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Michigan Football

Spartans pose no 'Red' threat

Angela Cesere

BY DANIEL BROMWICH

Political football 101: offenses, with Michigan linebackers coach Steve Szabo.
When you see spread, think red.
"I call that Communist football," Szabo said. "I'm so tired of it. Good, red-blooded Americans snap the ball, hand it to the guy and have a normal run game or pass game."
Szabo and the rest of the Michigan defense will finally get a break from the spread offense. Beginning Saturday at Michigan State, they will face more traditional offenses in the final three weeks of the regular season.

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Intrastate rivalry should provide thriller

BY SCOTT BELL AND JACK HERMAN

No matter what fans think of the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry, the Spartans have done their best to raise the level of hype.
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio has a clock counting down to the start, and he even went as far as to set the Wolverines as a model for his program.
Michigan has a seven-game winning streak to defend after its 0-2 start - not to mention it wants the Paul Bunyan Trophy.
The Spartans need a win to save a disappointing season while the Wolverines still have a Big Ten Championship on their mind.

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Ohio State faces another conference test

BY BY MARK GIANNOTTO

Two recent developments have changed the very core of Halloween. First, it has transformed from a one-day trick-or-treating fest into a week-long event because the actual holiday falls on Wednesday. Can anyone say five-night weekend?
Second, costumes have gotten truly ridiculous. Last night, one of my roommates wore a Michael Vick jersey, complete with a stuffed dog hanging from a noose. What happened to ghosts and vampires?

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Bad Blood

Kelly Fraser

BY SCOTT BELL

Rival columnists duke it out

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Bad Blood

Kelly Fraser

BY ZACK COLMAN

Rival columnists duke it out

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Trophy has a history as big as its namesake

BY JACK HERMAN

The first time Michigan won the Paul Bunyan Trophy, the Wolverines cared so little, they didn't even engrave it. If Michigan had its way, the award probably wouldn't even exist.
But if you want to hear the story behind the unwanted trophy, don't ask Michigan coach Lloyd Carr.
"I have no idea," Carr said when asked why Michigan and Michigan State play for the trophy. "I've never researched that, and I don't think I will."

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Bold predictions motivate Ringer

Angela Cesere

BY KEVIN WRIGHT: DAILY SPORTS EDITOR

Michigan State running back Javon Ringer sat just a table-length away from his new coach Mark Dantonio at Big Ten Media Day in August, and even in the noisy room, it wouldn't have been hard for Dantonio to hear Ringer's plea.
Repeatedly, Ringer would tell reporters he never had the chance in his two seasons as a Spartan to showcase the kind of back he could be - the dominant version.

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'M' loose heading into rivalry game

BY SCOTT BELL

If the pressure of a rivalry game is supposed to seep through, the Michigan football team sure isn't showing it.
Five players faced questions about the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry during the team's weekly press conference yesterday, and all of them appeared more relaxed than usual.
One-by-one, nearly every player had witty things to say both about Mark Dantonio's Michigan-focused clock and about the prize the two intrastate rivals are competing for - the Paul Bunyan Trophy.

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Hart's return to field likely for in-state battle

BY JACK HERMAN: DAILY SPORTS EDITOR

Earlier this year, Michigan running back Mike Hart needed a little help - just a little - from his teammates when he guaranteed Michigan would beat Notre Dame.
Next week, it's only him (and maybe some trainers and coaches) who can make his new words come true.
Hart said Saturday he'll play next weekend against Michigan State as the Wolverines head into the difficult final stretch of their schedule. In fact, he said, if needed, he probably could have played this week.

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