THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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And Now The Home Stretch .. .
TWO MORE WEEKS to go in the wildest Big Ten race in years. Two more
weeks to crown a new champion, and the way it looks now they hadI
better order a duplicate chapeau.<
They call- the Western Conference the toughest football league in theI
nation, and although there may be some argument about the statement after
one looks at the inter-Conference beatings some of the schools have been
taking, it is undeniably a mighty football conglomeration.
The Big Ten is traditionally a jumble. A season rarely passes when 1
some school doesn't pull one of those stunning upsets that make football 1
the healthy product that it is. Fans at Evanston, Ill., have witnessed two
outstanding examples of that fact in the last two weeks. Northwestern
beats Minnesota and the following Saturday loses to Wisconsin.
I said a few weeks ago,that if Wisconsin could beat Northwestern, and
then survive a 4,000 mile trip out to the west coast for the U.C.L.A. game to
topple Minnesota on the 19th, they would deserve the championship. I
reiterate that today, despite the fact that the Badgers dropped that one-
sided Pitt decision. A writer proved to me last night that Michigan could
beat the Panthers by 43 points, and also that the Wolverines were 54 points
better than themselves. You can take an aspirin after that one and then tell
me how mluch comparative scores mean.
As to the events of.this week-end I expect to see Michigan in top form.
Experience leads me to believe that the Wolverines play their best ball when
they are even money or underdogs. Their two best games this year were
against Michigan State and Minnesota. Both days it was a case of even-
stephen or a nod in favor of the opposition. Their worst performance came
on that balmy day in New Haven. They were quoted as prohibitive favorites
This Michigan team is young, and consequently it lacks stability.
The sophomores that are providing the impetus today never have felt the
sobering influence of a losing team as have the seniors and juniors.
They constantly must be kept under hand to avoid over-confidence and
a dangerous assurance.
On two successive Saturdays these sophomores will play important roles
in the Michigan gridiron drama. Against Northwestern and Ohio State they
will need every ability at their command. Because of this fact alone, I believe
they will be primed in their battle for a slice of that title,
THE FOLLOWING is not an excuse but a brief commentary on my foot-
ball predictions. In 69 years of football relationships Rutgers had never
beaten Princeton. On the one day that I decided to try the gridiron "eeny-
meenies," football upsets rock the nation (my headwriters tell me), ahd
Rutgers beats Princeton.
Anyway out of 32 games, I picked 22 correctly which leaves 104
wrong, doesn't it? I had Southern Cal over California, Syracuse over
Colgate, and Boston College over Indiana, BUT.
Northwestern failed to beat Wisconsin, Ohio State ditto Purdue, Pitt
ditto Carnegie Tech, Michigan State ditto Missouri, Brown ditto Yale, Texas
A. & M. ditto Southern Methodist, Arkansas ditto Rice, Centenary ditto
Arizona, Idaho ditto Oregon, and Princeton, after 69 years, got dittoed by
Rutgers. Percentage .687. Wait until next week!
Robin Hood Of 1938
Bags Four-Point Buck
TAWAS CITY, Nov. 7.-(A')-Nel-
son Grumley, of the Detroit Archers
Club, today became the third Michi-
gan hunter of the season to kill a
deer with a bow and arrow.
A member of a party of Detroit
near here, Grumely brought down a
archers who are camping at the Oasis
four point buck weighing 150 pounds.
The arrow was fired from 30 yards.
In 1937 only three bucks were shot
by archers 'n their full 15 day sea-
son which precedes the opening of
the regular deer hunting season in
The bow and arrow deer hunting
season closes on Nov. 14 this year.
Must Be Stopped ...
Ohio State Prepares For
Illinois; Gophers Hear
Lecture On Irish
COLUMBUS-()--Minus four reg-
ulars who were injured in Saturday's
defeat by Purdue, the Ohio State
football squad worked on ground
plays Monday in preparation for Il-
linois. Jimmy Strausbaugh, Alex
Schoenbaum, Frank Zadworney and
Pete Gales all were taking lamp treat-
ments for injuries.
MADISON -(AP) - Deserting the
sleet and cold of the practice field,
the University of Wisconsin football
team worked out Monday in the more
California-like weather of the field
house as Coach Harry Stuhldreher
began practices for the coast game
MINNEAPOLIS- (P) -Minnesota's
football squad had its customary
Monday holiday from practice but
Coach Bernie Bierman called his
... By Michigan Line
Gridiron Dopesters Call It Quits
In Crazy Conference Scramble
By TOM PHARES
The haggard gridiron "expert"
dropped his pencil wearily and tossed
his list of predictions into the fire.
"Don't count Chicago out of the
Big Ten race," he muttered huskily,
drawing his tattered coat closer about
him and stealing into the night.
