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DENVER TOPS IN WCHA
Blue dekers brace
Woods. Sophomore Shawn Dineen will
not make the trip.
Yet, despite the absence of the two
top scorers, Denver still has a strong
scoring threat in center Alex Belcourt
and wing Mark Davidson, among
Thus, the Wolverines, also a team
dominated by youth, will have to dirty
their hands in order to successfully con-
front the league leading Pioneers.
Yet, the Wolverines are plagued by
injuries. Centers Dan Lerg and Terry
Cullen, remain on the injured list in-
definitely. Further, defensemen Paul
Brandup and Dave Richter are still out.
"It's a big problem when two of your
top players are out," remakred
Michigan coach Dan Farrell. "Under
the circumstances, we're playing as
best we can.
MICHIGAN (2-4 in the WCHA) is
coming off of a good road trip against a
tough Wisconsin team, according to
"Any time you can split, at Wiscon-
sin, you know you did.a good job," said
Farrell was pleased with the way his
team played in Friday night's 6-5 vic-
tory over the Badgers.
"Our power play worked well (4 for 10
during the series), and Varvari put in B
fine performance," commented
In all, Varvari made 51 saves anr
allowed six goals at Wisconsin. Part o
Varvari's statistics were recorded
Saturday night (9-4 loss), as VarvarI
replaced Bob Sutton in the third period.
"Sutton didn't play that well," sajd
Farrell. "He was fighting the puck and
not reacting well."
As for this weekend, Farrell plans on
starting Varvari Friday night, but is
uneided about Saturday's startig
Los Angeles connection: Bruin
Trojans battle for Pac-lO title
By MARK MIHANOVIC
Never mind the fact that this was
supposed to be one of the most un-
predictable Pac-10 Conference seasons
in years. Never mind the fact that
Washington returned with basically the
same team that won the Rose Bowl last
year. And never mind the fact that
California and Stanford both came into
the season with solid teams that expec-
ted to challenge for the title.
The Pac-10 Conference race has once
again boiled down to that classic
Southern Cal-UCLA match-up, with the
winner advancing to Pasadena and the
The fifth-ranked Trojans feature a
superb offense that is led by Heisman
Trophy candidate Charles White, a
5'11" 180-pound tailback. Quarterback
Paul McDonald and fullback Lynn Cain
round out another outstanding USC
SOUTHERN CAL'S 8-1 record (5-1 in
the conference) makes them a strong
contender for the national title. They
are coming off of last week's im-
pressive 28-10 victory over Washington,
which eliminated the Huskies from the
UCLA, on the other hand, will be
trying to rebound from a 15-13 loss at
the hands of Oregon State. The Bruins
(8-2 overall, and 6-1 in the Pac-10) are
ranked 14th in the AP poll and 15th in
the UPI. On offense UCLA counters the
speed of USC's White with the explosive
power of running back Theotis Brown,
who ranks third in the nation in all-
DEFENSIVELY, the primary
responsibility for stopping the USC
running game will rest on the broad
shoulders of inside linebacker Jerry
Robinson, a two-time consensus All-
American. Free safety Kenny Easly
will try to break up the USC passing
Last week's loss to USC crushed
Washington's Rose Bowl hopes, and
possibly all bowl hopes. Coach Don
James said, "It's obviously a disap-
pointing season. I don't think we'll go to
any of them (the bowls)."
The Huskies (6-4 and 5-2) were hit
with a schedule that included UCLA,
Alabama, and USC, but they were
nevertheless pointing to the roses up
until last week. They are idle this week
and finish up next weekend at
Two other possible bowl contenders
meet. in the Stanford at California
game. Both teams are 6-4 overall and 3-
3 in the conference, but Stanford would
make the more attractive bowl team,
mainly because of one roan.
"Steve Dils really should be the Al-
American if they take a passing-type
quarterback," asserted Stanford coach
Bill Walsh. When Dils decides to rest
his golden arm, he can hand off to
sophonore runner Darrin Nelson, who
has rushed for over 1000 yards.
Walsh knows that his team will have
its hands full with California, however.
"They have a top fullback in Paul.
Jones. He is a big man and very power-
ful. They are a good, solid football
team. Our season rides on this game.."
Arizona State (6-3, 2-3) is the final.
bowl possibility in the Pac-10. Last.
week they lost a tough 21-14 game to
Stanford. Life in the Pac 10 has proved
to be at least as rugged as expected and
coach Frank Kush commented on his
school's move to the conference.
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"I'VE BEEN against it. I wish that
we had had three or four years
developing our recruiting so that we
could sell youingsters1 & thie idea of
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the Pac-" is really going to help us, b l
we've played like a yo-yo at times."
This week Arizona State plays Oregon
State (3-5-1, 2-4), the team coming off
the upset of UCLA.
Washington State (3-5-1, 1-5) travels
to Arizona (4-5, 2-3) in the final cori-
ference game. Both are fine football
teams with the misfortune of playing in
this rugged conference. One bright spot:
for Washington State is quarterback:
Jack Thompson, "who might be the'
best in the country," according to:
Arizona coach Tony Mason.
Oregon (1-9, 1-5) appears to be the
one truly weak team in the conference:==
Everybody will be watching USC and
UCLA to find out who the truly strong
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