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Page 8-Wednesday, September 12, 1979-The Michigan Daily

Trojans 1st, Blue 6th in poll rating

From AP and UPI
Southern California, a 21-7 winner
over Texas Tech in its season opener
last Saturday, maintained its hold on
first place in The Associated Press' fir-
st regular-season weekly college foot-
ball poll Tuesday. Michigan is rated
Southern Cal, chosen No. 1 in the
preseason poll, attracted 45 first-place
votes and 1,222 of a possible 1,240 points
from a nationwide panel of 62 sports
vyriters and broadcasters.
The Trojans, however, got some bad

news over the weekend when All-
America tailback Charles White
bruised his shoulder during their first
scoring drive. His status for this week's
game against Oregon State is uncer-
tain, but fullback Marcus Allen stepped
in to rush for 105 yards against the Red
Raiders. Fortunately for USC's position
in the ratings, the Crimson Tide is idle
Saturday and the unranked Beavers;
although capable of an upset such as
their 1978 shocker over UCLA, are not
expected to improve last season's 3-7-1

Alabama, which routed Georgia Tech
30-6 in its opener, landed 14 first-place
ballots and 1,172 points to hold onto the
No. 2 spot. No. 3 Oklahoma and fourth-
rated Texas, who have yet to play this
season, also stayed in the' same
positions. The Sooners received two fir-
st-place votes and 1,068 points while the
other No. 1 ballot went to Texas, which
drew 962 points.
Purdue, which topped Wisconsin 41-
20, jumped from sixth to fifth with 931
points while Michigan, a 49-7 winner
over Northwestern, advanced from
seventh to No.6 with 898 points.
Penn State, No. 5 in the preseason

poll, was idle last Saturday and drop-
ped to seventh place with 823 points.
No. 8 Nebraska with 742 and No. 9
Notre Dame with 644 also were idle.
Michigan State defeated Illinois 33-16
and remained No. 10 with 594 points.
The second Ten is made up of
Missouri, Georgia, - Houston,
Washington, Ohio State, Pitt, Arkansas,
Florida State, North Carolina State and
Southern Methodist.
The three newcomers to the Top
Twenty are Ohio State, North Carolina

State and Southern Methodist. Ohio
State stopped Syracuse 31-8, N.C. State
downed East Carolina 34-20 and SMU
beat Rice 35-17.
The preseason Second Ten consisted
of Georgia, Missouri, Stanford, Texas
A&M, Washington, Houston, Pitt,
Arizona State, Florida State and
Stanford was defeated by Tulane 33-
10, Texas A&M lost to Brigham Young
18-17 and Arizona State was upset by
California 17-9.

AP Top Twenty
1. Southern Cal (45) .. 1-0-0
2. Alabama (14)......1-0-0
3. Oklahoma (2)........ 0-0-0
4. Texas(1)........... 0-0-0
5. Purdue............1-0-0
6. Michigan ..........1-0-0
7. Penn State........0-0-0
8. Nebraska.........0-0-0
9. NotreDame.......0-0-0
10. Michigan St.... .1-0-0
11. Missouri..........1-0-0
12. Georgia..........0-0-0
13. Houston........... 1-0-0
14. Washington......... 1-0-0
15. Ohio St ............ 1-",0
16. Pittsburgh......... 0-0-0
18. Florida St............ 1-0-0
19. No. Carolina St......1-0-0
20. Southern Methodist.. 1-0-0


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Photo-Go Blue magazine
AFTER A SUMMER of intensive training, Michigan senior offensive guard John Arbeznik is ready to finish
his Wolverine career in style. Arbeznik has dedicated himself to two things, "Being the best player I can. . . and
beating Michigan State this fall!"
King o the trenches

