Staff Picks recap: So long, Todd. After losing to more than two of us this week, our first campus prognosticator must now hit the ol' dusty trail. He leaves with no shame, though, since he managed to outdo our football writers two weeks in row despite our own strong showings (we can't remember the last time all the beat writers have been this far over .500). Still, he had more wins than any of us over the past three weeks.
BY DANIEL BROMWICH
Two years ago, Penn State strolled into Ann Arbor undefeated and in line for a potential National Championship bid.
Michigan was struggling, having already lost three games, including two at home.
And up 25-21 with 53 seconds left, the Nittany Lions were ready to celebrate not just the continuation of their dream season, but the end of a six-game losing streak to the Wolverines.
But a Steve Breaston kick return started drive that resulted in a Mario Manningham touchdown catch with no time remaining, extending Penn State's misery another year.
BY DANIEL BROMWICH AND KEVIN WRIGHT
Penn State wide receiver Deon Butler has heard the buzz around campus. It's been eight years since the Nittany Lions have beaten the Wolverines, and every Penn State student is ready to see a win.
Problem is, Michigan just boosted its confidence with a home victory over a hapless Notre Dame team and is hungry to help fans forget the horrid start to the season. The Wolverines have their eyes set on redemption with a Big Ten championship. Penn State is their first test.
Eight straight. Almost 11 years. Each Penn State loss to Michigan has a different story behind it - a new way the Wolverines have tortured Nittany Lion players and fans. We examine each of them here.
Nov. 8, 1997
Score: No. 4 Michigan 34, No. 3 Penn State 8
The Daily football writers do their best to predict what happens in the 2007 college
One wears glasses, the other saves the shades for the sun. No matter their differences, Lloyd Carr and Joe Paterno have become the faces of the Big Ten.
Years coached: 42
Career record: 366-121-3
National Championships won: 2 (1982, 1986)
BY JACK HERMAN
With his brother and former Michigan football captain Pat standing outside the Michigan Stadium tunnel, tight end Mike Massey had a family affair awaiting him when he stepped off the bus before Saturday's game.
But with about 100 former players also waiting, the rest of the team joined the reunion.
Looking to lift the spirits of the bruised and battered Wolverines, a group of alumni ranging from Rick Leach to Tyrone Wheatley greeted the Michigan team and offered words of encouragement as it entered the stadium before its 38-0 romp of Notre Dame.
BY SCOTT BELL
Many scouts thought Brandon Graham would be a household name by the end of last season.
Instead, it took a couple trips to Michigan coach Lloyd Carr's doghouse and a breakout performance against Notre Dame for the Detroit native to become a mainstay in Michigan's starting lineup.
One man definitely now knows Graham's name - Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen. Graham met Clausen time and time again last weekend to the tune of 3.5 sacks in Saturday's 38-0 win over the Irish.
BY H. JOSE BOSCH
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