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November 15, 1955 - Image 3

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Daily Sports Editor
Just like any other Tuesday, the regulated, routine life of the
University of Michigan goes on as usual. But this Tuesday things
seem to be at bit different, at least to 'some of us.
There is a tingle of excitement in the air - an indescribable
tension, coupled with a strange mixture of anticipation and waryness.
Everything at Stake...
T rE SOURCE of it all is a mere football contest this Saturday
afternoon-but to most, it's far from mere. It is Michigan-Ohio
State, a game to decide the Big Ten title, and the trip to the Rose
It is a game that has aroused more interest than perhaps any
other game in recent years.
The huge 97,239 stadium has been sold out for months. People
r are selling tickets for not under ten dollars. The entire communities of
Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, and of course Ann Arbor, are
buzzing with excitement. On every street corner, in every bar, in
dormitories, and fraternities, in classrooms and buses, the conversation
is the same-who is it going to be Saturday-Michigan or Ohio State?
The' answer to this question lies in the capabilities of the two





Injury Free,
'M' Works
On Offense
The "do-or-die" week for Michi-
gan's football team began yester-
day with a vigorous' afternoon
practice which emphasized offen-
sive maneuvers.
With the Big Ten champion-
ship and a trip to the Rose Bowl
in the balance, Coach Bennie
Oosterbaan's men showed a lot
of spirit as they worked to perfect
their passing and running plays.
They indicated that they would be
ready for their task of avenging
last year's heartbreaking loss to
Ohio State when they take on the
Conference-leading Buckeyes Sat-
For the first time this season
the Wolverines met on a Monday
with the entire squad free from
injuries. Last Saturday's crush-
ing defeat of Indiana produced no
sore ankles or midsections to hin-
der yesterday's drills.
Sixth in United Press
The team received word that the
United Press had advanced Michi-
gan to sixth place in its weekly
poll of coaches. Later today, the
Associated Press will announce its
choice of the country's best ten l
football squads.
Meanwhile, Coach Woody Hayes
imposed an iron curtain around
Ohio State's preparations for the'
year's most important contest.
Hayes permitted single represen.
tatives of three Columbus news-
papers to be the only pressmen
watching practice. The three must
all wear red shirts and remain on
the sidelines.
The arrangement was a compro-
mise after Hayes had decreed no
one should see the pre-Wolverine
game workouts.


fine teams-both in the process of

being keyed to the hilt for Satur-
day's big one. It lies in the
strategy of Ben Oosterbaan and
Woody Hayes. It lies in the hands
of fate itself - for footballs take
strange bounces.
More specifically, the game ap-
pears to boil down to the question
"Car Michigan stop Howard "Hop-
along" Cassady?" It is rairiy corn-
mon knowledge that Ohio's pass-
ing attack is far from superlative.
It is also common knowledge that
Cassady is the most feared runner
in college football today.
Few teams have come up with.
an adequate defense to halt the
brilliant all-time scoring champion
of the Buckeyes. Can Michigan?
If they do-it will be a Big Ten
title . .. and a Rose Bowl bid. If
they don't - the chances are that
the Spartans of Michigan State
will be cavorting in Pasadena on
January 2nd while Ohio rules the
Big Ten.
Michigan's rousing 30-0 crusher
over Indiana last Saturday pro-
vided an inkling of what to expect
defensively against Ohio. Ooster-
baan took the shabby defensive
alignment which had allowed .Illi-
nois over 400 yards the week be-
fore - and revised it into a steel-
meshed trap which stopped Indi-
ana to the tune of a mere 61
What did he do? It was obvious
to everyone in the stands that his

OHIO STATE'S "Hopalong" Cassady (40) squeezes through the Early in the game ne gal
Iowa line for his third touchdown last Saturday as the Hawkeye and Gomberg's first score.
defenders tackle fullback Don Vicic, right. Michigan will have to The fine Gomberg defense s
contend with this same pair in just four days at the Michigan ed Wenley's second-half kic
Stadium. return drive on the Gomberg
FifthWin in Row Gains Bears Tire
For NFL's Western Division Lead


The Mighty Monsters of the
Midway have made it.
The Chicago Bears, exactly five
week ago won their first game af-
ter losing three in a row. At this
time they said, they were on their
way to the top.
It was truly a turning point,
for the powerful Bears have come
from the cellar of the Western
Division, won five straight games,

and are now tied with Los Angeles Browns still hold an undisputed
for the division lead. lead over their Eastern Division

Smash Rams brethern, but will have to tighten
They swept into the first place up against any more losses if they
expect to stay there.
Washington dropped San Fran-
. Cub cisco, 7-0, and is in position to
There will be an important rush into first place should Cleve-
'M' Club meeting tonight at land prove as vulnerable in the
7:30 in the 'M' Room of Yost future as they were Sunday. The
Field House. Redskins on the other hand, have
a tough schedule ahead. laving


'Grid Picks' Winner Sports
Year's First Perfect Slate

-Daily-Chuck Kelsey
Dave Hill's fourth down goal line
plunge that failed at Columbus
last year still lingers with every
Michigan fan. Michigan guns for
revenge in just four days . . .
with a Big Ten title and Rose
Bowl bid at stake.

