THE MICHIGAN DAILY
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1. 1966
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By RICK STERN
No matter what the critics claim,
most college football teams still
must play for just plain fun.
Because it's a cinch they don't
play for fame, glory and bowl
bids. Every year the same 10 or
15 teams get all the recognition
and win the big games. The ma-
jority of schools have an occa-
sional winning season, spend a
week or two in the polls every
couple of years,. and spend the re-
maining time resting comfortably
The year 1966, say the maga-
zines and the experts, is no dif-
ferent. You could name the dozen
or so supposedly top teams of this
fall just by reading last season's
final ratings. Michigan State, Ala-
bama, Arkansas, and Nebraska,
last year's top four agglomera-
tions are again picked as teams
to beat. And the All-America lists
are dominated by behemoths from
these same schools.
Of course, occasionally the ex-
perts goof. Playboy picked Michi-
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gan as the nation's top team last
year and mentioned Iowa's Jerry
Burns as "Coach of the Year."
They should have stuck to nudes
This year Playboy took the con-
servative course and picked Ala-
bama as the best, followed by Ne-
braska, Syracuse, and Arkansas.
Street and Smith's which sticks
better to its field than Playboy
and enjoys a good reputation
among football followers, says that
UCLA will be the best but that
IAlabama, Michigan State, and Ar-
kansas are close behind.
Two other major football pub-
lications, Dell Sports and Sport
Magazine, also show little vari-
ance. One ranks Nebraska first,
one says that Arkansas is best.
The former puts MSU second, the
latter Georgia Tech. Alabama is
third in one poll and fourth in
Based on a point system which
gives 10 for first, nine for sec-
ond, etc. from each of four pub-
lications the ratings would be as
follows. (First place votes in par-
1) Alabama (1) 34
2) Arkansas (1) 32
3) Nebraska (1) 31
4) Michigan State 25
5) Notre Dame 20
6) UCLA (1) 15
7) Syracuse 13
8) Georgia Tech 12
9) (tie) Purdue 7
Seven of those teams were in
last season's Associated Press fin-
al top 10 rating, and the other
three received mention.
Alabama, of course, simply
doesn't lose. Paul (Bear) Bryant
is the coach and his team's have
won 160 out of 225 games in the
past 20 years. Southern teams are
always jumped on as being over-
rated 'because they won't play out-
side their area. But Alabama play-
ed Nebraska in the Orange Bowl
January 1st and beat them sound-
Quarterback Steve Sloan who
threw five touchdown passes in
Ifli i -Ill
that game is gone but consensus'
is that 180-pound junior Ken Sta-
bler will fill his shoes fine. Stabler
has All-America prospect Ray Per-
kins as his receiving target and
Les Kelley to hand the ball to.
Perkins runs the 100 in 9.7 and
makes difficult catches look even
harder. Kelley is 215 pounds and
a good reason why "Bama" will
do all right on the ground as well
as in the air.
All of the blocking line except
All-America center Paul Crane is
back and this won't hurt Bryant's
Tide a bit.
Arkansas had a 22-game win-
ning streak snapped by LSU in
the Cotton Bowl but apparently is
equipped to start anew. Coach
Frank Broyles has almost all of
his top players back including
quarterback Jon Brittenum and
wingback Harry Jones. Britten-
um was All-Southwest Conference
quarterback as a junior last year.
Jones averaged 7.7 yards per car-
ry and had four touchdown runs
of over 50 yards though he only
played half the season.
Defensive tackle Lloyd Phillips
is tabbed as the. best in college
football and he leads a unit that
should give the Razorbacks their
third straight Southwest Confer-
Lincoln, Neb., is the site of an-
other dynasty. Since Coach Bob
Devaney arrived on the scene four
years ago, the Cornhuskers have
won 38 games and lost six. In 21
Big Eight conference matches they
have lost only to Oklahoma . . .
Twenty-three of 32 offensive play-
ers return and 19 of 25 defense-
men including second team All-
America Larry Wachholtz who had
452 yards in punt returns last fall.
Bob Chruchich is an experienced
quarterback and "Lighthorse"
Larry Wilson is a fast back. The
main problem for Nebraska will
be finding the ends to replace
Freeman White and Tony Jeter.
Michigan State is certainly high
on talent but the Spartans are
felt by many to be riding the crest
of last year's success. Five assort-
ed super stars are carrying the
squad and injuries or ineligibility
could be fatal.
Notre Dame is always in the
top 10 and this year is no excep-
tion. Coach Ara Parshegian with
a 16-13-1 record in two years at
the Irish helm has halfback Nick
Eddy and fullback Larry Conjar
among name players. Tom Schoen
is the quarterback and the defense
stacks up well. Of course, the
Notre Dame's difficult schedule is
a factor. The Irish start with Pur-
due and finish up with USC and
UCLA has two superstars in the
backfield. Halfback Mel Farr and
quarterback Gary Beban were both
sensational in the Uclan's win over
Michigan State in the Rose Bowl.
The offensive line needs rebuild-
ing and Heisman Trophy winner
the U.S.A. And Syracuse has a
schedule which is the easiest of
any of the top 10. Only one rank-
ed team, UCLA, is on the slate
for the Orange.
