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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 14, 1995 -13A
Nine gamnes involve B Ten teans as
nonconference sched e hits full tilt

By John Leroi
Daily Sports Writer
Last week in the Big Ten, fans saw
Penn State barely squeakby Texas Tech
while Illinois and Purdue lost close
matches to Oregon and Notre Dame
This week should provide just as
much suspense as most schools enter-
tain tough nonconference matchups.
So find a space on the couch and
order a few pizzas because Saturday's
action ought to be good:
Washington (1-0) at Ohio State (1-0):
The Buckeyes have had three weeks
to prepare for Washington after their
38-6 dismantling of Boston College in
the Kickoff Classic. Ohio State coach
John Cooper says he is looking forward
to playing the Huskies after the long
layoff, especially because Washington
topped the Bucks, 25-16, last year at
Husky, Stadium.
But this year's squad is much im-
proved in Columbus despite the loss of
wide receiver Joey Galloway and of-
fensive tackle Korey Stringer.
All-Big Ten running back Eddie
George, who rushed for 108 yards last
year against Washington, returns and
quarterback Bobby Hoying is back to
lead the Buckeye offense.
Wide receiver Terry Glenn is a deep
threat and tight end Ricky Dudley has
a l s o
proven to
be an ex-
c e 1 e n t
p a s s
catcher, so
thus far
has been -
who to
give the
ball to.
T h e
who al-
lowed only 66 rushing yards on 39
carries against Arizona State last week,
hope to shut down George and get some
pressure on Hoying.
No. 18 Washington tallied five sacks
in its season opener and forced a fumble.
Washington is coming off a two year
suspension but have the makings to
contend for the Pac-10 title. Husky
coach Jim Lambright has assembled
one of the nation's best defenses and
has a solid quarterback with a great arm
in Damon Huard, who passed for 239
yards against the Sun Devils.
But while the Huskies are quickly
returning to national prominence, Ohio
State is already there. The Buckeyes
have a balanced offense that looks much
like Penn State's last year and a solid
defense. No upsets in this one - Coo-
per should get win No. 2 in what could
possibly be the Buckeyes' most prom-
ising season in a decade.
Ohio State 31, Washington 14
Arizona (2-0) at Illinois (0-2):
lllinois is probably the best 0-2 team
in the country and certainly still a con-
tender in the Big Ten. The Fighting
Illini just haven't played that way yet.
Couch Lou Tepper said Illinois wasn't
ready for its matchup against Michigan
and the Illini certainly didn't look any
better against Oregon, except for the
fact that the first-team offense scored a
couple of touchdowns.
However, it was Illinois' defense that
really scored, creating five turnovers
that led to three touchdowns and two
field goals.
While Illinois' defense should come
around soon with the likes of Simeon

Rice and Kevin Hardy at linebacker to
lead the way, it's the offense that could
be a problem.
Last week, Arizona slipped past Geor-

