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"" Lite College football DETROIT FREE PRESSSATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13. 1966 3C Irish tackle: Pop, stop and escape By JOE LAPOINTE Free Press Sports Writer In his first afternoon on his new job today, Notre Dame defensive lineman Robert Banks expects to collide repeatedly for about three hours with a man who outweighs him by about 40 pounds. He's optimistic. He's looking forward to it. . ."I've got to pop him and stop him," Banks said, "and get away from him." Banks, moved this year from linebacker to left tackle, could be a key player when Michigan and Notre Dame open their seasons in a game at South Bend, Ind. (3:30 p.m., ABC-TV, Channel 7 in Detroit). ; For at least some of the game, he will be matched up against U-M senior John Elliott, a 6-foot-7, 291-pound offensive tackle with two years' experience as a starter. off the line." Banks said. "I have to use some quickness. I have to establish myself as a good defensive lineman," . Banks said some of the work load on the defensive line will be absorbed by Wally Kleine, a 6-9, 274-pound right tackle who often must be double-teamed by blockers. "Not too many people can block Wally (alone)," Banks said. "They have to deal with him." KLEINE IS back from arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery. He and Banks are two of Notre Dame's most experienced players. Kleine has started 16 games in three years and has played in 29. Banks has started 23 and played in 33. : : Banks described last year, Faust's fifth and final season, as "gloom." "It wasn't the team anymore," Banks said of fan and media focus. "He looks pretty good," said Banks, who has watched Elliott on film. "He comes off the ball hard. He likes to lean on people and ride them off and neutralize them." BANKS WILL try to "pop and stop" Elliott with a body that he says weighs about 250, up about 25 pounds from last year. A senior from Hampton, Va., Banks is 6-5, two inches shorter than his main foe. When Lou Holtz replaced Gerry Faust as Notre Dame coach late last autumn, one of his major moves was to ask Banks to play a new position because the team (which plays a 3-4 alignment) had lost defensive line starters Eric Dorsey, Greg Dingens and Mike Kiernan to graduation. Banks had started with them every game for two seasons as an outside linebacker. At first, Banks was reluctant to switch, although he had sccutinn today's collsna football Blue and maize meets nrccn and gold Michigan has a 12-5 edge in its series with Notre Dame: Year Result Year Result Steve Harvey's Bottom 10 Poor No. 11 Oklahoma. The Sooners ran up against a nearly impenetrable UCLA pass defense last Saturday, completing just one throw in seven attempts for a measly nine yards. No wonder there's a lot of concern about coach Barry Swltzer'a offense in Norman. No. 2 Ohio State was still smarting over its opening loss to Alabama, but columnist Mike Harden of the Columbus Dispatch, looking at the bright side, pointed out that 1887 Michigan won, 8-0 1942 Michigan, 32-20 1943 Notre Dame, 35-12 1888 Michigan, 26-6 1888 Michigan, 10-4 1978 Michigan, 28-14 1979 Notre Dame, 12-10. 1898 Michigan, 23-0 Buckeyes coach Earle Bruce clearly dominated the Tide's 1980 Notre Dame, 29-27 1899 Michigan, 12-0 1900 Michigan. 7-0 1981 Michigan, 25-7 1982 Notre Dame, 23-17 1902 Michigan, 23-0 Ray Perkins in one department: girth. Harden wrote: "I have to believe that somewhere in Manhattan or Topeka or Bakersfield, someone else was saying, 'Good Lord, Eunice, come in here and get a look at the pot on this coach.' " Bruce, somewhat exercised over the piece, observed: "There are some cruel people who say the doggonedest things in the world to a football coach after you've lost . . ." The rankings 1985 Michigan, 20-12 1908 Michigan, 12-6 1909 Notre Dame, 11-3 'Opening-day games. Lou Holtz: Day 1 Lou Holtz, coaching his first game at Notre Dame today, is 