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Page 16--Wednesday; December 9, 1981-The Michigan Daily
College football's great free-for-all

Mark Mihanovic

Memphis, Tennessee
December 30, 1981
Ohio State vs. Navy
Take an unranked, independent college football
team that has lost to Michigan and Notre Dame and
put it up against a traditional Big Ten superpower
and you would seem to have a mismatch. This year,
you would also have the Liberty Bowl, where Navy
will square off against Ohio State.
"I'm sick of people telling me this is a mismatch,"
said Bud Dudley, the game's founder and executive
director. "This whole season has been replete with
upsets, and Navy almost got one against Michigan, so
you know that they're capable of winning this football
NEVERTHELESS, OHIO State enters the game as
heavy favorites. The Buckeye attack is led by senior
quarterback Art Schlichter, who has thrown for 2,392
yards this season, primarily to split end Gary
Williams and tight end John Frank.
Navy counters with a group of virtual no-name
players who have had outstanding success this
season. Tailback Eddie Meyers has gained over 1,000
yards this season despite missing two games due to
injury. Quarterback Marco Pagnanelli has only
thrown for one touchdown, but has been effective in
moving the team into scoring position.
Jacksonille, Florida
December 28, 1981
North Carolina vs. Arkansas
Down in Jacksonville's Gator Bowl, the Arkansas
Razorbacks will square off with the Tarheels of North
Carolina-a match between two teams which have
had fleeting moments in the top, ten.
Representing the Southwest Conference, the
Razorbacks finished third with an 8-3 record. Their
year was highlighted by a win over Texas, the num-
ber one-ranked team in the nation at the time.
THE RAZORBACK OFFENSE is geared by half-
back Gary Anderson, the top rusher and second
leading receiver on the squad with 616 and 263
yards respectively. Quarterback Tom Jones can also
rely upon fullback Jessie Clark (475 yards, 9 TD's)
for added offensive strength.
Possibly the best offensive weapon on the Razor-
backs lies in the talented foot of Football Writer's All-
American kicker Bruce Lahay, who won two games
this year in the final moments. Lahay also set an
Arkansas record with 19 of 24 field goal attempts.
The Tar Heels, of the Atlantic Coast Conference,
once again field a powerful offense behind one of the
top rushers in the nation. This year, the back was
Kelvin Bryant, the ACCrushing feader with 1,015 yar-
ds and 18 TD's although he competed in only seven
games due to a knee injury, for the 9-2 Tar Heels.
Quarterback Rod Elkins finished second in the ACC
in passing with 69 completions out of 139 attempts,
nine touchdowns and nine interceptions, so the Tar
Heels are not limited to the swift Bryant.
El Paso, Texas
December 26, 1981
Oklahoma vs. Houston
Things have been gloomy for Oklahoma this
season, as the Sooners finished with a disappointing
6-4-1 record. One final chance for them to salvage
their campaign comes when they meet Houston (7-3-
1) in the Sun Bowl on December 26 in El Paso, Texas.
It marks the first time that the Sooners will com-
pete in the Sun Bowl and it is also their first-ever bat-
tle with the Cougars. Previous bowl assignments for
Oklahoma include 12 trips to the Orange Bowl.
FOR HOUSTON, the winner of last year's Garden
State Bowl over Navy, the Sun Bowl will be the first

