TIME MICHIGAN DAILY
:RD OVER LAST 25 YEARS:
Poll Study Shows Power Shift
Wolverines Stress Aerial
Defense To Stop Oregon
By BRIAN MacCLOWRY
By DAVE ANDREWS
Entering the second week of,
collegiate football on the national
level, the mighty Rebels from
Mississippi stand on top of the
Associated Press weekly poll.
Close behind the Rebels are
the Orangemen from Syracuse,
last year's mythical national
champions. Michigan, once the
champions of the west like The'
Victors so proudly states, wasn't
even in the top twenty. Neither
was Notre Dame, Tennessee, Army
And yet over the past 25 years,
according to their rankings in,
the poll, these five teams have
the best in thet
Notre Dame is first place in
total points (10 for first, 9 for
second, etc.) also leads the nation
in national titles with four. The
Sooners, in second place, have
three, all since 1950. Army, in
fifth place overall, has two titles,
while the Wolverines and the
Vols, in third and fourth places
respectively, each have only one.
Oklahoma and Notre Dame
have been the only repeaters in
the poll. The Sooners turned the
trick under Bud Wilkinson in
1955-56, while the Irish in the
heart of Frank Leahy's great ca-
reer, did the job in 1946-47.
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However their title in 1947 was
somewhat tainted as 47 was also
the year of "Fritz" Crisler's last
great Michigan team.
Never before or since has the
nation seen two such giants as
all through the year the two
teams won game after game in
the battle for the top spot. Michi-
gan was on its way to a spotless
9-0 record and an undisputed
Conference title, and Notre Dame
to a similar 9-0 record.
'M' Glory Days
Michigan's "Mad Magicians"
had steamrollered Michigan State,1
55-0, Stanford, 49-13, Pittsburgh,'
69-0, Northwestern, 49-21, Indi-
ana, 35-0, Wisconsin, 40-6, Ohio
State, 21-0, and had beaten Min-
nesota and Illinois, 13-16. 14-7.
The Irish, also a great football
team, piled up 291 points while
allowing only 52, including such
routs as 59-0 over Tulane, 40-6j
over poor Pittsburgh, the onlyl
team to play both powerhouses
during the regular season, andj
31-0 over Nebraska.
With the teams still in a dog-
fight for the top spot and Michi-
gan's season completed, the Irish
needed an impressive victory
against once tied but also un-
beaten Southern California. They,
got it by a 38-7 margin, and the
writers awarded the Irish first
place with the Wolverines a close
However, Michigan was paired
againt the Trojans in the Rose
Bowl on January 1, 1948, and with
that score in mind and determin-
ed to prove that they were the
best in the country, hey wallop-
ped Southern Cal, 49-0.
Right then the battle began;
half of the people claiming the'
title for the Wolverines, and the
other half upholding Notre Dame.
Anyway, another poll was taken,I
and this time Michigan was an
overwhelming winner, but the re-.
sults of the final regular season'
poll still stand, with Notre Dame
Orange vs. Miss
This year, another similar bat-I
tle is in the making, between lastj
years champion Syracuse team
and Mississippi. Mississippi has
never won a championship, and
the Orangemen are seeking to
accomplish what only those other
two teams have done in the past
25 years. Which one makes it, if
either, may be determined by one
simple bounce of the ball, but if
all goes the way "the experts"
predict, the vote will be hot and
heavy right down to the final bal-
lot, and history could repeat in a
post season bowl.
The wire service polls are prob-
ably most unpopular among col-
lege coaches, Many a team has
been knocked out of the number
one ranking by over, confidence.
Many coaches actually would like
to be underdogs to have their
team more fired up.
Detracters have often pointed
out the inaccuracy of polls. News-
men who vote are apt to favor
teams from their own section of
the country resulting in a repre-
sentation in the top five or ten.
Furthermore, many newsmen do
not take into account schedule
Grosz if it is to
stop Oregon quarterback and captain Dave'
open its season with a win Saturday.
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It's been 12 years since Oregon
played Michigan, but one thing'
hasn't changed since the two
teams last met-the Webfoots
will be well manned at quarter-
In 1948 Oregon had a field
general named Norm Van Brock-
lin, and this year a 198 pound
senior named Dave Grosz will be+
at the helm.
Grosz, to say the least, is the
key man in the Oregon offense.
Last year the 6'2" quarterback
ranked in the top 20 nationally
in passing; was among the top 15
in total offense; tied for eighth
in touchdown passes with eight,
and ranked third among Webfoot
ball carriers in rushing.
The only worry coach Len Cls-
anova seems to have with the big
quarterback concerns a wrist he
broke during the summer months.
But Grosz contends it hasn't
hurt his passing at all. "In fact,"
he says, "it may have helped be-
cause I think I'm throwing bet-
ter than last year."
Oregon coaches have no reason
to disagree after seeing him direct
the Ducks to a 33-6 opening game
triumph over Idaho last Satur-
Grosz has also demonstrated
that he can come up with the big
Last year he snapped the Air
Force Academy's 15 game winning
streak with a perfect 50 yard
pass play as the Webfoots won
SAgainst Washington State his
60 yard last minute pass on an
icy field set up a 7-6 win over
the Cougars. And be brought
Oregon a 20-18 victory over Cali-
fornia with a fourth down, fourth
quarter, 35-yard touchdown pass.
