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  • Michigan determined to not let Ohio State spoil its season

    Nov. 15, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Hate.

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    That's the word Chad Henne used to describe the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry, and it's a description his coach probably wishes his freshman quarterback had avoided.

    "It's the biggest tradition in college football," Henne said. "They hate us and we hate them."

    Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said because Henne hasn't played the Buckeyes yet, he doesn't really understand.

    "Hate, I guarantee is not part of this rivalry," Carr said Monday. "And I think when he's through he would not characterize it that way. They probably have guys that say the same thing.

    "I think if you're at Michigan, you hate to lose to Ohio State. And I think if you're at Ohio State, you hate to lose to Michigan. I think that's what Chad Henne meant, so print it that way."

    Carr then smiled and laughed in a rare moment of levity during a week when a lot is at stake for No. 7 Michigan.

    If the Wolverines (9-1, 7-0 Big Ten) win at Ohio State on Saturday, they will repeat as outright conference champions and will play in a second straight Rose Bowl.

    If the Buckeyes (6-4, 3-4) win, they'll end a disappointing season with a satisfying victory.

    "For them to spoil the season for us, it has to be a big motivator for them," senior running back Kevin Dudley said.

    An Ohio State win would also drop Michigan into a first-place tie and possibly a second-tier bowl in Florida.

    Unless the postseason game is a part of the Bowl Championship Series, namely the Rose Bowl in California, the Wolverines want no part of it.

    "We don't want to go back down to Florida," Marlin Jackson said. "We want to go to Pasadena."

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    Michigan controls its postseason fate because it got the help it needed when previously unbeaten Wisconsin lost at Michigan State on Saturday.

    After the Wolverines beat Northwestern 42-20 - their seventh straight win this season and 13th Big Ten victory in a row - many of them huddled around televisions to root for their instate rivals.

    "I was going crazy," linebacker Roy Manning said. "It's probably one of the only times I was rooting for Michigan State."

    At least one former Buckeye - Jim Massey - will be pulling against his school because he has two younger brothers - Patrick and Mike - on Michigan's team.

    "He definitely roots for us," said defensive tackle Patrick Massey, a Brecksville, Ohio, native. "He's a family guy. He's got a lot of pride in his school; he loves Ohio State; loves the program; he's a huge fan of coach (Jim Tressel). But he puts that all aside and roots for his brothers and wants us to be successful."

    The Wolverines don't expect to hear Jim Massey or any other Michigan fan cheering Saturday at the Horseshoe.

    "Going into a stadium where there are 90,000 people cheering for you to lose, it sends chills through your body," Dudley said. "Running out there, everybody is booing you. Going out there and trying to prove that you're the better team, it's nice."

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  • DJRamFan
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    By Jacob Brown Daily Texan
    Austin, TX (U-WIRE) -- It's not surprising the Big 12 North Championship depends on what happens in this weekend's games. What is surprising, though, are the two teams who still have a chance to win the division.

    Either Colorado or Iowa State, both picked to finish near the bottom of the North, will play No. 2 Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game on Dec. 4.

    The Cyclones are in if they beat Missouri Saturday or if Colorado loses Friday at Nebraska. The Buffaloes are in if they win and Iowa State loses.

    "I've got to get those Tigers fired up," Colorado head coach Gary Barnett said, referring to Missouri.

    While they were eliminated from the division title picture Saturday, the Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-5, 3-4 Big 12) still have a lot to play for. They need a win to become bowl-eligible and extend their streak of consecutive years with a postseason appearance to 36. They have also finished with a winning regular-season record every year since 1962.

    "I think it's really important," Nebraska head coach Bill Callahan said of the streak. "It's significant in every respect, from morale, to spirit, to tradition, to recruiting. It all ties in, so we're going to do our best to keep that streak alive."

    While the Cornhuskers hold a 44-16-2 overall edge in the rivalry, the Buffaloes (6-3, 3-4) have won two of the last three meetings, including a win at Nebraska in 2002. Barnett knows it won't take much to get his team riled up for Friday's contest.

    "It's one of those games that I think the only thing I have to do is tell our players what time the bus leaves," he said. "Not much more has to be said."

    Considering what the Colorado football team went through in its offseason, it was unexpected the team would be this position. But it might be even more astonishing if Iowa State (6-4, 4-3) makes the turnaround from a two-win season last year to a possible division championship this year.

    The Cyclones' impressive play led Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel to praise the work of Dan McCarney, Iowa State's head coach.

    "Dan has done a great job this year with the Iowa State football team. They really started off slow," Pinkel said, "[but now they are] just really playing well."

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  • DJRamFan
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    Ann Arbor, MI (U-WIRE) -- It was a combination of relief and redemption.

    Seconds after Garrett Rivals's field goal sailed through the uprights, the Michigan sideline emptied. Players gathered in a circle and started chanting, "It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine" as they jumped around and pumped their fists in the air.

    A week's worth of pressure had just disappeared.

    "When Michigan State is ranked ahead of you and you're Michigan, it's not good," tailback Mike Hart said. "There's pressure there. That's just pressure in itself. If Michigan had lost, it would have confirmed every criticism aimed at the program this season. Spread offenses own this defense. Chad Henne has succumbed to the sophomore slump. Lloyd Carr can't coach. Michigan isn't the powerhouse it used to be.

    But by beating the Spartans in overtime for the second straight season, the Wolverines proved all their critics wrong.

    No one expected this Michigan team - which blew leads against Notre Dame and Wisconsin - to hold on against the Spartans' high-powered offense. But Henne matched Drew Stanton throw for throw, and the defense allowed 21 points - 28 fewer than Michigan State's season average.

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  • DJRamFan
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    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The way Ohio State offensive guard Rob Sims sees it, the Buckeyes' two losses don't take away from the fact that they belong among the top teams in the country.

    "Both of the losses we had this year were both squarely on us, just not doing our job," Sims said earlier this week. "The other teams were very good and they played very well but, I'll still say it, I think we're the best team in the country. We just shot ourselves in the foot two games."

    Ohio State's fans are wondering when the Buckeyes will run out of ammunition -- or feet.

    Next up for the wounded and 15th-ranked Buckeyes (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) is No. 16 Michigan State (4-1, 1-1).

    It couldn't get much simpler: the Big Ten's best defense against its most prolific offense, in a game that neither team can afford to lose it wants to keep alive slim hopes of a conference title.

    "It's a big game for us, but we're trying not to make it too big," Spartans wide receiver Matt Trannon said. "We gotta go down there and take care of business if we expect to continue in the race for the Big Ten championship."

    The Spartans, led by quarterback Drew Stanton and a stable of tailbacks, are averaging 45.4 points a game. They put 44 points on Notre Dame in a three-point overtime win. A week after scoring 61 points against Illinois in the first Big Ten road game, they sustained their only loss, a 34-31 setback against Michigan, also in overtime.

    "Having a good passing game opens up your running game," Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk said of the Spartans' attack. "They have three great tailbacks. They can keep bringing 'em in, keeping them fresh. Their offensive line does a great job of getting out and doing things to open up the running game. When you have running backs like theirs, that's what makes them a good team. They can pass and run."





    Stanton leads the Big Ten in passing yards, averaging just under 300 a game, and tops the league in pass efficiency. He has so many potential targets that it's difficult to focus on one.

    "The beauty of this offense is you can't key on any one receiver," said Stanton, who may be called upon to run more to free up the passing lanes. "That's kind of by design."

    The Spartans have had a bye week to recover from that devastating loss to Michigan. Ohio State is still trying to overcome the lingering effects of last week's 17-10 loss at Penn State.

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