TlE MICHIGAN DAILY 44
The Great Delusion
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EARLIER THIS FALL, on October 4, about 60 miles northwest of here
two Big Ten footballteams battled viciously to a 12-12 deadlock.
Both were proud of their achievement. The underdog felt that it had
accomplished the "impossible" by tying its arch-rival, and thoughts
of a great season were prevelent in the home camp. The favorite's
honor was only slightly tarnished by the tie, and a topnotch season
was still in the offing.
Michigan and Michigan State, the perennial powers of the mid-
west, were both ranked in the nation's top 10 football teams after that
week. The Spartans, picked by many to win the Big Ten, were ranked
as high as third by some "experts." Woverine fans were high in praise
for their fighting gridders, and there were many who claimed that the
1958 season was already made a success by the tying of the Spartans.
Both schools suffered a touch of "Rose Bowl fever." But just a touch.
Who among the throng of 76,434 that set a new attendance record
in Spartan Stadium was to know that this heralded game was really a
battle of the "Havenots" of the Big Ten? What sportswriter was to
know, when he praised both teams for excellent play, that they were
doomed to the Conference second division? What alumni, .as he
credited his alma mater with its greatest game in many years, could
know that neither of these squads was to see a glimpse of national
recognition by the end of-the season?
By DAVE LYON
The people who engage in the
profession of picking winners of
football games have established
Michigan as a slim favorite in the
game with Indiana here Saturday.
This may come as a surprise to
more than a few followers of Big
Ten football. They wonder why
Michigan's defensively worst team
in history should be picked over
a Hoosier squad which has a better
Conference record, and which has
allowed only seven points in win-
Win Titl es
By IRWIN OROF
Phi Gamma Delta ran Sigma
Nu off Ferry Field yesterday to
gain the second place "A" title
in social fraternity touch football
by a decisive 22-2 margin.
In the "S" second place play-
off, Sigma Phi Epsilon ripped Chi
Psi, 20-12, to capture the chain-
In other play-off games in the
social fraternity league, Phi Kappa
Tau took Trigon, 6-0, to cop the
"A" third place title while Pi
Lambda Phi nipped Phi Sigma
Kappa, 7-6, for the fourth place
laurels. Lambda Chi Alpha tore
Sigma Nu to gain the "B" third
ning its last three games in a
There are quite a few reasons
why the prognosticators pick as
they do. It is true Indiana has a
4-3 record this season, but the
Hoosiers have scored only 58
points while allowing 110.
They were lucky in edging West
Virginia, 13-12, and slipped by
one of Miami of Ohio's worst!
teams in years, 12-7. Inldiana
needed only one touchdown and
some excellent line play in down-1
ing anemic Minnesota, 6-0.
And had it not been for an
abortive Michigan State field goal
attempt last week, plus some more
great Hoosier work on the line,
MSU might well have ended up
winning, instead of losing, 6-0. In-
diana lost its three games by mar-
gins of or exceeding 18 points.
The Hoosiers have a pass offense
only slightly less lethargic than
Ohio State's. For example, last
week Indiana threw two passes
during the game, ~onipleting one
for a 19-yard gain.
This comes as good news to the
Wolverines, whose big weakness all,
year has been defending against
passes, especially long ones.
Indiana's -rushing offense -is
nothing spectacular, either, and
the Michigan line should containi
it. But Michigan coaches are s'till
taking no chances, and in yester-
day's practice, just as in every
other practice this fall, empha-'
Another factor in favor of
Michigan is the location of the
game. Indiana has lost all three of;
its road games, and the Wolverines
have extracted their two victories
on home ground.
Michigan's main problem Satur-
day might be scoring some points.
The Hoosier line, spearheadedj
by ends Ted Aucreman and Earl
Faison, has performed well the last
two Saturdays, and may be ex-
pected to do so again against the
Aucreman's facility in breaking
through and tackling MSU ball
carriers, especially in the four
goal-line stands by the Indiana
line, earned for him recognition
as AP "Lineman of the Week."
Faison was the man who sifted
through the MSU line, and after
blocking a field goal attempt, ran
it the length of the field for the
game's only score.
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LEADS MICHIGAN OFFENSE-Quarterback Bob Ptacek, shown
against Illinois, leads the Wolverines by ranking high individually
In four Big Ten departments.
The Traditions: Topsy-Turvy .. .
$UCH ARE THE DELUSIONS of college football. The question im-
mediately arises: how could so many people, including the so-
called experts of the college gridiron, be fooled so completely? It would
seem that someone should have realized that these teams weren't so
good. Many things enter into such a realization, however. In the first
place, MSU had won an impressive victory over California, apparently
before Pete Elliott could get his Bears jelled. Secondly, both the
Wolverines and Spartans did play rugged football on October 4-as is
always the case in a heated rivalry. Perhaps, on that one Saturday,
they did deserve the praise given them.
However, the biggest consideration in this problem is one of
tradition. It takes awhile, perhaps a whole season, before the fans
and the alumni, and even the experts, are willing to admit that teams
like Michigan and Michigan State aren't the powers of the Big Ten
,anymore. The same is true of Ohio State. It seems almost unbelievable
that the Buckeyes are in fourth place (2-1-2), the Wolverines in
eighth (1-3-1) and the Spartans in ninth (0-4-1).
