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."
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.
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.
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.
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 t
The Michigan Daily Top 10 returns for its fourth 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 w
This is the biggest upset of the season so far: Scott Bell lost for the first time. Not only did he only pick up just five wins, but this week's results also mark the first time this year Bell hasn't posted an above-.500 record. Still, he retained first place in the overall standings because of the big lead he engineered during his ridiculous run. Kevin Wright finally distanced himself from Daniel Bromwich in a race for second place, and he's even starting to sneak up on Bell. Most important, props to Jack Herman for having a not-unconscionably-awful week.
BY DANIEL BROMWICH
Wide receiver Mario Manningham caught his first pass midway through the second quarter Saturday - a 44-yard bomb along the left sideline that put Michigan in position to tie the game at 10.
The catch was magnificent. The junior reached out as far in front of him as he could, using his fingertips to tap the ball back into the air in order to eventually snag it. But Manningham really impressed after the catch.
BY KEVIN WRIGHT
Even without senior stars Mike Hart and Chad Henne, the Michigan offense was still expected to light up the overcast skies over the Big House.
So who would've guessed the Minnesota defense - a unit allowing an average of 533.6 yards per game heading into Saturday - would blank the 15th-ranked Wolverines through the first quarter?
For the first time this season, the Golden Gophers had held an opponent scoreless through the first frame, and Michigan looked ahead toward a possible upset.