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Gophers lost their last three contests to
finish a disappointing sixth. If second-
year coach Joe Salem hopes to move up
the ladder this season, he is going to
have to find a way to replace Min-
nesota's top three quarterbacks, five
first-team offensive linemen, brilliant
wide receiver Elmer Bailey, and kicker
Paul Rogind, all of whom graduated in
'79.
The presence of runners Marion Bar-
ber and Garry White make that task
seem less imposing. Although injured
through much of last season, Barber
rushed for 526 yards, caught 23 aerials,
and led the Gophers in scoring with 12
touchdowns. White gained 861 yards
with a 6.4 average last campaign
despite missing two games with an
ankle injury himself.
THE TIGHT END spot is the only
other bright one on the offense; Salem
describes his quarterback situation as
"horrible."
Sophomores Kevin Kellen (6-6, 242)
and Steve Bisch (6-5, 251) are tough to
match as a young defensive tackle tan-
dem. At linebacker the Gophers are set
as long as juniors Jim Fahnhorst and
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his passes in 1979, will hold down the
quarterback spot, while NU's other
sometime-quarterback, Chris Cap-
stran, moves to an inside linebacking
position.
Northwestern threw the pigskin an
average of 30 times last season, and
much of that tendency toward the
aerial can be explained by the presence
of Todd Sheets, who turned out to be the
conference's second-leading receiver.
Sheets and his great pair of hands
return for a final campaign to provide
the only reliable offensive punch.
The Wildcat defense returns nine
starters, including second-team All Big
Ten selection Chuck Fern, who is a
potential All-American candidate this
season at inside linebacker. And while
Venturi admits that "we're still a ways
away at several key positions," his
linebackers and secondary unit have
the talent and experience to yield
something less than the 386 points
which were rung up against them last
fall.
The schedule-maker threw a curve at
the Wildcats, placing them on the road
for the first four weeks of the season.
(They play at Michigan, Washington,
and Syracuse in consecutive outings).
It isn't the brightest way to kickoff the
campaign, but they can be consoled by
playing the gracious host to Ohio State,
Indiana, and Purdue. Last place is still
a safe bet.
Ohio State
The excuse is gone.
Southern California, which thwarted
Ohio State's national championship
with a come-from-behind 17-16 victory
in the Rose Bowl last January, has been
banished from Pasadena for the 1981
contest, due to academic violations.
That leaves the Buckeyes without a
major obstacle on the road to their first
national title since Rex Kern and the
gang turned the trick in 1969.
It is all so true that pre-season predic-
tions are usually worth as much as a
bent knife. But after close examination
of all the Big Ten squads, along with the
top teams from across the nation, we're
convinced that the Buckeyes are the
best team not only in the conference (it's
not even close), but in the entire coun-
try.
AND IF YOU'RE game for some ad-
vice on making travel plans for the
weekend of November 22, you would be

better off in front of the tube than in
stir-crazy Ohio Stadium. This year's
Michigan-Ohio State clash could turn
out to be the most one-sided affair since
the Wolverines buried Woody Hayes'
1976 squad, 22-0.
One must go beyond the presumption
that Art Schlichter carries the
Buckeyes' fortunes in his own hands.
While Schlichter may very well be the
finest quarterback in the land and the
leading candidate for the Heisman
Trophy, Ohio State's awesome defen-
sive unit will, by season's end, be
lauded as the main component of the
squad's success.
Schlichter, however, carries much of
the offensive load. He accounted for
more than 2,200 yards and 23 touch-
downs last year, two statistics that
surely cannot be taken lightly. He
moves with great agility and has shown
tremendous improvement in his pass-
ing over the last two years-his skills
in the latter department are more
advanced now than were Rick Leach's
skills prior to his junior season.
WHAT SCHLICHTER can accom-
plish from the helm will be directly
related to the progress made by a
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lack of depth at that spot is a major
concern. The defensive secondary
returns last year's starting corner-
backs, Dana Noel and Glenn Cardelli,
as well as sophomore letterman Rick
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Northwestern
The incentives are there, to be sure:
two wins in a season instead of one, at
least one or two close calls, and the ob-
vious desire to gain respectability. The
question facing Northwestern, then,
concerns the Wildcats' ability to win
more than just that token contest
every season.
Coach Rick Venturi is once again
preaching optimism, and points to his
squad's fine showings against Ohio
State (only a 16-7 loss) and Purdue (a
20-16 loss) as evidence that his team
can indeed become competitive after
spending four seasons solidly entren-
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