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October 16, 1940 - Image 3

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Wolverine Grid Squad Rated Third Best In Nationa

LI Poll

Sports Editors
Award Cornell
First Position
Seven Of Top Ten Teams
From East, Midwest;
Texas Aggies Second
In the Associated Press gridiron
poll of the nation's sports editors
announced yesterday Michigan rose
to the number three spot, ranking
behind Cornell and Texas A. and M.
as the country's three t6p football
The scribes gave the Wolverine
eleven 1,004 points, while Cornell
polled 1,396 and the Aggies 1,015.
Twenty-Six Like Michigan
In gaining its third place berth,
however, the Maize and Blue machine
outranked Texas A. and M. in first
place votes, 26 of the editors select-
ing Michigan, while 25 chose the
Aggies as the best of the nation for
this week. The Big Red gridiron
juggernaut from Ithaca received 90
first place votes.
The East and the Midwest domin-
ate the first 10 teams. Besides Cor-
nell, Boston College in eighth place
and Pennsylvania in ninth represent
the Atlantic seaboard. Back of Mich-
igan for the Midwest come North-
western in fourth, Notre Dame in
sixth, and Minnesota in seventh
Tennessee I Fifth
The SoUth, with Tennessee in fifth,
and the Pacific Coast with Stanford
in the tenth place slot, round out the
leading ten. Stanford, operating un-
der Clark Shaughnessy, formerly
mentor of Chicago's Maroons, is the
Far West's only all-winning eleven.
Other Big Ten gridiron representa-
tives which placed in the second ten
were Ohio State in 15th place and
Iowa in 20th place.
The rankings (points figured on
10-9-8-7-6, etc., basis, ,first place.
votes in parentheses):
1. Cornell. ........(90) 1,396;
2. Texas A. and M. .. (25) 1,015
3. Michigan ..........(26) 1,004,
4. Northwestern .......(1) 898
5. Tennessee..........(7) 772
6. Notre Dame ........(5) 753
7. Minnesota..........(2) 630
8. Boston College ...... . 449
9. Pennsylvania.......... ..354
10. Stanford ...............267

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Husky Tommy Riggs, captain of
the Illinois grid team which will
face Michigan iV he Stadium Sat-
urday, is a six foot, four inch 212-
pound tackle, whose offensive pow-
er and defensive brilliance, give
him a ranking among the nation's
best tackles.
Speedball, Football
Begin intramural
Athletic Activities
The Intramural Department open-
ed the fall season yesterday with two
Residence Hall touch football games
and four Interfraternity speedball
In the dormitory contests Fletcher.
Hall pushed Prescott House around
to a 19-0 defeat. Robert Jones, Ar-
nold Larsen and Walter Fish tied for
scoring honors witi a touchdown
apiece. Tyler House took a close de-
cision over Greene House, 7-0, with
John Hanzlik scoring the only touch-
The speedball games saw Phi Beta
Delta roll Aver Sigma Phi Epsilon,
10-2. In a protested game Acacia
pelted Zeta Beta Tau, 16-8. Chi Phi
won over Delta Tau Delta, 4-2. In
the last contest Alpha Tau Omega
beat Phi Sigma Kappa handily, 6-3.

Fox Hunts Wolverine .. .
We've been waiting a long time
for this Saturday to roll around.
The sly old fox of football, Robert
Zuppke, is bringing his Illini grid-
ders to town and we're hoping Ito be
able to give him and his lads the
same sort of reception they presented
the Wolverines in Champaign last
Thal was a miserazle afternoon
our Michigan team spent in the home
of Zuppke last autumn. Fresh from
four impressive victories, the Wol-
verines went into the game without
the least expectation of a struggle.
For them, it was just another ball
game with a weak team that wasn't
even able to whip Bradley Tech.
But they forgot about the sly
old fox. They forgot that he had
amazing psychological powers.
They forgot that he can always
point his squad, no matter how
weak, for one game a year and
knock off some major opponent.
Instead of a bunch of pansies, the
Wolverines found an inspired, vic-
tory-mad squad of Illini. Amazed at
the unexpected opposition, and mi-
nus its great blocking back, Forest
Evashevski, Michigan fell helplessly
before the aroused men of Zuppke.
You've got to give the Illini a tre-
mendous amount of credit for that
startling upset. They played smart
ball that afternoon. They were quick
to grasp the over-confidence of their
opponents. They were quick to take
advantage of Michigan's sloppy
brand of play. The Illini dug in
deeper and charged all the harder
as the game went on. The Wolverines
were numbed. They couldn't believe
what was going on. They drove on
blindly. They fought desperately.
But they fought without their heads.
They were lost in the confusion.
Saturday comes - the return
match. Once again Michigan goes
There will be a meeting of the
"M" Club at 8 p.m. tomorrow at
the Union.%
Bill Combs, President

