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Page Ten


Saturday, September 11, 1976

Page Ten THE MICHIGAN DAILY Saturday, September 11, 1976

Gridde Picks for '76
It's fall, and time once again for school, prize for the pre-eminent prophecies will be
football, good times and, of course, that pop- announced each week.
ular perennial presentation of pigskin prog- So grab your Daily, starting next week, and
nostication, GRIDDE PICKS, in which you, the show us how much you know about football.
reader, can prove your predictive prowess. s hwile lyof2gmn .i
Check your Daily for the list of that week's There will be a list of 20 games, including
college football games, predict the winners, and Michigan's. The tie-breaker is a prediction of
send your selections back to the Daily. The Michigan's score. Check your Daily for details.

'M' battles Illinois
before the finale


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at Purdue
Strengths: The Boilermakers
have experience everywhere.
Quarterback Mark Vitali was
not terribly impressive last
year, but he's capable and has
been around for two years.
Leading rusher Scott Dierking
will be back at tailback. The re-
ceivers are good and the line re-
turns nearly intact.
Defensively Purdue has all
its starters back except one.
The secondary is exceptionally
strong. End Blaine Smith was
all-Big Ten last season.
Weaknesses: Super fullback
Mike Pruitt graduated, so the
offense may be just as lifeless
as last year, when the 4-7 team
averaged only 11.6 points per
game. A lot lepends on im-
proved play by Vitali. The de-
fense was generoustlast year
and may need more than exper-
ience to improve.
Outlook: Purdue will join
Minnesota in the chase for
front - runners Michigan and
Ohio State. A large group of
seniors will make this a team
that gives a determined battle
to the best in the land. They'll
find out soon how good they
are, playing Notre Dame,
Southern Cal and Miami (O) in
the first month.
Both the defense and offense
should be improved appreciab-

ly, so the Boilermakers figure
to be as close to the top as
Michigan and Ohio State let
Strengths: Illinois finished
fourth in the Big Ten last year
in total defense and defense
against scoring, and eight
of defensive starters are back
this year. The secondary is
adequate, the line very good.
Tackle John DeFeliciantonio
leads the group.
Kurt Steger is one of the top
quarterbacks in the midwest,
second best passer in the Big
Ten last year. He's backed ably
by Mike McCray. All-Big Ten
placekicker Dan Beaver will be
available in the close games.
Weaknesses: Eight offensive
regulars graduated, including
tailback Lonnie Perrin. His re-
placement and the other new-
comers are undistinguished.
The offensive line must rebuild
Outlook: Illinois will stay
right in the middle 'of the Big
Ten pack. The defense appears
sound, but will have to carry
the untested offense through the
early season, which includes
games against Missouri, Baylor
and Texas A & M. But, as in
the past, the Illini have the tal-
ent to pull off some big upsets.


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Gophers lead challengers
to Blue, OSU stranglehold
(Continued from Page 6) Darryl Rogers pulled off some
State, meeting Stanford, Wake big upsets while at San Jose
Forest and Navy while the State and he could do the same
Buckeyes joust with UCLA, Mis- with the material Denny Stolz
souri and Penn State. left him at Michigan State.
Led by the best quarterback Rogers plans on opening up the
in the Midwest, Tony Dungy, offensive attack, a change of
Minnesota is the class of the pace which could jar the offen-
"Little Eight." With an easy sively staid Big Ten. Rogers in-
non - conference s c h e d u I e herits a fine defense.
(Washington State, Western Northwesternshou t its
Michigan a n dWashington) wy noth e erusudfightiits
and an airtight defensive Cwayh inot firsdivison
backfield, if Cal Stoll can put Coach John Pont's offense will
together an adequate defen- feature the passing combination
sive line the Gophers will be of Randy Dean and Scott Yel-
undefeated when they hit Ann vongton along with Greg Boy-
Arbor. kin's running. All - American
safety Pete Shaw leads a de-
fense full of question marks.
Illinois and Purdue should fin-
with ish somewhere in the middle of
set the pack. Both teams appear
solid defensively but must de-
velop some scoring punch to
challenge Minnesota for third.
The real race in the Big
Ten is for the basement. Per-
ennial contender Indiana may
have the edge, but Iowa and
Wisconsin threaten the lowly
A year ago at this time, Wis-
consin was being mentioned in
pre-season top twenty polls. But
ons of dollars of John Jardine still has no accom-
plished quarterback and Billy
:h year. Marek and All-American Dennis
Lick graduated. Running back
u the -Associated Mike Morgan and Dennis Stej-
skal supply all the football ex-
ire, instantaneous citement in Madison. Luckily
for Badger fans, the hockey sea-
ons and 24 hour son starts early this year.
Iowa is big, but woefully slow
and most Big Ten teams should
be able to run through them,
on fee is $15.00 thus avoiding the secondary
headed by Shanty Burks.
ervice charge is Indiana has a top-flight run-
ning back in Courtney Snyder
but little else. The Hoosiers have
as much chance of winning the
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