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The Michigan Doily-Friday, December 11, 1987-Page 11






Bowl fever!
EMU kicks off long list
of post-season activity

Spartans reaching for Roses

Gator Bowl
Dec. 31, Jacksonville
This will be the only meaningful
non-New Year's Day bowl. LSU and
South Carolina are both ranked in
the top ten.
Only a tie versus Ohio State and
a 22-10 setback at the hands of Al-
abama have kept the Tigers out of
the national title chase.
South Carolina has beaten Clem-
son and went down to the wire with
No. 2 ranked Miami before bowing,
20-16. The Gamecocks have traveled
to six bowls in their history
(including three Gator Bowl tilts) -
they have yet to win.
South Carolina heads into the
bowl with boatloads of talent.
Sophomore tailback Harold Green
logged 16 touchdowns, and wide re-
ciever Sterling Sharpe caught a
Gamecock record 56 passes. Fur-
thermore, Carolina is second in the
nation in scoring defense, yielding
only 10.1 points a game.
But holding LSU to under 10
points will be a tall order. The
Tigers' offense boasts quarterback
Tommy Hodson, first team all-
American receiver Wendell Davis.
Center Nacho Albergamo is a first
team All-American as well as first-
team on the all-name squad.
Peach Bowl
Jan. 2, Atlanta
Tennessee meets Indiana for the
first time.
The Volunteers (9-2-1) have a
solid passing attack, but rely on
rookie running back Reggie Cobb.
Cobb rushed for 1,197 yards and
scored 20 touchdowns, placing him
third in the country in total points.
Defensively, look for Keith De-
Long and Kelly Ziegler. Combined,
they have 243 total tackles.
Under the direction of head coach
Bill Mallory, Indiana (8-3) enters its
second consecutive bowl game.
Offensively, the Hoosiers rely on
the effective combination of quarter-
back Dave Schnell (1,489 yards) and
All-American receiver Ernie Jones.
Jones is third in the nation in
receiving yardage (1,115), 13th in
receptions and 18th in all-purpose
Freedom Bowl
Dec. 30, Anaheim
Arizona State, 22-15 victors over
Michigan in the Rose Bowl last Jan.
1, return to southern California to
take on Air Force.
Fisher DeBerry's Air Force squad
prefers a ground attack over an aerial
assault. The Falcons passed for only
685 net yards this season while
compiling 4,635 yards with the
wishbone on the ground. That's 386
yards per game, second only to Ok-
Sophomore quarterback De
Dowis set an NCAA single-season
rushing record for quarterbacks with
1,315 yards.
Defensive tackle Chad Hennings
had 24 quarterback sacks from the
Falcon front line this season. The
6-6, 260-pound All-American is one
of three finalists for the Outland
The Sun Devils boast first team
All Pac-10 tailback, Darryl Harris,
who rushed for 855 yards.

Sun Bowl
Dec. 25, El Paso
In a contest destined to have mil-
lions of Americans glued to their
television sets, Oklahoma State (9-
2) battles West Virginia (6-5) on
Christmas Day.
The Cowboys suffered their only
losses to Nebraska and Oklahoma.
West Virginia, on the other hand,
beat numerous lightweights but lost
to Ohio State, Maryland, Pitt, Penn
State, and Syracuse in highly con-

