4B - November 28, 2011
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THE QUICK BREAKDOWN
l/ IZ E G A U 3E 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.
4/4 He ran it, he passed it and he beat Ohio State. He ran
for170 and threw for167 more, making just three
incompletions the entire game. After the game Denard
Denards said, "I'm glad I stayed." So are a lot of people.
The defense was exploited and the offense was
more of Denard doing his thing instead of pound-
ing the football. But Michigan beat Ohio State. That
was Hoke's goal. Four-out-of-fours for everybody!
/4 The student section showed up early and the pom-
poms were waving all game long. The rush on the field
4 was delayed and questionable after beating a 6-Steam,
Big Houses but once you got to the field, you didn't disappoint.
THE MICHIGAN SENIORS: It has
been a long road for the seniors
of "Team 132." They endured
everything, from the 3-9 season
to Rich Rod's "You Raise Me
Up" meltdown at the Michigan
Football Bust in his final year.
Saturday, they did what no other
senior class in the past seven
years could do. They beat Ohio
State. Offensive linemen David
Molk and Mark Huyge blocked
well enough to push both junior
quarterback Denard Robinson
and redshirt sophomore running
back Fitzgerald Toussaint over
the 1,000-yard mark. Defensive
linemen Ryan Van Bergen and
Mike Martin combined for 13
tackles, including two for loss.
Tight end Kevin Koger caught the
touchdown pass that turned out
to be the winning score. Wide
receiver Junior Hemingway and
Martavious Odoms also had TDs.
But that won't be what they will be
remembered for. They were Brady
Hoke's first class and they were the
ones that broke the losing streak.
OHIO STATE FULLBACK ZACH
BOREN: Michigan had some
candidates who could be "Feeling
Blue." Sophomore punter Will
Hagerup dropped a punt. Redshirt
junior guard Patrick Omameh had
the holding penalty that negated
Robinson's final touchdown and
fifth-year senior tight end Steve
Watson had the personal foul
penalty on the same play. Both'~
led to the nailbiting finish. But
Michigan won. The streak is over.
No one on Michigan is "Feeling
Blue" right now. The honor goes
to Ohio State fullback Zach
Boren, who wasn't particularly
happy with Michigan's grenade
celebration after the game. "I lost
so much respect for Michigan
after they won (and) threw the
ball in the air acting like it was
a grenade," he tweeted. "This is
a great rivalry and to take it to
that level of disrespect is just so
uncalled for. Act like you have won
before (and) treat this rivalry like
it should be treated." You could
have just beaten them, Zach.
You, I was
what to do."
-Fifth-year senior wide receiver Junior
Hemingway on his reaction after witnessing
THE MICHIGAN DAILY TOP-1 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): It took a while to 6. HOUSTON: Projections
get going against Arkansas, say Houston faces Michigan
but once it did,the Honey in the Sugar Bowl. Brady
Badgering was stupendous. Hoke will watch the C-USA
title game very closely.
2. ALABAMA: Richardson
had no TDs in the Iron Bowl 7. OREGON: The Civil
-just 203 yards. War was disappointingly
civil. That's expected in a
3. OKLAHOMA STATE: 28-point rout.
Next week's Bedlam game
is the de facto Big12 title 8. ARKANSAS: Remember
game. At least the Cowboys when Arkansas had a shot
don't play Iowa State. at the SEC championship
game? Neither do we.
4. STANFORD: Luck has
played his last home game.
Now the school cangoback
to not caring about football.
5. VIRGINIA TECH: A38-0
victory is pretty impressive,
especially in the football
powerhouse thatis the ACC.
9. USC: Lane Kiffin doesn't
care aboutrespecting rivals.
He put up 50 just for fun.
10. BOISE STATE: Nobody
whines about Boise's
;r schedule when it loses a
The Daily football writers do their best
to predict, against the spread, what
happens in the 2011 football season.
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No.1LSU(-14) vs No. 3 Arkansas
tle.2Alabamat(-19.5) at Aubr
No.4 Stanford (-7.5) vs No. 22 Notre Dame
No.6VirginiaTech (-4.5) at No. 24 virginia
No. 7 Boise State (-32.5) vsnWyoming
No. 8 Houston (-4.5) at Tulsa
No.9 Oregon (-29.5) vs Oregon State
No.10 USC (-18.5) vs UCLA'
No.11 Michigan State (-7) at Northwestern
No.13Georgia (-5.5) at No. 25 Georgia Tech
No.145.Carolina (-2.5) vs. No.18 Clemson
No. 15 Wsconsin(-185) vs No. 20 Pen St.
No. 21 Baylor (-9.5) vs Texas Tech
No. 22 Nebraska (-10.5) vs Iowa
Purdue (-9.5) at Indana
To apply to be a guest picker, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're chosen and can beat at least two of us, you'll stay on for another week.