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Page Seven

Saturday, October 18, 1975 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Seven


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.* get Top Choice
OUITE A FEW Michigan rooters were pleased by the latesta
edition of the Top Twenty football teams as published this o
week by the AP and UPI. The Wolverines made the jump from 3
eighth place to seventh in both polls at the expense of the Texast
Longhorns, who fell from fifth to eighth or ninth, depending on a
whom you believe. c.
Texas, you may remember, began the season rated twelfth
behind the prestigious Top Eleven who were (jog your memory), C
Oklahoma, Michigan, Ohio State, USC, Missouri, Nebraska, Au- a
burn, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Penn State and Charlie Baggett, e
in that order.<
Missouri occupied fifth courtesty of Alabama, which gra-
ciously capitulated 20-7 in the opener and found itself hover- y
ing in the lucky thirteenth position just a short week after
ABC had predicted them to be numero uno. 1
Oklahoma also fell from the top because they didn't beat
Miami or Colorado by enough, but Michigan did not become NUM- t
BER ONE because they had somehow managed to tie both Stan-J
ford and Baylor. The sharp-eyed could find the Wolverines in
fourteenth, room having been made for them by the departure.
from the Top Twenty listings of Michigan State, which lost -to
Ohio State, even though OSU was a higher-ranked team.t
Ohio State next defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 17-9e
in Columbus. Naturally Penn State, which had made it to sev-;
enth by crushing Stanford, tumbled to twelfth despite almost win-I
ning. MSU, of course, beat Notre Dame, which was eighth one 1
week, but the Spartans lost to Michigan which was eighth thej
next week.z
Oh yes, Michigan made it back by beating Missouri but an
improving Alabama team was rated ahead of both of them. The f
Tigers dropped Oklahoma State, which had somehow made it to
tenth, and the same week Penn State; which had crawled back
to ninth, beat West Virginia (eleventh?) 39-0.
Eeny, meeny, miney Bo
All of which shows conclusively that either there is no real
difference between any two teams in the top fifteen or that some-
thing rather strange is going on here.
Perhaps one would do well to inquire how one of the fore-
most authorities discriminates from week to week between
so many deserving teams for the coveted positions in the Top
"Mostly guesswork," claims Bo Schembechler in an off-hand
manner, not realizing the earth-shaking implications. Bo is one
of those thirty-five coaches in the UPI poll of coaches and, as if
what he already said wasn't scary enough, he elaborated. i
"OK, say I'm voting for the Top Ten. I've seen Ohio State.
I've seen Alabama. I've seen Penn State. I haven't seen Southern
Cal or Texas A & M. Who else? I haven't seen Oklahoma or
Nebraska:. Now I've seen them all in films the last year or two'
but I don't know if they have all the same players or not."
How does Bo know who's good and who isn't? He reads the
pre-season publications and compares the scores during the sea-
son. Very interesting. What it all means, of course, is that every-
one votes for the teams everyone else is voting for. Who's NUM-
BER ONE? Who knows?
At any rate...

It seems that every weekend
:hus far this season, Michigan
has faced a do-or-die situation
n the race to stay on top of the
conference. Today tvo undefeat-
ed teams clash in what is cer-
tain to be a warm-up for a con-
erence title battle, no matter
who wins.
The Northwestern Wildcats'
come screaming into town with
an unblemished conference rec-
rd. Fresh from a resounding
30 to 0 victory over Indiana last'
weekend, the Wildcats are en-
ertaining serious thoughts of
an upset today, a conference
championship tomorrow and
God knows what after that.
Needless to say, Michigan
Coach Bo Schembechler isn't
aking this game lightly. "I
don't like to go through this ev-
ery week." Schembechler said.
"I thought we were getting a
good deal, drooning Iowa and
g e t t i n g Northwestern (this
has reason to be concerned.
Northwestern will pose one of
the more serious offensive
threats to Michigan this season.
John Pont's Wildcats currently
lead the conference with an av-
erage of 450 total offensive
yards a game.
An expected crowd of 90,000
will be treated to a confronta-
tion between two of the confer-
ence's too three runners.
Going into today's game, sen-
or Wildcat halfback Greg Boy-
kin stands tied for second in
the league with Indiand's Court-
ney Snyder at 123.5 yards per
game. Michigan's Gordon Bell,
meanwhile leads the league with
157.5 yards per game.
,BUT BOYKIN is only one of
four talented Wildcat backs.
Senior fullback Rich Boothe,
senior halfback Jim Pooler and
junior quarterback Randy Dean
comprise the rest of the North-
western backfield.
"They've got great backs,"
Schembechler said. "Dean real-

