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Wednesday, November 14, 1973

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Hoge Seven

Wednesday; November 14, 1973 THE MICHIGAN DAILY I'oge seven
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Nation 's top teams look ahead

to Bowl games

By FREDERICK UPTON wants Kansas and North Carolina
As Thanksgiving approaches and *.1 State for the Dec. 17 game. Mis-
the leaves fall off the trees, a d a y souri was approached but appar-
young footballer's mind turns to ently turned down the still unoffi-
thoughts of bowl bids and national cial bid for the second year in a
championships. row.
Even though the bowl bids can Two Tigers bask in Sun
not be officially extended before Missouri, 14th in the nation, gave
six p.m. this Saturday, many NIGHT EDITOR: encouraging news to Sun Bowl of-
teams and bowl officials have al- ficials and early indications show
ready indicated their preferences. MARC FELDMAN that the Tigers will be playing
The Grandaddy of all bowls, The -3Auburn.
Rose Bowl in Pasedena, California, interested in a shot at a higher- The Tangerine Bowl in Orlando
has, as always the Pacific Eight ranked opponent and maybe the lhas a contract with the Mid-y
conference champion in a do-or-die national championship." American Conference for the most I
struggle with the Big Ten rep- Again both teams have tough representative team. Miami of
resentative. schedules ahead. Each plays Ohio seems to have that title
In recent years, the Pac Eight Miami of Florida which upset wrapped up and sealed with its.
champ has the honor of battling Texas and almost did the same to 9-0 record.
either Michigan or Ohio State. As Oklahoma. Alabama has yet to: Their opponent won't be chosen
it has been for the last six years, play seventh ranked LSU and a until Nov. 24. Eight teams are
the champ of the Big Ten will be strong Auburn team. under serious consideration andi
the winner of the showdown on the The Orange Bowl could feature most likely include East Carolina,
last day of the season. another pair of unbeatens-sixth- Maryland, Oklahoma State and San
PAC-Eight brouhaha ranked Penn State against seventh- Diego State.
This year the champ of the ranked LSU. Besides getting by, The Western Athletic champion
Pacific conference will not be de- Alabama, LSU will have to beat will host the Fiesta Bowl. This
cided until that same Saturday, two others, Mississippi State and a championship will be decided Nov.
November 24. The University of tough Tulane. 24 when Arizona (8-1) visits Ari-
California at Los Angeles, ranked Tulane is being considered for a zona State, also 8-1. The winner's
eighth, and the University of bowl game with their 7-1 record. opponent will probably be Pitts-
Southern California, ranked ninth, Monday the team voted to accept burgh.
have a match scheduled for tele- an invitation to the Astro-Bluebon- As it stands now Tennessee and
vision to decide both the confer- net Bowl if invited. Their opponent Texas Tech will face off in the
ence championship and the Big will most likely be fifteenth ranked Gator Bowl on Dec. 29. Texas
Ten opponent. Houston, whose players also voted Tech is rated 12th while Tennessee
Of late, the University of South- unanimously to accept the Astro- is .
ern California, last year's unani- Bluebonnet bid if offered.
mous number one team in the land, Cotton lacks pizzaz
has not looked impressive. On theE The Cotton Bowl, which hosts the
other hand, the University of Cali- Southwestern Conference champ
fornia at Los Angeles have re- should see Texas against Nebraska.
bounded from an opening day past-i Texas will be there unless upset
ing at the hands of Nebraska andby both Texas Christian and Texas
now average fifty points a game., I A.&M..If at the same time Texas
Irish to play Crimson Tide Tech gets past Arkansas and Bay-
The Sugar Bowl, long the lessor lor, Tech will go.
of the major bowls, has some As
swee pikins tis imearond. A Cotton Bowl representative
hFightime around who viewed therCornhuskerssaid
Yesterday theFihngIsho that he would return to Dallas to
Noe Da adirec port that Nebraska "looked aw-
challenge from the number two-j ulygodt u.Thtslllw a
ranked Alabama Crimson} Tide for and stay within the rules."
a bowl showdown. All indications sayandstay with te r s"
seem to point that New Orleans, Cornhusker coach Tom Osborne
home of the Sugar Bowl, will be did conduct a vote on which bowl
the site. game the team wanted togoto
Even though the Orange Bowl but wouldn't give out the results.
pays over $150,000 more, Notre Nebraska still has to play Okla-
Dame's Athletic Director Ed homa and Kansas State.
Krause explained, "We're more The Liberty Bowl in Memphis

