SIX THE MICHIGAN DAILY trRs
By FRED RATZ
In all, the Wolverines have had
Glum prospects of an inj3ury- 11 knee injuries this fall.
laden Michigan grid squad taking Ji Dinke is la .
the field Saturday against South- Jim Dickey is slated for the
ern California began to appear first string centei post for the
obsolete yesterday. season's opener in the event that
With the exception of Dick Syring will be unable to play.
Syring, sophomore center who Myers, withheld- from contact
suffered a hip injury last week, work for the past week by Coach
and Brad Myers, slowed down
with a knee injury, all regulars
are now going at full strength. Out To Win
Syring Still Doubtful Los Angeles (P)-Coach Don
Syring could possibly see serv- Clark says there are seven
ice against the Trojans, but is - major reasons why his South-
now at the doubtful stage. The ern California team should beatj
189-lb. pivot man was named Michigan Saturday.
number one at his position when "They're my wife and six
Jim Byers became a member of kids," Clark said.
the sick list via a knee operation.
Bennie Oosterbaan, is expected to
et 17K m-babe in the starting lineup at left
half. Oosterbaan said he had no
immediate plans to return first
C omc ptai s unit quarterback Bob Ptacek to
CoCatinlefReady To Go
Working at their positions on
. the first team besides Dickey,
Kelly, Ronie Munn, T.an is Myers and Ptacek were ends Gary
Frank Stockweather and Phil Prahst and Walt Johnson, tackles
Nage. George Genyk and Don Deskins,
Hayslett is also captain-elect guards Alex Callahan and Jerry
of this year's gymnastic team. Marciniak, fullback John Herrn-
Kimball is also a member of the stein and right half Fred Julian.
gym squad but has earned most All are expected to be in the
of his sports honors as. a diver, starting lineup against the poten-
He won the NCAA championship tially dangerous USC club.
two years ago and was runner- Michigan is being quoted eight-
up this past season. point midweek favorites over the
Tryouts were held at the Sports Trojans who last week walloped
Building. highly touted Oregon State, 21-0.
Tickets worth $1.80 for four cents!
That's all you risk when you enter The Michigan Daily's first
weekly Grid Picks Contest. The winner each week is awarded two
tickets to a local movie house.
All you have to do to enter is clip out the list of games printed
below, circle your choice for winners and mail or bring .your selec-
tions to: Grid Picks, The Michigan Daily, 420 Maynard. Be sure to
include your name, address and telephone (if any).
--> 1. So. Calif. at MICH. (score)
2. UCLA at Illinois
Collegiate 3. Texas Christian at Iowa
Hairstyling a 4. S. Methodist at Ohio State
Specialty ,5. Wash. St. at Northwestern
S *6*t !. Minnesota at Washington
@12 Barbers 7. Nebraska at Purdue
* No Waiting 8. West Virginia at Oklahoma
* Air Conditioned 9. Kansas State at Colorado
WELCOME 10. California at Michigan St.
11. South Carolina at Army
The MIasoia Barbers f12. Colgate at Cornell
near Michigan Theatre 13. William and Mary at Navy
S---- - 14. Penn State at Pennsylvania
-__ 15. Holy Cross at Pittsburgh
16. Tennessee at Audurn
17. Mississippi State at Florida
18. Clemson at North Carolina
19. Duke at Virginia
20. Rice at Stanford
... by Si COLEMAN
Time for Football
BEFORE LONG, another Big Ten football season will get under'way.
As the mounting excitement grows, what can the interested football
Two questions are usually asked at the start of the season. The
first question is: Who will win the Big Ten football crown? If the
answer is not Michigan, and in recent years it most certainly has not
been, the next logical question is: How will Michigan do this year?
Any sane scribe knows that he should not venture to guess the
winner. No matter how much research and statistics are compiled, to
pick a winner boils down to one bare fact. It is a guess. Make no
mistake about it. There is always some satisfaction to look back when
the season is over and be able to say that you picked a winner. But a
majority of footbAll writers in the country will not be able to do that.
To try and guess, the Big Ten champion is about as ridiculous as
naming an All-American team before the season starts.
Nevertheless, it is possible to give some opinions on what is In
store for those of you who follow football to a greater extent than just
going out to Michigan Stadium every Saturday afternoon to watch
the marching band (which, by the way, isn't a bad idea).
Powerful Underdogs?.. .
MICHIGAN CERTAINLY does not and should not be classified in
its traditional favorite's role. The team is weak at many positions,
and when the Wolverines are compared with other elevens around the
conference, the role of favorite quickly disappears..Big Ten football,
however, is rather an odd kind of sport. It's odd because in no other
athletic competition is the underdog so powerfully surprising as in
the Western Conference. With luck, Michigan could play a new role
this year-darkhorse-turned-champion. Now don't all start laughing
at once. For the past two years Michigan has been rated in the pre-
season as one of the favorites. Each of those years it disappointed
many people. This year, with a lower rating, there will be fewer fans'
who will be disappointed if a Wolverine threat doesn't materialize.
Conversely, there will be many more surprised people in November if
Michigan is crowned champion.
Who will be Michigan's chief competition? This is a question that
even the most conservative writer would be willing to go out on a-limb
and predict. The main trouble that Michigan must face will once again
originate out of Columbus . and East Lansing. It does not take any
great amount of brain power to make this statement. Even if, Ohio
State and Michigan State were not expected to be powerhouses thin
fall, which they are, they would still, no doubt give the Wolverines
their chief headaches. What makes things worse, if that's possible, is
that Michigan opposes both these teams on foreign ground, Michigan
State on October 4 and Ohio State of November 22.
The last time Michigan traveled to Columbus it turned back the
Buckeyes with relative ease, 19-0. That was the game in which such
greats as Ron Kramer, Tom Maentz, Terry Barr and Jim Parker made
their final collegiate football bows. Sixty-two miles to the northwest
of Ann Arbor in Spartan land, the Wolverines lost, 14-6, way back in
1953, Michigan's last appearance in East Lansing.
UNFORTUNATELY, competition for Michigan will not only come
from the two fiercest rivals on the schedule. Iowa, always tough
in past years, will be the same again this season. When Forest Evashev-
ski brings his Hawkeyes to Ann Arbor on November 1, he will be out
to erase the talk that circulated after. last year's game. In that one,
Iowa was said to have quit and settled for a tie, rather than play to
win with three minutes still remaining in the game.
The most disappointing team in the Big Ten last year was un-
questionably Minnesota. The Gophers were picked by many sports-
writers to walk away with the Big Ten and also the Rose Bowl. But
quarterback Bobby Cox and his replacement, Dick Larsen, failed to
spark the team, and the big line of the Gophers was just not enough
to carry them through. Michigan played its finest game of the year in
Minneapolis. Fans even began talking about Michigan making the
trip to Pasadena after it rolled over Minnesota. The Gophers will be
out to avenge that crushing defeat and in doing so, regain the Brown
Northwestern and Indiana are the other Big Ten foes which
Michigan will meet this year. The perennial doormats of the Confer-
ence, Northwestern and Indiana do not figure to give the Wolverines
too much trouble, But as I wrote in the beginning of this column,
never underestimate an underdog, especially in the Big Ten.