2-1-1 In his first game with a new school: Result Year Team 1969 William & Mary Lost to Cincinnati, 26-18 1972 North Carolina StateTied Maryland, 24-24 played the position in high school and for parts of two games last season. After agreeing, he became dedicated to making .the move work, Holtz said. "He's the best 245-pound tackle I've ever been around," Holtz said earlier this week. "He is one of the hardest workers in our football team. He epitomizes the best work habits. He puts the team first." During the off-season, Banks gained about 25 pounds by "eating fattening foods" and working out three to four hours a day in the weight room, he says. Most of the new pounds, he says, have gone to his legs and rear end. "I had to think about the team," he said. "You have to be a team player. I couldn't live with myself if I didn't do all I could." He calls his new position "somewhat of a challenge." "People who line up in front of me think they'll blow me Holtz in pain as Irish battle U-M in opener MICHIGAN, from Page 1C If oddsmakers are right, Holtz is in for more spinning and twirling and pain today. The No. 3-ranked Wolverines are six-point favorites, largely because they return most of a cast that last season went 10-1-1 and was ranked second. Holtz is the underdog in his Irish debut (ABC-TV, Channel 7 in Detroit) largely because he has bandaged and patched the Irish similar to his bum finger. He's got a wide receiver (Mark Green) playing tailback; a linebacker (Robert Banks) playing defensive tackle; a cornerback (Mike Haywood) playing safety. "On paper," Holtz said, "we don't have a chance. "And there is not a team on opening day tougher to beat this year than Michigan because they have so much experience and talent returning. But don't get me wrong, we have some players. It's just that we honestly have a lot of question marks. How will these players respond to their new roles? I believe we will play well, but will it will be good enough?" ONE ADVANTAGE Holtz has, says Michigan coach Bo Schembechler, is that he thoroughly knows U-M's players and tendencies since his Minnesota teams played the Wolverines the past two years. "I know their personnel because we recruited most of those youngsters," Schembechler said. "But Lou Holtz is a very diverse offensive coach, so what will he do with this talent? Option or wishbone or emphasis on the passing game? And then there's (Foge) Fazio from Pittsburgh (the Irish's new defensive co-ordinator). Do we study Pitt's defense or Minnesota's concepts? It's the first game and we don't know what they're going to do. Last year this happened to us when we got fooled by Iowa. "I think we'll be sparring out there for a while trying to figure them out. It's a plus for them. Hey, we've run against everything in practice, and we've got a game plan and we'll go with it. And if it appears it is not going to work, we will switch quickly." Holtz isn't buying it. "That's an edge?" he said, smirking. "He knows us all right. If that's all Bo's worried about, I hope there's really reason to worry about it through the whole game." NOT MUCH guesswork, however, about Michigan's offensive strategy. With a deep and versatile backfield headed by tailback Jamie Morris (119 rushing yards against Notre Dame last season) and fullback Gerald White, U-M will run, run and run some more. Quarterback Jim Harbaugh can keep the Irish off balance with his passing game to a strong corps of receivers split ends Paul Jokisch and Ken Higgins, flankers John Kolesar and Greg McMurtry and tight end Jeff Brown. Harbaugh enters this game 13-3-1 in U-M games he has started and has a string of 124 passes without an interception. Line play along each front will be pivotal, but given time Irish quarterback Steve Beuerlein has plenty of talented receivers to throw to, primarily flanker Tim Brown. Beat New Mexico State, 53-10 1977 Arkansas Beat Rice, 31-24 1984 Minnesota Just for openers Notre Dame and