strangers to the warm weather
Hawaii offers, are strangers to each
other, not having met since 1958.
The Bruins enter this contest at 9-
2, and only a 17-13 loss to USC
seperates them from the Rose Bowl.
The Gators, playing in the tough
Southeastern Conference, are 6-5.
Despite UCLA's superior record, the
two teams match up pretty evenly.
However, while UCLA was
playing in the Rose Bowl in recent
years, the Gators were home pun-
ished on probation. The Bruins'
bowl experience should play a decid-
ing role in the Dec. 25 contest.
The game highlights two star
running backs in Florida's Emmit
Smith and UCLA's Gaston Green.
Bluebonnet Bowl
Dec. 31, Houston
This bowl features two teams
without any charisma - Pittsburgh
and Texas.
Michigan played in the Bluebon-
net Bowl against UCLA in 1981,
but now the selection committee is
suffering from "Cherry Bowl Dis-
ease," having invited the local team,
Texas, to the Astrodome in Hous-
When the Astrodome was built, it
was proclaimed "The Eighth Wonder
of the World." This year, few fans
will wonder the outcome of this
game. It should have about as much
spark as the current Houston econ-
Pitt, a five-point favorite, boasts
running back Craig Heyward, who
finished a distant fifth in the Heis-
man (read: media hype) balloting. He
even garnered 17 votes from
sportswriters as "The Best in the
Land." Heyward gained 1,655 yards
(150.4 per game) on a hefty 354
carries. It does not take a genius to
figure out that Panther coach Mike
Gottfried suffers from another disease
- "The George Perles Syndrome."
Holiday Bowl
Dec. 30, ,San Diego
This insignificant bowl matches
up an unknown Western Athletic
Conference team along with one of
Michigan's big rivals - Iowa.
The big question about this huge
Dec. 30 bowl isn't whether or not
All-Big Ten quarterback Chuck
Hartlieb can burn the Wyoming sec-
ondary. It isn't whether or not the
large Cowboy passing attack can
break Iowa's secondary. The big
question is what will Hawkeye coach
Hayden Fry wear to the game.
Fry's usual game attire consists
of his genuine "CHiPS" sunglasses,
along with blinding white pants.
Fry, however, will probably not
wear this outfit at the Holiday Bowl
because he was embarassed in the
last game of the season when a
player accidentally mistook him for
his local Good Humor man. This
unidentfied player reportedly went up
to Fry in the middle of the third
quarter and requested a "Bomb Pop."
Fry turned red and stormed away
from the player. It was later found
out that Fry had a set of bells in his
car that he frequently jingles when
he drives around the neighborhood.
That is untrue. But the real good
humor will be watching the 9-3
Hawkeyes play in such a meaning-
less bowl.

All-American Bowl
Dec. 22, Birmingham
Since Michigan didn't want to
appear at such an insignificant game,
the All-American Bowl had to settle
for a not-so-heated contest between
Brigham Young and Virginia.
Birmingham, Ala., made famous
by Martin Luther King, will not
gain any ground in the history books
for hosting this event. At best, this
gridiron clash is worth a study break
for eveyone still taking tests in Ann
Arbor on Dec. 22.

orange Bowl
Jan. 1, Miami
When the curtains open in the
Orange Bowl, the country's top
rated teams will meet at center
stage. When the curtains close,
either Oklahoma or Miami will
reign as national champions.
Miami (11-0) defeated South
Carolina last Saturday to secure its
second consecutive perfect season
and earn the right to play for its
second straight championship
(they were defeated last year by
Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl).
The Hurricanes are led offen-
sively by Steve Walsh, the sixth-
rated passer in the NCAA. His
leading target, Mike Irvin (37
catches, 594 yards), is the top
rated receiver in Miami history.
Brian Blades (650 yards) is the
leading rusher.
The Hurricane defense, ranked
third in the country, is guided by
Danny Stubbs, an All-American
with 12 tackles for loss and 38.5
career sacks, including 8.5 this
campaign. Other defensive
specialists include All-American
Bennie Blades (108 tackles, five
interceptions), George Mira (127
tackles) and George Mark (seven
Oklahoma, though boasting
five all-Americans and leading the
nation in several statistical cate-
gories, will have its hands full.
Starting quarterback Jamielle
Holleway (548 passing yards for 7
TDs and 860 rushing yards for 10
TDs) was injured in the Oklahoma
State game and must watch from
the sidelines.
Rookie Charles Thompson will
start for only the third time this
year. If Barry Switzer is to earn
his first outright championship
since 1974, the Sooners will have
to defeat the Hurricanes for the
first time in three games.
Cotton Bowl
Jan. 1, Dallas
Notre Dame is overrated. Texas
A&M isn't rated. Wow, what a
The Fighitng Irish lost only
two games this season. But one of
the two was the revenge match
with Miami, in which the Irish
proved that the spirit of Gerry
Faust has not completely died.
Texas A&M has been in the
Cotton Bowl the last three years
by winning the SWC (So What if
we Cheat) championship.
Unless Heisman winner Tim
Brown takes every snap from cen-