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Jackson of Athletics named

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By The Associated Press
NEW YORK-Power-hitting Reg-
gie Jackson of the Oakland A's was
unanim-ously chosen yesterday as
the 1973 American League's Most
Valuable Player by the Baseball
Writers Association of America.
Jackson, who hit .293 and led the
league with 32 home runs and 117
runs batted in, was a clear winner
over Jim Palmer of Baltimore,
who recently won the Cy Young
Award as the league's best pitcher.
Shantz Last A's MVP
Of the 35 players named by a

SEATTLE
Frazier scores
26 as N.Y.
wins, 104-102
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK - The New York
Knicks got first-half shooting from
Walt Frazier and took advantage
of seven Seattle turnovers in the
third period, and defeated the Sup-1
erSonics 104-102 in a National Bas-
ketball Association game last night.
1 Frazier helped the Knicks to
three seven-point leads in the first
neriod and scored 20 of his 26

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committee of two writers from points in the first half, giving New By ERNEST C. DEMINGWAY
each league city, Jackson was the York a 55-22 advantage at the in- STATE STREET, Nov. 13-Lov-
only one mentioned on all ballots. termission. able, laughable, amiable, funloving
His 24 first-place votes were worth The Knicks pushed their lead to Tim Seaver, owner of Pizza Bob's,
246 first-pac vlotst worth l Reggi JaGckson 84-73 with 20 seconds left in the 'at distinguished establishment on
336 poinnts, almost double Pal- egeJcsn'
mer's 172. He was the first mem- third quarter, and with four min.' State Street, cheerfully consented
ber of the A's to win the award moment," Jackson said at a news utes to go, Bill Bradley's basket yesterday to sponsor the Gridde
since pitcher Bobby Shantz in conference in Oakland. "It's icing made it 100-94. Pickings contest.
1952 on the cake-to win the world Sonics close gap The need for a new sponsor was
Kansas City outfielder Amos Otis championship, to be named the But Dick Gibbs and Fred Brown precipitated two weeks ago when
was third with 112 points. Second Most Valuable Player in the World scored to bring the Sonics within spokesman for Mr. Pizza, H. R.
baseman Rod Carew of Minnesota, Series, then to be named unam- two. "Bob" Anchovy, withdrew Mr.
relief pitcher John Hiller of Do- mously for this. It's sweet!" Phil Jackson, who along with Pizza's sponsorship of the contest
troit and third baseman Sal Bando Jackson hit 47 homers and drove John Gianelli, counteracted Seat- in a tearful announcement in front
of Oakland were tied for fourth with in 118 runs in 1969, but his batting tle center Spencer Haywood most of The Daily in a snowstorm.
83' each. average was only .275 and he was ' of the game in the absence of Wil- The news of the withdrawal was
lis Reed and Jerry Lucas, then received with grief and' dismay at
"It's a culmination ,'of things not the acknowledged team leader scored on a short hook with about the sports desk of The Daily. "I'll
that makes this my most exciting then that he was this past season. one minute remaining. {filled with grief and dismay," com-
SPORTS OF THE DAILY:
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There were two winners this
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2. Michigan State at Iowa
3. Purdue at Indiana
4. Illinois at Northwestern
5. Wisconsin at Minnesota
6. UCLA at Southern Cal
7. Nebraska at Oklahoma
8. LSU vs. Alabama (game in
Birmingham)
9. Arizona at Arizona State
10. Pittsburgh at Penn State
11. Harvard at Yale
12. Texas A&M at Texas
13. Tulane at Maryland
14. Florida at Miami (Fla.)
15. Massachusetts at Boston College
16. Colgate at Rutgers.
17. Missouri at Kansas
18. Oregon State at Oregon
19. Columbia at Brown
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By ALBERT OSBORNE
0NCE THE NATION'S most prestigious conference, the Big Ten
has fallen upon hard times of late. With the exception of
conference giants Michigan and Ohio State, the conference has
not held its own in non-conference play.
But this year, the tide was supposed to turn. The pre-season
consensus was that Iowa and Minnesota, though not regarded as
serious title contenders, were to re-introduce the "Small Eight"
to some classy football. The Big Ten appeared due for a revival.
Iowa, although an extremely young team, which lost four
defensive players of professional caliber to graduation, supposedly
had one of the Big Ten's "toughest defensive squads." Overall,
Iowa was "a year or two away from title contention."
Possessing the talent and experience to make their Veer-T
offense work, the Gophers actually had Woody Hayes worried
before his Buckeyes met the Gophers opening day.
These optimistic pre-season forecasts proved inaccurate. To
date, Iowa has not won a game. Besides its lack of success with
the "combination" defense, (a system similar to Michigan's, only
slanted slightly more), Iowa's three best defensive players, Andre
Jackson, Bobby Elliot and Lynn Heil, have sat out all or most
of the season with injuries.
Iowa's miserable season was foreshadowed in their poor
training camp. The Hawkeye squad, composed predominantly
of freshmen and sophomores, failed to provide the keen com-
petition essential for a good training camp.
Admittedly, Minnesota's 5.4 record is respectable, especially
since three of the losses were to teams ranked in the Top Ten.
However, averaging 6 to 8 passes a game, their play has hardly
been "classy" football.
The successful execution of the Veer-T offense demands a
top-notch backfield, a backfield which the Gophers have yet to.
put together. Added to a weakness at the quarterback position,
Minnesota's greatest runner ever, fullback John King, has been
injury riddled all season. While King's backfield complement, the
highly touted junior college transfer, Rick Upchurch, has just
begun to live up to expectations after a so far disappointing
season.
So once again, for the sixth straight year the Big Ten title
is the private preserve of either Michigan or Ohio State. What
then, are the factors responsible for the two power conference

