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Illini, MSC Fall from Grid Title Picture

Three Fans Beat Experts

Rams, 49ers Battle to 24-24 Tie

The kings are dead!
In an astounding wave oftupsets,
Illinois and Michigan State, the
co-champions of the big Ten at the
end of the 1953 football season,
have both lost their first two starts
of the young 1954 campaign.
The death blow to the dying
Spartans was administered in 6-0
fashion by the Wisconsin Badgers
last Saturday in a contest which
was more one-sided than the score
indicates. While the Wisconsin
touchdown was a fluke, coming
when only ten MSC gridders were
on the field, the Badgers dominat-
ed the game in nearly every as-
The tough forward wall devel-
oped by Coach Ivy Williamson held
the vaunted MSC running attack
to a net total of eight yards, while
the star Badger quarterbacks, John
aluska and Jim Miller, complet-
dnine of thirteen passes.
Contenders Meet
Barring unforseen upsets, the
conference crown will be decided
on October 30 when Allan Ameche
and company travel to Iowa City
to face their main challengers, the
Hawkeyes of Iowa.
Fearing that scouts might have
been watching, the Iowa gridders

used only six basic plays in slaugh-
tering Montana, 48-6. As of today,
Iowa and Wisconsin are clearly the
class of the Western Conference,
and possibly also of the nation.
Illinois is seemingly also dead,
but if there is still a spark of life
in the Illini championship hopes
it seems likely to be extinguished
in the not too distant future, pos-
sibly by Ohio State next weekend.
The lethargic line of the Cham-
paign champions is the main omen
of doom for Coach Ray Eliot's
Poor Blocking
Penn State and Stanford, on suc-
cessive Saturdays, have run over,
around, and through the forward
wall of the Orange-and-Blue squad.
Without blocking assistance the
fleet corps of Illinois backs has
been able to go nowhere. Most of
the other Big Ten squads have de-
veloped unusually strong lines, and
Illinois could be in for a terrific
tumble before the season is over.
Ohio State has shown up unex-
pectedly strong this year and may
prove to be a big obstacle in the
way of the Badgers and the Hawk-
eyes in their title quest. The Buck-
eyes conquered California, the class
of the Pacific Coast, in 21-13 fash-

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long" Cassidy ran wild before the
home fans in "Columbus, Ohio.
Picked to finish fifth in most pre-
season polls, the OSU team now
threatens to be the spoiler of the
conference if, indeed, it fails to slip
into the championship itself. Play-
ing both Iowa and Wisconsin on
successive Saturdays, the Buck-
eyes have a tough championship
trail ahead, but a win over either
Iowa or Wisconsin could drastical-
ly alter the title aspirations of ei-
ther team.
Big Tn Sleepers
The sleepers of the Big Ten are
holding out at Lafayette, Ind., and
Minneapolis, Minn., where Purdue
and Minnesota are developing sur-
prisingly good squads. Gopher
Coach Murray Warmath piloted his
men to a second consecutive win,
this time in convincing fashion, as
they swamped a highly-regarded
Pitt eleven.
At the same time, sophomore
quarterback Leonard Dawson had
a field day again, leading Purdue
to an astounding upset of Notre
Dame, the top team in the nation
in the weekly polls. The Boiler-
makers, who are making a habit
of routing highly favored Irish
elevens, have a group of sopho-
mores who have caught fire and'
could beat any team in the nation1
on a given Saturday at their pres-
ent pace.
Northwestern seems to have a
good squad, especially in compari-
son with Wildcat teams of recent
years, but the competition is just
too rough for the Evanston eleven.
Losing to Southern California by
only five points, the Northwest-
ern team doesn't have the neces-
sary power to emerge from the
Western Conference wars with a
successful record.
Key 'M' Stars
Appear Ready
For Iowa Tilt
Football mentor Bennie Ooster-
baan's "Injury blues" may be
gradually disappearing.
The Daily learned late last night
that injured Wolverine stars Tony
Branoff and Lou Baldacci will prob-
ably be ready for the opening
whistle of Saturday's tussle with
Branoff, who aggravated an old
knee ailment in the first quarter
of last Saturday's Army game, is
not ready to participate in prac-
tice yet. Tony, however, should be
in shape by Saturday, according to
Dr. Alfred W. Coxon, team physi-
Coxon also indicated that Lou
Baldacci will resume his full-back
chores against the Hawkeyes. The
200-pound junior was confined to
Health Service following an attack
of dysentary, but may even be
ready for today's practice.

