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T1I'C3"R.SDAY, SET" TMBER, 20,1950

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE SEVENTE

ThURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1950 THE MICHIGAN DAILY PAGE SEVENTEEN

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Football Picture in 1956 Also Rates Georgia Tech,
MSU, TCU Among Leading National Contenders

By DAVE GREY
Daily Sports Editor
Some pretty familiar.names in
intercollegiate football should be
leading the gridiron powers of the
nation this fall.
Or so say "the experts" in the
annual pre-season predictions.
Every summer sports writers
across the country attempt to
pick who will be doing what once
the season gets under way. The
choices are not particularly mean-
ingful other than to give some in-
dication as to which teams seem
to have strength and which teams
don't.
Early Season Guesses
There are always some surprises,
once the season starts, but at this
early time, the forecasts seem to
point to the following.
THE MIDWEST - The heart
of the nation's football power
should beat out again with the
perennials - Notre Dame, Michi-
gan State, Ohio State, and Michi-
gan.
The Irish are blessed with an-
other "All-American" quarterback
in Paul Hornung. In him, the
hopes of Notre Dame seem to rest,
especially since Coach Terry Bren-
nan has a relatively inexperienced
squad that will see a good many
sophomores in the ine-up.
Big Ten A Scramble
The Big Ten by all indications
is very strong again. Michigan
State, which last year "said" it,
was pointing toward this year, is;
rated potentially as a national
champion.
Two halfbacks--Clarence Peaks
and Walt Kowalczyk - are the
main reason for- the Spartan op-
timism. It is hard to find two bet-,
ter running backs on one team
at the same time, many writers
and football experts claim.
Ohio State and Michigan also
seem to be rated highly. OSU
without Hopalong Cassady may
have its troubles, but perhaps the
most heralded lineman in recent
years -- guard Jim Parker - can
help carry Ohio State's running
attack that was unbeatable at
times last season.
And in the picture comes Michi-
gan with far less pressure than
last year when the pre-season fol-
lowing talked of a possible cham-
pionship squad.
Michigan is generally picked to
represent the Big Ten in the Rose
Bowl in January, especially be-
cause Ohio State and ' Michigan
State are ineligible. The Confer-
ence title, however, is the Wol-
verine aim.
Illinois Also Strong

Power
Oklahoma
Passes'M'
In Grid Polls
Oklahoma, ranked number ope
in last year's press association grid
polls, has overtaken Michigan as
the number two team in the com-
posite poll for the years 1936-1955.
The poll, combining both United
Press and Associated Press re-
turns, counts 10 points for each
first-place rating, nine for second,
and so on. The 20-yr. tabulation
shows the Sooners with 65 points
and the Wolverines with 62. Notre
Dame is safely in first with a
whopping 103 points.
Army Fourth
Army is fourth in this mythical
tabulation, with Tennessee, Ohio
State, Minnesota, UCLA, Michigan
State, and Alabama rounding out
the first ten in that order. It is
significant that four Big Ten
teams are in the top 10.
The AP poll of sports writers has
been in existence since 1936. The
UP began a poll of college coaches
in 1950. Prior to these tabulations,
the Rissman and Knute Rockne
trophies, symbolic of the national,
title, were awarded annually from
1924 to 1936.
Michigan has been mythical na-
tional.champion three times since
1924 -- in '32, '33 and '48. Notre
Dame leads in this department
with seven first place rankings.
Minnesota is in second place with
four,
Big Ten teams have been se-
lected tops in the nation 11 of the
32 years that mythical champs
have been picked. Michigan fin-
ished 12th in last year's Associated
Press poll..I

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ON PROBATION BUT POWERFUL - Or so Ohio State Coach Woody Hayes hopes as his OSU
team goes after a Big Ten record of three consecutive Conference championships. Hayes is flanked
by this year's co-captains, end-turned-tackle Bill Michael (left) and quarterback Frank Ellwood.

be for the Eastern title, as the
Cadets seem to be fairly strong
again this year. Syracuse and Yale
also have solid returnees from
solid teams last year. Cornell and
Navy rank as rather weak "dark-
horses."
THE SOUTH - Probably sec-
ond only to the Midwest in pro-
ducing strong football players, the
South sees a wealth of strong
teams in 1956. Leading the pack
seems to be Georgia Tech, and
not close behind come Maryland,
Tennessee, Mississippi, Duke, West
Virginia, Auburn, Miami, and
Vanderbilt.
South Has Depth
The list seems long, and it is
because the South has more even-
ly divided strength than it's had
in a long time. Tech, for example,
has six very good backs, Maryland
has another solid line with two
possible "All-American" linemen
in Mike Sandusky and Jack Davis.
Some other teams to watch
when the upsets start to come will
be Clemson, North Carolina, and
Kentucky.
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part of the country, however, is
Oklahoma and only Oklahoma.
Coach Bud Wilkenson is some-
what dubious of the "national
champion" tags placed again on
his Sooners, but all indications are
that only something short of a
miracle will stop last year's "best"
from being unbeatable and setting
an all-time consecutive winning
streak in intercollegiate football of
40 straight (by the season's end).
The Sooners, by the way, won't
be eligible for an Orange Bowl bid
this fall because of a new two-
year ruling.

THE WEST COAST - In the
midst of penalties and confusion,
the pre-season votes lean toward
Stanford as PCC champion. But
both UCLA and USC must still be
rated as possible powers, despite
the stiff ineligibility penalties
against their members.
Washington and Oregon State
might also find themselves in the
scramble, but penalized Washing-
ton like UCLA and USC will not be
able to gather the rewards even if
they do happen to hit the Confer-
ence title jackpot.

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