Pagel 0 - The Michigan Daily --Tuesday, November 5, 1985
Bo: home field is key
By PHIL NUSSEL
With the Big Ten football race going
down to the wire in the last three
weeks of the season, Michigan coach
Bo Schembechler believes home field
advantage will be the key in deciding
the battle for the conference crown.
"That home field advantage is
something else," the 17-year
Wolverine leader said at his weekly
press luncheon yesterday. "You bet-
ter take a look at that, that's the key.
In all the games for contention of the
title, the home team has won.
"THE REASON that the home team
advantage has been so important is
that the teams are so close. Maybe
that's the difference."
Indeed one of the major factors in-
volved in home team advantages this
season has been the crowd noise.
Iowa, which used the noise of home
fans to its utmost advantage in its 12-
10 win over Michigan two weeks ago,
had the tables turned Saturday in
front of the boisterous Ohio State fans
in a 22-13 loss. Hawkeye coach
Hayden Fry was quoted afterwards as
saying, "I'm not blaming Ohio State or
their fans and I'm not using this as a
crutch, but they've just got to change
this idiot rule."
Schembechler, who has been out-
spoken in his complaints about crowd
noise all season - especially after
losing to Iowa - responded by saying,
"Hayden didn't like it in Columbus.
Can you believe that? How can he
make a statement like that? I hope he
doesn't have a heart attack."
AS FAR as favorites go, Schem-
bechler thinks Ohio State is in the best
situation. "Ohio State plays Wisconsin
and Northwestern, so they'll come
here with one loss. So that's the whole
ball of wax."
Injuries were also on Schem-
bechler's mind because four key
players may miss Saturday's game.
Tailback Jamie Morris has a shoulder
injury and is currently tabbed as
"marginal." Flanker John Kolesar
went out with an ankle injury against
Illinois and Schembechler is hopeful
the freshman will return this week.
On defense, Mike Mallory seems to
be adding a new injury each week. He
now has a sprained ankle and a hip
pointer in addition to the broken
finger he's had for three weeks. Still,
Schembechler believes the linebacker
will play. Safety Tony Gant has a sore
leg, but should be ready for Purdue.
Out for indefinite periods are center
Dave Herrick and guard Mike Husar.
Both may be out all season.
On the favorable side, tailback
Thomas Wilcher will be ready to see
more action. "I'll need him," Schem-
bechler noted, "especially if Morris is
Wilcher suffered a minor shoulder
separation against Indiana and only
saw action on special teams at
Illinois. He has backed up Morris all
Big Ten Standings
Doily Photo by DAN HABIB
Michigan tailback Gerald White runs past Illinois defenders on one of his 16 carries during the Wolverines' 3-3
tie with the Illini last Saturday. White compiled 85 yards in total offense as fhe replaced the injured Jamie
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