into the battle unconquered. Three
foes have been rushed aside. Illi-
nois, on the other hand, has a
highly improved squad. According
to scout Wally Weber, there is
much power in Champaign this
Certainly Michigan will, or at least
should, not be over-confident this
Saturday. They should have learned
their lesson. That miserable after-
noon ought to be fresh in their minds.
A repetition would be disastrous.
Whether Zuppke is pointing his
squad for this battle is hard to say.
Rumors have it that the Fox is after
Noter Dame this campaign. That's
the squad the Illini face in their
Homecoming Game next week. But
remember that Zup has always en-
joyed beating Michigan. Remember
that the Wolverines and Ohio State
are the only two teams in the Big
Ten that hold an edge over Zuppke-
coached squads. Remember that it
wouldn't take much effort to stir up
the Champaign lads to spank down
Michigan again. They still hold
memories of the thrill they received
from last year's accomplishments.
In the meantime, we'll do all we
can not to give the old fox food for
his talk. We have adopted a policy.
We will never mention the name of
a certain auburn-haired lad who once
did some football playing for the
According to the calendar, there
are only four shopping days left until
History cannot repeat itself.
Freshmen Must Procure
Locker Space This Week
All freshmen classified for physi-
cal education in Waterman Gymna-
sium are requested by Dr. G. A. May
to procure their lockers this week.
Locker tickets may be purchased at
the Cashier's Office located in the
South Wing of University Hall.
All physical education class ac-
tivities begin next week, and all men
are expected to report in costume as
the first meeting will be a regular
practice period.


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Michigan Mentors Change Subject
At Mention Of Galloping Ghos
By HAL WILSON less opponents for 165 points, an Harmon-Grange feud publicity.
If you would take keen delight in average of more than 41 per game. imbued his underdog gridmen xw
watching one of the Michigan grid 'the idea that they must stop
coaches turn slightly pale and mut- Then someone was inspired with olverine ace. They became
ter strange things under his breath, the brilliant idea that Harmon was sessed with the thought that Illin
just walk up to one sometime this another Red Grange-that the Gary glorious football tradition itselfN
week and shout "Red Grange." Flash compared very favorably with at stake.
For if any two words could elicit the former Illinois all-time gridiron The Illini outfit that Harmon2
such an unusual response from a his mates faced that day was un
Wolverine mentor these are the ones. great. Scores of sports scribes re-himaefcdtataywsu
w as justot ara th at called the Maize and Blue-Illinois niable in its gridiron fury. It foug
It was just about a year ago that as only Zuppke-coached teams c
Michigan's gridiron machine was football tilt back in 1924 when the It turned back innumerable Wolv
rolling merrily on its spectacular Illinois iceman staged one of the ine touchdown threats. It outchar
way to a possible national champion- most spectacular displays of running its favored foe. It seized upon ev
ship, having chalked up four consec- wizardry ever seen. After exactly 12 bit of gridiron trickery and dec
utive smashing wins over Michigan minutes the Galloping Ghost had tion-sleeper plays, fake signal m
State, Iowa, Chicago and Yale. crossed Michigan's goal four times ups-in a desperate, frenzied bid
Tornado Tom Harmon had sper- on sensational open-field sprints, victory. °
headed the powerful Wolverine at- Newsmen the country over specu- And as the final gun barked,
tack which had rolled over its hap- lated whether or not Michigan's Har- exhausted, hilarious Illini drag


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mon would duplicate this amazing
feat against a supposedly weak 1939;
Illini eleven. Thousands of inches
of newspaper copy were devoted to
the heated argument. Old-timers de-,
clared there would never be another
Grange. Youngsters were dubious.
More than 35,000 crowded Illinois'
Memorial Stadium to find out.
The rest is football history.-
Wily Bob Zuppke, the Orange and
Blue's master of gridiron strategy,
is noted throughout the entire na-
tion for his uncanny ability to sky-
rocket his team's fighting spirit to
almost unbelievable heights.
That crisp weekend last fall the
Illini football mentor in his inimita-
ble manner seized upon this vast

themselves off the field, winners by
a 16-7 count over the disheartened
This Saturday at the Stadium an-
other chapter, the final one, in this
stirring grid drama, will be inscribed
into football annals. Michigan-Illi-
nois athletic tradition is the stake
with the intense Harmon-Grange
controversy again at fever pitch.

Entries for the annual Inter-
fraternity Track Meet, to be held
tomorrow at Ferry Field, must be
in the activities office at the
Sports Building before 6 p.m.




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