Georgia Tech has Coach Bobby
Dodd and 220-pound center Bob
Breland who was All-America last
year. Quarterback is Kim King,
backs are Lenny Snow, Craig
Baynham and Doc Harvin.
Pass to Roses
Purdue has Bob Griese, the oth-
er Heisman candidate and Griese
has two outstanding receivers in
Jim Beirne and Jim Finley. Even
if the weakened offensive line is
leaky, Purdue still looks like Mich-
igan State's heir-apparent for a
Rose Bowl trip.
Tennessee would be the best in
Insights and insuilts
On Being a Part
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And now as a brief intermission, we take leave from the latest
medical report on Jim Detwiler's knee and the new odds on Tulane's
chances to win the National Championship.
Yep, smack dab in the middle of sports section number one, I the
Sports Editor have the audacity to change the subject. Well, not
really change it. Just reshape it a bit. It's expose time again, but the
blunted pen points are only aimed in my direction.
Everybody who reads the sports page is entitled to know what
kind of clowns he's dealing with. How do you explain a paper where
I have to fight to get my copy of Sports Illustrated away from the
Associate Editorial Director (who's a girl yet), but have to plead to
put a football story on page one.
The Daily is not a place for normal people. It's a home
for bald radicals, bearded conservatives, and middle-of-the-
roaders who are too clumsy to walk down the yellow line.
The frightening thing is that the Daily does not shelter a pecu-
liar brand of ID card carrying students. It breeds them.
In come people. Nice normal ones. Boys with neatly pressed
yellow shirts and girls with sunglasses propped up in the middle of
their hair. And then they become part of the only barber-shop-
library-automat-fraternity-museum-back porch-coffee house-city
room known to man. The experience is shocking. It molds, builds,
creates. Something strange happens. It's like marinating LSD sugar
cubes in peanut butter.
You can read the morning paper between wrinkles on the yellow
shirts, and damn it if those girls don't let the sunglasses slip over
If the sports staff does have a basic, all-embracing char-
acteristic, it's tolerance. Daily sports writers have gone on to
be real sports writers, real regular writers, cowardly soldiers,
even a couple brave soldiers, lawyers, leading campus social-
ists, and (shudder) husbands.
We adore all types. Even girls-a variety which we do possess
in a small quantity. We have scholars who know J. W. Porter's birth-
day, fanatics who believe it is a heinous crime to miss watching a
football scrimmage, and even sensible human beings who think a
single wing refers to a crippled chicken.
We take them all. Not out of desperation, but out of a romantic
earthy swelling called love. We don't claim to be Damon Runyons or
Ring Lardners. We're just us and we have fun while we're at it.
So that's whose stuff you're reading. If you're not satisfied drop
in at 420 Maynard and get your shirt dirty.
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MICHIGAN'S BUMP ELLIOTT shakes hands with Coach Tommy
Prothro after the Rose Bowl game two years ago. Prothro switch-
ed to UCLA last season, and this season he has a nucleus of 30
lettermen. The Uclans are highly touted in the pre-season polls,
and they are generally regarded as the favorites on the West
For information, contact house president or the Inter-Cooperative Council,
2546 Student Activities Bldg., 668-6872
Mike Garrett is gone. Coach Tom
Prothro has 30 letter winners back
though which is enough of a nu-
cleus for any "Coach of the Year"
Garrett's Heisman Trophy re-
placement is probably sitting in
Syracuse, N.Y., right now. That
would be Floyd Little, the third
and possibly the greatest member
of the Syracuse all-time backfield.
Jim Brown and Ernie Davis were
the first two but Little has already
set half of their records with a
year to go. Says Coach Ben
Schwartzwalder "He's the best
back in America."
Smiles in Syracuse
Adding to the optimism in Syra-
cuse is fullback Larry Csonka, an-
other potential All-America. Iden-
tical twin Jim Del Gaizo will pass
to brother John and round out
what may be the best backfield in
the southeast had they not lost
All-America fullback Tom Fisher
in an automobile crash. Two ex-
cellent quarterbacks, Dewey War-
ren and Charley Fulton, will pass
to two experienced ends, John
Mills and Austin Denney. Ron
Widby is the most remarkable
punter in the country averaging
43 yards per kick last season.
Sophomore wingback Richmond
Flowers left his native Alabama
and ambititious dad to play in
Tennessee and rates as a future
superstar. Tailback Walter Chad-
wick is another good backfield
man. Coach Doug Dickey may
eventually inherit Bryant's domi-
nation in the south.
Other teams mentioned by the
magazines as rough and ready in-
clude UCS, Ohio State, LSU, Utah
State, Miami, Texas Christian,
Mississippi, Illinois and Colorado.
CHUCK VETZNER ...........................Sports Editor
JIM TINDALL .......................Associate Sports Editor
JIM LaSOVAGE..... ... ... Associate Sports Editor
GIL SAMBERG ...................... Assistant Sports Editor
NIGHT EDITORS: Steve Fick, Grayle Howlett, Howard Kohn,
Bill Levis, Bob MacFarland, Clark Norton, Rick Stern John
Sutkus, Gretchen Twietmeyer, Dave Weir.
REPORTER: Bob Lees
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