Oct. 10 -B irth of a Nation and Rise of the Klan," Pro fense, no question about that," Schem-
fessor Frank Beaver, Department of Communication bechler said. "Lisch has been throwing
the ball extremely well. He is very
Oct. 24 "Serving the Latino Community," Chris Segura, thepbaletr s etf o r
Assistant City Editor of New Orleans Times-Picayune and comparable to Joe Montana."
NEH Fellow Devine has also praised Lisch but isByGOFLR M
more concerned about the depth at By GEOFF LARCOM
Nov. 7 "A Frenchman Looks at the U.S. Press," Robert quarterback. Cliche has it that the offensive, line is
Escarpit, Le Monde correspondent and Howard R. Marsh "I've got three men who can come in the least glamorous of all football
Visiting Professor but I'm not so sure about how well they positions. Excellence in the blocking:
Nov. 21 "Can Jou listic Ethics Be Taught?" P will do," said Devine, whose team has "pit" too often goes unnoticed, while'
Dean Baker, Department of Communication osalready been decimated by injuries the writers and fans sing praises of the.
without having played a game this players who throw or tote the pigskin.
year. John Arbeznik knows better.
The biggest loss was at fullback, The Wolverine senior guard and co-
where Pete Buchanan broke his left captain's work is appreciated by the
ankle last week and is out for the year. only people who really count - the
coaches and his teammates. They view.
the films over and over together on
Sunday, and you can bet that every
solid block, as well as each little slipup,
is carefully noted.
10:00 10:00 "It's rough in there," the red-haired
1 1 12:45 12:30 Arbeznik laughed. "Sometimes you just
3:30 3:00 want to get out of the way and hide
6:45 7:00 behind a chair."
9:30 9:15 BNMM1IIEND 8IND flg INC fgNI fADHANffU CHAI IiCANNIIN f Luckily for the All-Big Ten selection,
however, odds are that he won't have to
PG spend much time cowering under
M-So $4.00 for adults *A " chairs this year. With John Powers and
-$ rdPG Bubba Paris on the recovery road from
after 5. Sun. $4.00 after 130 "'.'": :e .. knee surgery, Arbeznik has moved to
the fore as Schembechler's top
- --lineman, a spot he accepts conscien-
- - tiously and with determination. Unlike
many others, he's not preoccupied with
the Wolverines' backfield situation, just
with his own game.
10:00 10:00 "You've got to make holes for the
'BREAKING2:30 1210 people to run through. Any great team
2:30 2:15 has a strong line," he said. "The
4:40 4:30 seniors on this year's line who're
7:30 7:30 playing - Doug Marsh, (George) Lilja
10:00 9:45 and (Mike) Leoni need to have it
together with the injuries we've had."
PG Arbeznik broke into the Michigan
starting lineup in 1977, but a knee injury

Irish invasion

sidelined him. He bounced back to gain
all-conference recognition in 1978,
despite missing the final two regular
season games-and the Rose Bowl with
an ankle injury.
The injury woes continued last spring
when Arbeznik's knee problem reap-
peared. ie recovered sufficiently to
assure himself a starting berth this
year, yet on the first offensive series of
the year, fate almost struck again.
"After getting through 25 practices
this fall and having full contact, I get
hurt on the third play of the season,"
mourned Arbeznik. "But it's nothing
really, just a knee bruise. I'll play this
weekend ... I just want to play a whole
year finally, and for a while there, I was
pretty scared."
Fear, however, will be the last
emotion Arbeznik brings into Satur-
day's game with Notre Dame, a clash
which holds special meaning for the
University Heights, Ohio native.
"I used to live around Cleveland,
where Notre Dame is pretty big.
Beating them would settle a lot of
neighborhood rivalries.
"They're great athletes," Arbeznik
continued, "If they're knocked off
balance they still get up and make the
play. Notre Dame is the hardest hitting
teamI've ever played against."
Blue linebacker Mel Owens would no
doubt attest to that. The aggressive
Owens suffered a pinched nerve in last
year's game in South Bend, the result of

a collision with Irish halfback Vagas
Ferguson. Upon hearing that Ferguson
had gained ten pounds in the off season,
Arbeznik laughed. "Don't tell Mel," he
said kiddingly.
Although avidly recruited by Ohio
State and Michigan, the other mid-
western football power at the time, the
Irish chose to ignore Arbeznik.
According to Arbeznik, he didn't have
the size the Irish wanted in a lineman,
thus his choice was made all the easier.
Yet despite lacking the poundage of
the giants from South Bend, Arbeznik
makes out pretty well with what size he
A physical fitness buff, Arbeznik runs
a 4.8 40-yard dash, in addition to being
able to bench press 435 pounds - no
small feat when you weigh in the neigh-
borhood of 240.
Over the summer, Arbeznik went on
an arduous conditioning program to
strengthen his knee, while he also
played on a local softball squad. There
the good-humored athlete was knownto
get off a couple of good jokes on the
local diamonds, as well as lay a little
grief on a few disagreeable umpires.
As far as this season goes,.Arbeznik
foresees quite a future for the young
Michigan offense. "We could be great
eventually. We're real diverse, but we
still have a ways to go," he said.
How far does the offense have to go to
be in line with Arbeznik's forecast? You
can tune in on Saturday for some pretty
indicative clues.


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is just around the corner. Leave your
worries of Calculus and Great Books
behind as you munch down your
favorite Sunday night meal, free.
That's right. You can win a small, two-
item pizza by-simply picking the most
winners of the following college games
and getting your Gridde picks down to
the Daily offices at 420 Maynard St. by
midnight Friday.
And you thought only Kroger's of-
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1. Notre Dame at MICHIGAN
(pick score)
2. Ohio State at Minnesota

3. Missouri at Illinois
4. Purdue at UCLA
5. Air Force at Wisconsin
7. Vanderbilt at Indiana
8. Iowa at Oklahoma
9. Wyoming at Northwestern
10. Southern Cal at Oregon State
11. Texas A&M at Baylor
12. West Virginia at Syracuse
13. Ball State at Toledo
14. Rice at Tulane
15. Maryland at Clemson
16. LSU at Colorado
17. Florida at Houston
18. Arizona St. at Florida St.
19. California at Arizona
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