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Michigan Football

Tale of the tape

Tucked off to the east of Ann Arbor sits the little city of Ypsilanti. Both are steeped in history and tradition, but does the smaller city live up to its bigger neighbor?

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Around the Nation: Six matchups ensure more top-25 losses

BY H. JOSE BOSCH

On this day 67 years ago, the movie "Knute Rockne All-American" debuted featuring then B-list celebrity Ronald Reagan as the Gipper. Why does this matter? Because this weekend, Notre Dame will need some movie magic to defeat UCLA on the road.
Any other season, this game would likely be must see TV, but with the Fighting Irish's prospects for winning season looking worse than Charlie Weis in a Speedo, that ABC primetime game doesn't look so appealing. ("Mediocrity lives here!")

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'D' laughing at the past

BY KEVIN WRIGHT

A group of reporters surrounded cornerback Donovan Warren in the Crisler Arena parking lot following Michigan's crushing home loss to Oregon.
But the gathering would have to wait a few extra minutes to talk to the disheartened freshman. It was Michigan secondary coach Vance Bedford's turn.
"These guys can wait," said Bedford, motioning to the reporters. "I need to know if I can count on you."
That was the lowest of lows for the Michigan defense.

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Six matchups ensure more top-25 losses

BY H. JOSE BOSCH

On this day 67 years ago, the movie "Knute Rockne All-American" debuted featuring then B-list celebrity Ronald Reagan as the Gipper. Why does this matter? Because this weekend, Notre Dame will need some movie magic to defeat UCLA on the road.
Any other season, this game would likely be must see TV, but with the Fighting Irish's prospects for winning season looking worse than Charlie Weis in a Speedo, that ABC primetime game doesn't look so appealing. ("Mediocrity lives here!")

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Henne on top of TD List

After sitting out two and a half games, Chad Henne didn't wait long to claim his spot atop the Michigan passing
touchdown list. The senior found Mario Manningham for a score on the game's first drive and followed it up with two more passing touchdowns. He now has 75 career passing scores, three more than John Navarre, the old record-holder.
1 -- Henne has thrown at least 22 touchdowns every year, and matched the single-season record with 25 last season.
2 -- Navarre (72) has been bumped to second on this list and the career yardage list by Henne this year.

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Conference powers collide this weekend

BY MARK GIANNOTTO

A conference with two top-10 teams should have some semblance of order atop its standings.
But if the first two weeks of Big Ten play have shown us anything, it's that the race for the conference title and a spot in a BCS bowl game is wide open.
Last week, No. 5 Wisconsin barely escaped with a win at home against underdog Michigan State. And thanks to the play of quarterback Juice Williams, Illinois announced itself as a potential contender in the race with a 27-20 win over Penn State that dropped the Nittany Lions to 0-2 in the Big Ten.

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Manningham suspended for Eastern game

BY SCOTT BELL

Star wideout Mario Manningham is not expected to play in Saturday's game against Eastern Michigan, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Manningham reportedly violated an undisclosed team rule and will serve a one-game suspension.
The news comes just after Manningham's most productive game of the season, a 10-catch, 123-yard performance in Michigan's win over Northwestern.
Earlier in the season, the junior drew the ire of Michigan coach Lloyd Carr for not being as productive as he could be.

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Henne on QB controversy: 'It's all a bunch of B.S.'

Chris Herring

BY DANIEL BROMWICH

Even with an injured knee, quarterback Chad Henne has still been getting in plenty of throws.
Against doctors' wishes, Henne tossed his crutches into the back of his car as soon as he was out of sight of Schembechler Hall.
And after Saturday's game, the senior discarded any talk of quarterback controversy in a similar manner.
"It doesn't really make sense," Henne said of the contrived quarterback controversy. "I came back (this year) for a reason, and they realize that. As long as I keep progressing, I deserve the spot. (The coaches) won't take it away."

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Massey shelved for remainder of season

BY JACK HERMAN

Michigan tight end Mike Massey will miss the rest of the season after sustaining a knee injury in the third quarter of Saturday's 28-16 win over Northwestern.
The senior will undergo surgery this week, Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said during his weekly press conference yesterday afternoon.
"Massey was a wonderful competitor, a guy that brought a lot to our team," Carr said. "He was outstanding on our special teams, and he'd done a great job at tight end. We're going to miss him."

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Maize Gauge

Defense-O-Meter: 3/4 Crables

We're docking points for the start to the game, even though the Wolverines allowed just one touchdown. Even so, it's tough to quibble with the fourth quarter, when the defense turned on the burners, forced four turnovers and put the game away.

Carr-O-Meter: 3/4 Lloyd Carrs

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