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November 21, 1944 - Image 3

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The Michigan Daily, 1944-11-21

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Takiny the C-vnt
Associate Sports Editor
WITHIN A SPAN of two weeks in October, Ohio State's football team had
a difficult time whipping the Badgers 20-7, while Michigan, at full
strength, was routed by Indiana, 20-0.
Now, six weeks later, Michigan and Ohio State will battle at Colum-
bus in a game to decide the Western Conference championship. If the
Wolverines win Saturday, it will mark the first time since 1933 that a
Michigan team has won the title outright. Even though the Buckeyes
are undefeated, and Michigan has already suffered one setback in Big
Ten play, the Wolverines, because of a seven game card, can top Ohio
in the final standing, if they win Saturday.
Michigan has a 5-1 record, while the Bucks top the Conference with a
4-0 rating. Indiana, the only other squad with a seven game schedule,
has been eliminated from any future title considerations.
fETTING BACK to this showdown game, Michigan and Ohio have made
a lot of progress since their October encounters. In the case of the
Buckeyes, their improvement has not been so marked, because as the
season wore on, beating Wisconsin 20-7 was considered a good day's work
for any team. Nevertheless, Ohio State, in recent games, has proved
itself a much more versatile unit than it was at Madison.
On the other hand, Michigan's revival has been much more amaz-
ing. When Indiana beat Michigan, the Maize and Blue not only
dropped the decision but they looked miserable according to most of
the experts. Yet, a week later, the Wolverines came back with a
pulverizing ground attack to down Minnesota 28-13.
High tide for Michigan was reached against Purdue, when they steam-
rolled to a 40-14 triumph. Bob Wiese and Bob Nussbaumer, two of
Michigan's top offensive threats, scored five of the six touchdowns'in this
rout and since this was to be their last game, there was every reason to
expect that Michigan would be on the downgrade from this point on.
HOWEVER, this seems to have very little effect on Michigan for one
week later, the Wolverines swamped a Pennsylvania team which had
whipped Duke and had given mighty Navy a better than average game.
Two weeks ago Michiagn stopped Illinois, making them the only team
during the 1944 campaign to hold the Orange and Blue scoreless. Last
Saturday, the Wolverines with their attention focused on the Ohio Statej
title, eked out a 14-0 win over Wisconsin in a game in which the Badgers
maintained a statistical advantage.
Since the Indiana tilt, the Wolverines, in chalking up six consecutive
victories, have amassed 173 points while holding their opponents to 46.
This shapes up as one of the outstanding comebacks of the 1944 season,
and win, lose, or draw Saturday, it will be difficult to overlook Ann Arbor
when the bouquets are passed around for the "fightingest" team of the

POWERHOUSE TRIO-Joe Ponsetto, the capable sophomore field general and co-captain, flanked by
his probable halfbacks for the Ohio State game, R alph Chubb and Gene Derricotte. Because of an
injured ankle, Derricotte is still a question mark for the all important contest this Saturday which
will decide the Big Ten Championship.



"Keep A-head
of your Hair"
Be suave, individualistic -
smart!! Let us solve your ton-
sorial problems. Your appear-
ance is our care. Today!!
The Daseola Barbers
Between State and Mich. Theaters

' N Day of Rest For
Notre Dame's Irish
(P)-Notre Dame's Irish were depriv-
ed of their usual Monday "off day"
as Coach Ed McKeever ran the en-
tire squad through a defensive drill
against Gorgia Tech plays in prep-
aration for the invasion of Atlanta
on Saturday.
Bob Kelly, Rambler sparkplug
kept out of, the Northwestern game
by injuries, and Joe Gasparella, full-
back-quarterback hurt against the
Wildcats, both were in uniform. Mc-
Keever said both would be ready to
go against the once-beaten Yellow-

NEW YORK, NOV. 20-(R)-The'
old professor was trying to dope out
the winner of the Army-Navy game
as he faced his Monday morning
class of football coaches. The old
professor was always trying to dope
out something. That's why they call-
ed him an old dope, he hoped.
Old Professor-Good mornng, gen-
tlemen, and quit giggling, Mr. Wid-
Carroll Widdoes, Ohio State-
Can't help it, professor. I keep think-
ing of those ticklish spots we were in
against Illinois. But we got past
them. The boys just kept digging.
We've got the big one coming up.
Ray Eliot, Illinois-Now I don't
want to sound like sour grapes, pro-
fessor, but that 27-yard run by
Greenwood was the 10th touchdown
we've had called back this year. This
is one of the most luckless ball clubs
I've ever seen. Saturday was just
another case of experience telling.
Old Professor-Well, I suppose it's
all right for experience to tell if it's
no secret, heh, heh. You seem pleas-
ed, Mr. Simons.
Claude "Little Monk" Simons, Tu-
lane-Yes sir, I'm glad that Clemson
game is over. We scored easily, but
so did Clemson. Their Sid Tinsley
was great.
Frank Howard, Clemson-My boys
fought their hearts out. Tinsley's
60 minutes of play was pleasing. Tu-

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