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Looking Ahead
Ivan Maisel
September 07, 1998
?Ohio State at West VirginiaMountaineer Field under the lights is a rowdy place. Says West Virginia nosetackle John Thornton of the Mountaineers' hard-drinking fans, "At night everybody will be nice and ripe." But here's some music mat's harsh to the 'eers: Outside of Ann Arbor, Ohio State is 13-1 in the last three regular seasons. The Buckeyes don't know they're supposed to be scared. Key matchup: Thornton and linebacker Gary Stills versus an Ohio State line that learned on the job in '97.
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September 07, 1998

Looking Ahead

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? Ohio State at West Virginia
Mountaineer Field under the lights is a rowdy place. Says West Virginia nosetackle John Thornton of the Mountaineers' hard-drinking fans, "At night everybody will be nice and ripe." But here's some music mat's harsh to the 'eers: Outside of Ann Arbor, Ohio State is 13-1 in the last three regular seasons. The Buckeyes don't know they're supposed to be scared. Key matchup: Thornton and linebacker Gary Stills versus an Ohio State line that learned on the job in '97.

? Michigan at Notre Dame

The quarterback is Jarious.
His talents are various.
Or so Golden Domers believe.
Will Michigan stop him?
Can Tom Brady top him?
Nope—the Wolverines go home to grieve.

? Tennessee at Syracuse
They wear orange, and their quarterback can throw deep and run the option with equal skill. Nope, not just the Orangemen. Junior Tee Martin debuts for the Volunteers, who have too many weapons for a Syracuse defense that's more green than Orange.

? Washington at Arizona State
In each of the last two seasons, a game played on the opening week of the Pac-10 season turned out to be decisive in the league race. The Huskies lost a 45-42 shootout to the Sun Devils two years ago and finished second to Arizona State by a game. Then last year Washington State defeated UCLA and used that win as a stepping-stone to the Rose Bowl. Welcome to Life Ain't Fair, Part III. The Huskies' offense (wanted: one running back) is no match for Arizona State's defense.
—I.M.

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