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Another football season invades Michigan on Sept. 14 when the Wolverines host arch-rival Notre Dame. A lot of
question marks have haunted the rich-with-tradition Michigan football program since it suffered its worst record
in recent years last season with a 6-6 mark. Worse yet, the Wolverines open the '85 campaign without their usual
high ranking. But there are still many reasons for optimism. Daily reporter Brad Morgan gives some of these
reasons ...
The Defense...........Pa e 4
While Michigan lost some experience on defense, there will be enough veterans returning and there will be enough
depth to make the defensive corps look good in the preseason analysis. Daily football writer Phil Nussel goes over
the defense position by position and also does a feature on Michigan's all-everything defensive back Brad
Cochran ...

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T HE PICTURE AND screaming headline on the
cover of the September issue of Penthouse
magazine caught my eye as I walked past its resting
place on the bookstore shelf. I stopped dead in my
tracks, looked around to see if anyone was watchine
me, and then casually glanced for another look.
The photo of Madonna that publisher Bob Guccione
had chosen to embellish the cover with began to do its
job on me. Without uttering a word, the current rock
queen in the picture had sold me the magazine.
I reached down to pick it up, but as I touched it my
better instincts took over. Ahh, I thought, I better stick
to doing what I originally journeyed to the bookstore to
do - buy a couple of college football magazines.
Besides, I had heard that Madonna has hairy armpits.
So I wandered over the where the sports magazines
were kept and picked out two publications that looked
like they might give me some help covering the college
grid action this fall. We sportswriters are always
looking for some kind of help.
One of the magazines was Inside Sports' Annual
NFL and College Preview Issue, which had caught
my eye because it listed Michigan on its cover among
its top twenty picks. It couldn't be that bad then.
The other was the Game Plan College Football
Annual Preview that offered its readers its exclusive
Stat-Key power rating system that would show you how
to predict game scores. Could come in handy with my
booky. I flinched when I saw the price of the Game
Plan issue - it was $3.95. Well at least it was a nickel
cheaper than the Penthouse. Anyway, I couldn't wait to
get it home and see how the Wolverines would do this
year.
According to Game Plan, its Stat-Key was designed
and tested over the past several seasons and is sup-
posed to be a measure of a "football team's potential."
But by using the Stat-Key to predict scores, it doesn't
look like Michigan is going to have that much potential
this season.
Based on Game Plan's figures, the Wolverines
should go a disappointing 4-5-2 during the regular

Talent wins
ballgames .

.h so does tradition
season. A game by game breakdown shows Bo's boys
dropping the season opener to Notre Dame, 25-23,
beating South Carolina, 25-24, losing to Maryland, 30-
23, nipping Wisconsin, 25-24, and tying Michigan State,
23-23, before falling to Iowa in a 28-23 heartbreaker.
The Wolverines should then get by Indiana, 28-23, lose
to Illinois by the same score, tie Purdue at 27, step past
Minnesota, 28-25, and get tripped up by Ohio State, 28-
24, in the season finale.
Sounds like it could be time to burn the season
tickets. But take heart, Michigan fans, and put those
matches away. Things won't get that bad this season.
There are so many variables in college football that
it is impossible to accurately predict how a team will
do during a given season. Game Plan does say that
things like home field advantage and weather con-
ditions should probably be adjusted for; however, it
doesn't take into account other factors, such as
tradition, that also play big roles for teams like
Michigan.
Too many things can happen during the season that
can put forecasters to shame, no matter haw many
stats they've compiled. A year ago no one would have
predicted that the Wolverines would knock off No. 1
Miami to start the season, and no one (except for
maybe a few Mormons in Provo) would have believed
that Brigham Young could have been awarded the
mythical national championship. But those things did
happen, and undoubtedly there will be some more sur-
prises this season.
Because all the variables make college football so
difficult to call, a lot of room is left for the forecaster's
bias to enter the picture. Infact, most season previews
are based on the point of view of whoever is doing
them. There's nothing wrong with that, because it
allows many people to express their views and sparks
some controversy that always keeps the game in-
teresting for such a wide variety of individuals.
That's the beauty of the game, and one of the main
reasons why there is no playoff system that crowns an
actual national champion.

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Daily Photo by STU WEIDENBACH
Michigan fans do the patented "Bullwinkle" routine during last year's
victory over Wisconsin in Michigan Stadium. Wolverine fans didn't look .
this happy very often last season as the teams settled for a mediocre 6-6 mark.
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The Kickers ............ Page 6
It will be a battle between veteran and youngster for this year's Michigan placekicking duties while the punting
duties are again being handled by junior Monte Robbins. Daily football writer Joe Ewing examines the kickers and
files a feature on sophomore walk-on Rick Sutkiewicz ...
The Offense ........ .... Page9
A talented group of athletes return to bolster Bo Schembechler's offense this season led by quarterback Jim Har-
baugh. Daily football writer Brad Morgan does an in-depth position by position analysis ...
The Opponents ......... Page 12
Michigan faces its toughest schedule in years. The Daily's football staff does a team by team rundown of this
year's schedule ...

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Supplement Editors ..............................PhilNussel
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Writer..............................................Joe Ewing
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Stu Weidenbach
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1985 Schedule
DATE OPPONENT TIME
Sept. 14 .Notre Dame ......2:40 p.m. EDT
Sept. 21 .at South Carolina ........... TBD
Sept. 28 .Maryland .........1:00 p.m. EDT
Oct. 5 ...Wisconsin ........1:00 p.m. EDT
Oct. 12 .. at Michigan State .1:00 p.m. EDT
Oct. 19 .. at Iowa..........2:05 p.m. EDT
Oct. 26 ..Indiana ...........1:00p.m. EDT
Nov. 2 ... at Illinois .........2:00 p.m. EDT
Nov. 9 ...Purdue ...........1:00 p.m. EDT
Nov. 16 .. at Minnesota .....12:30 p.m. EDT
Nov. 23..Ohio State ........1:00 p.m. EDT
Note: All times tentative for away games.
O# the cover:
All-American candidates Mike Mallory (left) and Brad
Cochran (right) flank Michigan head coach Bo Schem-
bechler at the 1985 media day. Photo by Darrian Smith.

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gridders
(Continued from Page>3) F O O D
lightly SOFTWARE
"I feel we'll be a better team "
because we're playing good ball
teams every week," he said. "Easy
wins don't help me that much."
Thus, the potential is there to have
either a terrible season or a good::.:,,
season. If the players gel as a team
and develop quickly, the wins could
come, although not easily. If they
don't, or if injuries or the harsh """""""""""""""""""""""""""""
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