At last the expert has given up. At
a dog race he wouldn't put a dime on
the electric rabbit to show. The Big
Ten race is like that this year and
last Saturday came another upheav-
George McGurn, junior fullback
on the Wildcat squad, who will
cause the Wolverine forward wall
plenty of trouble with his vicious
plunging. He shares his duties with
Given Needed Rest
Freshgfroma victory over Minne-
sota, Northwestern's Wildcats confi-
dently faced Wisconsin who had lost
to Purdue who had lost to Minnesota.
It was in the bag. No team had scored
a touchdown against Northwestern
this season. The expert's face shone.
He had a winner.
But then Howie Weiss and Com-
pany swung into action. They scored
not once, not twice, but three times
against the vaunted Wildcat defense,
outplaying them in every phase of the
game, making 11 first downs to six
for Northwestern and outrushing
Waldorf's boys 101 yards to 88. And
now the positions are reversed. It's
the Wisconsin fans who are hoping
for a share of the title while over in
Evanston grim determination is the
keynote. The Wildcats have only an
outside chance and they still must
face Michigan this week. It's a big
down Columbus way where an im-
pressive Purdue eleven, rankled by
the Iowa tie of last week, virtually
knocked Ohio State out of the run-
ning by dint of two last period touch-
down drives. Lou Brock was the Pur-
due villain from the Buckeye stand-
point. The brilliant. junior ran 50
yards for the first score and his 80
gunt and pass interception made
the second marker possible.
Gophers Jse 7 Men
The Golden Gohpers gave warning
that they were not out of the title
chase by walloping Iowa 28 to 0. The
"brawn of the north" used 37 players
during the afternoon and won as
they pleased. Minnesota tackles Notre
Dame next week and then the all-
important Wisconsin game comes up.
On the intersctional front Michi-
gan managed to uphold its end but
the disappointing Indiana eleven
proved to be no match for Boston Col-
lege who maintained their unbeaten
record by virtue of a 14 to 0 victory
and Chicago was swamped by Har-
vard 47 to 13. The Hoosiers now are
on even terms with Chicago in the
Conference cellar. Both have lost all
three Big Ten games they have
Bernard Jefferson, flashy Negro
halfback, is the leader of the North-
western running attack. His power
was shown in last week's game
against Wisconsin when he ran
back a kickoff 95 yards for a touch-
Blackhawks Lose Shill
CHICAGO, Nov. 7--W)-Jack Shill,
left winger with the Chicago Black-
hawks, will be lost to the team for
three months due to dislocated ver-
tebrae suffered in a game against
Toronto in the Canadian metropolis
last Saturday night.
The extent of Shill's injuries was
disclosed by X-ray examination to-
day. Physicians said he would be re-
quired to remain in a hospital for a
month. The Hawks began immediate
search for a replacement.
players to the lecture room and
Scout Dallas Ward told them of the EAST LANSING, Nov. 7.-()P),-
danger that lies ahead from a potent Coach Charley Bachman prescribed a
Notre Dame team. Ward told the rest cure for his crippled Michigan
Gophers that Minnesota must play State College football squad today,
an improved brand of football next hoping to fit the team for Saturday's
Saturday to defeat the Notre Dame combat with Marquette University at
The bruised and battered regulars
IOWA CITY-(P})-A driving snow- were chased home to bed. Even the
storm made practice impossible for reserves, who generally take a beat-
the University of, Iowa football team ing in practice, found the work light-
Monday, so Coach Irl Tubbs devoted ened.
the time usually spent in drill to a Marquette had an open date last
lecture on the work he wants done in week-end and Bachman said he did
preparation for the game with In- not like the thought of sending his
diana at Bloomington Saturday. weary Spartans against a rested team
that likes nothing better than to
LAFAYETTE-(P)-Purdue's foot- spoil a day for Michigan State.
ball team, with two weeks ahead to The coach said he thought part of
get ready for its yearly game with his injury problem would solve itself
Indiana, skipped practice Monday. this week with the recovery of the
Coach Mal Elward showed his men injured fullback Paul Derrickson,
moving pictures of their 12-to-0 vic- who was on the sidelines. He said
tory Saturday over Ohio State. there was no chance that Ole Nel-
son, pass snaring specialist' and end-
BLOOMINGTON-RP)-Coach Bo around artist, or Steve Szasz, flashy
McMillin of Indiana University Mon- halfback, would be back in uniform.
day charged to "inexperience" his Gene Ciolek, the prize of the reserve
football team's failure to score on halfbagks, was counted out for the
Boston College Saturday. season.
championship bubble burst
Illini Prepare For OSU
restricted football practice at the
University of Illinois to signal ses-
sions as the Illini, who had an open
date last Saturday,. began their second
week of drills for Ohio State.
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