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14 -- the Michigan Daily -- Thursday, September 7, 1995

Conference teams
kick off'95 season

By Danielle Rumors
Daily Sports Writer
The alumni are proudly wearing their school
colors in the newest styles of pants and hats.
Various bands are playing their school's fight
song proudly and loudly.
This could mean only one thing - college
football season is here! And what better way to
celebrate its arrival than with the Big Ten, which
as a matter of fact is celebrating its 100th birth-
day.
Most of the Big Ten teams kick off their
seasons this weekend, all facing non-confer-
ence opponents. Here's a look at what we can
expect Saturday:
Texas Tech (0-0) at Penn State (0-0)
OK, already!
Enough talk about all of the talent the Nittany
Lions lost to the NFL. Yes, Penn State lost three
All-Americans in quarterback Kerry Collins,
running back Ki-Jana Carter and tight end Kyle
Brady to the first round of the NFL draft.
But take a minute before you shed a tear,
because the Rose Bowl champs are more than
ready to replace those three, plus eight other
graduates. The Nittany Lions hold the No. 4
ranking and the ability to rebuild their squad.
Penn State will have the chance to showcase
its talent Saturday against Texas Tech in Happy
Valley. Yet the Red Raiders may not enjoy the
show as much as everyone else.
The Lions offense set 10 school records last
season and will again be the key to Penn State's
success. The offensive line will be one of the
best in the nation, led by returning All-America
rightguard JeffHartings and tackles Keith Conlin
and Andre Johnson.
The line will undoubtedly be as tough as a
brick wall in protecting new quarterback Wally
Richardson. Richardson developed under
Collins, but lacks big-game experience. How-
ever, the entire offense will compensate for
what he lacks in game experience.
In fact, Richardson's only problem might be
deciding who will be his favorite target - the
receivers or the running backs. All-American
wide receiver Bobby Engram, who won the
Bilentikoff Award as the nation's top receiver
last year, is back along with wideout Freddie
Scott. Last season, they had 99 catches and
2,095 yards between them.,
Mike Archie replaces Carter at running back.
Last season, he carried the ball 52 times for 303
yards and caught 22 passes for 215 yards.
Although Texas Tech returned 92 percent of
its offense and linebacker Zach Thomas, the
Red Raiders will not be able to handle the Lions
offense, not to mention the homefield advan-
tage. Texas Tech has a relatively inexperienced
offensive line and must rebuild its secondary.
Penn State 42, Texas Tech 17.

Notre Dame (0-1) at Purdue (1-0):
The Boilermakers went into Morgantown, W.
Va. last week and upset the Mountaineers, 26-24.
The Irish do not look as strong and confident as
Purdue, coming offa 6-5-1 season and a loss to Big
Ten doormat Northwestern last weekend. The loss
made "Touchdown Jesus" one very unhappy god.
Purdue will definitely give the Irish reason to
pray. The Boilermakers' ground game is solid, led
by fullback Mike Alstott. He rushed for 1,188
yards last season and 109 yards Saturday. Corey
Rogers, who was the 1991 Big Ten Freshman of
the Year, is a perfect compliment to Alstott, but
only if he can remain academically eligible.
In order to prove that the Boilermakers' win
was not a fluke, Purdue must improve its de-
fense - and maintain it. They must improve
from 105th out of 107 Division I schools in total
defense if they want to contend. Last Saturday,
the Boilermakers had four sacks and allowed 24
points, a touchdown less than last season.
But don't count the Irish out just yet. They
return quarterback Ron Powlus, who threw for
1,729 yards last season, and wide receiver Der-
rick Mayes, who scored 11 TDs. The problem is
that Mayes is the only real threat at wideout.
The Irish lost seven starters on defense, but
coordinator Bob Davie transformed the defense
into an attack-style. The Irish are down and out,
but they will bounce back and win this one. If
they don't, the traditional salute to coach Lou
Holtz after every third quarter will be replaced
with a chant for mutiny.
Notre Dame 24, Purdue 17
Nebraska (1-0) at Michigan State (0-0):
New Spartan head coach Nick Saban show-
cases a team that went 5-6 under former coach
George Perles and has not had a winning record
in five years. Michigan State quarterback Tony
Banks is big and strong and will have no prob-
lem leading the offense, since he had the best
passing-efficiency rating (143.1) of any return-
ing conference quarterback.
Tailback Duane Goulbourne and fullback
Scott Greene return behind Banks. The defense
will be much improved this season with line-
backers Reggie Garnett and Ike Reese, but the
Spartans will not be able to contend with size
and strength of No. 2 Nebraska.
The national champions may have the best
quarterback situation in the nation with Tommy
Frazier and Brook Berringer. Or, maybe no other
team has abetter I-back situation. Lawrence Phillips
rushed for 1,722 last season and is a Heisman
candidate. But then again, so is Frazier. The Husk-
ers lost a large amount of their offensive line, but
the defensive line is still as scary as last season.
If the Oklahoma State slaughter was any
indication of how good Nebraska is, the season
will prove to be a long one for its opponents.
Nebraska 38, Michigan State 17

