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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Saturday, September 15, 1973

Saturday, September 15, 1973

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Libel gridiron machine
oils to massacre foes

HORNS TOP CHALLENGER

USC's

title

on

By FFATS STROPS
"No, no, no!!! You'll never get
me to sacrifice my team to the
Libels! They're just too tough
for our league."-Don Shula
Terrors of the college football
world for three consecutive dec-
ades, defeaters of the invincible,
overcomers of all obstacles, and
friends of pigeons in need, the
incomparable Daily Libels once
again have put together a sched-
ule of set-ups and neo-zombies
which should guarantee them the
first spot in football legend for
millenia to come.
FOLLOWING exhibition victo-
ries o v e r Nebraska, Alabama,
Penn State and Southern Cal,
Libel assistant coach Dan "Eco-
freak" Borus exudes confidence
as he surveys his team's pros-
pects.
"But winning isn't all there is
to football," the Libel mentor
cautions. "There are lots of
other things that are important,
too ... just so long as it doesn't
interfere with our usual lopsided
margins.
"For example, one thing new
we'll be doing this year is using
biodegradable footballs. I think
this will be the first time it's
ever been done. After the game
is over, you can leave the pig-
skin out on the field and after a
hard rain no-one will ever know
a game's been played.
"And you can be sure that all
our post-game beer blasts will
conform to the Federal standards
for emissions of hydrocarbons,

carbon monoxide and n
oxides, even if we havet
catalytic mufflers to doi
In line with the footba
losophy of Libel founder5
Fielding, t h e Daily.De
(as they are sometimes
will charge out of the
wedge spearheaded by
comparable "Bubba" C
MICHIGAN DAILY LIBEL
Starters back-Offense 11
Defense 11
Outlook - no one will si
unit in 1973. All start
turn and the linemena
ger and faster, the ba
have 9.4 speed. Anoth
feet season in the offing
TOR. Bubba towers 6-6, 3
of muscle harder than st
able to run th& 40 in 4.3 s
"Con" (as his friends ca
is truly the irresistable
which has not yet meti
movable force.
CERTAINLY, it would
easy matter for any bozo
up the yards running behi
interference, but even at i
positions the Libels enjoy
feit of talent. Such sup
ball carriers as Swi
Greer, Road Runner Ross:
Mad Masher Merker are
of turning a routine 60-ya
into a 90 yard touchdown
time.
To break the monoton
T~ihalc can r snrUtto P LU a

nitrogen a whimper from Joe Falls. Quar-
to wear terback B o b "The Escanaba
it." Rifle" McGinn can select any of
all phi- a gaggle of game-breakers, in-
Yost H. cluding Kayo Kahler, Marc "The
ervishes Stork" Feldman and Clarke "One
called) Play" Cogsdill.
flying During the few moments of
the in- each game when the Libels are
onstric- compelled by the rules to play
defense, fans will thrill to the
LS heroics of the unparalleled front
(12-0-0) four: "Kung Fu" Hastings, Jim
"The Enforcer" Ecker, Frank
"Felonious Assault" Longo and
top this "Caterpiller Tractor" C h a w n.
ters re- Such is their legend, that most
are big- opposing teams order their quar-
acks all terbacks to down the first snap
er per- in the endzone for a. safety.
LIBEL MENTOR Ffats Strops,
who recently rejected an offer to
10 lbs. replace Henry Kissinger, nas
eel, and words of warning to all those
ilnhi) foolhardy enough to engage his
1 ) squad in mortal hand-to-hand
object football. "Frankly, if I were in
its im- the other guy's shoes, I'd forfeit
the game to hold down the
be a score."
to pile The conclusion is unmistak-
nd such able. This year, like last year,
dhe sucl the best is right here. Watch
e su- Daily Sports for all the exciting
erlative details.
eaip Libel laughers

Daily Photo by DAVID MARGOLICK
"BUBBA CONSTRICTOR" (strangled) thought he was going to
coach the 1973 Libels and "Bobo" Borus (strangling), the real
Libel mentor, wasn't about to stand for that. Borus later slapped
Constrictor on the wrists for his nefarious actions.

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rd gain
at any
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Dallas Cowboys
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Hamilton Ti-Cats

By JOHN KAHLER
This is the time of year when
college football writers begin to
play that annual game called
"Who's Number 1?" As usual,
there are a number of candi-
dates. Some will fall by the way-
side, victims of tough schedules,
bad breaks, injuries, or over-op-
timistic publicity men. And a se-
lect few may even live up to
their glowing preseason forecasts.
The odds-on favorite to do so
this year is the defending cham-
pion University of Southern Cali-
fornia. The Trojans play a tough
schedule, must rebuild their of-
fensive line, and find replace-
ments for the high draft picks
they lost to the pros, but they
have enough returning talent to
make another chamiponship sea-
son entirely possible.
USC's "main man" is Anthoiy
(A.D.) Davis, who has taken a
preseason lead in public rela-
tions circulars touting candidates
for the Heisman Trophy. A.D.,
who started last season as a
third string tailback, climaxed it
by scoring six touchdowns against
Notre Dame and rushing for 157
yards in the Rose Bowl. He also
runs back kickoffs, handles the
placekicking, and walks on water
during halftime.
Complementing A.D. on offense
is a passing game featuring
junior quarterback Pat Haden
throwing to wide receivers Lynn
Swann and J.K. McKay. Southern
Cal must find a tight end to re-
place graduated All-American
Charles Young, and freshman
Marvin Powell just might be the
man.
Nor will the USC defense be
lacking. Led by linebacker Rich-
ard Wood, who made the All-
America lists as a sophomore,
this unit is deep, talented, and
experienced.-
All in all, it looks like another
pleasant year for Coach John
McKay, the wide receiver's fath-
er. If his Trojans put it all to-
gether, they will-be a team that
need fear only the Miami Dol-
phins and God.
No one, with the exception of
some West Coast sportswriters,
is conceding USC anything yet.
Each section of the country has
teams- capable of holding down
the Number 1 spot. For geo-
graphic reasons, we shall start
in the East, home of Penn State
-Croatia's answer to Grambling
and perennial Lambert, Trophy
winner-clearly the outstanding
team in that part of the country.
The Nittany Lions are deep
and talented, with linebacker
John O'Neill, tackle Randy Crow-
der, and tight end Dan Natale as
standouts. The only problem is
at quarterback, and this is a
rough situation because the cele-
brated John Hufnagel has gradu-
ated and there is no experienced
person available to take over.
The Atlantic Coast Conference
highlights a battle between Northl