ly came through at quarterback. I
That's been the key."c
Dean currently has a total of-1
fense average of 172 yards perj
game and ranks third in thel
league in passing.
Stopping Boykin's running willI
be a key factor in Michigan's
defensive plans. But the threat
of Dean's arm poses other prob-
Northwestern boasts the Big
Ten's incumbent premier passI
receiver in Scott Yelvington.1
This year, Yelvington has1
caught eight aerials, tying him
for first in the league with Min-
Today's Michigan - North-
western game begins at 1:30
p.m. and will be broadcast
over radio stations WWJ-AM
(950); W A A M-AM (1600);
WPAG-AM (1050); and
WUOM-FM (91.7) Sunday, the
game will be televised by
Cable 3, at 11:00 p.m.
nesota's Mike Jones.+
Dean and company will try to
crack the league's second best
defense. To date, Michigan has
yielded a stingy average of 207.5+
yards and an equally stingy av-
erage of twelve points to con-
ference opponents.
Defensively, Northwestern has
not been as impressive as on
offense. Last season, the Wild-
cats finished ninth in the league,
yielding 422.9 yards per game
and a scoring average of 34.6
ALTHOUGH Pont promised ''a
much improved unit," the Wild-
cats have yet to completely con-
vince all skeptics.
Middle guard Paul Maly and
wide safety Pete Shaw lead the
Northwestern defense. Pont
hiss Maly is second to none at
hsposition, while Shaw's pres-
ence has helped anchor a pre-
viously erratic and weak pass
But Northwestern's defense
appears the weakest right where
Michigan appears to be the
strongest - the running game.
Inexperience runs rampant

through the Wildcat linebacking
corps and outside defensive line
positions. Pont will start sopho-
more Al Benz and freshman
Blain Ogilvie at the linebackers
while starting yet another soph-
omore, Marty Szostak, at defen-
sive tackle. -
On the other hand, Michigan's
offensive unit appears to im-
prove with every game. Fresh-
man quarterback Rick Leach
gains more confidence every
time he touches a football, and
tailback Gordon Bell continues
to roll up the yardage.
fered a minor setback this week
when reserve tailback Harlan
Huokleby sustained a thigh
bruise. Schembechler said he
expects the freshman to suit up
for today's game, but it remains
doubtful whether or not he'll
Michigan's main problem of-
fensively has been a surprising
number of turnovers. The Wol-
verines have committed sixteen
costly mistakes in just five
games compared to just four-
teen suffered all last year.
The Wolverines have already
dashed the hopes of two title-
hungry squads, Wisconsin and
Michigan State. Maybe the
Maize and Blue are setting a
pattern. Nevertheless, Schem-
bechler continues to play it cool.
"This is still not a great
team," the Wolverine mentor
said. "We have a great deal of
improving to do between now
and the end of the season. We
have to continue to improve
each week."
So much for the predictions.



for top spot

MICHIGAN'S ROB LYTLE (41) runs for big yardage in last week's game against the Mich-
igan State Spartans at East Lansing. The Wolverines looked good in the 16-6 victory, but will
be put to the test when they face Northwestern's much-heralded running game today.

OSU, Illini lead pack




K. Johnson (175)
Mike Kenn (230)'
M. Donahue (237)
Jim Czirr (225)
W. Downing (232)
Bill Dufek (265)
M. Schmerge (225)
Gordon Bell (178)
Rob Lytle (190)
Rick Leach (180)
Jim Smith (198)




S. Yelvington (200)
R. Dembowski
Carl Peterson (245)
Paul Jasinskis (240)
Ro" Kuceyeski (230)
T. Ardizzone (231)
Dan Cleary (245)
Greg Boykin (220)
Rich Boothe (220)
Randy Dean (195)
Jim Pooler (195)
Garry Ogden (227)
John Holliday (240)
Paul Maly (210)
Marty Szostak (240)
Terry Brantley (230)
Al Benz (220)
Blaine Oglivie (220)
Mike Taylor (180)
Guy Knafelce (180)
Pete Shaw (185)
Rob Dean (190)

