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Still Anybody's Title . .
WHEN GALLOPING Bernie Jefferson drove eight yards for Northwestern's
winning touchdown Saturday, he threw the entire Big Ten scene into an
uproar and ushered in a barrage of clicking turnstiles that will mean plenty
of lettuce for at least five of the Conference schools.
They are: Northwestern and Ohio State, the leaders; and Michigan,
Minnesota, and Wisconsin, all tied for third place. Four of these five teams
have two more confereiice games to play. Ohio State has. three. Any one of
them may cop the coveted gonfalon.
This has been a season of surprises. The cataclysmic collapse of
,Minnesota's empire, the unforseen power of Northwestern, and the
amazing renaissance at Michigan have injected a spice and zest in the
mad muddle of footballunacy that presages a happier existence for
the sport.
In the remaining three weeks of the Conference season, the five leaders
will embark on a cutthroat campaign against ofte another until final
supremacy rests with one or two teams.
Northwestern today has the post in the race. The Wildcats must meet
Michigan and Wisconsin in the next two weeks, and it seems a sound con-
jecture that when they finish with the Badgers, the titular ambitions at
Madison will be effectively stifled. Wisconsin not only must meet North-
western, but they have a cute engagement with Minnesota on the 19th,
besides a non-Conference affair out on the coast with U.C.L.A. It seems too
great a burden for the Madison gang, who have shown nothing to excite
the average fan thus far.
Minnesota is definitely not through, but a rumble has started which
may crescendo to the effect that "the old grey Gopher she ain't what she
used to be." The Minnesota scare in the Michigan game and their defeat
of Saturday may be considered as an indication of Gopher impotency
as well as rival strength. Time alone can give the answer. Bernie Bier-
man's lads have a setup against Iowa this week, but they close with
Notre Dame and Wisconsin. Those Irish may make the Badger task
,a lot easier.
Ohio State, the team that tied Northwestern, has suddenly inserted
itself as a force to be considered. The Buckeyes must meet Purdue, Illinois,
and Michigan, and that's a mighty rocky road. Trust Zuppke to have some-
thing up his sleeve for "friend" Schmidt.
Michigan must tackle Pennsylvania, Northwestern, and Ohio before they
hang up their cleats. The last two games, especially, will require supreme
efforts, sans some of the rough edges noticeable in the Illinois game.
WHAT A SEASON this has been for the defenses! It seems to prove the
old adage that football is won and lost up front, and the best set of backs
in the world can't do the job alone. That's why critics are beginning to talk
about Pitt's "dream" backfield and "synonomous" line.
In the Conference, Northwestern's goal line is still unmarred by
enemy cleats although the Gophers managed a field goal last week.
Ohio States has been scored on just once. Minnesota and Michigan have
felt the sting but twice. Wisconsin trails with 26 enemy points on the
While observers rave about Northwestern's granite defenses they might
look this way for a tip. in five Michigan games this year, the opposition has
as yet been unable to cross the Wolverine goal line on a running play.
Michigan State did not score; Chicago hit on a long and desperate pass

Theta Xi Wins
Playoff Game
In Speedball
Phi Kappa Sigma Defeats
S.A.E. 18-1; Gauthier
Leads Scorers
Two trouncings featured the open-
ing of playoff hostilities for the cham-
pionship of the Inter-fraternity
speedball league at South Ferry Field,
yesterday afternoon.
'In a contest between the winners
of their respective divisions, Theta
Xi trimmed Lambda Chi Alpha by a
score of 8 to 1, while the battle of the
second place teams saw Phi Kappa
Sigma running roughshod over Sigma
Alpha Epsilon by an 18 to 1 margin.
Gauthier Leads Way
From the opening moment of play,
when Ken Gauthier, Theta Xi's high
scorer for the afternoon, converted
a penalty kick, the winners were nev-
er headed. Altogether, Gauthier tal-
lied four points, by virtue of two end-
kicks and two touchdowns. Art Judge,
who chalked up two points, "Doc"
Christiansen, and "Gabby" McLough-
lin also played a large part in the
team's victory, while Dick Knowe's
touchdown saved the Lamda Chi out-
fit from being whitewashed.
Harry Hart Stars
In the other tilt, Harry Hart boot-
ed home two field goals and two end
kicks for a total of eight points to
lead the Phi Kap avalanche on the
SAE team. The losers were hope-
lessly outclassed all throughout the
Their lone marker was scored by
Hinkley in the second period. Grey
Nelson, with a total of four tallies to
his credit, and Ray Barnes with two,
were also outstanding for the victors.
The present playoff series will con-
tinue throughout the week until one
team emerges the champion.


