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The Michi gon Daily
Tuesday, November 17, 1981
'THE ONLY GAME I GIVE A DAMN ABOUT'-BO
still the Big Game
By BUDDY MOOREHOUSE
Five weeks ago, after Michigan had
just lost to Iowa and stood at 2-2 in the
Big Ten, it was starting to look as
though the Big Game wasn't going to be
all that big. With the Wolverines all but
4ut of the race for the Rose Bowl, it ap-
peared that for the first time in years,
the Michigan-Ohio State game wasn't
gcing to once again be the showdown
for all the marbles.
Out in a Big Ten season that has-
leen as unpredictable as Michigan
wyinters, the Big Game is once again the
Big Game. The Wolverines moved into
first place in the conference for the first
ti:e all season over the weekend, as
they downed Purdue, 28-10, while Iowa
j Wisconsin out of Michigan's way
with a 17-7 win over the Badgers..
SO ONCE AGAIN, it boils down to the
Michigan-Ohio State clash for the Big
Ten crown, with the winner getting at
least a share of the title.
"I never expected us to fold," said
Wolverine head coach Bo Schem-
bechler at yesterday's weekly press
luncheon. "I think that our character
and good leadership kept us in it."
Thanks to Iowa's win over Wisconsin,
Michigan only needs a win over the
Buckeyes this Saturday to earn a return
trip to the Rose Bowl. But Schem-
bechler was quick to point out that
beating Ohio State will not be an easy
chore. "This is the best offensive team
we've met all year," said Bo. "They
are much better offensively than they
OHIO STATE, Nov. 21, 12:30 p.m.
MICHIGAN STATE, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.
at Michigan State, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.
at Michigan State, Nov. 17, 7:00 p.m.
at Western Illinois (Regionals),
JACKSON CC, Nov. 17, 6:00 p.m.
MICHIGAN STATE, Nov. 20, 4:00 p.m.
at Buckeye Invitational, Nov. 20-21
What once was a male-dominated
contest has seen a change in leadership.
For the second consecutive week, a
female has captured the coveted Grid-
des title. Linda Rapp, of the Modern
Language Department, took this
week's honors with 17 correct choices.
Take your time in predicting the win-
ners if you want to win the free one-item
pizza from Pizza Bob's. All entries are
due by Friday midnight at the Daily
1. Ohio State at MICHIGAN
2. Wisconsin at Minnesota
3. Illinois at Northwestern
4. Michigan State at Iowa
5. Purdue at Indiana
6. SMU at Arkansas
7. Washington State at Washington
8. UCLA at USC ,
9. Clemson at South Carolina
10. Notre Dame at Penn State
11. Nebraska at Oklahoma
12. Harvard at Yale
13. Virginia at Maryland
14. Miami (Fla.) at North Carolina St.
15. Mississippi at Mississippi State
16. Oregon State at Oregon
17. Ball State at Illinois State
18. California at Stanford
19. Ohio State Lanternettes at
20. Ohio State Lantern at
Wrestling meets will take place today
at the Sports Coliseum from 6:30 to
11:00 a.m. continuing tomorrow from
6:30 to 11:00 p.m., and Thursday from,
8:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Also on Thursday the team racquet-
ball playoff schedules will be available
at 2:00 p.m. in the IM information cen-
ter at the IM Building.
A weekly series of 1
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were a year ago. Their offensive line is
better and (quarterback Art)
Schlichter can really hurt you.",
THE MICHIGAN coach also said
that his team's home-field advantage
would not make much of a differeence
in the contest. "It doesn't make any
difference where we play this game,"
said Schembechler. "Play it in a
parking lot, throuw out, all the spec-
tators, and it wouldn't make any dif-
With just one weekend left in the
regular season, only Michigan, Ohio
State, and Iowa still have a shot at the
Big Ten title and the trip to Pasadena.
With a 6-2 league mark, the Wolverines
are the only team that control their own
destiny, needing only a win this Satur-
day to earn the Roses trip. Ohio State,
with a 5-2 conference slate, not only
needs a victory over Michigan, but a
Michigan State victory over Iowa to
earn the trip to Pasadena. Iowa, also at
5-2 in the Big Ten, needs to beat the
Spartans and have Michigan lose to or,
tie the Buckeyes to make the journey
Despite the fact that the Iowa-
Michigan State game could play in the
Wolverines' fortunes (if Michigan and
Ohio State tie, and Iowa loses, the
Wolverines would still be the league
champs), Schembechler said, "I'll be
honest, the only game I give a damn
about is this one. I don't care what
happens anywhere else."
AFTER TALKING at length abut the
strength of this year's Buckeye squad,
Schembechler was informed that his
team had been installed as early 10-
point favorites. ."I don't believe that,"
Bo said with a laugh. "There's no way
we should be 10-point favorites. I think
that this game is an even-up, toss-up."
The Michigan mentor also took time
to reflect on the Michigan-Ohio State
games of the past, when his former
coach, Woody Hayes, was directing the
Buckeyes. "The thing abut the confron-
tations between Woody and myself is
that I've always had respect for him,"
said Bo. "Deep down, both of us were
close, but because of the circumstan-
ces, we couldn't be. I'm not sure that
the Woody-Bo thing had that much ef-
fect on what was happening on the field.
"When he, came down here and
visited our practice last spring, our kids
looked at him with awe," Schembechler
continued. "Woody's welcome here
anytime. He may be up. After I
screwed up the Wisconsin game, he
hasn't talked to me since!"
In everything he said, Schembechler
made it plain that this will always be
the Big Game for him. "I go down
through the Ohio State roster, and I
know those kids," said Bo. "They're
quality kids. Both teams have such
respect for each other's programs."
Schembechler also indicated that
Wolverine outside linebacker Jim.
Herrmann should be ready to play after
missing several weeks with a kneee in-
jury. However, cornerback Marion
Body will likely sit out the Ohio State
game due to a knee injury, as will
freshman defensive tackle Clay Miller,
sidelined because of knee surgery, and
middle guard Doug James, out with a
separtated shoulder. Outside
linebacker Robert Thompson, who hurt
his shoulder against Purdue last week,
should be ready to play.
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