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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, October 2. 1995 - 3B
Angels win, force
one-game playoff

White on Target
Wo's in charge
of this wholeAP
poll thing,
An open letter to the Associ-
ated Press:
Dear keepers of the college
football poll,
I write you with a simple request
-I want a vote.
Now, I know you don't just give
these things out. In actuality, you
have begun keeping an eye on how
people vote, to make sure it isn't
being abused.
It just doesn't look that way all
the time.
But bear with me and I'll show I
can vote as well as everyone else.
I cover the Michigan football
team and I work for an AP paper. I
also, and this may be my most
important qualification, have
figured out most of the little known
rules on voting.
Take, for example, the shoe rule:
Any win, by 30 or more points, by a
big name Nike school over a small-
time college wearing Keds, is
impressive. Under those circum-
stances, move Nike up at least one
spot in the poll.
There is also the Notre Dame
provision: The Irish, no matter who
they lose to, can only leave the poll
for a week.
After that week is up, they can re-
enter the rankings. Actually,
because it is Notre Dame, Lou Holtz
can rank the team where ever he
sees fit.
Finally, as a voter, you can only
watch three games each Saturday.
Every team, except those you see,
must then be rated on final score
Now, I know at this point you at
AP must be thinking, "This kid has
us figured out, but he is only a
college writer."
So, as further proof I should have
a vote, here is how I would rate the
top 10 teams in the country.
No. 10 - Ohio State
The Buckeyes were ranked No. 7
in last week's poll. Saturday,

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Chili
Davis and J.T. Snow each hit three-
run homers as the California Angels
rallied twice and avoided playoff
elimination by beating the Oakland
Athletics, 9-3, Saturday night.
California's fifth win in its last six
games cut Seattle's lead to one game
in the AL West following the Mari-
ners' 9-2 loss to Texas. The Angels
remained one game behind the Yan-
kees in the wild-card race. New York
beat Toronto 9-2 earlier Saturday.
The Angels have to beat Oakland
again Sunday to have a shot at either
the division title or a wild-card berth.
A California victory combined with
a loss by the Mariners would force a
one-game playoff between the teams
Monday night in Seattle for the West
Ifthe Angels and Mariners win Sun-
day and the Yankees lose, California

° would meet the Yankees in New York
on Monday to decide the wild-card
If the Mariners and Yankees win
their last games, the Angels would be
eliminated from the postseason.
Mike Harkey (8-9) relieved starter
Shawn Boskie and retired 17 of 21
batters from his former team for the
victory. He gave up three runs -
none earned - and five hits in 6 2-3
Oakland led 3-1 in the fourth when
the Angels chased rookie John Wasdin
(1-1) with four runs, highlighted by
Davis' 20th homer.
Wasdin, who pitched just five ma-
jor-league games this season, gave up
six hits and five earned runs, while
striking out three and walking two in
three-plus innings.
- For more baseball, see page 9,.


Despite Saturday's loss to Ohio State, Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz can still make a case for No. I in the polls.

however, they beat Notre Dame, 45-
Obviously, if you beat the Irish,
you should drop in the polls.
Plus; the whole new bowl setup
would be ruined if Big Ten and Pac-
10 teams were rated too high and in
the hunt for the national champion-
No. 9-- Northwestern
Okay, I know they beat Notre
Dame too. But the Wildcats are also
3-1. Can anyone else remember the
last time any team from Evanston
was two games over .500? For that
accomplishment alone we should
rank them in the top 10.
Plus, it sets up a big matchup next
week against ...
No. 8 - Michigan
Now, personally, I would rank
Michigan a little higher. But the
Wolverines' game Saturday wasn't
on television and most voters didn't
get to see it.
By judging Michigan's 38-19 win
over Miami (Ohio) by score alone
(as the rule states we must) the
Wolverines can't go much higher.