Illinois (0-1) at Oregon (1-0):
The talk around Champaign these days i
about linebacker Simeon Rice's chance to be th
first defensive player to win the Heisman Tro
phy. The talk should change to whether the Illin
can regroup from its devastating loss to Michi
gan last weekend.
Rice had two sacks against the Wolverine
and 16 total last season. He will need to continu
his intensity if Illinois is to bounce back. Rice i
complemented by Kevin Hardy who, along with
Rice, is a preseason All-American.
The Illini have two good QBs in Johnn
Johnson and Scott Weaver. Johnson had th
second-best pass-efficiency in school's histo
(137.6), but didn't do much against Michigan
Oregon lost to Penn State in the Rose Bowl la
year, but will not have the same experience th
season. The Ducks retain most of their offense
including an exceptional tailback in Ricky Whittl
Defensively, Oregon will have a problem replac
ing safeties Chad Cota and Jeff Sherman.
The Ducks are a solid team but Illinois is
better one - and it will regroup. Oregon wil
not have much to "quack" about Saturday.
Illinois 20, Oregon 17
Northern Iowa (0-1) at Iowa (0-0):
Iowa had to suffer through a mediocre 5-5
season last year without a healthy quarterback
The Hawkeyes are back this season with
healthy signal caller and confidence.
Matt Sherman is in at quarterback. Iowa ha
two extraordinary tailbacks in Sedrick Sham
the second sophomore in school history to rus
for more than 1,000 yards, and Tavian Banks
The Hawkeyes are weak at fullback and on th
defensive line. Iowa is trying out a new defens
this season to compensate for the weakness.
Despite these problems, Division I-AANorth
ern Iowa will not pose a problem for Iowa. Th
Panthers return 10 starters on offense, but los
most of their defense.
Iowa 35, Northern Iowa 17
Western Michigan (1-0)'at Indiana (0-0):
The Hoosiers return running back Alex Smit
who rushed for 1,475 yards last season, the thin
highest by a freshman in NCAA history. Quar
terback Chris Dittoe came off the bench las
season to pass for 279 yards. His 6-foot-6 fram
makes him an offensive threat. The secondary i
much improved this season with the move o
Eric Smedley from cornerback to free safety an'
the further development of the cornerbacks.
Western Michigan boasts tailback Jir
Vackaro and QB Jay McDonagh who led th
Mid-American Conference in total offense las
season.
Yet the Broncos lost many of their offensiv
targets and the defense is unproven.
Indiana 24, Western Michigan 10

Cal Ripken now owns the longest consecutive games played streak in baseball. He surpassed Lou
Gehrig's mark of 2,130 games last night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

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hand at Camden Yards to see Ripken's big game.
Clintonandrhis party visited Ripken before the
game in the Orioles' locker room.
"Congratulations,"Clinton told Ripken. The short-
stop gave Clinton and Gore black Louisville Slugger
bats and souvenir baseballs.
On Clinton's bat, Ripken wrote: "To President
Clinton. Thanks for being here on this special day.
Cal Ripken."
The president feigned horror, saying, "I don't
want you to get a hand cramp" because of all the
autographing.
Since Ripken started his streak on May 30, 1982,
there have been 3,712 major leaguers on the disabled
list. And baseball's27 other teams have gone through
an average of roughly 19 shortstops each in the 13
years that Ripken has started for the Orioles.
"I've been very achy the last few weeks," the 35-
year-old Ripken admitted Tuesday night, after tying
Gehrig's mark in Baltimore's 8-0 win over Califor-
nia. "Maybe it's the nerves. It's been a difficult
time."
Ripken has never broken a bone, has never been

knocked out of a game by a pitch even though he has
been hit 44 times during his streak, and has never
been wiped out badly while turning a double play at
shortstop.
"He takes great pride in the fact that he never
bruises," Anderson said..
As a boy growing up in Aberdeen, about a half-
hour away from Camden Yards, Ripken slept in his
uniform the night before his first Little League game.
Years later, as a minor leaguer, he played in the
longest game in professional baseball history: a 33-
inning game in 1981 between his Rochester Red
Wings and the Pawtucket Red Sox. Ripken played all
33 innings.
Later that summer, he made his major league
debut as a pinch-runner and scored the winning run,
waved home by his dad, Cal Sr., the Orioles' third
base coach and eventually Cal Jr.'s manager.
The next year, he started his streak as a third
baseman, moving to shortstop 27 games later.
On Wednesday night, umpire chief Larry
Barnett reworked the schedule so he could stand
behind the plate for the record-breaker.
"I don't think we'll eject him," Barnett said.
"Short of shooting me in the head, he's probably
going to stay in the game."

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