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4B - November 26, 2012

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THE QUICK BREAKDOWN
IThe 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 Man-o-Meter judges Michigan's "Manball," how physically it played in the trenches, and the Hype-o-Meter measures the fans' performance.

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DENARD-O-METER
I Denard was great in the first half. Gardner was too.
2/ So why weren't they on the field together? Robin-
son rushed for 124 yards and a score in the first half.
Denards In the second, he lost two yards.

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MAN-0-METER
1/4 The offensive line got dominated in the second half,
and the defensive line got bullied all game. Ohio
State gained 207 yards on the ground; aside from
Brady Hokes Robinson, Michigan lost 14.

HYPE-0-METER
4. The Game is the game. At least we're pretty sure
/4 Avon Barksdale was talking about Michigan-Ohio
State in The Wire. Can't get much more hype than
Big Houses this.

LOOKING GOOD

FEELING BLUE

SOPHOMORE DEFENSIVE
END FRANK CLARK:
Clark saved his best
game for the last game of
the regular season. The
sophomore was a force,
terrorizing the Buckeyes'
offensive line and harassing
quarterback Braxton Miller
in Michigan's 26-21 loss.
Clark finished with four
tackles, including two
tackles for loss, and a sack.
He also added a fumble
recovery. But his flashiest
play of the day was a hit
on Braxton in the second
quarter. Clark came
unblocked off the right
side of the line. He didn't
come from Miller's blind
side, but Miller was looking
toward the left side of the
field and didn't see Clark.
Clark hit Miller at a full
run, and the quarterback
was slow to get up before
the Buckeyes punted.

MICHIGAN RUNNING
BACKS: The Wolverines
hadn't found much
production from the running
back position even before
redshirt junior Fitzgerald
Toussaint seriously injured
his left leg last week against
Iowa. Sophomore Thomas
Rawls and fifth-year
senior Vincent Smith split
responsibilities at running
back. The pair finished
with a combined 14 yards
on 10 carries, including
three pivital third-down
rushes in the second half.
On each of those tries,
Michigan needed three
yards or less, yet Rawls,
and Smith failed to pick
up even a single yard.
Without any running
game other than Robinson,
the Ohio State defense
keyed on the quarterback
and shut Michigan down
in the second half.

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THE 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.

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1. NOTRE DAME (11):
Hey Rick Reilly, your
reverse psychology
worked! Irish heading
to the title game.

6. OREGON: The
Ducks won the
Platypus! The
weirdest trophy in
college football.

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2. ALABAMA (1): Well, 7. STANFORD: The
at least Michigan Cardinal beat UCLA
didn't lose 49-0 to its to set up a Pac-12
rival, as Auburn did to title game matchup
the Tide this week. against... UCLA.

3. GEORGIA: If the
Dawgs lose to Bama
in the SEC title game,
they'll likely play
Michigan ina bowl.
Gulp.
4. OHIO STATE: If the
SEC champion beats
Notre Dame, can the
Buckeyes jump them
in the AP poll? It's a
long shot.
5. FLORIDA: Will
Muschamp think
the Gators deserve
to be in the National
Championship game.
Too bad nobody else
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8. KANSAS STATE: A
M I grateful nation thanks
the Wildcats for
losing. Now Alabama
can destroy Notre
Dame.
9. TEXAS A&M:
TJohnny Football
Mis goingto win the
Heisman. Also, how
is he the first "Johnny
Football?"
10.SOUTH CAROLINA:
The Cocks unloaded
on Clemson, and with
plentyof time before
the bowl game, they'll
have to wait before
thP rt toa noin

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