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Page 12 -The Michigan Daily-Friday, November 13, 1987

By RICK KAPLAN
Bo Schembechler hopes the
Michigan defense will rest tomorrow
at Champaign (12:30 EST kickoff;
WXYZ-TV, Ch. 7). If the Fighting
Illini offense is as feeble as it has
appeared previously, the injured
Wolverine defense could have an
easy task.
But if the last two weeks are
indicative, the Illini offense is
finding itself and beginning to
complement a superb defense. The
Illinois defense is as strong as
Caspar Weinberger's wildest dream.
Illinois (3-5-1 overall, 2-3-1 Big
Ten) has allowed more than 20
points only twice this season, but
the Illini have scored more than 20
points just twice - the last two
weeks.
A low-scoring game would not
surprise Michigan head coach
Schembechler. "They have got the
skills," he said about the Illini
offense. "They can move the ball.
But they've had the same problem
we've had in terms of turnovers."
MICHIGAN (6-3, 4-2) has
turned the ball over 25 times in nine
games; Illinois has had 31
giveaways.
The low-scoring Illinois offense
has never been able to approach the
point totals of recent Illini squads

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Illini in

Champaign

featuring star quarterbacks Tony
Eason and Jack Trudeau. The
quarterback shuffle that began in
1986 continued through the early
part of this season. Sophomore
Brian Menkhausen and junior Scott
Mohr were the better passing QBs,
while sophomore Peter Freund is the
runner of the trio.
Mohr, a transfer from College of
San Mateo (Calif.), has solidified
himself as the fulltime signal caller.
"He has had a slow transition" to
big-time college football according
to Illinois coach Mike White. "He's
an excellent passer, especially drop-
back passing. Basically, he's a
prototype drop-back passer. He's
good in the pocket," White said.
DESPITE HAVING Keith
Jones, the team's top running back,
injured and out for the first four
games, the Illini tried to remain a
running team. The experiment failed
to the tune of a 1-4 start. Said
White: "Midway through the season
it became obvious that we had to
open up and establish the passing
game to open up the run.
"We've had varying degrees of
success. This is not one of our better
offensive years. Our attempt has
been to complement a good defense
with a high-percentage offense which
has been just average."

The highest percentage of the
Wolverines' concern centers around
the Illinois defensive line. "The
strength 'of their team is their
defense," said Michigan offensive
tackle John Elliott, "and the strength
of their defense is their linemen.
They have some quick, powerful
people up front."
THE ILLINI front line is
anchored by Scott Davis, leading the
Big Ten with nine sacks. The 6-7,
267-pound left end has recorded 13
tackles behind the line of
scrimmage. Nose tackle Morris
Gardner has 14 tackles for losses,
while right end Mike Piel has 13.
"They have got a quick defense,
said Schembechler. "They'll stone
you. They slip the blocks, and
penetrate. They will bring the
corners a lot."
The Champaign crowd will try to
bring down Memorial Stadium in
Illinois' final home game of the
year. The rivalry is especially heated
because of reputed animosity
between Schembechler and White.
Michigan struggled at Illinois the
last two times the teams played
there. In 1985, the Wolverines
survived with a 3-3 tie when a Chris
White field-goal attempt hit the
crossbar as time expired. The Illini
beat Michigan, 16-6, in 1983 at
Champaign to win a trip to the Rose
Bowl.
"I've never been down there and
played before," said Wolverine
sophomore wide receiver Greg
McMurtry, "but talking with the
other players, they say it is the most
hostile place to play. Both coaches
hate each other so much. Plus, we
beat them so badly (69-13) up here
last year.
"It is going to be a tough game."

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"I've never been down there and played before, but
talking with the other players, they say (Illinois) is
the most hostile place to play. Both coaches hate
each other so much. Plus, we beat them so badly
(69-13) here last year. It is going to be a tough
game.-
-Michigan receiver Greg McMurtry

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Illinois running back Keith Jones will try to help the Illini avenge last year's 69-13 loss to the Wolverines
tomorrow in Champaign.