These Wrestlers Will Carry Big Burden
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Captain Harold Nichols, (left) at 145 pohnds, and Frank Morgan,
155 pounder, form part of the nucleus around which wrestling coach
Cliff Keen will build his team in an effort to successfully defend its Big
Ten title. Nichols was a star performer last year, while Morgan, who
wrestled two seasons ago, was ineligible for last season's matches. Both
boys hail from Cresco, Iowa, the town which has also produced such
other fine wrestlers as Harold's brother, Don, Paul Cameron, and the
Thomas brothers, Earl and Blair, the former last year's co-captain with
Johnny Speicher and the latter captain in 1932.

Coach Cliff Keen's Varsity wurest-
lers, last year's Big Ten title-holders
who also showed the East how it'sr
done with convincing triumphs over;
Lehigh, Penn State and Temple, are
already hard at work preparing for
what they hope will be another bang-
up season.
Although the squad will sorely miss
those stalwart lightweight performers,
Speicher, Cameron and Thomas, who
wrestled at 118, 124 and 135 pounds'
respectively last season and who have
since graduated, and Tom Sparks,
promising 118-pound sophomore who
recently dropped out of school, Keen
and Port Robertson, assistant coach,
feel that they can mold another good
club if several good sophomore pros-
pects come through in the light
weights. The team is well fixed at
the upper weights with veterans at
every post.
Two Fight For Place
At 118 pounds, the responsibility
will rest squarely upon the shoulders
of Tom Weidig and Don Rivette.
Both are sophomores of considerable
ability and will be important cogs in
Keen's machine.
Sophs Jim Butler and Andy Saw-
yer will carry the burden at 126
pounds. Right now, Butler is in the
hospital having treatment on a bone
mal-formation in his foot and al-
though he will miss the early work-
outs, it is expected that he'll be in
shape by the time the season starts,
providing no unforeseen complications
set in his foot.
Mericka Returns
Veteran Jim Mericka will . fill in
ably at 135 pounds, with Carl Moss-
er, a junior, ready to step into the
breach whenever, called upon. Last
year Mericka won his matches in
three dual meets via falls.
From 145 pounds through the
heavyweight division, the Michigan
grapplers present as formidable an
array of stars as any team could ever
wish to have. The squad from 145
pounds and up is replete with sea-
soned veterans, including one per-

former who went through last season
without suffering a single defeat.
Captain Harold Nichols will again
throw his 145 pounds at all comers
and well they had better beware, for
Harold lost but one dual meet match
last season and was third in the Big
Ten standings at this weight.
Loss Of Danner Felt
At 155, Coach Keen has Frank Mor-
gan, no relation to the illustrious
screen comedian, and Morgan, as in
the past, will be very hard to beat.
The team has lost Harland Danner,
who performed at this weight last sea-
son but who recently left school to
do geological research work in Mexi-
co.. Morgan has also f worked at 165
pounds on occasions and thus can be
used at either slot.
Keen had counted on using sopho-
more Bill Combs, Oklahoma boy who
last year took the measure of Dan-
ner in a freshman-Varsity meet, at
165 pounds, but Bill is ineligible. If
he completes his makeups this sem-
ester, Combs will be ready to engage
in inter-collegiate competition in Feb-
ruary, however. He will be working
out with the squad all fall and thus
should be in perfect condition by the
start of the season, Jerry Frieden-
berg, Art Paddy, and Emanuel Knob-
loch are other candidates at 165
Don Nichols Is Star
Don Nichols leads the 175-pounders
and will probably be the Wolverines
chief hope when the season rolls
around. Don was undefeated this year
in dual meets and copped the Big Ten
title at his weight. At the Nationals,
he battled all the way to the finals
and after gaining, an early fall on
Ford of Lehigh, succumbed to a late
rally by the latter.
The heavyweight ranks will be
bolstered at the end of the football
season when Joe Savilla, giant tackle
and a wrestler who has come along
fast since joining the squad l.ast year,
and Forrest 'Butch' Jordan, also' a
tackle who was out of school last
year, discard their football uniforms
and get into wrestling togs.


Sophs Hold Fate Of Michigan's
Title-HoldingWrestling Squad

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against the Wolverine third stringers;
Minnesota employed the Van Every to
Moore super-special; Yale pitched
Humphreys with Moody doing the
catching on two successful occasions;
Illinois was goose-egged.
Yes, that should be quite a battle,
Nov. 12.



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APPRAISING the five teams, I
would eliminate Ohio and Wis-
consin. I can't see State with its pon-
derous and slow-moving line, nor do
I think Wisconsin can stand the gaff.
A fast team like Michigan should runi
the Buckeyes ragged. Tackles like'
Kaplanoff (248) and Schoenbaum
(223) are tough gents, but I have seen
similar hulks before. They are not
built for streamlined football, and
that's the motif today.
If Wisconsin can take Northwestern
and then survive a 4,000 mile U.C.L.A.
trip by whipping Minnesota they de-
serve the title. Which would inci-
dentally, give Pitt an opportunity to
cast some biting aspersions on the
calibre of Big Ten football.
That leaves Minnesota, Michigan
and Northwestern. The Gophers have
the easiest set-up with Iowa and Wis-
consin; Michigan has the touhest
with Northwestern and Ohio.
On Ferry iFeld this week you'll hear
Pennsylvania and nothing else. But
in the back of everyone's mind and
motivating all is the realization of
what lies ahead in the toughest grid-
iron league in the nation.

