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I-M Sports
Slate Open

Here's Your Chance

Lions Dump Bears 48-23 in Opener

TiE PERSISTENT murmor had grown into a dull roar among those
"in the know" around the Big Ten circuit.
"Iowa is overrated. The press agents have done a good job, but ... "
At precisely 4:14 p.m. E.S.T. Saturday afternoon the roar re-
turned to a murmur-Iowa was leading mighty Michigan State, 7-0.
Exactly 90 minutes later there was an uncommon quiet, unbroken
by a single murmur, amon gthose "in the know"-Iowa hadn't fal-
tered when the going got tough; it had stormed from behind to lead
the Big Ten and Rose Bowl champ, 14-10.
16 more muintes ticked by and then the roar broke loose again,
drowning out the gun that signaled the beginning of a new era for
the upstarts from Iowa City. Only this time those "in th .eknow" had
nothing to add to the furor.
While Forest Evashevski and his marauding band of Hawkeyes
were adding more ulcers to the already overloaded stomachs of sev-
eral Big Ten coaches, Michigan was initiating its gridiron season far
from the friendly confines of Michigan Stadium.
The sunlight reflected into Seattle's Washington Stadium from
the snow-capped peaks of M t.Rainier added the only touch of bril-
liance as the Wolverines and Huskies managed to put together a sin-
gularly lackluster contest.
* * *
Michigan's 'T-Day'...
HE GAME may well go down in Michigan grid lore as "T-Day," for
it marked the first full-scale departure from the single-wing at
the school where, under Fritz Crisler and then Bennie Oosterbaan,
th eformation has been carried to the utmost in perfection.
While the "T" had been used increasingly by Michigan over
the last couple of years, the single-wing continued to predominate.
But Saturday the familiar terms "tailback" and "wingback" had
lost their significance in a description of Michigan football, for
r the Wolverines ran almost every play with the quarterback under
the center.
The "T" enjoyed a most inauspicious debut. Although Oosterbaan
obviously showed nothing more than was necessary to defeat Coach
John Cherberg's inept Huskies, Michigan was never impressive. It
was not surprising. With Army and Iowa on the docket for the next
two Saturday's, the Wolverines could hardly; be expected to be "up"
for an unimproved team that they spanked 50-0 last year.
But of even more importance, a relatively inexperienced Michi-
gan team was inaugurating a new formation. For lineman accustomed
primarily to the singl-wing, a switch to the "T" involves a major re-
versal of old blocking habits. In addition, Lou Baldacci was start-
ining his first game at fullback while Dunc McDonald for the first time
took over the major duties of leading the team from the key quar-
terback spot.
Those are a few of the reasons no one really expected the
Wolverines to set the world on fire their first time out. And
they didn't, although there were a few bright spots. Probably the
most amazing statistic was the one which shows Michigan with.
out a single fumble. There are grid fans in Ann Arbor who still
shudder every time they think of the loose balls that last year
bounded around the Michigan Stadium like M(exican Jumping
The Wolverines will have to not only hold on to the ball, but
move it far more effectively than they did Saturday if they hold any
hopes of continuing unscathed through the next two Saturdays.
* s * *
Cadets Are Mad...
THEY COULD perhaps breath a little easier had Army followed the
predictions and won, for the cadets will be fighting mad when they
invade Ann Arbor Saturday. Heralded as the top team in the East,
the big but green West Pointers found more than their match in vast-
ly underrated South Carolina.
As it was Red Blaik's Cadets lost a season's opener for only
the third time in history, and won't be too eager to follow up the
humiliation with a first loss to Michigan (the Wolverines have
never beaten Army in four tries).
Twice in recent years Army has indirectly played the role of
villain in spoiling Michigan's Big Ten title aspirations. In 1946 a
band of Wolverines-the junior edition of Chappius, Elliot, Weisen-
berger and Co.-lost a brusing 20-13 encounter with an Army team
that included a certain Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside: Doc Blanchard
and Glenn Davis. The next week a strictly mediocre Northwestern
outfit held Michigan to a 14-14 tie, a deadlock that cost the Maize and'
Blue a share of the Conference bunting.
Three years later Michigan and the Black Knights of the Hudson
resumed their gridiron rivalry-this time Army walked off with a
21-7 victory. And what happened the next Saturday? Another mediocre
Northwestern team dealt the Wolverines their only conference set-
back, a 21-20 heartbreaker.
In four days Army and Michigan again resume their rivalry. Only
this time the Wolverines don't follow the West Pointers with North-
western-just Iowa.