Michigan usually own their opponents on opening day. Mere are their overall records in opening-day games: Pet. Garnet W Team Notre Dame 97 82 10 5 .871 Michigan 106 91 13 2 .868 : Michigan at Notre Dame MATCHUP: No. 3 Michigan vs. Notre Dame at 3:30 p.m. ; today in South Bend, Ind. WHERE: Notre Dame Stadium. TVRADIO: ABC (Channel 7 in Detroit); WWJ 950-AM; ; WCXI 1130-AM, WAAM 1600-AM, WPAG 1050-AM and statewide network. : TICKETS: Sold out. : LINE: Michigan by 6. ; INJURIES: Michigan Offensive tackle Jerry Quaerna '. and middle guard Mike Reinhold are out. OVERVIEW: Season opener for both. Lou Holtz makes ; debut as Notre Dame coach. Michigan features strong . offense and defense; Notre Dame has questionable running ; game, but should pass well. Michigan State at Arizona State - MATCHUP: No. 20 Michigan State at Arizona State at " 10:15 in Tempe, Ariz. WHERE: Sun Devil Stadium. TVRADIO: WTBS cable; WXYT 1270-AM and statewide 1 network. ; TICKETS: Sold out. ' LINE: Arizona State by 4. . INJURIES: Arizona State will be without backup lineback- ; er Rodney Dillard. Regular linebacker Scott Stephan (shoul- der) won't start, but is expected to play. (Sun Devils nose ; tackle Dan Saleaumua, 290 pounds, will miss this game - because of suspension.) MSU has no significant injuries. '. OVERVIEW: Tough season opener for Spartans as ASU ; has rugged defense, outstanding QB in Jeff Van Raaphorst and mammoth offensive line. Lorenzo White makes his first ; bid for Heisman Trophy this season amid high conference ; hopes and national rating for MSU : Eastern Michigan at Youngstown St. ; MATCHUP: Eastern Michigan (1-0) at Youngstown State (0-1) at 1:30 p.m. today in Youngstown, Ohio. ' WHERE: Stambaugh Stadium. I TVRADIO: No TV; WEMU 89.1-FM (Ypsilanti). ; TICKETS: 12,500 expected at 16,000-seat stadium. INJURIES: Eastern: OLB Joe Palka (knee), CB Brian ! Carter (leg bruise) expected to play; WR Bobby Anderson (hamstring), DT Mike Ochadleus (back) out. Youngstown: i TE Elliott Fedd (ankle) doubtful. : OVERVIEW: EMU won its opening MAC game for the first - time in nine seasons, beating Western Michigan. Youngs-I town, which lost to Nicholls State, 34-1 7, returns 1 4 starters ' for first-year coach Jim Tressel. In the loss, QB Trenton ' Lykes completed 17 of 38 passes for 179 yards. IN EMU'S , victory, QB Ron Adams completed 1 5 of 23 passes for 204 yards and TB Gary Patton rushed for 75 yards on 1 8 carries, " caught four passes for 41 yards and scored all three TDs. , Idaho at Central Michigan MATCHUP: Central Michigan (0-0) vs. Idaho (1-1) at 1 . p.m. today in Mt. Pleasant WHERE: KellyShorts Stadium. m TVRADIO: No TV; WCEN 1150-AM (Mt. Pleasant) and ' ' statewide network. ' TICKETS: 22,000 expected. Limited number of reserved tickets ($8) and many general admission tickets ($5) avail-: able. -, ' INJURIES: Central: OLB Matt Burns (ankle), S Tony Elliott -'- (Achilles tendon) out. Idaho: ILB Shawn Nilsson (knee) out. ; OVERVIEW: CMU will have to contend with an offense unlike any in the Mid-American Conference. Idaho QB Scott Llnehan passed for 269 yards and three TDs in the Vandals' " opening-game victory over Portland State, 42-10. This will ,' be a good test for the CMU defense. The Chippewas will rely I On the option, with QB Marcelle Carruthers running the show. - - Temple at Western Michigan ;" MATCHUP: Western Michigan (0-1) vs. Temple (0-1) at 1 p.m. today in Kalamazoo. ; WHERE: Waldo Stadium. ! TVRADIO: No TV; WKM1 1360-AM (Kalamazoo). ; TICKETS: 15,000 expected. Many $6 tickets available at ". the gate. I INJURIES: Western: TB Lewis Howard (ankle), Paul Sorce (neck) out. Temple: None. ! OVERVIEW: Temple features tailback Paul Palmer, tout-;! ed as a Heisman Trophy candidate. In last week's 45-15 loss ' to Penn State, Palmer gained 96 yards on 24 carries and had ! 