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10B -The Michigan Daily - Friday, December 8, 1995

Scott Darren Antoine Ryan
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Picks are made against the spread. I dry" '' :' E* _____E___A__
Alamo: Mich. (-3) vs. Texas A&M Michigan Michigan Texas A&M Michigan
Rose: USC (-4 1/2) vs. N'western Northwestern Northwestern Northwestern Northwestern,
Citrus: Ohio St. (-5 1/2) vs. Tenn. Ohio State Tennessee Ohio State Ohio State
Otback: Penn St. (-11/2) vs. Auburn Penn St. Penn St. ~Penn St. Auburn'
Sun: Washington (-5) vs. Iowa Washington Washington Iowa Washington
independence: LSU (-6.1/2) vs. MSU Michigan St. LSU Midhigan'St Michigan St.
Fiesta: Nebraska (-3 1/2) vs. Florida Nebraska Nebraska Nebraska Nebraska
Oringe: Fla. St. (-11 1/2) vs. N'Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame Florida St.' 'Florida St.'
Sugar: Virginia Tech (even) vs. Texas Texas Texas Texas Texas
Cotton: Colorado (-6 1/2) vs. Oregon Colorado Oregon .:Colordo _ Colorado
Gator: Clemson (-2 1/2) vs. Syracuse Syracuse Clemson Clemson Syracuse
Peach: Virginia (-6 1/2) vs. Georgia Virginia Georgia 'Virginia Georgia
Carquest: N. Carolina (-2) vs. Arkansas Arkansas No. Carolina No. Carolina No. Carolina
Liberty-Stanford (-3 1/2) vs. E. CarolinaE. Carolina E. Carolina, Stanford Stanford
Aloha: UCLA (-5) vs. Kansas Kansas Kansas UCLA UCLA
LsVegas: Nevada (ven) vs.. Toledo Toledo Nevada Toledo Toledo
Copper: Tex. Tech (-4 1/2) vs. Air ForceTexas Tech Texas Tech Texas Tech Air Force
Holida:.Kansas St. (9) vs. Colo. St. Kansas St. Coorado St. Kansas St.KassSt,
Heritage: Florida A&M (NL) vs. Southern Southern Southern Southern Florida A&M
Best bet Kansas Notre Dame Nebraska Northwestern
Last week 4-1 .800 1-4 .200 5-0 1.000 4-1 .800
Overall 73-50-2 .592 70-53-2 .568 69-54-2 .560 69-54-2 .560
Best bets overall 8-4-1 .653 8-5 .615 8-5 .615 9-4 .692

MATCHUPS
Continued from Page 1B
Texas A&M passing offense vs.
Michigan passing defense: For all of
the all-time Aggie quarterback records
Pullig owns - yards passing, total of-
fense, victories as a starter - it sure
looked like he couldn't throw to save
his life against Texas last weekend. In
Pullig's defense, he's hardly expected
to win the game himself; that's
McElroy's job.
The senior quarterback will have an
easier task, though, in throwing against
Michigan. The Wolverines aren't as
aggressive against the pass as are the
Longhorns and some of the nation's
other top teams.
If the Aggie line can keep second-
team All America Jason Horn and
friends at bay, there are holes toabe
found in the Michigan secondary.
Advantage:
Special teams: If it seems like
McElroy is showing up in every
matchup except for the Aggie defense,
it's because he will contributejust about
everywhere Dec. 28, just like he has
every game this year.
McElroy will play a role here as well,
as he is Texas A&M's kick returner. He
made first-team All-America because
of his all-purpose exploits. Despite not
having a touchdown this year, he aver-
ages 23.1 yards per runback.
Returning punts, Michigan has a guy
ALAMO
Continued from Page 18
coached defense," Michigan fullback
George Howell said.
The game will be a homecoming of
sorts for Howell - who is from Irving,
Texas - and six other Wolverines.
Irons, Carr, Mercury Hayes, Steve
Frazier, Josh Williams and Daydrion
Taylor are also from the Lone Star
State.
"I've always wanted to play a game
back home," said Carr, who grew up