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Around the Big Ten:
IU, MSU battle for Rose Bowl berth

Indiana at
Michigan State
Once again the battle for the Rose
Bowl is between the Big Two of the
Big Ten. However, this year the
Hoosiers and the Spartans are the
Big Two.
MSU, with a potent running
attack and a stingy defense will go to
Pasadena with a win on Saturday.
Indiana, with an explosive offensive
and a bend-not-break defense needs to
defeat the Spartans on Saturday and
Purdue next week to ensure a Rose
Bowl bid.
It has been a long time since
either team has been to the Rose
Bowl or even a major bowl. The
Spartans last appearance in the Rose
Bowl was in 1966. One goal for
some U of M students is to never
see MSU in the Rose Bowl in their

lifetime. That goal will remain
intact this weekend. Let's go
Hoosiers. Prediction: Indiana 24,
MSU 17.
Iowa at Ohio State
Iowa has been the best team in
the Big Ten in the last three weeks.
With wins over Purdue, Indiana, and
Northwestern, the Hawkeyes still
have a slim chance for the Rose
Bowl. Quarterback Chuck Hartlieb
threw for a Big Ten record seven
touchdowns last week against
Northwestern. However, records

against the Wildcats should not
count.
Ohio State is in an unfamilar
position, being a vital part of the
Little Eight. Upon losing to Indiana
on Oct.10, head coach Earl Bruce
declared it the darkest day in Buckeye
history. With losses to MSU and
Wisconsin, it has gotten darker and
darker around Columbus. After this
weekend it will be pitch black there.
The Hawkeyes will have an easy
time winning. Prediction: Iowa 34,
OSU 6.

Wisconsin at Minnesota
Two perennial Little Eight teams
will battle this weekend at the
Metrodome. Perhaps ABC should
televise this game since Minnesota
still has a shot at receiving an
invitation to a bowl game.
Meanwhile, the Wisconsin
Badgers are considering removing the
letters g-e-r-s and naming the team
bad. Minnesota should have little
trouble winning. Prediction:
Minnesota 30, Wisconsin 13.
Purdue at Northwestern
The Boilermakers have not been
the Spoilermakers this year. In fact,
except for two quarters against Notre
Dame, they have not been much of a
football team.
What can one say about
Northwestern's season. One word
sums it up- typical. As usual, the
Wildcats reside at the bottom of the
Big Ten. As a result, conference
commisoner Wayne Duke has
granted the Wildcats lifetime
membership at the bottom in the
Little Eight. Northwestern will
retain that honor. Prediction: Purdue
2, Northwestern 0.
- STEVE GINNS

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Bring your picks to the Student
Publications Building at 420
Maynard St. before 6 p.m. today
in order to have a shot at winning
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1. MICHIGAN- at Illinois
(pick total points)
2. Indiana at MSU
3. Iowa at Ohio State
4. Wisconsin at Minn.
5. Northwestern at Purdue
6. Auburn at Georgia
7. Alabama at Notre Dame
8. Penn St. at Pitt.
9. Arkansas at Texas A&M
10. Maryland at Clemson
11. Washington at UCLA
12. Kentucky at Florida
13. Boston Coll. at Syracuse
14. S. Car. at Wake Forest
15. Miss. at Tennessee
16. Miss. St. at LSU
17. Bowling Green at EMU
18. Cincinnati at A. Peay
19. UTEP at BYU
20. COLUMBIA at Cornell

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Ometz/Conservative Minyan Shabbaton
. WHY CONSERVATIVE JUDAISM?
Friday, Nov.13
5:00 pm - Services at Public Health Bldg. I
Followed by dinner at Markley
(Please make reservation)
Bernie Gerson, a senior rabbinical student at Jewish Theological
Seminary will lead discussion on the philosophical underpinnings
of the conservative movement.
Saturday, Nov.14
9:30 am - Services, 1205 Hill St.
6:00 pm-Havdalah, location to be announced
Call Aaron Frank for details, 761-1088.
"Hunan Garden reaps the rewards
of fine preparation."
from Detroit Free Press, March 21, 1986
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