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Page Eight

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Tuesday, November 20, 1973

PageEigt TE MIHIGN DILY uesayNoveber20,197

uckeyes:
11 cksa ar
Gicks charge
Ohio State dynamite
By FRANK LONGO some quartet has collectively
In the beginning was the word, dumped opposing quarterbacks 19
and the word was with Woody, and times for 119 yards in nine games
the word was DEE-fense. And this year.
Woody looked at his defense and DeCree and Cusick have started
he said, "It is good." for two full seasons now, while
There's no question that the Ohio Cope vaulted over Tom Marendt
State defense is good, even excel- for a starting spot. Jones was mov-
lent, as head coach Wayne W. I ed from linebacker, where he
Hayes' charges have allowed only filled in last year for the injured
33 points in nine games this sea- Koegel and made 24 tackles in
son and have virtually locked up Ohio State's final home game.
the nation's scoring defense cham- CORNERBACK Tim Fox leads
pionship which Michigan has held the team in blocked punts (two),
the last two years. and was one of four freshmen to
THE OSU defenders also 1) lead earn varsity football letters at
the Big Ten in total defense, yield- OSU last year.
ing less than 190 yards per game,
2) are second (behind Michigan) Junior Neal Colzie at one half-
in rushing defense, and 3) will back has returned four ktercep-
graduate only three of the starting tions 94 yards. Steve Luke, high
eleven this year. nhoosteammate otDenni Frank-
The three seniors, who also com-l
prise the starting linebacking sition. -
corps, are the backbone of the Safety Bruce Ruhl, from South-
Scarlet and Grey point-preventers. field - Lathrup High,sranks as the
Baby-face Randy Gradishar was a only freshman to start for the
concensus All-American last year, He replaces injured
is a shoo-in choice for this sea- junior Rich Parsons.
son, and should even rack up a THE BUCKEYE defense receiv-
few votes for the Reisman trophy ed many accolades last season for
award next month. its memorable goal line stands
Gradishar's 15-tackle perform- against the Wolverines, but Michi-
ance in last season's 14-11 thriller gan head coach Bo Schembechler
over Michigan was a memorable predicts the same will not occur
one, and he leads the Buckeyes in Saturday.
tackles this season with 109. "We made a vow-not a goal, a
FLANKING Gradishar at the vow-that no one would stop us
linebacking positions 'are Vic Koe- this year inside the ten," Schem-
gel, and Rick Middleton. Koegel bechler said yesterday. "So far no
led the team in tackles two years one has - and they won't either."
ago but was injured last season In 1972 Ohio State gave up 171
and missed the final five games. points in 11 games. In nine games
D e f e n s i v e captain Middle- this season it has yielded 33. Think
ton switched from tight end to line- about it.t
backer last year and led the squad And of the starting eleven on the
in tackles. Buckeye defense, only three will
The all junior front four boasts be lost to graduation. But that
Van DeCree and Jim Cope at the means that the rest of them have
ends, and Arnie Jones and Pete never played in Michigan Stadium.
Cusick at the tackles. This awe- Think about that one.

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Gradishar and goons
'Don' Woody's hitmen
By MARC FELDMAN means we're going to throw the
"Three yards and a cloud of hell out of the ball."
dust", "Third and Otis", "Three
things can happen when you put OHIO STATE, "throw the hell
the ball in the air, and two of them out of the ball"? That's a little hard
are bad", 87,000 maniacal fans in to fathom, especially from a team
the proverbial "Armpit of Amer- which ran fullbacks up the middle
ica" . . . This is Ohio State foot- in the Rose Bowl while trailing
ball, devoid of the pass, like a USC, 42-17.
crack infantry division of the Woody Hayes has never been
ground, and the number one team known as a man who sings the
in the land. praises of the fellow who devised
the forward pass some time after
NEWSPAPERS and magazines the fullback was invented, but he
have proclaimed the Buckeyes un- has disdained the aerial game with1
beatable and bombarded us with more fervor than ever in this, his
the awesome figures: Forty points 23rd year on the banks of the
scored per game, just 33 given up Olentagy.
in all, three Heisman Trophy can- While rolling up nine easy vic-
didates and nearly 3400 yards tories, the Bucks have passed for

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rushing. All most impressive.
What the publicity folders and
Buckeye ballyhooers omit is the
glaring weakness, albeit the only
: weakness on the team, the passing
game.
How many times have you readj
. that touted quarterback Cornelius
Greene's completion percentage is
37 per cent and that one out of six
passes he attempts is intercepted?
Which scribes have pointed out
that the leading Buckeye receiver
has but five catches all year?
For this reason Buckeye Assist-
ant Coach Ralph Staub's com-
ments at yesterday's weekly press
luncheon in Columbus were inter-
APesting. He said, "Their (Michi-
gan's) weakness, according to sta-
tistics, is their pass defense, which

474 yards an average of 53 yards
a game, the least by an Ohio State
team since 1962.
GREENE, the diminutive native,
of Washington D.C. is a shifty run-
ner, a fie option quarterback, but
he can't pass. With the lone ex-
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BY BIG TEN COACHES

