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his assistants were prepared for that. All of a sudden the Trojans have to do
something in desperation before the contest gefs out of hand.
Schembechler has outfoxed his counterpart on the opposite side of the
field. He hashis charges throwing the football when Southern Cal isn't ex-
pecting it, and even when they are.
The Trojans are confused because they don't see any Michigan backs
with the ball, don't know who to tackle, and it amounts to a pair of first half
touchdowns and a field goal.
"Foul," cries Robinson; "they can't do that. Penalty, ref, penalty. The
rules clearly state no Big Ten team shall pass for the purpose of gaining yar-
"Funny thing," says the beleagured man in the striped shirt, "I thought
so too, butI can't find anything in the book which says they can't."
During the intermission Robinson is frantically consulting his assistants
to figure out a plausible defense for these upstart Wolverines. "How do you
defend against a passing team from the Midwest?" he wondered.
The answer came to him quickly. If they're going to pass," Robinson
said, "we're going to RUN."
And so the Trojans came out for the final two quarters convinced they
could beat Michigan at its own game.
The rest is history. Michigan couldn't move the ball in the second half,
but USC did. The Trojans ground it out, run after run after run. Before long,
Southern Cal closed in on the Wolverines and pulled within a single point, 17-
16 (two TD's and a pair of two-point conversions).
With less than a minute left to go, Michigan had to punt the ball away.
USC took it at its own 20, first down, ten to go.
But Robinson forgot to change his tactics. Because the Wolverines
crossed him up with their passing game, he wanted to double-cross them
with his ground game. lie figured that Michigan wouldn't be expecting it
since everyone knew how well USC could pass.
As a result, the Trojans were driving for the winning score when time
ran out. There was no field goal try, no nothing. Just another charge up the
middle that the Wolverines "weren't expecting."
Back to reality. The point I am trying to make is this-everyone knows
how good USC and Michigan are. And everyone knows what happens when
Bo tries to battle it out against powerful teams in the season fianle. The
lesson that should be learned is simple: the less serious Bo is about the
game, the better the chances his team will have on New Year's Day.
Think about it, and Happy Holidays.
PREDICTION: MICHIGAN 17, USC 16
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The opposing coaches are all smiles on paper, but come New Year's Day these
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That was a day when we, you and I together (though perhaps you more
than I) sucked the mop in a big way.
Well, I'm not going to suck the mop like that again. If I suck the mop this
time, it'll be because the school that creams me for my tuition won the game.
But I can't see it.
You see. Bo, on the West Coast along with cult religions, earthquakes
and the ocean, they have something called imagination. I'm not saying you
don't have such a quality, but that the teams you've played lack such. I don't
think Woody Hayes could imagine his way out of a paper bag.
If the Trojans dress anything like their game plans it must be awful. All
full of new wrinkles. But it makes for a helluva football team.
Not only that, but the Trojans are big, quick, fast, tough, and I'm sure
they help little old ladies cross the street. Your players could only help an old
lady cross the street if she went through sports information first.,
I don't think USC can shut down your offense entirely. But I don't think
your offense will have the ball all that much. Your defense will hang in there,
as it always does, but this McDonald kid looks to be the best QB you've faced
since Eddie Smith (remember him?).
And the Trojans' offensive line is huge.-Rather like the King Kong
You did the smart thing telling everybody USC is Number One. But I'm
sure if you were playing the Daily Libels then we'd be Number One. It would
look pretty silly if you tried to build USC up as the third best team in the
country. Gosh, wouldn't that be something if you knocked off Number
Three? Of course USC is number one, let Joe Paterno fry, you're not playing
Okay Bo, you can get up now. Hey, come on, chin up, stiff lips and all
that, don't cancel the game on my account. Go on, Bo, when I no longer cover
Michigan football, maybe we can be friends again.
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