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Michigan Football

SEC clashes headline weekend action

Jessica Boullion

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

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

BY NATE SANDALS

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

BY JACK HERMAN

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

BY KEVIN WRIGHT

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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Relax, people make mistakes

Hypocrites unite! People have made mistakes - famous people!
What does that mean?
Well, we could forgive them and realize everyone makes mistakes.
But come on, what fun is that? Let's pounce. Let's act all holier than thou. It's much, much more fun that way.

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Starting, confident Mallett gets it done

Angela Cesere

BY JACK HERMAN

Early in the second quarter of Saturday's game, Michigan quarterback Ryan Mallett threw a lateral to wideout Adrian Arrington, intending to receive it back on a pass. Before he could make the catch, though, the 6-foot-7 freshman tripped, falling on the ground as the ball sailed over his head.

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Game plan

Daily sports breaks down the weekend that was

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Motivated Hart tastes victory again

Angela Cesere

BY SCOTT BELL

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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Defense-o-meter

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.
DEFENSE-O-METER
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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