206 all-purpose yards. WMU lost its opener, 21-14, to Eastern Michigan, with a disappointing first-half perfor-;' mance when EMU scored three TDs. The WMU offense ; played well In second half, and QB Chris Conklin finished ! with 18 completions in 40 attempts for 217 yards. SCHOOL LAST WEEK NEXT LOSS 1. UCLA (0-1) 3-38, Oklahoma recovering 2. Ohio State (0-1) idle Washington 3. Colorado (0-1) 7-23, Colorado St. Oregon 4. S. Carolina (0-2) 20-30, Virginia W. Carolina 5. Pitt (0-1) Idle N.C. State 6 Syracuse (0-1) 17-24, Miss. St. Army 7. Boston Col. (0-1) 9-11, Rutgers California 8. Notre Dame (0-0) still idle Michigan 9. USC (0-0) still idle Illinois 10. Florida (1-1) 15-23, Miami, Fla. idle 11. Oklahoma (1-0); 12. (tie) Cal State-Disneyland (0-2) and Cal State-Queen Mary (0-1); 14. Northwestern (0-1); 15. Missouri (0-0); 16. Florida State (1-1); 17. Pentagon (Army, Navy, L.A. Raiders backfield, Air Force) (2-1); 18. Vanderbilt (0-1); 19. Houston (0-1); 20. Oregon State (0-0), not Oregon (1-0). Top 20 schedule TEAM RECORD OPPONENTTIME LINE 1. Oklahoma 1-O-0 idle 2. Miami, Fla. 2-0-0 vs. Texas Tech, 7:30 -21 3. Michigan 0-0-0 at Notre Dame, 3:30 -6 4. Alabama 2-0-0 vs. Southern Miss., 2:30 -18'? 5. Penn State 1-0-0 Idle 6. Nebraska 1-0-0 idle 1 7, Texas A&M 0-0-0 at Louisiana St., 7:45 -4 8. Tennessee 0-0-0 vs. Mississippi St., 1:30 -11 Vt 9. Auburn 1-0-0 idle 10. Ohio State 0-1-0 at Washington, 2:30 -1 11. BYU 1-0-0 vs. New Mexico, 2 -21V. 12. Baylor 1-0-0 vs. Louisiana Tech, 8 NL 13. Florida 1-1-0 idle -14.LSU 0-0-0 vs. Texas A&M, 7:45 4 15. Florida St. 1-1-0 Idle - 16. UCLA 0-1-0 . Idle - 17, Washington 0-0-0 va. Ohio St., 2:30 1 18, Arkansas 0-0-0 vs. Mississippi, 8 -9V 19. Georgia 0-0-0 vs. Duke, 1 -21 20. Michigan St. 0-0-0 at Arizona St., 10:15 4 TV gamM are ahaded; details on Page 2C. Michigan figures to have modest success in stopping the Irish's running game, so the secondary led by cornerback '. Garland Rivers and safety Tony Gant will be sternly tested. ; The only secondary starter without much game experience ; is cornerback Erik Campbell, who is replacing All-America Brad Cochran. Look for the Irish to pass Campbell's way . early and often. "Beuerlein is going to be critical," Holtz said. "He's got to eliminate the bad play. Tim Brown (who will likely play ' flanker, wingback, tailback and return kickoffs) is a very : talented athlete, but he has to understand that we are not ; asking him to be from Krypton. He does not have to score ev-; ery time he touches the ball. Pressing like that is how a great athlete becomes average. "There are three special things we must do to win this game. First, win the trenches (line play). Next, make sure our kicking game neutralizes theirs. And, not give Michigan any points they don't earn." Injuries to the Wolverines' offensive line (tackle Jerry Quaerna) and at middle guard (Mike Reinhold) may take their toll, Schembechler said, adding, "We're not plush everywhere. "They're going to be enthusiastic with Lou's first game and all the attention, but I assume that when our team takes the field we will be a certain amount of emotion, too. We're playing on their field on natural grass, and any time you play on the road in a game like this, you've got to be the superior team to win." That question of superiorly is the one Holtz has asked himself most of all durirj the patching and bandaging. - It's hot, but who's complaining? Big Ten Confer tfKt Over! W L T W L T Illinois 0 0 0 1 0 0 Indiana 0 0 0 0 0 0 Iowa 0 0 0 0 0 0 Michigan 0 0 0 0 0 0 Michigan St. 0 0 0 0 0 0 Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 Northwestern 0 0 0 0 1 0 Ohio Slate 0 0 0 0 1 0 Purdue 0 0 0 0 0 0 Wisconsin 0 0 0 0 1 0 Iowa Slate at Iowa, I? 30 Louisville at Indiana, I Ball Slate at Purdue, 1:30 Northern Illinois at Wisconsin, I Ohio Slate at Washington, 2 30 Michigan at Notre Damt, 3:30 Illinois at Southern California, 7 Bowling Green at Minnesota, I Michigan Slate at Arliona Stale, 10 Mid-American Conference Overall Bowling Green E. Michigan Kent Slate Miami, Ohio C Michigan Ball Slate Toledo Ohio W. