injured
Stanfor

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top five.

NFORD: Thankfully, 9. WISCONSIN: This poll
bone playerswere always needs a token Big
in this year's Cal- Ten team, though Wisco is
d game. No.16 in the BCS standings.
GINIA TECH: Any 10. OREGON: This
ubeat UNC by three, weekend's loss puts the
erve to jump into the Ducks six spots behind the
team it just beat.

No.20 Michigan (-2.5) vs.No.17 Nebraska
No.1 Louiana State (-30.5) at Ole Miss
No 2 nOla.State(3-27.5)atIwaStats
No.3 Alabama(NS) at Georgia South
No.4 Oregon(-16.5) vs. No.18 USc
No. 5 Oklahoma(-14) at No. 25 Baylor
No.6 Arkansas (-14.5) vs. Mississippi State
So. 7 Clemson (-10) at NC State
No. B8Stanford (-20.5)attalifornia
No.9 VirginiaTech(-13) vs. NorthtCarolina
No.10 Boise State (-20) at San Diego State
No.11 Houston(-21.5) vs. SMU
No.12MichiganStatet(-28) vs. Indiana
So. 13 Georgia (-29.5) vs Ketucky
No.4SouthGetaorina( NS) vs. The citadel
No.15 wisconsin (-13.5) atIllinois
Texas C-7) vs. No.16 Kansas State
No.19 TCU(-35.5) vs. Colorado State
OhioState (-5.5)vs.No. 21 Penn State
No. 22 Southern Miss. (-22.5) at UAB
No, 23 Florida State'(-18) ox. Virginia
Northwestern(-15.5)vs.Minnesota
Iowa(-2.5) at Purdue
This week
overall

Nebrska
Louisana State
Oklahoma State
Alabama
Oregon
Oklahoma
Arkansas
Statford
NorthCarolina
Sa Diego State
Houston
Michigan State
Gieorgia
South Caola
Wisconsin
Kansas State
Colorado State
Pent State
UAt
Northwestern
Iowa
14-9
155-116-4

Oklahoma State
Alabama
Oregox
Oklahoma
Arkansas
Clemxon
Stanford
NorthCarolina
Boise State
Houston
Michigan State
Georgia
SouthCaroeitna
Wisconsin
Kansas State
TCU
Ohio State
UAB
Florida State
Northwestern
11-12
152-119-4

Kevin 0
Raftery
Michigan
Louisana State
towa State
Alabama
Oregon
Baylor
Arkansas
NC State
Stamford
Virginia Tech
BoiseState
Houston
Indiana
Georgia
South tCrolina
Illinois
Kansas State
TcU
PennState
Southern Miss
Virginia
Northwestern
Purdue
13-10
151-120-4

Tim
Rohan

Louisana State
Oklahoma State
Alabama
SC
Baylor
Arkansas
Stanford
Virginia Tech
BoiseState
Houston
Michigan State'
Georguia
Sootharolina
Wisconsin
Kansas State
TCU
Ohio State
Southern Miss
Florida State
Northwestern
Iowa
11-12
159-112-4

Louisana State
Oklahoma State
Alabama
USC
Oklahoma
Arkansas
Clemson
Stanford
North Carolina
Boio eState
Houston
Indiana
South tarolina
Wisconsin
Texas
TCU
Ohio State
Southern Miss
Minnesota
1ow
11-12
11-12

Lloyd Brady,
Michigan
Legend

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