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Michigan Football

Staff picks

The Daily football writers battle each other and against the year's first guest picker - LSA senior Todd Karazim -- with their picks against the spread.
Click here to see the staff picks as they appear in print.

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Oregon poses test for Blue

BY DANIEL BROMWICH AND JACK HERMAN

For everyone still complaining about the scheduling of Appalachian State, or teams like Eastern Michigan and Toledo (next year), this game is what you want. A Pac-10 tea, comes to the Big House to give Michigan a stern test just one week after the Wolverines suffered a mortifying defeat to the Mountaineers. Will Michigan bounce back? Or will the Ducks be too much? We'll break it down the matchups for you here:
Michigan running offense vs. Oregon running defense:

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Procrastination station

Oregon 28
Michigan 23

Before every football game this season, two of the Daily's football writers will take the weekend's matchup to the PlayStation 2 and then let you know what happened.
 Play of the game - It looked like Michigan would come back despite losing QB #7 and WR #86 when QB #15 lofted the ball to an open TE #83. Unfortunately for coach Scott Bell, TE #83 dropped the sure touchdown pass and Oregon held on for a 28-23 win.

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After historic upset, AP adjusts Top 25 rules

(AP) - After pulling off one of the greatest upsets in college football history, Appalachian State is still shaking things up.
The Associated Press said yesterday that lower-division schools - that means you, Mountaineers - are now eligible for its 71-year-old poll.

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Team stands by coach

BY SCOTT BELL

Michigan coach Lloyd Carr isn't going anywhere. But if you flip on ESPN, pick up a national newspaper or ask around campus, you might not know that.
Since Saturday's loss to Appalachian State, the only coach to win a National Championship in the last 60 years at Michigan has been under intense scrutiny from both fans and the media about his future.
Earlier this week, a quartet of seniors defended Carr at the team's weekly press conference on Monday.

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Top matchups in week two

BY H. JOSE BOSCH

Week one of the college football season wasn't supposed to be eventful. It turned out a little differently. At any rate, week two should be interesting for reasons not related to catastrophic losses, and one top-10 team will fall before the sun sets on a second weekend of college football. Read on to find out who.
No. 3 West Virginia at Marshall - 11:10 a.m., ESPN

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Big Ten in for lame weekend

BY H. JOSE BOSCH

Let's be honest: This weekend is awful if you're a Big Ten fan. With a few exceptions, most of the conference games will be painful to watch. But there are no breaks in writing Around the Big Ten. So if you want to know what's going to happen this weekend (and you do because you won't be able to actually see most of the games), read on.
Akron at No 12 Ohio State - Noon, Big Ten Network

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Point-Counterpoint

BY DANIEL BROMWICH AND SCOTT BELL

Where should most of the blame lie?

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Purdue preview

Purdue Boilermakers
(8-5, 5th in the Big Ten)
Key returnees: WR Dorien Bryant, DE Cliff Avril
Player to watch: Quarterback Curtis Painter. With receivers like Dorien Bryant, Painter has the weapons he needs to lead the offense. But although he led the Big Ten in passing by more than 1,000 yards, he'll have to improve upon last year's 129.12 QB rating if he wants to command what could be among the Big Ten's most potent offenses.
Reason for optimism: The Boilermakers return 20 starters from last year's bowl team.

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Illinois preview

Illinois Fighting Illini
(2-11, 11th in the Big Ten)
Key returnees: QB Juice Williams, MLB J. Lehman
Player to watch: Williams. Last season, Williams was erratic at best with his passing accuracy, and coach Ron Zook would like to see the sophomore grow into the leader of the Fighting Illini.
Reason for optimism: Zook boasts an explosive and fast defensive unit that should keep games close.

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