tie by smashing the Rams last
weekend, 24-3. This was Chicago's
second win over the West Coast
power as they had run over the'
Rams just two weeks ago, 31-20,
on their way up the Western Divi-
sion ladder.
Both teams have four games to
play. The Bears must meet the
Detroit Lions twice, the Chicago
Cardinals and the Philadelphia
Eagles; Los Angeles plays Balti-
more twice. Philadelphia, and the
Green Bay Packers.
Eagles Upset Browns
The Cleveland Browns, resembl-

team was starting out in their standard four-four box defense - and
suddenly shifting into a six and seven man line while Indiana was
calling its play. Time and time again - the Hoosiers ran into a
dead end.
But after the game in the dressing room, Oosterbaan hinted that
he did something else - something smaller, yet more significant.
He would not commit himself of course, not with Ohio coming up.
Can this small variation continue to stop Ohio this Saturday as it
did to Indiana? This is just another question to tease the excited fans
of both schools.
Certainly, the psychological factor will also have a large part to
play in the game. On paper, the teams appear somewhat even. Ohio
has lost only to Duke and Stanford, both by a touchdown. Michigan
was whaled by Illinois, 25-6.
A Jinx To Maintain...
1BUT FROM here on, the advantage appears to be Michigan's. The
Buckeye's have not won in the Michigan Stadium since 1937. They
just can't seem to crack this jinx. Of course, all jinxes have to end -
but Michigan's fans are praying for a one-year extension.
Then too - the incentive of the Rose Bowl looms for Michigan,
and not for Ohio. But the Big Ten title remains as a common goal -
and it is certainly enough of a prize to raise both teams sky high.
Then too - consider the revenge angle. Last year, it was Ohio
who bowled over Michigan - and took all the roses with it. Many
Wolverines remember this bitter defeat - men such as Ron Kramer,
who played his heart out that day . . . such as Lou Baldacci who
mapped the Michigan strategy. , . and of course Dave Hill, whose three
futile plunges at the one-foot line provided fuel for the -hot stoves
all winter.
Most of the advantages appear to lie in Michigan's favor.
So must the final score if the Wolverines are to justify the hopes
of their thousands of faithful fans.


Rudi Ong, of 321 S. Division,
came up with a perfect 15-0 record
in last week's "Grid Picks" contest
to win two free theater tickets.
It was the first perfect score in
this year's competition.
The free ducats are good for
either "The Desperate Hours,"
playing through Saturday at the
Michigan, or "The Tall Men,"
opening Thursday at the State.
This week's contest will close out
this fall's "Grid Picks" prediction
derby. Entries must reach The
Daily by 6 p.m. Thursday. They
can be mailed to "Grid Picks,"
Michigan Daily, Maynard Street,
Ann Arbor, or brought in person
to the main desk on the second
floor of the Student Publications
This week's games:
1. Ohio State at Michigan
2. Auburn at Clemson -
3. California at Stanford
4. Harvard at Yale


Illinois at Northwestern
Iowa at Notre Dame
Marquette at Michigan State
Pitt at Penn State
Purdue at Indiana
Rice at Texas Christian
Southern Methodist at Baylor
Syracuse at West Virginia
Tennessee at Kentucky
UCLA at Southern Cal.
Wisconsin at Minnesota

starts 6unday, Mowing to the er-
ing an unbeatable power last ratic New York Giants.17-7. Green
week, had their prestige a little Bay thumped the Chicago Cardi-
smashed by the Philadelphia nals, 3-14, moving into a third
Eagles Sunday, losing 33-17. The place tie withBaltimore.


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I-M Results
Phi Alpha Kappa 4, Phi Alpha
Delta 2
Delta Sigma Delta defeated Phi
Rho Sigma (forfeit)
Alpha Chi Sigma defated Alpha
Kappa Kappa (forfeit)
Delta Sigma Pi defeated Alpha
Kappa Psi (forfeit)
Psi Omega defeated Phi Delta
Phi (forfeit)
Delta Theta Phi defeated Alpha
Rho Chi (forfeit)
Sports Night Editor

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THE OHIO-MICHIGAN game on November 23, 1946, was one
of. the most decisive, in modern football. Michigan had served
notice on the football world that the Crisler machine was at last
ready to roll.. The Buckeye carnage was the final seasoning.
BOB CHAPPUIS was the man of the hour against Ohio State.
The youth from Toledo accounted for 244 yards on 13 completed
passes and nine trips with the ball. Chapbuis broke Otto Gra-
ham's total offense record by a whopping 176 yards. Lithe Bob
Mann scored two touchdowns, one on a long pass from Chappuis,
and one on a brilliant 16-yard end-around which completely
bewildered the outclassed Ohioans.
AUTOMATIC JIM BRIESKE had a big day with seven out
of eight extra points and a 12-yard field goal for Michigan's
last 3 points.
AFTER GOING NOWHERE against the Wolverine reserves,
Ohio finally tried and completed a sleeper pass for a touchdown.
The crowd was so disgruntlehd b that time that+ manhn

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