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.
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
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.
BY KEVIN WRIGHT
Mike Hart showed exactly how you back up a guarantee.
Thirty-five carries for 187 yards and two touchdowns came to play, but his guarantee stretched deeper than self-motivation. He used it to reach out to his teammates.
When Hart went up to the podium after a horrific loss to Oregon and predicted victory over Notre Dame, the senior captain drew a fair share of criticism.
What prompted Hart to put so much faith in a team that opened the season with two bad losses? Why would he put even more pressure on a group of guys already hanging their heads over a heartbreaker and a blowout?
BY SCOTT BELL
Heading into Saturday's game, the usual suspects were expected to fire up the Michigan football team.
Embattled coach Lloyd Carr needed to pick up his team following an 0-2 start, running back Mike Hart needed to rally his teammates following his guarantee and defensive captain Shawn Crable needed to get his much-maligned defense back on track following two dismal performances.
But an unexpected source delivered perhaps the game's most rousing speech: Academy Award-winner Russell Crowe.
The Michigan Daily Top 10 returns for its third installment in this young 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 (7): The Trojans were penalized in the rankings for having a bye last week. But after watching them thrash Nebraska 49-31 on Saturday, the rest of the nation can only hope the Trojans are involved in some scandal.
Staff Picks recap: So, uh, this is a little embarrassing. LSA senior Todd Karazim is just killing the Daily football writers. And the thing is, the writers aren't even performing that poorly. Karazim has just been on fire. He was the only one this week to pick the Kentucky upset, and the only one to take Rutgers and its 53.5 points. He also nailed the Duke upset and correctly didn't trust Minnesota to beat Florida Atlantic, a team that had lost to Penn State 59-0. Bell did make something of a comeback, though, winning the week by one pick.
They're supposed to be their school's future, but now they're expected to be the present, too. How do these two highly touted signal callers stack up?