To Everyone
Would you enjoy year long in-
tramural activities, even though
you may not belong to fraternity or
Then the place for you to go is
the Intramural Building, and the
man to see is Bob Betzig. .
Again this year, Betzig is organ-
izing independent teams in all
sports, starting out with football
next week, and any group or indi-
vidual is eligible to sign up.
According to Betzig, the pro-
gram covers 14 sports, and every
man who applys will be placed on
a team, or groups may form be-
forehand and enter the program as
a unit.
The independent division is a part
of Michigan's mammoth I-M pro-
gram, which swings open with
touch football next week

The gate is wide open for
those with a yearning to out-
guess The Daily football prog-
Beginning this week Daily
readers will have a chance to
make their own predictions on.
the top 15 games of the week.
Here's how it works.
Every Tuesday The Daily will
publish a list of the 15 games
up for consideration. Readers
can write their choices on a
sheet of paper, sign their name
and address, and either mail
them to "Grid Picks, Michigan
Daily, Maynard St., Ann Ar-
bor," or bring them in person
to the main desk on the second
floor of the Publications Build-
The preditions MUST reach
The Daily by 4:00 Wednesday
afternoon of each week to be

The name of every prognos-
ticator who beats the top man
on The Daily board of experts
will be printed each week; if
anyone consistently tops the
Daily staffers he may be invit-
ed to join the panel that picks
the games each Thursday
This week's headaches:
1. Michigan-Army
2. Ohio State-California
3. Northwestern USC
4. Illinois-Stanford
5. Purdue-Notre Dame
6. MSC-Wisconsin
7. UCLA-Maryland
8. Iowa-Montana
9. Navy-Dartmouth
10. Cornell-Rice
11. Col. of Pacific-Indiana
12. Kentucky-LSU
13. Yale-Brown
14. Ga. Tech-SMU
15. Minnesota-Pitt

The Detroit Lions, champions of
the National Football League for
the past two seasons, jumped off
to another fast start this year as
they whipped the pesky Chicago
Bears, 48-23, at Briggs Stadium.
The Lions, rorced to come from
behind three times, were led by
the veteran Doak Walker, who ac-
counted for 21 points, and rookie
Bill Bowmanl, who crossed pay-
dirt twice. Probably the two most
exciting plays of the day were
turned in by these two stellar
backs; a 100-yard kickoff return
by Bowman and a 70-yard punt re-
turn by Walker.
All was not bright in the Lion
camp, however. With George Blan-
da doing most of the pitching, the
Bears had 14 complete passes, good
for 348 yards. With Bob Water-
field and the Los Angeles Rams
next on the champs' schedule, De-
troit will probably spend a lot of
time this week trying to patch up
their leaky pass defense.
Eastern Champs Defeated
Over in the Eastern Conference,
the king is tottering on his throne.

The Browns, perennial titleholders
of the Eastern circuit, were de-
feated by the Philadelphia Eagles,
The score, however, belies the
superiority that the Eagles en-
joyed. The winners ' held coach
Paul Brown's outfit to 47 yards on
the ground and 97 yards in the
All members of the swim-
ming team report to the pool
at 5 p.m. today for a meeting.
--Bumpy Jones
air. M e a n w h i le, Philadelphia
picked up a combined total of 397,
Over in the "Windy City" the
New York Giants gave notice that
they were a team to reckon with,
as they whipped the Chicago Cardi-
nals, 41-10. Charlie Conerly and
Bobby Clatterbuck each threw two
touchdown passes.
The San Francisco 49ers had an
easy time as they overwhelmed the
Washington Redskins, 41-7. The
49ers scored quickly, racking up 14
points before the game was five

