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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1950

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

O THEsePOT
By BILL CONNOLLY
Daily Sports Editor
EVERYTHING WENT RIGHT for Michigan football fans last
Notre Dame was outfought for sixty minutes and judging from
the saturation of Frank Leahy's crying towel, it looks as if they're
still suffering from their first loss in forty games.
The Spartan warriors of Michigan State spent the afternoon
within a pigskin's throw of their own goal line and six times were
chased across it.
Minnesota and Illinis ,heretofore rated as the teams which
blocked the tracks for the Rose Bowl Limited, provided a boon
(although it may be shortlived) to the railroads operating between
Ann Arbor and Pasadena, by losing to Nebraska and Wisconsin, re-
spectively.
As if'that didn't jar the typewriters of football writers around
the nation sufficiently, games played tomorrow night and Saturday
give promise of causing equal amounts of pencil-chewing among
coaches, players, fans and newsmen alike.
A BRIEF RUNDOWN OF THE WEEKEND AGENDA of Big Ten
teams looks like this:
Illinois wings westward to take on UCLA tomorrow night and
it looks as if the Illini will be ready to go with a one-two punch
that can floor the Bruins' 6-2-2-1 defense. With Dick Raklovits
providing a middle-line threat and Johnny Karras on the outside,
the Illini should be able to show that last week's loss to Wisconsin
made them fighting mad.
The bouncing Buckeyes of Ohio State open their Western Con-
ftrence title defense when they take on a young Indiana team in
Columbus.
Vic Janowicz is expected to cut loose again but the Hoosiers will
field an aggressive ball team-much scrappier tran the Pittsburgh
eleven which was pulverized to the tune of 41-7 by the Bucks last
week.
Should Indiana take this one, they'll have nothing toworry
about except the fact that they meet Notre Dame, Illinois, Mich-
igan State and Michigan on the coming four Saturdays!
Still chuckling over the success of his surprising Badger game
which took Illinois for its life savings (a hoped-for clean Conference
record in '50) last week, Wisconsin coach Ivan Williamson, hopes to
settle once and for all the question: Does Iowa have a formidable
ball team?
The Hawkeyes opened their season with a surprising victory
over a highly-rated Southern Cal. tea, but couldn't outguess
lffiiana's quarterback Lou D'Achille last week as they lost 20-7.
In his sophomore year of coaching the speedy Badgers, Williamson
will be keeping one eye on next week's schedule which list Michigan
vs. Wisconsin, in an Ann Arbor homecoming contest which may help
decide the Rose Bowl bid.
*' * * * -
ROUNDING OUT THE BIG TEN SCHEDULE, the burrowing Go-
phers of Minnesota' will try to dig their way out from underneath
the debris caused by falling "good-bye Bernie" signs, as they crawl
into Evanston to meet a rampaging Northwestern eleven.
Thus far, the powerfully-rated Minnesota squad has suffered
two disappointing losses-one each to Washington and Nebraska.
Still strong enough to upset the Rose Bowl hopes of any Western
Cnference school, Bernie Bierman's boys will be out to show the
world that they can win the big ones, and help their coach liqui-
date the Minneapolis chapter of the "Our Coach Lost, Let's Get
Rid of Him" club.
Northwestern, however, was impressive in winning over Iowa State
and Navy earlier this season. The Wildcats are looking for the soft
spot in the schedule that lists Minnesota, OSU, Michigan, Iowa,
Michigan State, Purdue and Wisconsin in that order, but will have
to work fast to plug the holes dug by the fightin'-mad Gophers.
Playing an inter-sectional contest with Miami of Florida, the
Boilermakers of Purdue are still rubbing their eyes after last week's
jolting upset of the Irish. Stu Holcomb's strategy beat the Miami
eleven 14-0 last year, but there's a possibility that beating Notre
Dame is just too much for any team to handle.
The Hurricanes are psychlogically set to blow into Lafayette
and set the football world in a complete whirl by upsetting Purdue's
heros of the tnidwest.

Spirited

Wolverines

Drill

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Cadets

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BLUES AND THE KNIGHTS:
Blaik Expects Fired-Up Michigan Team

Ortmann's Playing Key
To 'M' Hopes for Victory

WEST POINT, N. Y. - WA) -
Army's coach Red Blaik expects
Michigan to be fired to the gills
for the game with the nation's No.
1 football team at Yankee Stadi-
um Saturday.
"They have every reason to be
gunning for us," West Point's as-
tute head tactician said yester-
day, "and our being picked as the
Backs Shine
lin Initial
FroshDrills
With two weeks of practice in
the lair of the Wolverine under
their belts, Michigan's freshman
squad, which has been touted as
line-heavy and back-weak, show-
ed indications of an opposite trend.
Though there are no individual
standouts this early in the sea-
son, the backfield candidates on
the yearling aggregation have been
showing their heels to the defense
more consistently than at any pre-
vious time.*
THE MAIN weakness in the play
of the Weber-coached backs has
been a tendency toward sloppy
ball-handling.'
Unfamiliarity with the intri-
cacies of the Michigan version
of the single-wing, coupled with
inexperience in the use of the
T-formation, accounts for the
early-season fumblitis.
Weber's line candidates are not
big and rangy, in general. A num-
ber of first-year men, however,
are the small but spirited kind
which have in the past been made
into good Michigan-type guards.
* * *
WITH SOME schooling in fun-
damentals still necessary, the
freshman squad has nevertheless
been stressing actual scrimmage
work more strongly than during
the first week and one-half.
These scrimmages have en-
abled the voluble Weber to give
his, charges more experience in
the Wolverine offense.
Though the play has been rough
but ragged so far, there are indi-
cations that the yearling crew is
coming along, and will be able to
fill in adequately on next year's
graduation-riddled varsity.