wood and Bo Jackson are gone.
Rose Bowl
Jan. 1 Pasdn
As expected, Lorenzo White's
dream of landing this year's Heis-
man Trophy officially met a dead
end Dec. 5. Now, White and his
teammates must turn the corner
and focus their attention on 8-3
Southern California.
MSU (8-2-1) earned its first
trip to Pasadena in almost 22
years, while the Trojans' most re-
cent appearance was in 1985.
The Spartans, of course, will
be led by their explosive backfield
of White (1,459 yards) and Blake
Ezor (592). Bobby McAllister will
call the signals and Andre Rison
will serve as primary receiver (32,
receptions, 694 yards, 5 TDs).
The Spartan defense, ranked;
first against the rush and among
the top five against the pass in the
nation, will be anchored by middle
linebacker Percy Snow. Outside
linebacker Tim Moore solidifies
the defense with tackles for 73
yards in losses. The secondary duo
of John Miller and Todd Krumm
combined for 15 interceptions.
USC, averaging 430.4 yards
per game, is headed by quarterback
Rodney Peete. Tailback Steven
Webster (1,109 yards) will be
sidelined for the contest and two,
first-year players, Scott Lockwood
and. Ricky Irvin, will fill his va-
cancy. Eric Affholter (42 catches,
632 yards, 4 TDs) is the Trojans
leading receiver. The defense is;
powerfully mastered by Keitl
Davis (150 tackles) and Gregg
Coavette (118).


Doily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY
Running back Lorenzo White, a loser in the Heisman race, hopes to fare
better in Pasadena, Jan. 1.

ter, the national television audi-
ence will be thoroughly bored.
Citr&us Bowl
Jan. 1, Orlando
This New Year's Day bowl
matches up the best ACC team
along with a perennial football
powerhouse which made it to this
bowl by reputation alone.
Penn State (8-3) has had a
Jekyll and Hyde-type season. The
Nittany Lions looked great in
beating Notre Dame. Then Mr.
Hyde surfaced when Penn State
looked horrible in losses to Syra-
cuse, Pittsburgh, and Alabama.
Penn State's offense is led by
senior running back Blair Brown,
who rushed for over 1,000 yards
this season. Starring defensively
for the Nittany Lions is outside
linebacker Keith Karpinsky, who
was a teammate of Michigan's
John Vitale and. Allen Jefferson at
Warren De LaSalle.
Clemson spent the entire sea-
son feasting on the weak ACC.
Despite their 9-2 record, the Tigers
have suffered the same inconsis-
tencies as Penn State, losing to
South Carolina and North Car-
olina State.
Clemson is spearheaded defen-
sively by Michael DeanfPerry,
brother of that talentless freak of
human nature William "The Re-

frigerator" Perry. Michael, how-
ever, is talented and starts because
he is slim, trim, and can get to the
QB in a hurry. William, on the
other hand, starts because he can
throw his love handles with such
alarming force that he can knock
down an offensive lineman,
allowing another defensive player
to get the QB.
Sugar Bowl
Jan. 1, New Orleans
Will Syracuse win the national
championship? Will Jeff Burger
fly to New Orleans on a private
jet? Will anyone get into any
trouble on Bourbon Street? Will
this game actually mean anything?
These questions and more will
be answered on New Year Day as
Syracuse (12-0) meets Auburn (9-
1-1) in the Sugar Bowl.
Syracuse, led by quarterback
Don McPherson, the Heisman
runner-up, is one of three unde-
feated teams in the country. The
fourth-ranked Orangemen needed a
loss from either top-ranked Okla-
homa or second-ranked Miami, and
did not get it.
Auburn head coach Pat Dye has
once again shifted offenses. This
season, behind senior quarterback
Burger the Tigers have become a
pass-oriented team. The days of
ground attacks led by Brent Full-


Fiesta Bowl
Jan. 1, Tempe
Trying to recapture the excite-
ment of last year's Fiesta Bowl
may be difficult. Last year's game
was played on Jan. 2 for the
mythical national championship.
What a game it was, as Penn
State upset Vinny Testaverde's
undefeated Miami Hurricanes in'
drama that lasted to the final play!
This year's matchup may not
be as golden as its predecessor, but
it is still a diamond in the rough.
Florida State (10-1) faces Ne-
braska (10-1). Seminole coach
Bobby Bowden hopes to avenge a
34-17 loss to the Cornhuskers in
Sophomore tailback Sammie
Smith averaged 7.1 yards per carry
in 172 attempts while senior
linebacker Paul McGowan totaled
150 tackles. .MICHAEL GILD

