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The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 8, 1995 - 21
Memphis should pose little threat to Wolverines

cM{f Bftom
iy Sports Writer
To the Michigan football team,.
e difference between Miami and
emphis may very well be the dif-
rence between a 2-1 record and a 3-
record.
In the Hurricanes, who were the
olverine's original opponent forthis
:ekenduntil backing out of the con-
ict, you have a perpetual power-
use. Although they appear to have
pped this season, Miami's mere
esence would have made this foot-.
IIweekend a most memorable one.
In the Tigers, who were the late
placement, you have a school better
own for its basketball team and for
od reason - Memphis finished
e game over .500 against an un-
ectacular schedule last season.
Although the former independents
e ajumptothe hyped Conference
Athis season, many ofthe Tigers'
nference mates (Cincinnati, Louis-
e) are also better known for their
d-court skills than their gridiron

quarters Michigan has played? The
running game has appeared stagnant
for a variety of reasons. Therefor
Memphis' rushing defense should be
a decent litmus test for Michigan's
running game. It returns defensive
tackle Bryan Barnett and linebacker
Jesse Allen to a unit that finished
third last year in total defense.
Advantage:

Michigan offense vs. Memphis
passing defense:
It was obvious in Michigan's vic-
tory over Illinois last weekend that
coach Lloyd Carr didn't want a repeat
performance of Scott Dreisbach's
team-record 372-yard passing game
against Virginia.
Not that Dreisbach's opening-
weekend performance was counter-
productive, of course. It's just that
Carr may have wanted to deemphasize
the dependence on the mistake-prone
freshman in favor of a more experi-
enced running game.
Nonetheless, Michigan's passing
game is capable ofproducing big yards

fast - Dreisbach is an immensely
talented, pro-style quarterback and
his receivers may be the best around.
Good luck to Memphis in trying to
keep with the likes of Am anitToomer,
Mercury Hayes and Jay Riemersma.
Memphis cornerbackJerome Woods
is a decent talent. Beyond that, the
Tigers best bet in trying to stop the
passing game is to convince Carr that
he is the second coming of Bo
Schembechler.
Advantage:
Memphis rushing offense vs.
Michigan rushing defense:
The Tigers' offense didn't have
the most esteemed reputation last year,
but expect new coach Rip Scherer to
bring a spunkier offense to Ann Ar-
bor. To that end, talented running
back Quitman Spalding and full-
back Darius Blevins will play key
roles inMemphis' I-formationattack.
Also expect to see a number of
option plays, which means the Wol-
verines front line will have to keep its

eye on quarterback Bernard Oden.
However, the Wolverines' front-
seven have proven to be a lot more
adept in containing quick, multi-fac-
eted offenses than in the past. If you
have your doubts, ask Illinois quar-
terback Johnny Johnson whether
Michigan has gotten quicker and faster
this season.
Advantage:
Memphis passing offense vs.
Michigan passing defense:
Scherer expects the option play to
open up the passing game for Oden. If
Oden's offensive line can give him
any kind of protection in the pocket,
he has a couple of quality receivers to
throw the ball to: tight end Joel
Peschke and wideout Ryan Roskelly.
Michigan's secondary may be the
team's one lone weakness. Interest-
ingly enough, however, the second-
ary has yet to be significantly tested
- mainly because Michigan's front-
line has prevented the opposing quar-
terback from having any time to find

his receivers.
Advantage:
Special Teams:
The news is much better for
Michigan's special teams than it was
a year ago. Remy Hamilton, an All-
American type performer in 1994,
kicked a career-high 48-yard field
goal against Illinois. More impor-
tantly, punter Nate DeLong is solidi-
fying a position that was a certifiable
disaster last year.
Memphis has an untested
placekicker in Drew Pairamore, a
converted punter who kicked a 26-
yard chippy against Mississippi State
last weekend. Punter Mike Coughlin
has a solid leg and a 44.7 yard punting
average.
Advantage:

Scott Darren Antone Ryan
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Memphis (+20 1/2) at Michigan

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UCLA (-101/2) at BYU UCLA UCLA BYU UCLA
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Georgia (+12 1/2) at Tennessee Tennessee Georgia Georg ia Georgia
Coradr*a 5t. a±174'.; 2.at olc.. Colorado _ ..Colorado St. , Colorado _. C~iorado S1 t.
Best bet Illinois Notre Dame Penn State Michigan
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