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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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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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Wisconsin preview

Wisconsin Badgers
(11-1, 2nd in Big Ten)
Key returnees: RB P.J. Hill, CB Jack Ikegwuonu, TE Travis Beckum
Player to watch: QB Tyler Donovan. The fifth-year senior carries a program's national title hopes on his shoulders.
Reason for optimism: Wisconsin will probably have the best defense in the conference this season, and maybe a top-five defense nationally. The defensive line, linebackers and secondary are all strong units, all with returning contributors.

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Life after Rivas

Angela Cesere

BY KEVIN WRIGHT

Senior kicker Jason Gingell pondered a reporter's question about what would go through his mind when he lined up for a game-winning field goal.
"I don't know to be honest with you," Gingell said at Michigan Media Day in early August. "I can't really compare it to anything, because I haven't done it."
It took just one game before the first-year starter felt the sinking feeling of missing such a kick. His 37-yard attempt with six seconds left didn't even have a chance to split the uprights after Appalachian State's Corey Lynch swatted it to the field turf.

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