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Michigan Football

SEC clashes headline weekend action

Jessica Boullion


After flying out of the gate, I took a tumble last week. My Louisville-Kentucky pick was wrong, but at least I don't actually play for the Cardinals, because that would be embarrassing. Remember, this week's picks are correct 60 percent of the time, every time.
No. 20 Texas A&M at Miami (Fla.), Thursday, 7:30 p.m. - ESPN/ESPN 360

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Nate Sandals: Fans' blind faith won't always spell sorrow


I didn't know it when I came to Michigan, but I doubled my sports misery.
As a lifelong Philly sports fan, I've seen teams fall short on the field, court, rink and diamond. And the fact is, Michigan fans and Philly fans are pretty much the same.
Before you ask how I could compare Michigan fans to the horror stories you hear about Philly fans, let me explain.

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Henne has sprain, slight chance to play Saturday

Chris Herring


On the face of it, not much has changed. The depth chart still lists freshman Ryan Mallett as starter, and Michigan coach Lloyd Carr still says senior Chad Henne's status is day-to-day.
But judging from the tone of Carr's comments during his weekly press conference yesterday, there seems to be an ever-so-slight possibility Henne could return from injury for Saturday's game against Penn State.
"Chad Henne has got enough experience that he could play without practice," said Carr, although Henne was not listed on the two-deep depth chart.

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"Machete" ready to cut down opposition

Chris Herring


Redshirt junior John Thompson's stoic face broke into a slight smile as he recounted the best hit he has delivered during his three years at Michigan.
The middle linebacker collided facemask-to-facemask with Iowa running back Albert Young two years ago in Iowa City, and the hit has stuck with him to this day.
"All my life, that's what I bank on: being a hard hitter," Thompson said. "It's just adrenaline. It feels good to punish somebody."

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Motivated Hart tastes victory again

Angela Cesere


There was nothing wrong with his palette, he just hadn't enjoyed the taste in a long time.
For captain Mike Hart, it was time to remember the taste of victory.
"I was just telling the team I lost the taste of winning for a while," Hart said. "I hadn't won a game in a while - four games - so we got that victory. I got that taste back in my mouth, and we want to keep winning."
To solidify his guaranteed victory, Hart carried the ball 35 times. He ran for 187 yards. He scored two touchdowns.
Mission accomplished.

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The Michigan Daily football writers break down the weekend's stats that don't show up in the boxscore. The defense-o-meter measures the intensity of the defense, the Carr-o-meter judges Lloyd Carr's demeanor following the game and the hypemeter measures the fans' game performance.
4/4 Crables
You don't need us to tell you the defense deserved a perfect score. The Notre Dame offensive line looked more like the Maginot Line against the Wolverine defense. Michigan recorded eight sacks and held Notre Dame to 79 yards.

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What are the odds?

The Daily football writers take another shot at calling this year's Big Ten champ

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4/4 Lloyd Carrs
Really just amazing. Carr walked in smiling because he brought good friend and movie star Russell Crowe with him. He joked with reporters about asking the same question multiple times, and when he got tired of answering questions, he had Crowe come to the podium and hold court. Carr seemed completely at ease, much different than the angry and edgy coach we saw last Monday.

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Around the NCAA

Utah undoes UCLA

Salt Lake City provided the week's biggest headscratcher as the Utes demolished the 11th-ranked Bruins 44-6. UCLA mistakes, including 10 penalties for 66 yards and five turnovers, attributed to a Utah 30-0 second half. The Bruins were denied the red zone the entire game, a feat that hasn't occurred since UCLA coach Karl Dorrell's first win in 2003. Utah's Tommy Grady threw 246 yards for 3 touchdowns in just his second start to produce the Utes's highest-ranked upset since 1994.

Reviving a rivalry

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3/4 Big Houses
With both teams 0-2 , it seemed to damped the pre-game aura a bit - it sure didn't feel like a Michigan-Notre Dame game. But the crowd showed up in full force. And other than an ill-timed attempt at "The Wave," it gave an otherwise solid performance.

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