No. 7 - Notre Dame
I didn't actually get a hold of
Holtz to find out where he wanted
to be ranked; I just assumed that
seventh would be OK.
Granted, the Irish lost to last
week's No. 7, but the game was at
Ohio State and all things considered,
it looked like Holtz's neck still hurt.
Overall, I think the weekend
warranted moving the Irish up eight
No. 6 - Virginia
This space in the poll was left
open due to Penn State's 17-9 loss
to Wisconsin in Happy Valley.
Virginia beat Wake Forest, 35-17,
The Cavaliers did lose to Michi-
gan in the Pigskin Classic Aug. 28,
and conventional wisdom would say
that Virginia should not move ahead
of the Wolverines.
This, however, has nothing to do
with conventional wisdom. This has
to do with football polls.
No. 5 --Southern Cal
The Trojans were impressive
Saturday - at least according to the

They beat Arizona State 31-0
while playing without three sus-
pended players.
Still, because they're not in the
bowl alliance, they can't go much
higher than this.
No. 4 - Colorado
Oklahoma gave its best attempt at
an upset against the Buffaloes
Saturday, but Colorado hung on and
eventually blew out the Sooners,
It would be nice to move the
Buffaloes up, but since this is a poll
the top three spots are reserved for ...
Nos. 3, 2 and 1 - Nebraska and
any two teams from Florida
These days it's a given that that's
who'll be at the top of the poll.
They also tend to be at the top of
most-wanted lists, but that has
nothing to do with football.
I hope you will take a look at this
and consider giving me a vote.
I know some of this sounds
ridiculous - but that's not any
different from the AP poll most of
the time.

California's Rex Hudler collides with Oakland's Terry Steinbach in the fourth inning
of yesterday's game. The Angels won, 9-3, keeping their postseason hopes alive.

'M' stickers get rare win in Evanston

By Jed Rosenthal
Daily Sports Writer
Routine had been the word to de-
scribe the Michigan field hockey team
this season. In each contest the Wolver-
ines played, they had no need for late-
game heroics.
Until now, that is.
Yesterday, with a flare for the dra-
matic, No. 14 Michigan startled No. 8
Northwestern in Evanston, 1-0, in
double overtime. Senior Aaleya
Koreishi scored with less than one sec-
ond remaining in the second extra pe-
riod as the Wolverines eked out the
A second-team all-conference selec-
tion last season, Koreishi took control
of the ball inside the circle as time was
winding down. As Wildcat goaltender
Cody Stephens came out of the cage to
challenge the charging forward,
Koreishi shot the ball from the right
side and put it past Stephens for the

Michigan's defense and stellar
goaltending again proved to be the de-
ciding factor in the victory. Throughout
the first overtime, Michigan was outshot
by Northwestern, 8-1, but Wolverine
goalie Rachael Geisthardt disposed of
the pressure. She fended off every Wild-
cat attack, including three penalty cor-
ner plays.
The second overtime period was a
complete turnaround for Michigan. The
Wolverines stormedNorthwestern,con-
trolling the tempo and allowing only
two shots while attempting seven of
their own.
Regulation permitted Michigan to
display its methodical play. With nu-
merous scoring opportunities from their
first 18 shots, the Wolverines struggled
on offense. As usual, they weren't able
to capitalize until the second extra
Michigan (2-I Big Ten, 8-3 overall)
outshot the Wildcats, 26-24, for the
game, along with a 12-9 advantage in

penalty corners. However, the Wolver-
ines were outshot by Northwestern, 10-
8, in the extra sessions, but were still
able to pull out the win.
Geisthardt was pummeled by the
Wildcats in the first half, as they teed
off on the senior for 10 shots. But the
Michigan goalie remained composed,
knocking six away and letting four
slide out of play. Northwestern (2-2,
8-3) also had five penalty corner
chances in the half, but was unable to
finish its opportunities against the
Wolverine defense. For the game,
Geisthardt stopped 14 of the Wild-
cats' 24 shots.
The victory in Evanston marks only
the second time in school history that
Michigan has defeated the Wildcats, a
span of28 contests. Last season, North-
western outscored Michigan, 7-0, in
two games.
The Wolverines finally close out their
road trip against Miami (Ohio) in Ox-
ford Wednesday.

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