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Football Schedule Toughest in Years



Maize and Blue Gridders Face Five
Of Best Twenty Squads in America

Army, Iowa, Illinois, MSC, and Ohio State
Threaten Oosterbaan's Seventh Campaign

BENNIE OOSTERBAAN, starting his seventh year as head coach
of Michigan's Wolverines, must face one of the most rugged
schedules of his tenure this season. Oosterbaan, "Coach of the
Year" in 1948, and a member of football's all-time All-American
team at the end position, has been on the Michigan staff since 1928.
With such teams as Army, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan State and
Ohio State on his schedule, and with much of his hopes pinned
on untested sophomore talent, anything could happen to Ben-
nie's team-for better or for worse.
New Adthletic CFalties
.fNow Under Construction

If a schedule packed with dyna-
mite at the beginning, and with
an H-Bomb at the end is any in-
dication, then Michigan's 1954
football squad is in for some ra-
ther trying Saturday afternons
this .fall.
Bennie Oosterbaan's charges
face the most rugged schedule in
years, a schedule which sees Mi-
chigan play five teams ranked in
the nation's top twenty by pre-
yseason polls.
The Wolverines will match claws
with Washington's Huskies in a
Seattle opener next week, and then
will take on Army, Iowa, North-
western. Minnesota, Indiana, Illi-
nois, Michigan State, and Ohio
State in succeeding weekends.
Rough Season Ahead
A pre-season rundown on each
of these squads indicates plenty
I of trouble. Washington, trounced
50-0 by Michigan here last year
will obviously be tougher at home,
especially since the Wolverines
must make the long trip out there.
Returning passer Sandy Lederman
is boomed by coast experts as a
far improved marksman, and this
bodes ill for the Wolverines.
The Maize and Blue return to
Ann Arbor for an historic meet-
ing with mighty Army in the Sta-
dium on October 2nd. Michigan
has never beaten a team from West
Point, and this year Army again
poses a formidable opponent. Fin-
ally recovered from the disaster-
ous cribbing scandal, Earl Blaik is
said to have the top team in the
East, featuring guard Ralph Ches-
nauskas, and backs Pat Uebel an
Pete Vann.
The following week, the Wol-
verines open their Big Ten sched-
ule here against Iowa, and if tis
isn't one of the games of the year
then hundreds of crystal balls wil
need repairs. The Hawkeyes of For
est Evashevski have Binky Broe-
der, Eddy Vincent, Cal Jones, and
Frank Gilliam to make trouble
and are picked by many to make
the Rose Bowl .jaunt on Jan. 1
The Black and Gold will be ou
to avenge a 14-13 loss to Michigan
last year and could very easily do
A Little Breather
Next comes the so-called "easy
third of the schedule, as Michi
gan takes on Northwestern, Min
nesota, and Indiana, the latte
pair at home. Bob Voights has
very green squad at Evanston
having lost his great pass com
bine of Thomas to Collier, and
more recently losing star halfback
Bob McKeiver to the Air Force.
The Gophers are under a new
coach, Murray Warmath, and hav
Dave Swanson and Gene Cappel

letti on hand to replace the mag-
nificent Paul Geil . .. which is a
hard task in any league. Bernie
Crimmins has a big job to bring
the Hoosiers into contention, but
may do just that if passer Florian
Helinski and Olympic star Milt
Campbell have good years.
Thus this "easy" third may not
be a snap for -the Wolverines at
that, for in the Western Confer-
ence, upsets are not rarities.
The last three games of the year
would prove a nightmare even to
Notre Dame. The Wolverines must
1 face co-champions Illinois and
_ Michigan -State on successive
weekends, and then a week later
close against the always rough
Buckeyes of Ohio State, a big or-
der for any team.
1 The Illini move into Michigan's
y mammoth bowl on November 6th,
and feature probably the greatest
backfield in the land. J. C. Caro-
line,aMicky Bates, and Abe Wood-
*son are enough to give any team
Annual Rivalry
Michigan State has only one
s member left from its "Pony Back-
field" which sparked the Spartans
into the Rose Bowl last year. He is
- Leroy Bolden, picked on many pre-
season All-Americas, and new,
coach Duffy Daugherty also has
t a big rough line returning. Re-
n gardless of personnel, when Mi-
chigan and Michigan State col-
- lide, the fur flies, and the Novem-
sber 13th Michigan Stadium set-
eto will be no exception.
Michigan close's the 1954 sea-
d_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

son at Ohio State's huge horse-
shoe, and Woody Hayes will have
his team out to avenge the '53,
20-0 pasting they took at the
hands of the Wolverines. Johnny
Borton, Hopalong Cassidy, Bobby
Watkins, and Dick Brubaker are
all back and Michigan will have
its hands full in cooing with them.
The Wolverines themselves are
no pushovers however, no matter
how dark a picture pre-season "ex-
perts" paint. Recent happenings
down on Ferry Field show a young,
aggressive team, a bevy of fleet
backs, some outstanding ends, and
a big line. Veterans like Tony
Branoff, Lou Baldacci, Dune Mac-
Donald, and Art Walker, added to.
promising sophomores such as Ron
Kramer and Terry Barr may wbll
turn Michigan into a definite

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Cadets Prove
For Michigan
A fact unparalleled in Michi-
gan's mighty football history is
that the Wolverines have never
defeated a gridiron squad from
West Point.
The team that opens Michigan's
1954 home schedule has licked the
Maize and Blue four times in four
games, and will be gunning for
its fifth in a row on October 2nd.
The first meeting between the
two teams was in 1945, when the
mighty Army team of Blanchard
and Davis took a 28-7 verdict. The
next year it was the Cadets on the
long end again, winning, 20-13.
After a short lapse, the rivalry
was renewed in 1949, and again
a mighty Army team won, 21-7.
The last game between the two
enemies was in 1950, and Army
won, 27-6.

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Construction is moving ahead
down on the corner of State and
Hoover streets, as the new $344,-
700 Athletic Administration Bululd-
ing slowly takes shape.
A huge excavation has already
been duk, the sub foundation is in,
and the large steel frames for the
main foundation are rising on all
sides of the L-shaped hole.
Latest reports from the athletic
department indicate that the ultra-
modern building, a part of the $7,-
000,000 building program, will be
completed in May. The construc-
tion on the 3,000 seat varsity pool,
adjoining the administration build-
ing, will begin sometime this win-
The old athletic administration
building will be turned over to the
Men's Physical Education Depart-
ment upon completion of the new
one. Linking the two buildings will
be one of the University's most
historic monuments, the ancient
gate that marked the entrance to
old Ferry Field.
Old Gate Moved
Since 1903 the old gate has seen
thousands of Michigan men and

women pass through its portals, to
watch the great football teams of
Yost, and more recently to watch
Michigan's track and baseball
It will now serve as the entrance
to the driveway between the new
and old administration buildings.
The new building will have mod-
ern offices for administrative and
coaching personnel, along with
housing the ticket and. publicity
offices. It will be two stories in
height and will utilize large areas
of glass.
Aside from the administration
building and varsity pool, athletic
buildings scheduled for construc-
tion in the future also include a
$4,500,000 field house seating 15,-
000 people, and a new $300,000 foot-
ball press box. These structures
will be erected as soon as funds
become available.
The athletic department also re-
cently completed construction of
the $1,070,000 Women's Swimming
Pool. Football gate receipts fi-
nanced the entire $7,000,000 proj-


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