Two Big Ten Title Contenders Upset;
Ohio State Assumes Role of Dark Horse



Two of the four main contenders
for the Big Ten football title ran
into trouble Saturday as Penn State
edged Illinois, 14-12, while Iowa
was besting Michigan State, 14-10.
The Illini are in ior a rough sea-
son if their opener is any indica-
tion of the strength of the team
from Champaign. The Orange-and-
Blue backfield has received nation-
al attention, but the line has been
a major question-mark.
Indications are that the Illini line
leaves something to be desired.
Breakaway runners J. C. Caroline
and Abe Woodson found few holes
in the Penn State line, while full-
All men interested in fresh-
men or varsity track and cross-
country report to the Ferry
Field track at 4:30 this after-
-Don Canham
back Mickey Bates rarely even
tried to pierce the center of the
Nittany Lions' forward wall. In
contrast, the eastern backs cracked
the Illini line for 279 yards. Unless
the line improves, Coach Ray El-
iot's squad will not go very far this
Spartans Face Badgers Next
The loss to Iowa may prove to
be a major disaster for Michigan
State. While most Big Ten teams
will still be looking forward to their
first conference tilt, the. Spartans
will have to face another title con-
tender, Wisconsin, in the only con-
ference contest on tap next week-
A loss to the Badgers would end
any title aspirations the Green-and-
White gridders still entertain. Wis-
consin boasts a line of the same
caliber as the Iowa forward wall,
which ripped huge holes in the mid-
dle of the MSC defense.
Iowa, generally picked for fourth
place in the Big Ten, vaulted into
a role as co-favorite with Wiscon-
sin by virtue of its performance
against the Spartans. The game
All those interested in enter-
ing the all-campus tennis sin-
gles tournament must do so to-
day as entries close at 5 p.m.
-Bob Welke

with Wisconsin, on October 30,
could go a long way toward decid-
ing the 1954 Big Ten titlist.
Iowa Shows Promise '
The Hawkeye line, big and fast
but not deep in reserve strength,
opened large holes for the fast,
powerful Iowa backs to utilize.
Guard Calvin Jones and tackle
Rodger Swedberg sparkled in the
line as they led the way for half-
backs Earl Smith, Ed Vincent, and
Eldean Matheson. With only one
?more major Big Ten opponent on
its schedule, Iowa appears to be
the team to beat in the 1954 season.
The well - balanced Wisconsin
squad overpowered a highly-rated
Marquette eleven, 52-14, in a game
which merely gave additional evi-
dence that Wisconsin is loaded. The
Badgers had the game well in
hand at the end of the third quarter
and then added 19 points in the fi-
nal 15 minutes as the Hilltoppers
ran out of steam.
Wisconsin has two excellent quar-
terbacks in Jim Miller and Jim
Haluska. The Badger pigskin-pitch-
ers completed 10 out of twelve
passes for 182 yards to comple-
ment the crushing ground game of
Alan Ameche and Clary Bratt.
Ohio State's defense sparkled as
Indiana toppled to the Buckeyes,
28-0. The OSU offense performed
as was expected, but the defense
completely stalled the heralded
Hoosier sophomore, Milt Camp-
bell. With Bobby Watkins and How-
ard "Hopalong" Cassidy providing
the running power, the Buckeye
offense had little trouble with the
defense of Coach Bernie Crimmins'
Boilermakers Baffle Missouri
Purdue's sophomore studded ag-
gregation provided another sur-
prise as the Boilermakers over-
whelmed Missouri, 31-0. Leonard
Dawson, playing his first college
* * *
*Night Editor

game, rifled four touchdown passes
to spark the offense, Considered
somewhat of a tossup at the out-
set, the contest turned into a rout
in the second quarter when Purdue
garnered 19 points.
Operating from a split-T, Coach
Murray Warmath's coaching debut
at Minnesota proved to be a suc-
Dressen Back
NEW YORK (P) - Charlie
Dressen was appointed manag-
er of the Washington Senators
yesterday for a two-year term.
Dressen's return to the big
leagues came only one year aft-
er he relinquished the reins of
the National League Champion
Brooklyn Dodgers for a man-
agerial post with Oakland of
the Pacific Coast League.
cess as the Gophers topped Nebras-
ka, 19-7. The Minnesota victory
means little, however, since the
victory was an unspectacular one
against a foe of inferior caliber in
comparison with most of the teams
remaining on the Gopher schedule.
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