time its defense has encountered the patented Sooner
wishbone offense.
Adding to the Cougars' difficulties is the strength of
Oklahoma's offensive line, led by two-time All-
American guard Terry Crouch.
The Sooners, who feature a primarily running of-
fense, will rely on fullback Stanley Wilson, who has
piled up 1,008 yards this season, and quarterback
Darrell Shepard, who has run for 774 yards and
passed for 371.
Houston's leading rusher is quarterback Lionel
Wilson, with 656 yards to his credit. He has also
passed for 1,225 yards. -SARAH SHERBER
Orlando, Florida
December 19, 1981
Southern Mississippi
vs. Missouri
Quarterback Reggie Collier, who broke the 1,000
yard mark in both rushing and passing this year, will
lead 20th-ranked Southern Mississippi against the
Tigers of Missouri in the Tangerine Bowl on Decem-
ber 19.
The Golden Eagles, who finished the regular
season at 9-1-1, had their bid for an undefeated year
snapped by a 13-10 loss to Louisville on Nov. 21.
However, with tailbacks Sammy Winder and Rick
Floyd each rushing for more than 100 yards, the
Golden Eagles came back to beat Lamar 45-14 in
their final game. Southern Mississippi's only tie of
the season came in a 13-13 battle against Alabama.
Head coach Warren Powers will bring his 7-4
Tigers into Orlando from a bizarre year that saw
Mizzou win their first five games before dropping the
next three in a row. _ JEFF QUICKSILVER
Fresno, California
December 19, 1981
Toledo vs. San Jose State
The University of Toledo, coached by former
Michigan offensive coordinator Chuck Stobart, will
match its powerful running game against the high-
powered passing attack of San Jose State in the debut
of the NCAA's newest post-season game, the
California Bowl, played December 19 in Fresno.
Running back Arnold Smiley led the option-attack
offense for Mid-American Conference champion
Toledo (8-3), rushing for 919 yards, including 650 yar-
ds since he broke into the starting lineup with four
games left in the season. Quarterback Maurice Hall,
who replaced injured starter Jimmy Kelso, rushed
for 192 yards in the final two games.
San Jose State (9-2) breezed through the Pacific
Coast Athletic Association with a 5-0 record behind
the passing of junior Steve Clarkson, who completed
206 of 402 passes for 2,906 yards. Leading the
receiving corps was Tim Kearse, who caught 61
passes for 852 yards. Not far behind was tailback
Gerald Wilhite, who, in addition to making 52 recep-
tions, rushed for 1,196 yards. -JESSE BARKIN
San Diego, California
December 18, 1981
Brigham Young vs.
Washington State
This year's Holiday Bowl has quite a reputation to
live up to. In the past two years, the Holiday Bowl has
been the closest and most explosive of all the bowls,
with final scores of 39-38, and 46-45 respectively. This
year, the game looks to be another match-up of ex-
plosive offenses, as Washington State (Pac-0)
squares off with Brigham Young (WAC).
"We like the high-scoring games," said Holiday
Bowl spokesman Bruce Binkowski. "And thereuis no
doubt that Brigham Young tends to bring that out in

BRIGHAM YOUNG features the nation's top quar-
terback, Jim McMahon, and a score of top receivers
which could make it a long night for the Washington
State defense.
Washington State will counter with a two-
quarterback offense and a powerful defense. Quar-
terbacks Clete Casper and Rickey Turner only
passed for one touchdown this year, compared to 30
for McMahon, but they were the third and fourth
leading rushers on their team.
BYU will counter with the country's most produc-
tive offense. McMahon threw for 3,555 yards, and
only tossed seven interceptions in 423 attempts this
season. -CHUCK JAFFE
Gocda cStake 'Bowl
East Rutherford, New Jersey
December 13, 1981
Wisconsin vs. Tennessee
The weather, which was a key factor in deter-
mining the participants of the Garden State Bowl,
will more than likely play a major role in deter-
mining the outcome of the December 13 game.
Tennessee (7-4), who will meet the Big Ten's
Wisconsin (7-4) at Giants Stadium in East Ruther-
ford, New Jersey, attained their spot only after West
Virginia refused the berth in order to play in the
warmer climate of Atlanta's Peach Bowl.
The only cold weather game the Volunteers played
in this season was aganist Kentucky, in which Ten-
nessee fumbled the ball eight times.
Leading the Volunteers offensively will be quarter-
back Steve Alatorre, who has passed for 1,313 yards
this season.
WISCONSIN will fight off the Fols with their strong
defense led by All-American nose guard Tim
Krumrei and safety Matt Vanden Boom, who is tied
for the Big Ten interception lead with six.
Ru"ning Wisconsin's offense will be quarterback
Jess Cole who has passed for a total of 944 yards.
The Badger ground attack, ranked second in the
Big Ten with 1,948 total yards, will be headed by
tailback John Williams who gained 561 yards for an
average of 5.9, the highest in the conference.
The last time the Badgers appeared in a bowl game
was in 1963 when they were defeated by USC, 42-37, in
the Rose Bowl. Wisconsin's only other post-season
appearance was in 1953 when they again fell to the
Trojans in the Rose Bowl, 7-0.
Shreveport, Louisiana
December 12, 1981
Texas A&M vs.
Oklahoma State
When one thinks of independence one thinks of that
day in July with rockets red glare and bombs bur-
sting in air. Although it takes place on December 12,
the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana, pit-
ting the Oklahoma State Cowboys versus the Texas
A&M Aggies should offer much of the same excitem-
Oklahoma State enters the game with a 7-4 season
record and a third place finish in the Big Eight con-
ference behind Nebraska and Oklahoma.
THE DEFENSE is the backbone of the Cowboys
success. They are led by a pair of linebackers touted
as the best in that part of the country. Senior Ricky
Young (6'1", 217 lbs) played in only nine games this
season due to injuries but still finished second on the
team in tackles with 112..
The Cowboys .main offensive threat is record
breaking freshman kicker Larry Roach.
Although the Texas A&M Aggies have no all South-
west conference players to speak of, they will still be
stiff competition for the Cowboys. Third-year coach
Tom Wilson is still in the early stages of rebuilding as
his Aggies improved upon -their 1980record of 4-7,
finishing the 1981 season with a 65 mark.
The Aggies are led by quarterback Gary Kubiak
(6'0", 200 lbs.) and junior running backs Earnest
Jackson and Johnny Hector. The defensive leader is


UCLA vs. Michigan.