San Antonio's Alamodome is the site of the third annual Alamo Bowl. ,

who you would figure to be a game-
breaker in Amani Toomer, but it hasn't
worked out that way too often. Still,
he's a threat whenever he touches the
ball.
Just asthe return men are even, there's
no real edge in the kicking/punting de-
partment, either. Michigan's got the
upper hand at placekicker with Remy
Hamilton, but Texas A&M's punter,
Sean Terry, averages 43.3 yards per
punt.
Advantage:
Even
Overall: The more you look at Texas
A&M, the more you wonder if you're
seeing a mirage.

The team that everyone figured to (
in an Alliance bowl isn't, and the Aggie'
weren't really even close. They failed
in their two biggest games ofthe season
(Texas and Colorado), and they haven't
beaten anyone of great importance this
season.
What's more, they're 0-3 in theca
last three bowls, and have averaged
8.7 points in those games. The W4Ia
verines, on the other hand, have bee4
dominating in bowls recently, win;
ning their last three. If they stop the
Aggies' one-man attack, they'll make
it four.
Prediction: Michigan 24, Texas
A&M 10

INew Year's Eve Fartvl

Man y S s.*
Look for full coverage of the Alamo
Bowl. in our next edition Jan. 10.

watching the Aggies and was recruited
by Texas A&M.
"A lot of my friends went there, but I
wanted to do something different," he
added.
Irons, who's been away from Texas
for every holiday season since he came
to Michigan, is looking forward to go-
ing home.
"Any time I can go home, it's great,"
he said. "It will be like a high school
game for me. I have a lot of family and
friends coming that haven't seen me
since high school."
Though Michigan is on a roll after

beating the Buckeyes, the Wolverind
remember that the Alamo still isn't the
Rose Bowl.
In past seasons that's been enough
for Michigan -which makes the trip to
Pasadenaits No. 1 goal every year-to
come out andplay somewhat uninspired
Carr said that won't be the case this
year, and that's due mostly to the oppo-
nent.
"The attitude on the team is about
this bowl game," he said. "Texas A&M
is a good team and we're going lo have
to play our best just to stay on the field
with them."

TAI
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MICHIGAN
Aug. 26
Sept. 2
Sept. 9
Sept. 16
Sept. 30
Oct. 7
Oct. 21
Oct. 28
Nov. 4
Nov. 11
Nov. 18
Nov. 25

Final Team
SCHEDULE
VIRGINIA 18-17
at Illinois 38-14
MEMPHIS 24-7
at Boston College 23-13
MIAMI (OHIO) 38-19
NORTHWESTERN 13-19
at Indiana 34-17
MINNESOTA 52-17
Michigan State 25-28
PURDUE 5-0
at Penn State 17-27
OHIO STATE 31-23

Statistics
TEXAS A&M SCHEDULE
Sept. 02 LOUISIANA STATE
Sept. 16 TULSA
Sept. 23 at Colorado
Oct. 07 at Texas Tech
Oct. 14 SMU
Oct. 21 at Baylor
Oct. 28 HOUSTON
Nov. 9 at Rice
Nov. 18 MIDDLE TENN. ST.
Nov. 25 TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Dec. 2 TEXAS

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TEAM STATISTICS
MICH
First Downs 248
Third Down 67-183.366
Rushing per game 207.7
Passing per game 194.8
Total offense per game 402
Plays 900
Turnovers 24
Penalties 75-626
Time of possesion 31:31

OPP
187
6491.314
90.1
196.3
286
813
29
71-560
28:29

TEAM STATISTICS
TEXAS A&M
First Downs 219
Third Down 67-164.408
Rushing per game 176
Passing per game 200.6
Total offense per game 376.6
Plays 782
Turnovers 28
Penalties 108-855
Time of possesion 30:09

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20-17
24-9
31-7
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56-14
38-6
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