4B - Monday, November 4, 2013
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THE MICHIGAN DAILY TOP-lO POLL
Each week, Daily sports-staffers fill out ballots, with first place voten receiving 10 points, second-place votes receiving nine, and so on.
1. ALABAMA (32): No one 2. FLORIDA STATE (3): 3. OREGON: Oregon's 4. OHIO STATE: Too bad 5. BAYLOR: Bears. Bleets.
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help against Oregon.
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9. MIAMI (FL): We've run
out of bad jokes. Please
make a comeback, Cocks.
10. CLEMSON: Helfand's
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wants Michigan State's physical-
After the game, Michigan
coach Brady Hoke said the Spar-
tans outplayed his team, but he
doesn't see a difference in the pro-
"I don't think there is a gap," he
said. "I think they played awfully
well, executed awfully well.I
don't think we did."
But Michigan State was the
better team. And it is the team
Michigan aspires to be.
3. Play calling wasn't the problem.
It may be a problem. But offen-
sive coordinator Al Surges's
hands were pretty well tied. Run-
ning the ball, clearly, was not an
option. And in the passing game,
for every two completions Gard-
ner had, he was sacked once. For
Borges, it was pick your poison.
Fourteen negative plays will
sabotage almost any game plan.
After 'the game, Hoke defended
the play calling.
"We wouldn't have run the
plays we ran if we weren't sat-
isfied," he said, adding: "Hind-
sight's always 20/20, right?"
But in' hindsight, what else
could Michigan have done? Short-
ened routes would've helped
Gardner get rid of the boll quick-
er, but that would've removed
any big-play threat and made life
easier on the Spartans' talented
secondary. The play action was
ineffective because Michigan
State didn't have to respect the
run, and it takes too long to devel-
op. But that wasn't close to the dif-
ference in the game.
Michigan has struggled to run
the ball with its tailbacks all sea-
son, so Borges largely avoided it.
Fifth-year senior running back
Fitzgerald Toussaint carried the
ball just eight times for 20 yards.
Plus, Michigan trailed for the
entire second half. Surges had few
other options aside from the pass.
Despite all the sacks, Gardner still
threw for 210 yards, a respectable
figure against a fearsome second-
This wasn't Surges at his best,
as he was against Indiana two
weeks ago. But the best play caller
in the world likely wouldn't have
avoided a loss to a superior Michi-
gao State team.
4. The secondary has sprung a
Michigan State quarterback
Connor Cook- is something less
than the world's best quarterback.
He had to beat out Andrew Max-
well for the starting position and
has been middling, though reli-
Still, even Cook found room
in the Michigan secondary. His
14-yard touchdown pass to Ben-
nie Fowler - beating fifth-year
senior safety Thomas Gordon - at
the end of the half proved deci-
sive. He completed 18 of his 33
attempts foe 251 yards.
And he left many throws on the
field. Had Cook connected on the
missed opportunities - an easy
third-down completion over the
receiver's head, a would-be touch-
down pass just underthrown
- the score would've been even
Overall, the Michigan defense-
limited the Spartans' production
for much of the day. The second-
ary, though, remains an issue.
S. Bold Prediction: B-Dubs Bound
Maybe this is wishful thinking
because wings are yummy and
Arizona is warm, but Michigan
will end up in the Buffalo Wild
Wings Bowl in Tempe, Arizona.
This is just speculation, of
course, but here's why it's likely:
the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
is slotted for the Big Ten's No.
S team. That's not concrete, but
that's a reasonable projection for
Michigan this season.
To make the Capital One Bowl,
Michigan may need to win out, or
take three of its next four games.
The Outback Bowl could hesitate
to take the Wolverines for the sec-
ond year in a row. That leaves the
Gator Bowl and the Buffalo Wild
Wings Bowl. The Wolverines0
haven't played a bowl in Arizona
since the 1986 Fiesta Bowl, and
the Tempe-basedhbowl committee
would likely push hard for them.
Wings for everyone!
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