The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, October 24, 1978-Page 11
by Paul Campbell
KAY, SO IT'S a bit early to be charting a title race in the Big Ten. Only
three games are history. But, remember, this is the first year in a decade
that all but two teams aren't busy planning for next year. The fans and
players are having more fun, while the sportswriters and bookies are
worrying about how to appear smart about five teams.
So forgive me for fueling the rumor that the Big Two is dead. A few ob-
servations about the schedules of the, five contenders show just how in-
teresting things may become.
Michigan State has the easiest slate. The Spartans have only Minnesota
at home left among the contenders, while they play their road games against
winless Northwestern and Illinois.
The second 'easiest is Ohio State, followed by Purdue and Michigan.
Minnesota, Michigan's next opponent, has the roughest schedule, with
MichiganState in East Lansing two weeks down the road.
But none of that means anything if you can't accept anyone not wearing
Scarlet and Gray or Maize and Blue as legitimate contenders. You should.
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Now on stage.. .
Defensive back Stuart Harris performs "a bit of juggling before getting a handle
on the ball against Duke. Minnesota visits Ann Arbor for this weekend's coming
Purdue is 3-0, with an excellent quarterback and a good running game.
Michigan State answered all doubts before 105,000 two Saturdays ago.
The fact is, Ohio State can't guarantee a title by winning the rest of their
games. Someone, most likely Michigan, would have to beat Purdue.
"Seems we hold Ohio State's destiny in our hands," said Bo Schem-
bechler yesterday at his weekly press conference.
Still, I'm not sufficiently sold on total conference parity to write off Ohio
State. That leaves Minnesota. When I think of that name, I have difficulty
linking it with good football. Images come to my mind of the Hall of Fame
Bowl in 1977, where the Gophers looked bad in losing to Maryland. Or Min-
nesota's last three trips to Ann Arbor, when they've failed to score one point.
They've already lost at home this year to Pac-10 doormat Oregon State.,
Bo has a different image of Minnesota. He saw them shut his team out
last year in Minneapolis. He says that this year's Golden Gophers are better.
Bigger backs and more experience at quarterback, he says.
"They can do it," Schembechler said. "All they have to do is beat us and
Michigan State. They have the personnel."
But the Gophers will need to keep maintaining themselves they're
legitimate if they hope to overcome a Wolverine team looking for revenge.
Believe it or not, Bo is also fired up about an odd-looking piece of
crockery known as the Little Brown Jug, which the two teams have been bat-
tling for ever since a Minnesota fan stole it from Michigan's bench and
challenged them to win it back.
"It does mean something," Bo said. "We had it all those years, and we
kind of forgot about it. But it's real important now.'
It certainly means more than that ugly, unkempt hunk of wood known as
the Paul Bunyan Governor's Trophy. Former Michigan governor.Soapy
Williams must have been speaking somewhere in between Ann Arbor and
East Lansing when he got the inspiration to please everybody by instituting
the trophy. Anyway, it looks like a beat up lectern with a poorly painted
relief map of the state on top. Bo said he was glad to get rid of it.
Trophies don't make rivalries though. Natural proximity does. So does a
string of exciting games. Michigan vs. Ohio State is a rivalry. Michigan vs.
Minnesota isn't. Even Michigan-Michigan State was fading, but the Spar-
tans revived tht in one fell swoop.
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1. Oklahoma (54)
2. Penn State (10)
(tie) DAILY LI
12. Arizona State
19. Notre Dame
1. Oklahoma (32) 7-0
2. Penn State (7) 7-0
3. Alabama 6-1
4. Nebraska 6-1
5. Maryland 7-0
(tie) DAILY LIBELS 7-0
6. USC 5-1'
7. Texas 5-1
8. UCLA 6-1
9. MICHIGAN 5-1
10. Houston 5-1
11. Arkansas 4-1
12. Arizona State 5-1
13. Georgia 5-1
14. LSU 5-1
15. Pittsburgh 5-1
16. Missouri 5-2
17. Purdue 5-1
18. Navy 6-0
19. Notre Dame 4-2
20. Clemson 5-1
Oklahoma strengthened its hold on
the top spot in both major wire ser-
vice polls with a 34-6 trouncing of Big
Eight rival Iowa State. Penn State
held onto second place by whipping
Syracuse, 45-15. In the UPI Poll,
Michigan stayed in the number nine
spot it has occupied since its loss to
Michigan State, while the
Wolverines moved up a notch in the
AP poll to the number eight position.
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The painful ankle injury that has
kept tailback Stanley Edwards
sidelined all season will likely lead to
his being red-shirted, according to
ichigan coach Bo Schembechler.
"We don't expect him back," Schem-
bechler said yesterday. "We haven't
decided yet (to red shirt), but it will
If it happened, Edwards would have
three years of football eligibility
remaining after this season.
EDWARDS EARNED a backup job
as a freshman last year, gaining 226
yards on 48 carries for a 4.7 average
and catching six passes. He started in
the Rose Bowl loss to Washington and
was the Wolverines' leading ground
Edwards' injury has dented one of
ichigan's greatest strengths, depth and
uality in the offensive backfield. It
eemed especially significant after
aturday's game against Wisconsin,
when backs Harlan Huckleby (groin
pull), Russell Davis (knee strain), and
Roosevelt Smith (shoulder injury) were
all banged up.
But Schembechler said that he expec-
ts to have all three back for the up-
coming Minnesota game.
BILL DUFEK, the All-American of-
fensive tackle who missed last year and
broke his leg before this season is also
n his way back. "We'll try to put him
n a uniform Tuesday and give him
Much-talked-about freshman Butch
Woolfolk, who has run a 9.5 100, got his
first chance to play against the Badgers
when Huckleby and Smith were hurt.
He gained 32 yards in six carries.
"We'll use him if we have to," said
Schembechler. "He doesn't have the
quickest start, but once he get's going
he's hard to catch."
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