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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, November 16, 1977---Page 11


Yes, folks, it's time once again for
another chapter of "The Big One," the
story of the annual Michigan-Ohio State
season-ending football clash. When we
last left our not-so-friendly rivals, the
Wolverines had relentlessly
slaughtered the Buckeyes in Columbus,
22-0. But, alas, we can not dwell on the
past. Numerous players have
graduated from both teams and we now
have a brand new ballgarne. Today we
will look into the OSU offense and see
how it compares to that of the Michigan
THE OHIO STATE offense has been
completely dominant this season,
literally running their opponent into the
ground. Led by junior tailback Ron
Springs, the Buckeyes have amassed
over 400 yards of total offense in their
last seven games and are tops in the Big
Ten in rushing, scoring and total offen-
Springs, who leads the Big Ten in
rushing; became the sixth back in OSU
history to reach the 1000 yard plateau in
last Saturday's 35-7 win over Indiana.
To combat "Springs fever,"
Michigan will put their number one
ground gainer, fullback Russell Davis,
into action. Davis, a junior from Wood-
bridge, Virginia, leads the Wolverines

with 957 yards and seven touchdowns
rushing as well as grabbing twelve
receptions for 148 yards and one touch-
down. After gaining only 193 yards in
the three games preceeding Purdue,
the big 220 pounder rambled for 167
yards against the Boilermakers,
possibly a preview of what he intends to
do when the Scarlet and Gray visit town


best in


year), apparently has had a hard time
adjusting to his transfer from tailback
to fullback. Weighing in at a mere 184
pounds, Logan is unlike the Woody
Hayes heavyweights of the past. Yet,
Logan can still be effective as eviden-
ced by a 148 yard performance against
the Hoosiers.
Taking up where -graduate Pete
Johnson (58 career touchdowns) left
off, freshman sensation Payton has
been a pleasant surprise for the Bucks,
thus far scoring thirteen times for the
boys from Columbus.
AS A WHOLE, the touchdown trio of
Logan, Payton and Campbell have
combined for over 1200 yards. Tack on
Springs' 1003 yards and voila, you have
the most potent rushing offense in the
Michigan counters with a backfield
threesome of their own in junior Harlan
Huckleby, sophomore Roosevelt Smith
and freshman Stanley Edwards who,
together, have run for 1181 yards.
Although Huckleby sat out the Purdue
game with a ( pulled hamstring, he is
practicing and might be ready to play
this weekend.
The quarterback situation is as
follows: Rod Gerald, a junior from
Dallas, Texas, has completed 47 passes
in 78 attempts for 769 yards and three
touchdowns. Surprisingly, Michigan's
Rick Leach, whom Bo Schembechler

finally let loose this season, surpasses
Gerald's statistics. Leach has hit for 73
of 138 for 1054 yards and thirteen touch-
AN IMPORTANT thought to keep in
mind is that Gerald was injured and did
not play in last year's game. Jim
Pacenta, his replacement, had a great
deal of trouble moving the Bucks' of-
Jeff Logan
fense in last year's game, but Gerald is
a much more skilled performer. His
presence in this year's contest could,
make a substantial difference.
On the catchy side of things, we find
that Michigan has a distinct edge, at
least in statistics. In sophomore Ralp
Clayton (18 receptions), junior Gene

Johnson (13) and Huckleby and Davis
(12 each), the Wolverines have a very
capable set of receivers. And with tight
end Mark Schmerge excelling with two
touchdown catches against Purdue, the
possible absence of Johnson (due to
knee injury) won't be felt as much.
OSU has but two receivers with above
average statistics. Senior Jim Harrell
resides at flanker, where he has hauled
in ten passes for 252 yards. and two
touchdowns and junior right end Bill
Jaco is second in receptions with eight
catches for 83 yards.
KICKING-WISE, the "Big Two"
don't have too much to talk about. Ohio
State boasts a foreigner, Vlade
Janakievski from Czechoslavakia, who
in his first year has already made his
mark in the record books with a perfect
44 for 44 showing in extra points. Yet, he
is only five of eleven in field goal at-

