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STEVE SMITH took over the quarter-
backing this season for the Wolverines.
The sophomore had a horrendous
opening game when he threw three in-
terceptions to Wisconsin defensive back
Matt Vanden Boom (right) in
4lichigan's 21-14 defeat to the Badgers.

AP Photo

The result of a potent Alabama rushing attack and
a top-ranked Texas defense could be a contest filled
with hard-nosed physical football, but with few points
lighting up the scoreboard. The deciding factor in this
year's Cotton Bowl could be the kicking game. Both
coach Akers and Bryant can rest easy in this
category, Longhorn Paul Allegre and Peter Kim of
the Crimson Tide are among the nation's finest
kickers.
-MATT HENEHAN
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New Orleans, Louisiana
January 1, 1982
Pittsburgh vs. Georgia
Sould number-one ranked Clemson lose to
Nebraska in the Orange Bowl, the Sugar Bowl could
once again produce the national champion. Last
year, the Superdome contest crowned a national
champion when Georgia completed an 11-0 season
with a 17-10 victory over Notre Dame. This year's
match-up is one of the most attractive pairings in
post-season play as the Pittsburgh Panthers play a
team familiar with New Orleans, the Bulldogs of
Georgia.
Georgia is representing the Southeastern .Con-
ference(SEC) for the second straight year. When one
mentions the Bulldogs, the name of sophomore run-
ning back Herschel Walker immediately comes to
mind. Walker, the topic of several feature stories at
the beginning of the year, responded well to the pre-
season accolades with a banner season. The Wright-
sville, Georgia native has been named to the
Associated Press and Kodak All-American first
teams after surpassing his 1980 total of 1,616 yards
(an NCAA record for a freshman) this season. He
already ranks among the all-time SEC rushers.
IN ADDITION TO Walker, the Georgia offense
features quarterback Buck Belue and wide receiver
Lindsay Scott, who has caught 37 passes this season.
Both players have been named to the All-SEC team
for the second straight year. Belue, who did not com-
plete a pass until late in the fourth quarter of last
year's Sugar Bowl, is not likely to come up with a
repeat performance this time. The Bulldog defense is
anchored by All-SEC guard Eddie Weaver and
linebacker Tony Thurson, the team's leading tackler.
Pittsburgh's strength lies mainly in its defense,
which leads the nation in several categories. The
Panthers had allowed an average of 51 yards rushing
and 150 yards passing prior to their 47-14
Thanksgiving weekend embarrassment at the hands
of Penn State. Linebacker Sal Sunseri is the stalwart
of the Panther defense and is a Kodak and AP All-
American. Other Panther All-Americans are quar-
terback Dan Marino, who has broken every Pitt
passing record, and junior wide receiver Julius
Dawkins, a first team AP selection alongside An-
thony Carter. Center Emil Boures is a second-team
AP All-American along with Marino.
Pittsburgh, the top-ranked team in the nation prior
to the Penn State loss on national television, is
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seeking to silence the critics who scoff at Pitt's
schedule. Pittsburgh was the national champion in
1976 with swift Tony Dorsett leading the way, but the
Panthers' hopes of another title were dashed by the
Nittany Lions. -RANDY BERGER

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Tempe, Arizona
January 1, 1982
USC vs. Penn State
When Penn State and Southern Cal collide in the
Fiesta Bowl on New Year's Day, it will mark their
first meeting in 59 years, when the Trojans won the
1923 Rose Bowl, 14-3, in the only other contest the two
teams have engaged in, While the Fiesta Bowl is still
not established as one of the Big Four, the Penn State-
USC matchup is a fine way for the Bowl to make its
January 1 debut.
Leading the Penn State offense is quarterback
Todd Blackledge, who has piled up 1,557 yards
passing for 12 touchdowns this season. He'll be
throwing to- the Nittany Lions' leading receiver,.,
Gregg Garrity, or deep threat Kenny Jackson, who
has hauled in six TC aerials this season. The key to
the Penn State running attack is the health of Curt
Warner, who has run for 1,044 yards this year despite
nagging hamstring injuries. Spearheading the Penn
State defense are linebackers Chet Parlavecchio and
Mark Robinson, the Lions' leading tacklers.
WITH ONLY 1,005 yards and seven TDs through
the air, Trojan quarterback John Mazur has been
overshadowed by the accomplishments of tailback
Marcus Allen. Not only has Allen rushed for 2,342
yards (a collegiate season record) and 22 scores, but
the USC senior is also the Trojans' leading receiver
with 29 catches for 217 yards and one touchdown. An-
choring the USC defense is Chip Banks, a consistent
performer with 123 tackles this year.
Perhaps the most exciting confrontation will be the
coaching war between USC's John Robinson and
Penn State's Joe Paterno. Both men are among the
most respected and winningest coaches in college
football today.
-KARL WHEATLEY
Atlanta, Georgia
December 31, 1981
West Virginia vs. Florida
Two exceptional passers, Oliver Luck of West
Virginia and Wayne Peace of Florida, will be pitted

against one another in thi
Atlanta.
Sophomore sensation Pea
7-4 record and last week pas
the Gators trounced rival I
bread and butter is our pas
Sports Information director
ded that the 6-2, 220-pound
and getting bettef game by g
INSTEAD OF BEING 7-4
be 9-2, and possibly even 10
they lost to Miami, 21-20, on
the post) during the waning
They also dropped a 14-12 de
last-second field goal attemp
were upsetting highly rain
Bulldogs' final-quarter spur
win for Georgia.
"We're a very young tear
that there are only two senio
"We've come a long way this
If West Virginia hopes to
to get a superb performanc
The Cleveland native has led
and one can expect to see ]
the air and testing the Gator
Birminghar
December
Mississippi Sta
Kansas and Mississippi S
Field stage in Birmingham,
Fame Bowl.
Head coach Don Fambro
an 8-3 record, which was go
in the Big Eight conference.
fense is quarterback FrankE
of his 176 passing attempts
downs and 11 interceptions.
the Kansas attack is its grol
field Taylor, who replace
Kerwin Bell (knee injury) i
season, rushed for 728 yard
carry.
Statistically, Mississippi
Kansas. Coach Emory Bella
4 record, for third place it
ference. Sophomore John F
team in exciting fashion, ca
and passing for 875 yards ar
back Michael Haddix pick
rushes for an average of 5.7
along with fullback Donald I
Lamar Windham and Dann
average of 222 yards per gan
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Middle linebacker Johnie G
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and 17 tackles for loss of yard
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