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OSU cakewalk .
* * Ain't no wa
Dan Borus
* Item-Ohio State has allowed only 33 points all year, while
averaging 40 points a game on offense, a school record.
* Item-OSU tackle John Hicks is prominently mentioned
as the first interior lineman to capture the Heisman trophy.
* Item--Archie Griffin has broken the Buckeye single sea-
son rushing record of John Brockington with 1265 yards in nine
games.
Item-The morning line says the Scarlet and Grey are,
five point favorites.
* Item-Ohio State 14, Michigan 11.
OWN IN COLUMBUS they all wear lapel pins with gold 's.
They've got a football team and they aren't afraid to show
it. They're not planning on losing the only "real" game on their
schedule this Saturday. Most football people think they're not
going to, either.
All those in the know are talking about the speed and
quickness of those awesome Buckeye defenders, the way
John Iicks is going to push around Doug Troszak, the ease
with which Archie Griffin will split the Michigan defense,
the destruction of Michigan middle guards by center Steve
Myers.
Even the normally silent Woody Hayes has been effusive
in his laudatory stance toward his squad. Where once the fabled
fat man of the O-ntangy was stingy in his praise of friend and
foe alike, he has thrown caution to the winds in heralding the
likes of Gradishar, Hicks and Griffin. Why he's even trimmed
twenty pounds off that frame that made Sherman tanks famous,
and that me: ns something's afoot.
So the score's OSU 21-Michigan 7, right. WRONG.
I don't buy this crips "OSU is better and will walk away
with the game" package, because press clippings don't win
ball games or national chamiponships. Players do. And
when you want something as badly as the Wolverines want
the Bucks, anything can happen and probably will.
Defensive tackle and co-captain Dave Gallagher is one of
those who remembers last year. "We've got a score to settle,"
he said.
I don't buy this "OSU is too awesome" package because
they've yet to win a close one. Satchel Paige, noted pitcher and
philosopher, speaking in another context put it best when he
said, "You win the big ones if you know how to deal with
trouble." When they do that, then they'll have a convent.
Who's tested OSU this year? Illinois? Hardly. Remember,
that 3-0 halftime score included two called-back touchdowns.
No, those big bad Bucks have marched down the field
against everybody and anybody who stepped on the same
gridiron with them. If their fans want to keep on wearing
those cute little gold numerals, then the Bucks better
prepare to be hit and hit hard.
Michigan, on the other hand, has seen a little more oppo-
sition. While there was never any doubt about the evenutal
score, the Wolverines have demonstrated that even when not in
top form they can come back and come back strong, ala last
Saturday, at Purdue. For all the alleged superiority, the dif-
ference in the statistics is minimal.
Bo Schemhechler doesn't believe all he reads either. A very
reserved Schencezhler held court for forty some odd reporters .
yestr:n,,ing klieg lights brought in for TV and
told! the ,,emld vcibes, "Yes, I think we're going to win it.
We're fortunate to he here. We couldn't afford to look forward
to this one. But now we're here.
"We're going to be okay up front offensively," Schem-
bechler continued. "But, quite frankly, my defense has got
to ake the plas. ast year the big plays hurt us."
Schnhhlr went on to give the injury report and it was
a mixed hak. Tailback Gil Chapman, who wa sheld out of the
Purdue game w th a pulled groin, resumed practice and is a

Titanic
By JEFF SCHILLER
Who will win the big game
between Michigan and Ohio State
this weekend? What will be the.
ikeys to victory? What are each
teams' respective strengths and
weaknesses? The men in the best
position to know (besides Bo and
Woody) are the other eight Big
Ten head football coaches whose
job it was to analyze both teams
in action and on film at various
times duringdthe season. The an-
swers they provide reiterate that,
once again, a titanic struggle is
in the making.
All eight are aware of the
awesome talent possessed by the
two teams. Bob Blackman of
Illinois rates the schools as "thej
'M' deKers
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NIGHT EDITORS:
BRIAN DEMING
ROGER ROSSITER

Foreseen
due's Alex A g a s e look for
"breaks" to decide the outcome.
Blackman spoke of breaks from
two angles: "Breaks make a dif-
ference. Injuries c h a n g e the
game's whole strategy around.
For example Chapman's 33 yard
touchdown run for M i c h i g a n
against us came because of sheer
speed. They can't call that play
if he's not in the ballgame.
"And mistakes make a differ-
.ence too. These teams are too
good offensively to give them the
ball on turnovers in good field
position and expect to win. I
would predict that the team that
wins will be the one that is the
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number one and two teams in the
nation" while Indiana's Lee Cor-
so refers to the Michigan defense
with the accolade, "probably the.
best in the country."
The coaches don't overlook the
wealth of superstars that each
team possesses. Blackman calls
Michigan's Dave Brown (safety)
and OSU's John Hicks (offensive
tackle), Randy Gradisher (line-
backer) anddR i c k Middleton
(linebacker) the top players in
college football at their respec-
tive positions and rates Dennis
Franklin of Michigan as the best
quarterback in the Big Ten.
Iowa's Frank Lauterbur speaks
highly of Michigan's Gil Chap-
man and Ohio State's Neal Colzie
and ranks them "two of the best
punt returners -around."
Lauterbur again sums up the
matchup best with the comment,
"Both are good, strong, physical
teams that are especially gifted
at the skill positions."
Concerning the game itself,
the coaches offer a number of
key factors that will determine
the contest's outcome. In gen-
eral, the head men seem to high-
light the same basic considera-
tions, but each has his own view-
point as to which ones will be
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2. Notre Dame
3. Michigan Tech
4. Cornell
5. St. Louis (1)
6. Michigan State
7. Boston U.
8. Denver
9. Boston College
10. MICHIGAN

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2-3-1 65
4-1-1 63
0-0-0 57
5-0-0 51
5-1-0 42
0-0-0 36
4-2-0 34
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