tempts, his longest being a 31-yarder
Similarly, the ,Maize and Blue's
Gregg Willner has booted 37 or 38 extra
points, but has connected on a mediocre
three of eleven field goals.
Both powerhouses operate behind
massive offensive lines and both lines
feature an All-America selection.
LINING UP for-the Buckeyes will I :
senior Joe. Robinson at right tackle;
sophomore Ken Fritz at right guard,
junior Tim Vogler at center, senior
Mark Lang at left guard and senior All-
American Chris Ward at left tackle.
The Wolverines will set up with:
junior Jon Giesler at strong tackle,
senior Gerry Szara at right guard, All-
Big Ten center Walt Downing, All-Big
Ten, All-American senior Mark
Donahue at left guard and finally All-
Big Ten quick tackle Mike Kenn.


Rod Gerald
PLAYING THE ROLE of supporting
actors in OSU's backfield are a trio of
fullbacks, namely: senior Jeff Logan,
freshman Joel Payton and sophomore
Paul Campbell.
Logan, with only 499 yards rushing
(he had 1185 yards at this time last

Ohio State .................. 7 0
MICHIGAN....-..... 6 1
MSU ....... ........... 5 1
Indiana....... ........ 3 3
Minnesota ................. 3 4
Purdue.................3 4
Iowa ....................... 3 4
Wisconsin.................. 3 5
Illinois................. 2 5
Northwestern............ 0 8





All Games
L T Pts. OP
1 0 331 71
1 0 319 91
3 1 228 146
6 1 184 218
4 0 151 1.63
5 0 121 226
5 0 155 207
5 0 126 187
7 0 134 271
10 0 81 330r

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Huskies hound Bruins

By-The Associated Press
TACOMA, Wash. - The Washington Huskies and the Southern
California Trojans are among teams mentioned as a possible op-
ponent for a Southeast Conference school in the Bluebonnet Bowl in
Houston on New Year's Eve, the Tacoma News Tribune says.
Washington and UCLA are tied for the Pacific-8 Conference
lead with 5-1 records. The Huskies would advance to the Rose Bowl
if they beat Washington State Saturday and the Trojans defeat the
Bruins Nov. 25. UCLA would go to Pasadena if it downs USC by vir-
tue of its earlier victory over Washington.
An agreement under consideration by Bluebonnet officials
stipulates that if the Huskies advance to the Rose Bowl, USC would
accept an invitation to the Bluebonnet in the Astrodome if it beats

The agreement also stipulates that the Huskies, 6-4 over-all,
would accept a Bluebonnet invitation should they finish tied for the
Pac-8 title with UCLA but miss the Rose Bowl berth.
Under the plan, Washington' would be guaranteed a bowl berth
if it defeats WSU - either the Rose Bowl or the Bluebonnet - and
USC, also 6-4, would be guaranteed a Bluebonnet bid if it defeats
"The one thing we are afraid of is that the Pac-8 race won't be
decided until November 25, and most bowls can't wait that long. An
agreement like this would assure us to two of the country's out-
standing football teams in the Bluebonnet...."
By agreement, no bowl can invite teams until after next Satur-
day's games. But to insure a quality attraction, the major bowls
and many of the minor bowls will be filled by Saturday night, six

r bowl berth
days before the Pac-8 champion and runnerup is determined.
Humble said the Bluebonnet tries to attract a Southwest Con-
ference team as a "base team." After that, "A lot of schools are in
our picture."
Meanwhile, George Crumbley, executive director of the Peach
Bowl, says six Pac-8 teams remain on his list - all but Oregon and
Oregon State.
"A team that might not have all the glitter, but has as good a
chance as any, is Washington State," Crumbley said. "If it beats
Washington, WSU will be 7-4 and we wouldn't mind having a Jack
Thompson in the Peach Bowl." Thompson, the Cougars' junior
quarterback, is one of the nation's premier college passers.
Crumbley added, however, that Arkansas and Florida State
are the Peach Bowl's top choices.