Carolina and North Carolina
State for the top spot. Both 1
teams have good quarterbacks,l
Nick Vidnovic for North Caro- t
lina and Dave Buckley for N.C.
State. Probably, neither team I
will get above the tenth spot inc
the national rankings, but they
should make things interesting ;
for Carolina football fans.
The chamipon of the Southeast 7
Conference is automatically a
leading contender for the nationalt
championship. This y e a r the a
champion could easily be any of
three teams, Alabama, Tennes-
see, or Auburn, and some people
are inclined to mention a fourth,
Florida.
The Crimson Tide has a strong
running attack led by Wilbur
Jackson, fine receivers including
Wayne Wheeler, a mature defen-
sive front line, and Paul."Bear"
Bryant. They also face the tough-
est schedule of the three leading
contenders.
Recent Tennessee teams have
been noted for excellent defenses.
The stars of this year's team,'
though, are on offense, particu-
larly quarterback Condredge Hol-
loway and running back Haskell
Stanback. The defense, by con-
trast, is quite green.
Auburn was last year's sur-
prise team in the South, and Ala-
bama was the most surprised of
all. Auburn washed out the Tide
with a pair of blocked punts,
making "Punt, Bear, Punt," as
=popular in Auburn as references
to fourth and one are in Colum-
bus, Ohio. All of Auburn's 1972
key people, plus some good new
talent, will be on hand to fight
off the Alabama Revenge Ex-
press.
Florida will field Nat Moore,
an ex-truck driver turned run-
ning back, and an improving
team. The rest of the SEC will
battle for spots in the minor
bowl games.
No sane person can leave out
Notre Dame in a preseason list
of candidates for Number 1.

Tom Clements has established
himself at quarterback, Eric
Penick is a dangerous runner,
the Townsend borthers specialize
in passes (Willie catches them,
Mike intercepts them), and the
defense is huge, as always. If
the Irish can win at home against
Southern Cal, the whisky will
flow knee-deep through the South
Bend streets.
The Big Eight is not as strong
this year as it has been previous-
ly, but it is still an impressive
conference. Nobody is foolish
enough to guess who will win it,
but the victor should be either
Nebraska, Colorado, or the Okla-
homa transcript-tamperers.
The Cornhuskers lost a lot of
people whose replacements prob-
ably won't measure up, such as
Johnny Rodgers, Rich Glover,
and Bob Devaney. New coach
Tom Osborne can spotlight a
passing attack directed by David
Humm throwing to Bob Revelle,
a defensive secondary including
a back with the interesting name
of Wonderful Monds, Jr., and an
excellent kicker in Rich Sanger.
Osborne is on the spot, but. he
might have enough talent left to
score.
Colorado has the best team in
the league, on paper. Colorado
usually has the best team in the
league, on paper. Most teams
would love to have the Buffaloes'
backfield of quarterback Ken
Johnson, running backs Charlie
Davis and Bo Matthews, running
wild behind the blocking of tight
end J.V. Cain. But Colorado must

rebuild its defensive secondary
100 per cent and overcome a long
tradition of blowing the big game.
Oklahoma has many voids to
fill. The largest is at quarter-
back, where Kerry Jackson was
declared ineligible and the school
placed on two years probation
for doing a "Tricky Dickie" to
the lad's high school records.
The three well-publicized Selmon
brothers head a strong defense.
As for the rest of the Big Eight:
wait until 1974.
Since approximately the days
of Sam Houston, Texas has dom-,
inated the Southwest Conference.
This year should continue the
pattern, indeed, the Longhorns
may well be the strongest chal-
lenger to USC's supremacy.
Leading the arm-length list of
t a 1 e n t is fullback Roosevelt
Leaks, linebacker Glen Gaspard,
defensive tackle Doug English,
and any one of several capable
quarterbacks.
Hidden in the mountains, Ari-
zona State is in a class by itself.
The Sun Devils never get the
national rating they want, mostly
because they play such in-confer-
ence weak sisters as Colorado
State and Wyoming. Also, all
their home games are played at
night and thus never make the
eastern papers. But ASU keeps
on winning.
Coach Frank "Torquemada II"
Kush annually assembles a po-
tent array of offensive talent.
Heading this year's group is run-
ning back Woody Green, a senior
who has the pro scouts drooling.

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table of contents
Daily Libels outlook . ....". . ......"....... . ...............page 2
Bo Schembechler interview.................... .... page 3
The Schedule: Iowa to OSU . ..,. ....page 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 14;16, 17, 18
es Statistics: What do they mean ........ ....... page 13
National preview ....................... ........ . . page 19
Cover photo ............... ..................Rolfe Tessem
Supplement editor: Marc Feldman
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Texas
Nebraska
Ohio State
Michigan
Alabama
Penn State
Notre Dame
Auburn
Tennessee
Arizona State
Colorado
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Oklahoma
Houston
Florida
UCLA
North Carolina
Washington State
Iowa

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