BY DAILY FOOTBALL BEAT
The Daily football writers do their best to predict what happens in the 2008 college football season.
Remember, if you want your chance to be a star, e-mail email@example.com. If you’re chosen and can beat at least two of us, you’ll stay on for another week. The longest tenured guest picker will get a prize at the end of the season.
BY BY COURTNEY RATKOWIAK AND IAN ROBINSON
Notre Dame rushing offense vs. Michigan rushing defense
Notre Dame had just 105 rushing yards against San Diego State last week. That would be bad for the Fighting Irish in a normal season. Consider the Aztecs had seven injuries on the defensive line, and the Michigan defensive front should be licking its chops.
BY DAN FELDMAN AND IAN ROBINSON
Earlier this week, Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis said he expected Michigan junior Carlos Brown to play quarterback Saturday.
When asked whether Brown would play quarterback against Notre Dame, Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez didn't offer a definitive answer.
"I don't know," Rodriguez said. "We wanted to get Carlos more into the game in the first game. He would have played more snaps, but he got hurt on his first one."
BY NATE SANDALS
Stevie Brown remembers what happened against Appalachian State. In his first career start, the then-sophomore free safety and the rest of the Michigan secondary got lit up for three touchdowns and 249 passing yards – and that was just the first half.
For the rest of the season, he never regained his starting spot. But this year, he's getting his second chance.
BY RYAN KARTJE AND JOE STAPLETON
An unwritten rule for referees is, barring a blatant penalty, to try to swallow your whistle late in the game. The idea is that the players should decide the outcome of the game.
When Washington played Brigham Young last week, the Huskies scored a late touchdown and needed an extra point to send the game into overtime.
BY IAN ROBINSON
When defensive lineman Tim Jamison left a January meeting with Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez, he ran into a familiar face in the hallway.
“Coach Shaf, what are you doing here,” Jamison said.
Michigan defensive coordinator Scott Shafer, who had recruited Jamison to play at Northern Illinois, was walking into a job interview with Rodriguez.
Though Jamison wondered what Shafer was doing in Ann Arbor, Shafer’s arrival shouldn’t have surprised anyone. His development as a football coach has followed a Michigan pipeline, despite a direct connection to the Wolverines.
BY COURTNEY RATKOWIAK
Nick Sheridan was a Notre Dame fan for nine months.
That was eight years ago, when the now-redshirt sophomore quarterback lived just over the Michigan border in Granger, Indiana, and was taking snaps with his middle school’s eighth grade "B" team.
Sheridan’s father, Bill, now the linebackers coach for the New York Giants, was Notre Dame’s safeties and special teams coach in 2001. Nick went to every home game and watched the Fighting Irish finish 5-6.
"It was a pretty bad year for my family," Sheridan said.
BY COURTNEY RATKOWIAK
At this morning's weekly press conference, Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said that the quarterback situation will remain the same against Notre Dame as it was last week against Miami (Ohio). Quarterback Steven Threet is expected to start but quarterback Nick Sheridan will also receive snaps against the Fighting Irish. Freshman Justin Feagin, who Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said last week will redshirt this season, has been playing at slot receiver during practice. Rodriguez confirmed he will not burn Feagin's redshirt and redshirt sophomore David Cone is still the team's third quarterback.
BY DAILY FOOTBALL STAFF
The Michigan Daily football writers break down the weekend’s stats that don’t show up in the box score. The Defense-o-Meter measures the intensity of the defense, the Rod-o-Meter
judges how emotional (positive or negative) Rich Rodriguez was following the game and the Hype-o-Meter measures the fans’ performance.
Defense-O-Meter: 3 of 4 Obis
BY DAILY FOOTBALL STAFF
The Michigan Daily Top 10 returns for its first installment this season. Each week, Daily Sports staffers will fill out ballots, with first place votes receiving 10 points, second-place votes receiving nine, and so on. The results are published with first-place votes in parentheses.
1. Southern Cal (11): The Trojans somehow received the most votes even though they didn’t play last week. And with the biggest regular-season game in the nation looming next weekend, they’ll have to earn it to stay here.