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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. MISSISSIPPI STATE: What a
heartwarming story. A second-tier
public university in America's most
j inbred state is No.1 in something
other than KKK membership rate.
2. FLORIDA STATE: Jimbo Fisher
reminded Jameis Winston about
"Humble Pie" after the Seminoles'
win on Saturday. Is that another
food item he stole from Publix?

3. OLE MISS: Another
heartwarmer from the most racist
state: The school that sings the
Confederate national anthem
before each game is undefeated.
4. ALABAMA: The official state
song of Alabama is cleverly titled
"Alabama." At least they're good at
football.
5. AUBURN: The official state nut
of Alabama is the pecan. We think
that's nuts.
6. OREGON: Apparently the Ducks
like 'em Husky.

7. NOTRE DAME: Four Fighting
Irish players could soon be found
guilty of academic fraud. Hopefully
they learned something Saturday
from America's sweetheart, Jameis.
S8. MICHIGAN STATE: MSU hasn't
beaten Michigan in football at nine
years, assuming you're talking about
student newspapers. The streak
moves to 10 on Friday at 6 p.m.
9. GEORGIA: The Bulldogs' Chubb
worked Arkansas all through the
day, pounding the 'D' over and over
for 202 yards.
10. TEXAS CHRISTIAN: Two
Christian schools in the Top 10?
This whole "Jesus" thing might be
worth checking out, folks.

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SLIPPERY ROCK BATTLE AT THE BIG HOUSE
Loss outweighs experience

By MAX COHEN
Daily SportsEditor
It could've been a day to
remember for the rest of their
lives. The matchup that brought
Slippery Rock to Michigan
Stadium for the third time in the
program's history had been years
in the making.
But when the game was
over, The Rock players didn't
care about the atmosphere that
allowed them to play in front
of more than 15,000 fans in the
largest stadium in America. All
that mattered was their team's
45-23 loss to Mercyhurst. For
them, the conference game was
about more than the hoopla.
Quarterback Jared Buck
and linebacker Austin Miele
admitted in their postgame press
conference that the experience
was incredible, but they were
more somber than awestruck,

their eyes downcast. George Mihalik said.
"It was different, but (the field The mood of the opponent
is) 100 yards, and we just couldn't was the opposite. Mercyhurst
execute today, and we didn't get celebrated elaborately after the
the job done," Miele said. game, running around the field
The Slippery Rock name is and jumping for joy.
invoked in Michigan Stadium Mercyhurst became
each Saturday when the team's acclimated to the grandeur of
score is Michigan
announced. In Stadium
the program's I w dfon Friday,
three It was differenL, setting aside
opportunities but (thefield's) the first 30
to play in Ann minutes of its
Arbor, The y walkthrough
Rock is 0-3. to get rid of
In any nerves that
Saturday's could come
rendition, Slippery Rock held a with playing on a bigger stage.
23-14 lead late in the first half "We spent the first half
before allowing 31 unanswered hours taking pictures, doing
points, cartwheels, whatever the guys
"I just wish we could've given wanted to do," Mercyhurst coach
Michigan fans that became Marty Schaetzle said. "Just to
Rock fans for the day a better kind of get all of the pictures in.
showing," Slippery Rock coach And the coaches took pictures.

Coaches were taking selfies.
"I don't even know how to do
a selfie, but our coaches were
taking selfies. Taking pictures
of the stadium, we got position
pictures, and we got all of that
stuff out of the way."
After the selfie session,
Mercyhurst finished its
walkthrough to prepare for its
task at hand. And it evidently
worked.
Mercyhurst probably gained
more yards than selfies taken,
posting 536 yards of total offense
on the afternoon.
Both schools thanked
Michigan for the unique
opportunity to play in a Division
I stadium. But for the players
and coaching staff of Michigan
fans' second-favorite team, the
sting of the loss outweighed the
experience.
Because 109,901 seats can't
cure everything.

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