top team in the country has
poured on more fuel.

just

"WE KNOW they will be 'up'
for this one. The psychological
advantage is all with them."
Blaik said he felt the news-
paperand radio experts erred
in picking his Black Knights
first this week in the Associated.
Press poll.
"I'm afraid we were picked on
what we have done in the past
rather than what we are doing
this year or what we can be ex-
pected to do in the future," he
said.
"WE DON'T FEEL we are as
far advanced as we were a year
ago. We don't feel we are as good
a club. We have a bunch of
youngsters who haven't really been
tested yet."
The Army coach declared that
scouting reports, on the other
hand, indicate Michigan is a
much better team than the out-
fit that Army socked, 21-7, last
year at Ann Arbor.
"They tell us that Charlie Ort-
mann is ready to play against us.
That is bad news because he is
a terrific back-and he has some
fine pass receivers in Lowell Per-
ry, Harry Allis and Leo Koceski."
* * *
"ORTMANN is a valuable man,"
Blaik added. "We don't have any-
body to compare with him."
The Army taskmaster said
Michigan was "caught short"
by Michigan State in the first
game and hasn't really opened
up yet.
"There's no doubt they'll open
up on us. They have never beaten
us, you know."
Last year Army broke a 25-game

Michigan winning streak. The
Cadets also spoiled Wolverine sea-
sons in 1945 and 1946.
* * *
"I FIGURE they'll throw their
best game of the season at us,"
Blaik said in rebuttal. "It's a,
hump game for us, too."
Michigan, after a loss toyMichi-
gan State and a victory over
Dartmouth, is rated 18th in the
AP poll. Army won easily over
Colgate, 28-0, and Penn State,
41-7.
Asked if he'd concede Army Is
the No. 1 team in the country if
the Cadets beat the Wolverines
Saturday, Blaik replied cautious-
ly: "If they beat Michigan I'll
concede they're a good team."
Don't Forget
Just in case you missed the
story on the front page, be it
known that the Michigan foot-
ball team is scheduled to board
busses at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow in
front of the Union.
A rousing send-off rally,
sponsored by the varsity com-
mittee of the Student Legisla-
ture, is expected to draw one
of th aleregst crowds in Michi-
gan history.
Last year, the entire Cadet
Corps turned out to send the
Army team here-and the
Black Knights ended Michi-
gan's 25-game winning streak
by beating the Wolverines, 21-7.
Wings Begin
Puck Season
With 3-2 Win
DETROIT - (IP) -The Detroit
Red Wings took up where they
left off last season as they nipped
the New York Rangers, 3 to 2, last
night in the opening game of the
National Hockey League season.
The Detroiters just nipped the
New Yorkers in the Stanley Cup
finals last season and had a scrap
on their hands all the way last
night before 11,321 fans.

Michigan underwent another ri-
gorous scrimmage yesterday in
preparation for what the pre-sea-
son dopesters termed the "game of
the year.",
Although Michigan's heretofore
grid fortunes may have tended to
alter the prognosticators' super-
Jative phrase, the Wolverine camp
at Ferry Field was alive yesterday
with the encouraging shouts of
football players and coaches.
* * *
THE HEAVILY laden skies and
the soggy turf cast no influence
on the spirited group of Wolver-
ines as Coach Bennie Oosterbaan
sent his charges through extensive
pass-defense, rushing, and passing
scrimmages.
For the second successive day
Chuck Ortmann became "one of
the boys" as the Michigan all-
around star exhibited the same
bull-headed confidence and de-
terminism in the drills as his
teammates.
With his ankle fully taped, Ort-
mann showed no traces of a limp
during the practice and he moved
about with grace and effective-
ness.
THE PROBABILITY of Ort-
mann's playing against Army this
Saturday is almost certain. The
only question is for how long?
The Wolverines are not a one-
man team but they rarely dis-
play peak offensive efficiency
without the services of Ortmann.
The most notable evidence of
this fact was shown in last years
Army clash. Playing without the
injured Ortmann, Michigan was
able to complete only 3 of 26
passes.
ALTHOUGH Charlie is destined
to see limited service, the able
U

passing of quarterback Bill Putich
and halfback Don Peterson to-
gether with the steady improve-
ment of glue-fingered end Lowell
Perry may set the cadets right
back on their heels.
Leo Koceski continued to be
the rock in the Wolverine back-
field yesterday, shining in both
offensive and defensive maneu-
vers. The 170 pound mighty-
mite's off-tackle reverse re-
mains one of the Wolverine's
key plays while his punting s
picking up rapidly.
The par-excellence line play of
Roger Zatkoff reminisces shades
of last seasons great Dick Kemp-
thorn while fullback Don Dufek
has lost none of his drive crack-
ing the enemies forward wall.,
Nothing certain can be pre-
dicted for this Saturday's clash
with Earl Blaik's Cadets except
that Michigan will be "up" for the
game.

Sooner Star
Tops Weekly
LinemaiiPoll,
NEW YORK-(AP)-Tackle .Tim
Weatherall of the unbeaten and
untied Oklahoma Sooners is the,.
college football lineman of the
week.'
He gained the honor on the
vicious blocking and tackling that
sparked a last-minute Oklahoma
drive against Texas A & M. Okla-
homa won 34-28.
THE 6 FT.-4 INCH, 220-pound
Weatherall had left the game only
a few minutes earlier, sobbing
when he missed a try for the extra
point that would have tied the
score at 28-28.
But, he was, soon back on the
field in his position at tackle
and led an arousedSooner line
to the winning touchdown in
the final seconds of play.
This week's nominations in-
cluded Bill Smith, Indiana tackle,
and Lowell Perry, Michigan end.

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