Swamped by over 200 selec.
tions, the Michigan Daily
Sports Staff was deluged last
week with its first offer to the
campus to join in picking the
football winners of the week.
Three prognosticators were
good enough to beat the Dai-
ly panel of experts, a panel
which includes the three senior
sports editors, the six night
sports editors, and several ex-
members of the Daily Sports
The three winners all select-
ed 12 out of 15 winners, beat-
ing the best the experts could
do by one game. The crystal
gazers who pulled this neat
trick were Lee N. Abrams, of
13336 Geddes, who missed on
Army, Purdue, and Wisconsin,
and roommates John Baxter
and Harold Poindexter of 4223
Reeves in South Quad, both of
whom missed on Army, Stan-
ford, and Purdue.
The Daily again invites the

campus to beat the experts on
the slate of games listed be-
low. If aprognosticator con-
sistently is able to beat the
sports staffers, he or she will
be invited to join the panel as
a regular selector.
Predictions must be mailed
or, delivered to the Michigan
Daily before 10:00 p.m. Wednes-
day evening.
The games for this week are:
1. Michigan vs. Iowa
2. California vs. Oregon
3. Purdue vs. Duke'
4. Ga. Tech vs. LSU
5. Illinois vs. OSU
6. Indiana vs. Michigan State
7. Minnesota vs. Northwest-
8. Navy vs. Stanford
9. Oklahoma vs. Texas
10. UCLA vs. Washington
11. Rice vs. Wisconsin
12. USC vs. TCU
13. Missouri vs. SMU
14. Maryland vs. Wake Forest
15. Army vs. Dartmouth

An almost record crowd of 93,-
553 watched appreciatively as two
great professional football teams,
the Los Angeles Rams and the San
Francisco 49ers, battled to a 2'4-
24 tie at Memorial Coliseum in Los
Angeles on Sunday.
The game, which had great bear-
ing in deciding the eventual win-
ner of the Western Conference,
featured the superlative passing
of the rival quarterbacks, Y. A.
Tittle of the 49ers and Norm Van
Brocklin of the Rams.
Tittle Injured
Tittle, who played practically
the whole game with a hand al-
most twice its normal size, com-
pleted 23 passes for a total of
268 yards. Van Brocklin flipped 12

successful. passes, good for 222
yards. Included in his total was a
71-yard touchdown throw to Bob
The underdog Rams, after get-
ting off to an early lead via a field
goal by Les Richter, .needed a
break. to tie San Francisco. And
the break came when Hugh Mc-
Elhenny fumbled and the Rams
recovered on the 49ers' 34. Five
plays later, Dan Towler bolted into
the end zone, giving the Rams a
Probably the happiest group of
people with the knotted score
were the Detroit Lions. With the
tie on the records of both conten-
dors the champions may now lose
as many games as the top rival.
If this happens the Lions will end
up with one more victory, and cap-
ture the crown by % game.
Eagles Win Handily
The Philadelphia Eagles dis-
played a powerful passing at-
tack as they whipped the Chicago
Cardinals, 35-16. With Adrian
Burk and Bobby Thompson doing
the flipping, the winners gained
422 yards in the air. Bobby Wal-
stonr scored prolificly as he snared
three touchdown passes and booted
five extra points.