gia Tech, 20-19, thanks to Aaron
Willimas, who blocked aYellow Jacket
punt and recovered the ball at Georgia
Tech's 4-yard line to set up quarterback
Dan White's one-yard plunge late in
the fourth quarter.
White, who completed 5-of-26 passes
for 205 yards and a touchdown against
Georgia Tech, is a solid signal caller who
spreads the ball around. C.J. Willimas is
one ofthenation'smostunderratedbacks,
rushing for 154 yards last week.
The game comes just nine days after
the death of teammate Damon Terrell,
who collapsed during a conditioning
drill Aug. 10 and was hospitalized until
his death Thursday.
The Wildcats and Illini should both
be improved teams, but Tepper must be
creative on offense if he hopes to com-
pete against an inspired Arizona squad.
The game should be a defensive battle
and it could come down to who scores
last - something Arizona has been
able to do.
Arizona 23, Illinois 17
Temple (0-2) at Penn State (1-0):
Things almost got ugly in Happy
Valley last week afterNo. 7 Penn State's
24-23 victory over unranked Texas
Tech. If the Nittany Lions would have
lost, coach Joe Paterno could have kissed
his national championship hopes
But even with the come-from-behind
win, Penn State doesn't look like the
dominating force that it was in the Big
Ten last season.
The Lions need to pull together this
week when they play an even less tal-
ented team - long-time rival and Big
East doormat Temple.
The Lions have a 27-3-1 series ad-
vantage over the Owls, winning the last'
19 meetings. Penn State won, 48-21, in
Philadelphia last year.
The Owls are coming offa24-13 loss
against West Virginia that droppedtheir
all-time Big East record to 0-26.
Temple doesn't have nearly as much
size up front as Penn State and has a
defense that surrendered 465 yards
against the Mountaineers.
Its offense is paltry as well, but
running back Ramond Lee, who
scored both of the Owls' touchdowns
last week, could probably rush for
100 yards a game behind a decent
offensive line.
Penn State,however, has the talent to
make its second-straight trip to the Rose
Bowl. The Lions were able to avoid a
major upset last week because of their
defense, which held Texas Tech to 237
yards oftotal offense and only 99-yards
rushing on 41 attempts.
Penn State has one of the best receiv-
ers in the nation in All-American Bobby
Engram, and Freddie Scott is a good
complement at the other receiver slot.
But new quarterback Wally Richardson
looked shaky in his starting debut, com-
pleting 18 passes for 195 yards.
Temple is still overmatched and Penn
State has learned its lesson from last
week. If the Nittany Lions avoid turn-
overs, the game coud be over by half-
Penn State 46, Temple 10
Miami (Ohio) (1-1) at Northwestern
The Wildcat ticket office has been
answering 'calls at a furious pace after
Northwestern toppled Notre Dame, 17-
15, two weeks ago.
This week, the talk in Evanston is
about the AP Top 25 poll. After years of
not even caring who was ranked, Wild-
cat fans find their team this week's No.
25- ranked ahead ofevery conference
foe except Michigan, Penn State and
Ohio State.

Quarterback Steve Schnur even ap-
peared on Good Morning America last
Coach Gary Barnett said his team
was still a year away from an upper-

division Big Ten finish, but the rest of
the Wildcats look ready to make a run at
a bowl appearance.
The Wildcat defense forced two turn-
overs against Notre Dame, but other-
wise looked average at best.
Northwestern was outmatched in
every offensive category and was pe-
nalized eight times.
Miami has a nifty running back of its
own in Delnad McCullough, who ran
for 196 yards and a touchdown against
Kent last week.
The Redskins completed only nine
passes and usually only try short tosses,
especially near the goal line.
Miami's running game is one of the
best in the Mid-American Conference.
McCullough and four otherbacks rolled
up 319 yards rushing against the Golden
Northwestern's defense is still a little
better than Kent's. The Wildcats should
be pretty pumped up, but Miami could
win if it plays decent defense. Whoever
can run the ball more effectively should
come out on top.
Northwestern 21, Miami 18
Michigan State (0-1) at Louisville
Even if Nebraska running back
Lawrence Phillips, who rushed for four
touchdowns against the Spartans last
Saturday, was kicked off the team hours
earlier, chances are Michigan State still
would have gotten steamrolled.
As it turned out, Phillips' four scores
didn't even account for half of
Nebraska's points in a 50-10 whipping.
The Spartans appear to be bad luck
for opponents - off the field. While
Phillips was booted from the Huskers,
defensive back Chris Pointer and run-
ning back Corey Sallee were dismissed
from the Cardinals by coach Ron Coo-
per. Two other players received sus-
Louisville has been impressive with
wins at Kentucky and Northern Illinois,
neither of which is as strong ofa team as
Michigan State.
Running back Calvin Arlington, who
piled up 133 rushing yards and two
touchdowns against Northern Illinois,
leads the Cardinal's offense. But, Ar-
lington isn't close to the caliber of back
that the Spartans saw in Phillips.
If Michigan State can get the running
game going and make big plays on
offense, they could turn its season
around, but Louisville is a solid team
that doesn't make many mistakes.
Louisville 27, Michigan State 20
Wisconsin (0-1) at Stanford (2-0):
Talk about embarrassment.
Wisconsin's 43-7 loss to Colorado two
weeks ago knocked the Badgers clear
out of every Top 25 poll.
This is a drastically different Wis-
consin team than the one that went to
the Rose Bowl in 1994.
Senior quarterback Derrel Bevell is
one of the league's best, but rarely does
he have time to throw the ball -he was
sacked five times against the Buffaloes.
He passed for only 175 yards and the
ground attack could only muster 122
yards. But Carl McCullough had 155
rushing yards last week and looks like a
good replacement for Terrel Fletcher.
Stanford is off to its best start since
1986 after wins over San Jose State and
Mark Butterfield leads the Cardi-
nal offense at quarterback, but he's
no John Elway or even Steve
Stenstrom. Stanford's defense is
tough, holding Utah to only 255 total
yards last week.
But the Badgers should even their
record unless Stanford can make big
plays on defense and turn some Wis-
consin mistakes into points.

