BY JACK HERMAN: ON TAP
You guarantee victory next week.
I know you're injured and ran for 127 yards on Saturday. And you played just a little more than two quarters on your way to 188 yards last week. And, yes, the block you threw at the defensive lineman in the third quarter was impressive, too.
But really, this might be your most outrageous feat.
"We're going to win next week. There's not a question in my mind. I guarantee we win next week. I'm going to get this team ready."
Um, this Michigan team?
BY DANIEL BROMWICH
One hundred fifteen points allowed, 1,514 total yards allowed. Three heart-wrenching losses.
Those are statistics from the past three games Michigan has played against the spread offense. Both Oregon and Appalachian State operated out of the spread as Ohio State did last year. And those three squads combined to average 38.3 points and 505 yards against the Wolverine defense.
BY SCOTT BELL
Michigan fans, be careful what you wish for.
With 3:29 remaining in the first half, a large contingent of the student section broke into a "We want Mallett" chant.
When the players ran - well, limped - out of the locker room after halftime and Chad Henne wasn't there, you got what you wanted.
True freshman Ryan Mallett played the entire second half. But two turnovers and just 49 yards through the air later, I'm sure a couple fans are wishing they had bitten their tongues.
Now you may be stuck with what you wanted for longer than most thought.
BY KEVIN WRIGHT
The "We want Mallett" chant started with 3:29 left in the second quarter and grew louder when the Michigan student section saw the freshman put on his helmet two minutes later.
Senior Chad Henne suffered a leg injury when he was forced out of bounds with just more than a minute left in the second quarter. Freshman Ryan Mallett strapped on his helmet, but Henne finished the half. He didn't return to the sideline for the third quarter, leaving the offense in Mallett's hands.
And what a game for Mallett to make his debut.
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 the fans' game performance.
Unfortunately, we can't have negative Crables. But the defense couldn't get any worse. Any adjustments or improvements we saw in the second half against Appalachian State were simply illusions.
BY KEVIN WRIGHT
Tomorrow can't come soon enough for Michigan defensive tackle Will Johnson.
The senior didn't have a chance to watch the national reaction to Appalachian State's upset victory last weekend - but it wasn't because he refused to turn on the TV.
Cable wasn't installed in his apartment until Tuesday.
If Johnson had watched TV, he would've seen replays and analysis of last Saturday's 34-32 loss, Michigan's fall from the Associated Press Top 25 poll and calls for Michigan coach Lloyd Carr's head.
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.
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:
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.