..glamour vs. hard work
CLA and Glamour. When the mind thinks of the first, the second is
invariably close behind.
Sorry, Berkeley, but this is the university of California, this is what col-
lege life on the West Coast is all about for those of us not on the West Coast.
Pretty campus, pretty weather, pretty buildings, pretty girls, pretty boys.
The atmosphere is mellow, laid-back, but not overly so. The atmosphere
is competitive, but not overly so. The impression (and it's an accurate one)
is of a large student body of bright, attractive 20-year-olds, many of whon
would have attended Harvard if the distractions hadn't been so numerous to
make the idea of applying there unrealistic, and so pleasant to make it un-
desirable. Why sentence yourself to four years of California Dreamin' in
While UCLA does not qualify as an academic super-heavyweight, it is
not a Michigan State, either. Several of its scholastic programs rank among
the top 15 in the nation.
And in athletics, well, if God wanted to form an Olympics team that
could stop the Russians, He would probably check out Westwood, Calif.
before creating a few studs of His own.
In the last 10 years, UCLA has claimed national championships in water
polo, track-an4d-field, tennis, volleyball, and, of course, basketball. No less
than seven Bruin teams ranked among the nation's top five in their respec-
tive sports in 1980-81.
Football is frustrating
Ah, but there is one catch amidst all this utopia. For all those weirdos
who prefer football to frisbee-on-the-beach, shoulder pads to bikinis, life can
get frustrating. Not since 1975, when Dick Vermeil roamed the sideline of
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and out-coached Woody Hayes something
fierce in the '76 Rose Bowl, 23-10, to prevent an Ohio State national cham-
pionship, have the Bruins won the Pac-10. And it had been 10 years before
that when UCLA lost made a trip to Pasadena.
Eight second-place finishes in 13 years is enough to discourage the most
rabid fan, but when the guys who always spoil the fun hang their hats up just
down the freeway, you start seeking a place to hide. The thing is, Southern
Cal could play the role of UCLA's "little sister" so easily. The physical at-
tractiveness of its campus is not in UCLA's league, its academic rating is not
as impressive, it never had a man the stature of John Wooden make his
living there.
But in the autumn, USC is king because its football program, in spite of
two straight Rose Bowl-dry years, is held in awe around the country. And the
Trojans have continually reminded the Bruins of their gridiron superiority,
seven times in the last nine seasons, to be sure.
The most recent Bruin loss to the Trojans was a particularly bitter pill
for Uclans to swallow. The Trojans, already out of contention for the con-
ference title, were down, 21-12, and it looked like the Bruins were Rose Bowl-
bound. But, dastardly nemesis, USC came back to take a one-point lead and
held it when George Achica blocked a field goal attempt as time expired. So
it was the Bluebonnet for UCLA, where a worthy opponent awaits.
Style vs. substance
If UCLA is style, Michigan is substance. The atmosphere in Ann Arbor is
less mellow, more competitive, equally successful. Michigan seems to work
harder at being successful, though. It represents the Midwest as accurately
as UCLA does the Pacific coast.
It's the climate, of course. No one would be so presumptuous as to call
Ann Arbor a glamorous town. It's too cold to be glamorous. At best, Ann
Arbor is cultured, educated, and a little bizarre. But not glamorous. No
Michigan student calls home and explains away bad grades with, "There are
too many distractios here." There aren't.
The self-sacrifice, brave-the-cold, hard work ethic is what surfaces here.
Michigan students who could have gone to Harvard would have.
Michigan's athletic teams manifest the impression. While the
Wolverines are Big Ten powerhouses in many sports, they consistently con-
tend for national honors only in football. And they do that because, quite
simply, Bo Schembechler rebuilt the program which had fallen off after
dominating in the 40's. Bo is a winner because he recruits well, and he
recruits well because he is a workaholic, and for no other reason. Granted,
the school has a fine tradition, but it is ridiculous to say that Michigan wins
simply because it's Michigan.
Bo's predecessors surely realize that, and basketball coach Bill Frieder
is undoubtedly coming to that realization. He can't sell the place on warm
weather or pretty girls, he's got to dig deeper. He's got to work harder.
Thus, when Michigan and UCLA take the field on opposite sidelines of
the Astrodome on New Year's Eve, it is much more than just another bowl
game between two good teams. Here we have two very classy schools, classy
in very different ways.
Michigan is favored to win the game. But in a lot of ways, it has been the
underdog all along.

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