Ohio State and Illinois will be
battling to keep their unbeaten
conference record intact today.
The Buckeyes, declared number
one in the nation, host Wiscon-
sin, while over in Champaign,
the Illini clash with Purdue.
The Badgers haven't won inI
Columbus since 1918, and they
aren't expected to break that
string today as the Buckeyes
are 27 point favorites. Wisconsin
stands 1-1 in conference ,play
with its lone win coming last
week against Purdue.
Wisconsin's only chance for
a miracle upset would be a
big day from tailback Billy
Marek, the Big Ten's all time
scoring leader. In addition, the
Badgers would have to find
some way of handling possibly
the most diversified Ohio State
offense in Buckeye history.

S aprts
Wisconsin coach John Jar-
dine claims his defense will not
be geared to stop Archie Grif-
fin. Griffin will be attempting to
rush for 100 yards for his 27th
straight regular season game.
The Buckeye tailback also needs
only 223 yards to break the all-
time college football rushing
record now held by Ed Marin-
Jardine expanded on his de-
fensive theory, "You can't key
on Archie. If you do, Cornelius

Dan Jilek (21) LE
J. Perlinger (242) LT
Tim Davis (212) MG
G. Morton (225) RT
Mike Holmes (210) RE
C. O'Neal (230) WLB
D. Devich (210) MLB
Don Dufek (195) Wolf
J. Bolden (175) WHB
J. Peckens (180) SHB
D. Hicks (185) S



Greene and Pete Johnson will
hurt you. Ohio State is just an
outstanding team."
There may be some merit to
Jardine's plans, since Greene
was eight for eight last week
against Iowa and was involved
in two touchdowns. Johnson
smashed Iowa's defensive line
for three touchdowns, which
raised his total to 14, tops in
the nation.
Purdue, still searching for
its first 1975 victory, comes
into Illinois as a seven-point
underdog. To make things
tougher for the Boilermakers,
the Illini are sky high for their
Illinois coach Bob Blackman
isn't as comfortable as one may
think. Purdue lost to Northwest-
ern by six and to Wisconsin by
only three.
Blackman revealed, "I'm wor-
ried. Purdue is starving for that
first win."
The Boilermakers came close
to that first win last week
against Wisconsin, but they
blew a 14-0 lead and lost on a
last second field goal. Purdue
rolled up 346 yards rushing, but
failed to complete a pass.
The Illinicrunched Minne-
sota 42-23 last week. In that
game, Illinois charged for 498
yards on the ground, with Lon-
nie Perrin, Chubby Phillips,
Steve Greene and Larry
Schulz boasting an average of
more than" six yards a carry.
Two teams which remain un-
defeated outside the. Big Ten
and winless in conference play

meet in Minnesota. Even though
both teams have identical rec-
ords, the Spartans are favored
11, trounce the Gophers by two
Michigan State could conceiv-
ably go undefeated for the rest
of the year, since it has already
played and lost to the Big Ten's
big two. The Spartansare un-
derstandably disappointed in
their conference performance.
The Spartan defensive sec-
ondary will have to stop Min-
nesota quarterback Tony Dun-
gy if they plan to reverse their
losing ways in the Big Ten.
The Hoosiers, 1-1 in the con-
ference, play the winless Iowa
Hawkeyes in Indiana. At home,
Indiana has been invincible, yet
away from Bloomington the
Hoosiers have not scored. Even
though Iowa is winless, it has
played some tough games, con-
sidering its opponents included
Ohio State, Penn State and
Southern California.
Both teams were blown off the'
field last week. Ohio State
smeared the Hawkeyes 49-0 and
Northwestern c r u n c h e d the
Hoosiers 30-0. The Hoosiers man-
aged only 88 yards total offense,
while the Hawkeyes were just
The Hoosiers are a slight fa-
vorite to keep their unbeaten
string at home. The Hawkeyes,
still looking for their first win,
are bigger physically, than the
Northwestern team which over-
powered the Hoosiers last week,
and could give Indiana more
than it can handle.