Gomberg, Lloyd Elevens
Score Intramural Wins

Idle Sooners
Gain Top Spot
In Grid Poll
NEW YORK ('P) -- Oklahoma,
profited by idleness over the week-
end, missing a plague of upsets,
and recaptured first place Mon-
day in the Associated Press col-
lege football poll. Beaten Notre
Dame tumbled from first to
Purdue, 27-14 conqueror of the
Fighting Irish in one of the sea-
son's biggest surprises, rose from
19th to fifth place.
The leading teams with first
place votes in parentheses:

Defending residence halls cham-'
pion Gomberg downed a stubborn
Williams team on the Ferry Field
gridiron yesterday, winning by a'
14-6 score.
Marsh Sylvan starred for the
winners, throwing both touchdown
passes and extra points. After toss-
ing to Jim McClurg for six points
early in the contest, he spotted Bob
Woschitz in the end zone for the
Three Dicks - Watson,.Tapp and
Murray-crossed the goal line to
give Lloyd a 19-6 triumph over
Reeves. Ed Pavlik averted a shut-
out when he took a pitchout and
scampered eight yards for Reeves'
lone score.
Van Tyne's Jack Roth turned de-
feat into victory in a tussle with
Strauss. With Strauss on the long
end of a 7-6 margin and seconds
remaining in the contest, Roth gal-
loped 35 yards for the game-win-
ning touchdown.
Van Tyne Behind
VVn Tyne had an uphill battle all

the way, losing, 7-0, early in the
first half. Dusty Ottaviano tight-
ened things up a bit before inter-
mission when he snared a scoring
pass from Ted Clark, but the ex-
tra point try was missed. Thus, the
stage was set for Roth's climactic
Anderson had a much easier
time, however, routing Huber, 18-
0. The winners were in control from
the opening kickoff and crossed
Huber's goal when Ralph McCor-
mick threw an aerial to Don High-
way for six points.
McCormick widened the gap be-
fore the half was over when he
spotted Fred Haner in the end
zone, and Highway contributed an
insurance marker in the final half
when he tossed to Bob McNift for
a touchdown. All tries for the extra
point were missed.
A smaller Adams team outplayed
Allen-Rumsey, 13-0, in a West Quad
rivalry, and Hayden piled up the
largest score of the afternoon,
shackling Green, 31-7.

easily defeated the Washington
Redskins, 37-7. A sweltering crowd
of 22,429 saw Jimmy Finks lead
his team to a 27-0 halftime lead,
and then coast the rest of the way.
It was the most humiliating defeat
for Washington at the hands of
the Steelers since 1950.
A 20-point outburst in the sec-
ond quarter by the Baltimore Colts
was enough to defeat the New
York Giants, 20-14. Diminutive
Buddy Young, with touchdown
runs of 78 and 47 yards, supplied
the spark which Baltimore need-
Bears Notch Victory
The Chicago Bears picked up
their first win of the year as they
humbled the Green Bay Packers,
10-3. The score, a comparatively
low one for professional football,
may be explained by the fact that
the game was played on a sloppy
gridiron, the result of a torrential
The only touchdown of the
game came late in the third quar-
ter when Paul Lipscomb recover-
ed a Packer fumble on the Green
Bay seven. George Blanda tossed a
five yard pass to Billy Stone
which produced a score and put
the Bears ahead for the rest of
the game. The Chicago quarter-
back put a victory out of Green
Bay reach with a field goal in the
fourth quarter.

On Saturday
burgh Steelers
second win of

night, the Pitts-
picked up their
the year as they


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UCLA (20) ...........1,245
Wisconsin (17) .......1,086
Iowa (15) ... 1,073
Purdue (22) ..... .1,016
Duke (3) ............ 622
Mississippi (12) ...... 543
Notre Dame .......... 467
Southern California .. 297
Ohio State (1)....... 294

There will be a meeting of
all members of the varsity ten-
nis squad at 3:30 p.m. at Wa-
terman Gym on Wednesday,
October 6.
-Bill Murphy

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