domination? "The reason," Indiana's coach Lee Corso bluntly
stated, "is they got better players than the other guys."
After acknowledging the importance of good recruiting,
Michigan State's mentor, Denny Stolz, said he was unable to
give any "conclusive facts" for the two team domination of the
Big Ten. "Maybe it's coaching;" he surmised, "in the last four
years every team in the Big Ten has undergone coaching changes
except Michigan and Ohio State."
WHAT VALUE DO OTHER coaches place on recruitment?
W Coach Bob Blackman of Illinois regards recruiting as only a
part of successful football. He added that "the bulk of our
players are from the state, as we prefer to stress state pride."
This is in direct contrast to Michigan, a team mainly composed
of out-state players.
Iowa's Frank Lauterbur sees recruiting as "at times the big
thing." What does he look for in a player? Lauterbur explains
that "a good player wants to go where he can play," so con-
sequently he looks for the "adventurous" type player.
For the "Small Eight" chances for improved recruiting ap-
pear slim. Granted, good, "adventurous" players will go where
they can play, but great players want to play for great teams,
as the Iowa recruiting staff discovered this year, losing three
"future greats" to better clubs.
As Coach Blackman sums up the situation: "It seems to be
a question of the rich get rich and the poor get poorer."
Big Ten Commissioner Wayne Duke failed to see any cause
for alarm. He regarded one or two team conference domination
as part of a "cycle," a "cycle" observable in all of the nation's
conferences.
But for all Duke's claims, the fact remains that the con-
ference is not balanced.-As Corso remarked, "I heard a rumor

ST. LOUIS
RE GAINS
TOP SPOT
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK -- St. Louis Uni-
versity regained the No. 1 spot in
the Intercollegiate Soccer Football
Association of America ratings an-
nounced Tuesday by upsetting pre-
viously top-rated Southern Illinois-
Edwardsville 1-0 last week.
St. Louis, 9-1-2 on the season, re-
ceived 16 first place votes for 430
points in the poll. Southern Illinois-
Edwardsville, 10-1-1, received no
first place votes but got 397 points.
Rounding out the top ten were
the University of San Francisco
with 392 points, Clemson 378, Uni-
versity of Missouri at St. Louis 341,
University of California, Los An-
geles 326, Oneonta State 313, Penn
State 295, and Hartwick and Spring-
field with 264 each.

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Monday's fights
By Reuter
LONDON-rJoe Bugner, Britain's
European heavyweight boxing
champion, scored a decision over
American Mac Foster at Wembly
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