Wings deal tough guys to WHA for goals

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By The Associate; Press
DETROIT - The Detroit Red
Wings of the National Hockey League
have acquired two top scorers from
.the Birmingham Bulls in the first
player trade between Detroit and a
World Hockey Association club.
Lindsay said Tuesday the deal would
-bring center Vaclav Nedomansky
:anid right winger Tim Sheehy to
J.Detroit in return for defensemen
Steve Durbano and Dave Hanson.
Durbano, a defenseman, has seen
no action in 14 games this season.
Hanson is playing for Detroit's
Kansas City farm club.
Lindsay said the transaction also
involved "future considerations." He
would not be more specific.
NEDOMANSKY spent 11 years as
a center for a Czech team before de-
fecting with a teammate in 1974. He
achieved a career 100 goals in his
third WHA season and won the
Just for the

league's award for most gentlemanly
conduct combined with outstanding
play for 1975-76. In that season, he
tallied 98 points including 56 goals,
and last season he had 36 goals and 33
Lindsay said of Nedomansky, "We
need strength at center and this
fellow is one tremendous center-
SHEEHY, who has played in more
WHA games than any other player,
has a career total of 169 goals and 162
assists. His best season was the
1976-77 campaign, when he had 41
goals and 29 assists.
Wings' Coach Bobby Kromm said
Sheehy is "a proven goal-scorer. He
is an excellent skater who can really
shoot the puck.".
Unfortunately for the Wings, Shee-
hy says he won't report.
"I GUESS they've made up their
minds to go ahead and announce the
trade regardless of my feelings,"
Sheehy said, "but there's no way I'm
going to Detroit. I'm not interested in

going there.
'I'm very happy in Birmingham,
and I do have a clause in my con-
tract that says I don't have-to go any-
where unless I give my permission in
* * *
Bowl Bids
NEW YORK - As rumored, the
Ohio State-Michigan loser will go to
the Sugar Bowl, Notre Dame will go
to the Cotton Bowl, and Penn State to
the Orange Bowl, the Associated
Press learned Tuesday.
With rumors filling the air, this is
what the bowl picture looked like
Tuesday, although no official bids
can go out until Saturday:
SUGAR BOWL - Alabama, the
Southeastern Conference champion,
vs. the Ohio State-Michigan loser.
COTTON BOWL - Texas vs. Notre
Dame, with Texas still having to face

Southwest Conference rivals Baylor
and Texas A&M.
ORANGE BOWL -Penn State vs.
the Big Eight champion, which will
be determined November 19, when
Oklahoma meets Nebraska. In some
fast wheeling and dealing Tuesday,
the Big Eight loser, with no high
nationalrankingtathstake, jumped
from the Gator to the Liberty and
finally to the Sun Bowl at El Paso,
ROSE BOWL -The Big Ten cham-
pion Ohio State or Michigan vs. the
Pacific 8 Conference representative
UCLA, Washington or Stanford.

international Study Institute of Grand Valley State
College is offering a 5 credit undergraduate course in
Ancient and Modern Egypt in cooperation with the
Egyptian government.
Date: Dec. 13-Jan. 2
Place: Cairo (plus field trips)
Cost: $1500 total
Application deadline November 23
For information and application contact: 1.S.I. (616-895-6611 Ext. 211). or
write: I.S.I., Grand Valley State College, Allendale, Michigan 49401

University of Michigan
Junior (Senior)
Year Abroad
Freiburg, Germany
Aix, France
Preliminary Information Sessions for
Academic Year 1978-79:
Freiburg: Tues. 15 Nov.-7 p.m.-2225 AH
Aix: Thurs. 17 Nov.-7 p.m.-2225 AH

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