Wisconsin 26, Stanford 20
Kentucky (0-2) at Indiana (1-0):
The Hoosiers have an excellent run-
ning back in Alex Smith, who rushed

for 1,475 yards as a freshman last
year. Quarterback Chris Dittoe turned
in asolidgame against Western Michi-
gan last week, throwing for 241 yards
and a topchdown. But Indiana fumbled
four times and was whistled for five
penalties and were outplayed by a
poor team.
Kentucky may be even worse than
Western Michigan, failing to compile
300 yards in offense against Florida last
week and dropping a 13-10 decision to
Indiana has an offense and Kentucky
Indiana 23, Kentucky 12
Iowa (1-0) at Iowa State (1-1):
Iowa has a powerful rushing game
behind Cedric Shaw and Tim Dwight.
Shaw ran for 102 yards and Dwight
scored two touchdowns and had a 52-
yard kickoff return against Northern
Iowa last week.
Matt Sherman had a good game with
230 passing yards, but any mediocre
team looks good against a Division I-
AA opponent.
Troy Davis is the Cyclones' only real
offensivethreat. Davispounded out 180
yards in a 27-10 loss to Texas Christian
last week. Other than Davis, Iowa State
relies on its defense to force turnovers
to create offense.
Neither team is especially exciting.
The Hawkeyes hold a 32-10 series edge
and have won the last 12 against the
Iowa 31, Iowa State 16
Ball State (2-0) at Minnesota (0-0):
Good news for Gopher fans - the
team has a .500 -record. Bad news for
Gopher fans - it won't be that way at
the end of the season.
Chris Darkins will continue to be a
bright spot for Minnesota, no matter
what its record is. The Heisman Trophy
candidate ran for 1,433 yards last year
and was a first-team All-Big Ten selec-
Ball State has a good runner of its
own in Michael Blair, who collected
113 rushing yards against Northern
Illinois last week. Freshman running
back LeAndre Moore has already
made an impact and returned a punt
56 yards to set up a score against the
Cardinal punter Brad Maynard was a
preseason All-American last year and
Ball State looks excited about being the
only MAC team to be 2-0 ... 3-0 after
Ball State 23, Minnesota 21


The Michigan field hockey team faces Stanford this afternoon In a nonconference
battle. The game begins at 3 p.m. at the comer of Stadium Blvd. and State Street.

Continued from page IA
"We want to control the tempo,"
senior Gia Biaggi said. "We just want
to control the game. They can play
however they want, but we'll just fig-
ure out ways to adjust and take it from
Coach Smith stresses that the team
needs to play cohesively if it will be
productive. She feels that a necessity in
beating Stanford will be switching fields
from offense to defense.
"With motion and movement, we're
really hard to defend against," Smith
said. "We just need to remember that
when we're on the field. We have to
keep switching because it is hard to

defend against."
"The system we play is free-flow-
ing and it means that all of the people
have to work hard and realize that
we'll have switching to give us a
break," Smith added. "With those feel-
ings in mind, our legs will be a lot
Smith isn't completely satisfied with
the Wolverines' performance thus far
but feels Stanford can serve as a confi-
dence booster.
"Bree Derr said in the meeting that
we've got to get out of the comfort
zone and that's it," Smith said.
"We've got to get out of the com-
fort zone, take risks and really;really
go at Stanford. I think this team is
ready to make a statement on the field

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