As for the rest of Virginia, well,
despite being the only university
built by an American president, its
football team is rather mediocre. Af-
ter all, how good can a team called
the Wahoos be?
According to Webster, a Wahoo
is an American shrub. That's cer-
tainly not a nickname that connotes
speed and agility. Regardless of the
outcome of this bowl, Virginia can
still stand proud as the program
boasting the highest graduation rate
(89 percent). After all, if you have to
be a shrub at least be a smart one.
Liberty Bowl
Dec. 29, Memphis
The less than tropical weather in
Memphis in late December rarely
has schools seeking a bid to the
Liberty Bowl. The contest is usually
marred by high winds and freezing
rain - hardly an enticing lure for
the players and fans from northern
schools. Instead, two southern foes
will battle this year.
Arkansas made a run at winning
the Southwest Conference, but Cot-
ton Bowl officials must be breathing
a sigh of relief that the Hogs were
stopped short in their quest for the
New Year's Day bowl.
The Razorbacks built a 9-3 record
by beating up on a parade of door-
mats. The Hogs ran headlong into
the Miami Hurricanes in their only
matchup against a true power. They
wound up on the short end of a 51-7

for independence meant freedom for
this country. Today it means a battle
of mediocrity on the gridirons of
Shreveport, La.
Tulane lost this game last year to
Mississippi so look for them to
continue the streak against
Could Tulane be more over-
matched defensively? The Huskies
can run (with or without sleds) while
Tulane can't defend against the run.
Tulane is a pass-oriented team while
Washington has been forming walls
in front of opposing quarterbacks.
No defense for the South. Isn't that
how they lost the Civil War?
The only real celebrity in the
game is the outstanding Tulane wide
receiver Marc Zeno. He set the
NCAA Division I-A career record
with 3,725 yards receiving. Problem
is that Washington will be in his
face all game and Tulane doesn't
have much else to turn to. Look for
the Huskies to shed their winter
coats and overcome their injuries for
the victory.
It's easy to root for Washington
in this game. You can identify with
their mascot. Huskies are cute and
furry and they play in the snow.
Awww. As for Tulane, what's a
Green Wave? Sounds like a condi-
tion Tulane students get after too
much drinking in the French Quar-
The Independence Bowl, Catch
the Spirit! I'd rather catch Miami

in the stands.
Mighty Eastern Michigan (the
Mid-American Conference champs),
will face the champions of the Pa-
cific Coast Athletic Association,
San Jose State.
Our neighbors down Washtenaw
Avenue have improved dramatically
from the days when they were the
worst team in Divsion I football.
Much of the credit goes to fifth-year
head coach Jim Harkema. Making it

to this game is quite an accom-
plishment for a team that league of-
ficials tried to kick out before the
1984 season.
However, the MAC suffers the
same bowl jinx as the Big Ten, as
recent losers Miami (Ohio) and
Bowling Green can attest. Whatever
the magic is that these west coast
teams possess, it should hold up.


(Continued from Page 8)
Shapiro received recommendations
from the athletic search committee
chaired by incoming interim presi-
dent Robben Fleming. Reportedly,
Shapiro will make his decision some
time before Christmas. He leaves
Ann Arbor to become president of
Princeton on Jan. 1.
Schembechler reportedly is the
leading candidate for the athletic-di-
rector post. He, however, says he

and the urgings of his wife Millie
may force Schembechler to retire
from coaching.
It has been a difficult year for
Schembechler. His team finished a
disappointing 7-4, and a kidney-
stone problem hampered him. IR
refuses to make definitive retirement
"You can't set a timetable. I
think the time comes when your i-
terest wanes, your health deterio-
rates, or you find you want to back

still wants to coach. No one knows off because it is a demanding job,"
for sure whether he would be allowed said Schembechler.
to do both jobs. Health problems "I'm going to continue to coach."
Tampasun anfun
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