Presuming that the fans really care who's on top, a number
of people have proposed some ideas on how to render the selec-
tion of the nation's best team more precise. A national play-off
between the two best teams is 'almost a reality. A national eight
team tournament over three weeks captures the imagination
of some, and the most ambitious can hardly wait for the Super
Conference to be formed which will promise- five or six Superl
Games each week rather than a paltry three or our each season. The l
Some fans would be delirious. Of course the players would night bu
all get hurt and flunk out more often, but they're only players wasn't
and would not even have scholarships without the fans. And, 11-10 in
after all, injuries are part of the game, aren't they? to begin
Maybe there shouldn't be playoffs or polls. True, there ment.
wouldn't be a National Champ, but fewer guys would have trick A leti
knees at 21 and no one would have to explain why Texas fell from trailed1
fifth to eighth by losing to number two. Windy C


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Michigan water polo
most pulled it off last
t their last ditch effort
nough as Loyola of Chi-
umped the Wolverines
sudden death overtime
the first Michigan In-
E Water Polo Tourna-!
hargic Wolverine team
the visitors from thel
ity throughout the first

three and a half' quarters only
to erupt for five clutch goals
late in the fourth and final
The two teams, deadlocked at
8-8, went into the mandatory

with a bang when Michigan'sk
Yawitz grabbed a long pass and
appeared to be off to the races
with only Loyola's goalie Joe
Lunkes to beat for the victory.
Lunkes, equal to the task, came
up with an acrobatic save, bat-
ting the ball away to kill Michi-
gan's final chance for victory.
Teammate Mike Martin blew
one by goalie Jim Firestone of
Michigan at 0:44 of the sudden
death to give Loyola the game.I

ernm e
LOYOLA dominated the en-
tire game, save for the final
three minutes of the fourth per-
iod and the eventual overtimes.
They took a 1-0 lead midway
through the first period, on
Haak's power play goal and
they never relinquished it until
the first overtime.
The Wolverines could do
nothing right in the early go-

Gi 21
10 A.M.-6 P.M.



OAKLAND (M)-Alvin Dark,
whose Oakland A's lost the
American League playoffs in
three straight games, has
been fired as manager by
owner Charles O. Finley, the
club announced yesterday.

Harriers stomp MSU

Despite a cold and howling
wind over the University of
Michigan golf course, the Michi-
gan cross country team defeat-
ed Michigan State yesterday, 22-
The Spartan's Herb Lindsay
was individual champion, run-
ning the best six-mile time of
his career, a fine 29:44.5.
However, the Wolverines pre-
vailed. in the team scoring de-
partment' by grabbing the sec-
ond, third, fourth, sixth and sev-
enth places.
Sophomore sensation Mike
"Bones" McGuire led the
Michigan contingent with his
personal best time of 30:11

over the six mile course.
"Once he (Lindsay) went by
me, I didn't push it, I could
have run better," commented1
All-American junior Greg a
Meyer finished third with a 30:32
mark. Adding to a well balanced
Wolverine effort were Bill Do-
nakowski, fourth in 30:50, Jay
Anstaett, sixth at 31:11 and
freshman star Jack Sinclair,
seventh at 31:14.
Wolverine mentor Ron War-
hurst, was elated with the vic-
tory but restrained himself dip-
lomatically. "It's about what I
expected - we won," said War-
"But I must admit that Lind-

the slender McGuire and it re-'
mained that way until the finish.
Lindsay got little support from
his teammates in the battle for
the team score, however. The
key to the meet apparently
came when Bill Donakowski
passed the Spartans' number
two runner, Stan Mavis, giving
the Wolverines the 2, 3, 4 finish
and the victory.
The Wolverines' next action is
a six-mile U.S. Track and Field
Federations open meet on the
University Golf Course Friday
at 4:00.

double overtime with the mo-
mentum definitely swinging in
Michigan's favor: The Blue po-
lomen quickly grabbed a 9-8
lead at 1:29 of the first over-
time on a penalty shot by sen-
ior Rich Yawitz.j
its lead to 10-8 on a break-
away goal by Gordon Downie
at only 0:58 of the second over-
time and it looked like the Wol-
verines were home free.
Loyola, however, had other
ideas as they staged a ferocious
offensive to tie the game up
with two quick goals, one a pen-
alty shot at 2:10 and the other
a goal by Ben Haak at 2:45.,
The sudden death started off

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