Only Iowa, of the recent Conference powers, is still on or near
the top. And they have received little competition this year, sewing
the title up with two weeks still left of Conference play. Instead, teams
like Wisconsin, Purdue, Northwestern and Illinois are winning more
than their share, and moving into the first division of the league.
Speaking along the lines of tradition, this is certainly the most topsy-
turvy season in many years in. the Big TeXL
The Big Ten: Balance.. .
ONE SUDDENLY REALIZES that, in a concrete sense, tradition
means nothing. It has to be backed up, by the facts: victories, All-
Americans, and continually solid performances. When these no longer
happen, tradition goes down the drain. It takes more than a big name
to win games in the Big Ten.
And perhaps this is a good thing. The Western Conference, with
a new champion this year rather than the former Buckeye domination
that lasted just a few years too long for everyone but Woody Hayes,
is a far healthier league. There is no reaon to imitate the Big Seven:
this league needs no Oklahoma and 40-gme winning streaks.
As long as the Big Ten claims to be the toughest league In the
nation, which claim it will continue to make quite rightly for many
years to come, its most important virtue must be balance. A league
that is always dominated by the same teams has no right to claim
superiority, because the superiority must be over other leagues, rather
than within itself,
Perhaps this balance hurts national rankings, since undefeated
seasons are at a premium, and even the best lose a few. Nevertheless,
those that KNOW will continually realize that the top five or so teams
in the Big Ten belong in the Top Ten, nationally.
The Future: U for ords.
CERTAINLY THE FALLS of the Michigan schools have been one of
the most noticeable trends this year, but the rises of other teams
have also been noteworthy. Northwestern, winless last year, has given
the experts little doubt that Ara Parseghian is a shoo-in for coach ofi
the year in everybody's book. And just as surprising as Michigani
State's four-losses-in-a-row in Conference play, is Indiana's two-
victories-in-a-row. Both of these are now modern records, since State'
has played well in the league since .joining in 1954, and Indiana last1
won two in a row in 1947. Of course, better things are to come, since
Indiana has a good chance to make it three-in-a-row over Michigan
This balance which now pervades the Conference so markedly, is
what the members have'always been seeking. It has been hard to come
by, but is always harder to keep. It has been achieved by the fact that
recruiting practices are in great part equalized by the Big Ten Aid
Plan. Another factor, as emphasized by 'M' coach Bennie Oosterbaan
and many other Conference spokesmen, is the fact that no one ever
gives up. There are no pushovers in the schedule, because no one is
willing to be a pushover.
So who can predict the future? Those who are up this year may
be down next, and vice-versa. Let's hope so, anyway. The only solice
that Michigan gets out of this season is that fact that MSU is one peg
lower in the doldrums of the Big Ten.
By BILL ZOLLA
Once again Big Ten champion
Iowa dominated the offensive de-
partments as of the games of last
Michigan, although losing to Il-
linois, moved up to the number
four position from its previous
sixth slot in offensive ranking.
The Wolverines placed four
team members well up in the
individual statistics. Bob Ptacek
led Michigan by showing well in
three divisions, while Darrell Har-
per, Gary Prahst, and Brad Myers
were each mentioned in one group.
Ptacek moved up to fourth In
total offense with his fine showing
against Illinois, compiling a total
of 464 yards. He now trais only
the top three quarterbacks in the
conference, Dick Thornton, North-
western, Randy Duncan, Iowa and
Dale Hackbart, Wisconsin.
The Michigan signal-caller is
tied for fourth among the leading
passers with 27 completions in 53
attempts, good for 361 yards and
two touchdowns. Ptacek has scored
four times himself for 24 points
and the sixth ranking among the
Big Ten scorers.
Harper, although injured in the
Illini contest, maintained his aver-
age of 5.4 yards per carry to move
CINCINNATI (A)-Dolph Scha-
yes scored 30 of his 32 points in
the last half yesterday and led
the Syracuse Nationals to a 116-
115 victory over the hapless Cin-
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TORONTO, Ont. (P)--The Mon-
treal Canadiens moved back into
first place in the National Hockey
League race yesterday with a 4-1
victory over the Toronto Maple
up to second in the rushing de-
partment. He trails Ray Jauch,
Iowa halfback, who has a jarring
Prahst fell to seventh in the pass
catching figures, with eight recep-
tions good for 87 yards. Myers is
fifth in kickoff returns with a 21.3
mark on six returns.
Duncan Tops Passers
The Wildcats' Thornton and
Duncan of the Hawkeyes share top
billing in the offensive statistics
and are still battling for honors in
two categories. The Northwestern
sophomore leads in total offense
with 692 yards total, Duncan is
right behind with 664 yards.
Duncan leads in the aerial divi-
sio nwith 44 completions in 78
attempts, a lofty .564 percentage,
for 649 yards and six TDs.
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1. Indiana at Michigan 11. Texas at HCU
2. MSU at Minnesota 12. Tulane at Vanderbilt
3. Wisconsin at Illinois 13. Princeton at Yale
4. Ohio State at Iowa 14. Oregon at UCLA
5. Purdue at Northwestern 15. Holy Cross at Penn State
6. SMU at Arkansas 16. Iowa State at Kansas State
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