Another honor accorded the
senior from Kent, Washington,
was his election as team captain.
Grosz is'the first quarterback to
captain an Oregon team since
1946, and only the second to be
elected in the past 30 seasons.
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In addition to the Michigan-
Oregon game, highlighting this
week's Grid Picks, the,.first intra-
conference game'of the season
will be held at Champaign. A
strong Illinois team, picked by
many experts to lead the Big Ten
this year, will face Indiana in
a game that has absolutely no
significance in the final standings
due to the suspension of the
Although this game cannot af-
fect either team's standing in the
conference, it will be very impor-
tant on your Grid Picks entry
blank. The winners of the 19 other
games on the list plus the score
of the Michigan game to break
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be the winner of two free tickets
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Entry blanks may be picked up
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mailed to GRID PICKS, Michigan
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Here are this week's Grid Picks:
MINNEAPOLIS - The Min-I
nesota Gophers head into their1
final pre-season practice tomorrow,
minus three Huskies once destined
to bolster the thin tackle corps
and their top rated fullback.
Dick Miller, a senior from
Rochester, still is limping on a
hurt foot while Tom Loechler, a'
junior from Robbinsdale, is nurs-
ing a hand cut. Both had been
counted on, along with Ron Otto-
son, the Red Wing sophomore who
quit school. The Gophers have
only one letterman tackle to open
Saturday at Nebraska.
Roger Hagberg's earache side-
lined him, again today, marking
the third straight season he has
been ticketed to open the season
at fullback only to suffer injury
* * *
MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin
football Coach Milt Bruhn staged
a general review for his Badgers
today, working on the offense,
defense and punting.
They open at Stanford Satur-
After watching his sophomore-
sprinkled team, Bruhn said:
'"We might be inconsistent with
this young team. But things will
be' fine if we can get our feet on
the ground and get settled down."
* * *s
EVANSTON, Ill.- Northwestern
Coach Ara Parseghian today ex-
pressed concern after his No. 1
team was shoved all over the prac-
tice field by the third string in a
The No. 3 unit, known as the
attackers, was led by sophomore
halfback Chuck Brainerd of Dixon,
Ill. He made several long gains,
"The attackers made consistent
yardage against- ourfirst string,"
said Parseghian. "I am concerned
about our defense with that Okla-
homa game Saturday nearly upon
Oregon at Michigan (score)
Indiana at Illinois
Oregon State at Iowa
UCLA at Purdue
Minnesota at Nebraska
Michigan State at Pittsburgh
Northwestern at Oklahoma
SMU at Ohio State
Wisconsin at Stanford
Mississippi at Kentucky
TCU at Southern California
Georgia Tech at Rice
California at Notre Dame
Texas at Maryland
Tennessee at Auburn
Holy Cross at Harvard
Colorado at Baylor
Georgia at Vanderbilt
Kansas at KaansasState
Duke at South Carolina,
football opener against Indiana.
Tony Parrilli continued to hold
the top left guard post as Pat
Lennon nursed a sprained ankle.
The starting nod will depend upon
Lennon's condition Saturday.
* * *
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa
tapered off drills today for its
opening football game of the sea-
son against Oregon State here
The workout was shortened to
an hour and a half with the
morning session devoted to a run-
down of maneuvers on offense and
LAFAYETTE, Ind.-Coach Jack
Mollenkopf, worried by an injury
list that includes three of six
fullbacks, called a halt to contact
work today as Purdue pushed
preparations for its football open-
er wtih UCLA here Saturday.
As the Boilermakers concen-
trated on offense in a dummy
scrimmage, a tentative starting
lineup consisting of seven or eight
seniors, two juniors and one or
two sophomores began shaping up.
* * *
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.-A short
defensive scrimmage against Illi-
nois' running and passing plays
today wound up Indiana's contact
work prior to the Hoosiers foot-
ball opener with the Illini at
Indiana's own offensive pre-
paration was confined to dummy
drills, concentrating on passing
Rnd long sessions on the bags.
EAST LANSING, Mich.-A lot
of football players will be on dis-
play when Michigan State meets
Pittsburgh, playing on home
grounds, will be 'able to use Its
entire bench. Michigan State is
limited to a 38-man traveling
squad, but also plans to flood the
field with substitutions.
The University of Michigan
Rifle Club will hold an orgniza-
tional meeting Wednesday, Sep-
tember 28 at 7:30 P.M.
All those who are interested in
shooting are invited to attend.
The meeting will be held in North
University Building which is lo-
cated directly across the street
from the woman's tennis courts
at the base of the Hill. The Club
will begin practice on the 22 small
Vice-president, Larry Vanice re-
ported that the Club will compete
this winter in a local league com-
posed of teams from around
Washtenaw County. Any Club
member Is eligible to compete in
these meets with the four higest
scores determining the Club's
The Club ordinarily shoots
against other Big 10 schools but
is limited this year by a lack of
travel funds, which it must pro-
vide for itself, and a shortage of
top flight talent.
In the spring, practice on the
M-1 rifle begins and in mid-May
the Club sponsors a match at
Camp Perry Ohio which is open
to all college teams. As many as
12 Michigan men compete.
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strting center, Stan Yukevich, to-
day worked out after a six-day
layoff because of injury and will
see action in Saturday's Big Ten
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