In Discussion After Illinois Game
By MEL FINEBERG he liked him least in the State game."
It was after the Illinois game and At that point another interloper
the scene was a two-by-four dress-' burst into the enlarged closet and
very tactfully said they'd done a good
ing room on the east side of the good job. It turned out that he was
stadium. Four men, a lawyer, a hotel Bus Owens, a Northwestern scout and
manager, a real estate agent and a we hinted that he was strengthening
broker, were in the process of denud- his diplomatic ties. In fact, we men-
ing themselves, and with each strip tioned the word "collusion" and at-
of clothing came a strip of the veneer torney for the defense Daniels like a
which sheltered them from the slings flash said that he knew instantly that
and arrows of the football masses. we were juniors to use such a big
The four men were-may heaven help word.
their souls-the officials. Confidence In Alma Mater
Even before they took off their Hurt at this cruel barb, we turned
striped black and grey shirts, there to Mr. Owens and asked him if he
was cause for wonderment. Where thought we were going to beat them
were their ogre's heads? What had on the 12th of November. Mr. Owens
happened to the look of sadistic glee tactfully replied, "We're not going to
in their eyes. Could itsbe? Yes-it was take that train ride for nothing."
true. They were, as one of them It was about three-quarters of an
originally put it, human. hour after the game had ended when
EMinds Still On Football some .kid stuck his head in, hollered.
As we stumbled over the doorman "train leaves in 40 minutes," then
into the room, they were talking, of pulled it back out.
all things, football. H. G. Hedges,
who called Dartmouth his alma mat- Anfeworinutelaterhelforet,
er, was wondering how the Indians once more a lawyer, a hotel manager
wer dong.Jams Mske watedtoa real estate agent and a broker,
were doing. James Masker wanted to respectively. That is until they enjoy
know how Santa Clara and Michigan another "holiday"next Saturday.
State were doing. ________
It was inevitable that we should-
want to know what they, as officials,T,
thought of the John Getchall inci- Pi Lam s Take
dent. They wouldn't talk. Masker, re-
puted to be the best in the Confer- VolleyballLead
ence and the confessed leader of the d
circumstances we couldn't say. Annex Doubleheader
But we wouldn't be put off that
easily. "If you had made the mistake Hermitage, Phi Tau Fall
what would you have done?"
No Comeback The Pi Lambda Phi team jumpe
"Well," replied Masker, "if there into first place in league one of th
t was a mistake made we wouldn't have Fraternity Volleyball competition, b
made it." We had no comeback for capturing both their scheduled con
that. tests. The Pi Lams downed a stron
Just then Jack Dunn, a Michigan Hermitage team 15-6, 15-12, and the
I quarterback in 1920 and 21, congratu- went on to trounce Phi Kappa Tau b
f lated them on a nice game. "See," scores of 15-3, 15-5.
- yelled Daniels, the attorney, "some- Kappa Delta Rho lost to Hermitag
body thinks we did a good job." then came back strong to beat ou
a "The games aren't always this the Phi Kappa Tau squad. Hermitag
easy," explained Masker. "The boys and Kappa Delta Rho, by virtueo
played nice, clean football. Didn't one victory and one loss apiece, a
give us a bit of trouble." tied for second, while Phi Kappa Tai
"What did you think of Torn Har- is last, with two defeats.
mon," we popped at them. In league two, some sort of recoi
"He's good. Got real strong legs," was set when Bill Linsz, serving fo
Kearns replied. the Sigma Nu team, ran off 14 straigh
Familiar To Cage Fans points against Chi Psi. Sigma Nu d
This Nick Kearns looked rather 1 feated Chi Psi in three games, bu
familiar and we asked him if - Iwere beaten out later, by Alpha Ta
hadn't been around before. With a big Omega, in two straight games.
smile he replied, "Sure, I'm the bas- yThe A.T.O. squad also wonit
ketball official you guys booed the match from Sigma Phi Epsilon, wh
hell out of last year. I'll autograph a had previously beaten the Chi R
picture for you and then you can team. A. T. O. gains the top rati]
distribute it to the students so they'll in their league, after winning the
recognize me this winter." He neg- first two tilts, while there is anoth
lected to give us the picture. tie for second between Sigma. P
But back to the players. Daniels Epsilon and Sigma Uu. Chi Psi hol
said that Charley Bachman had down the cellar position, havin
"liked Paul Kromer best-or that is, dropped two games.



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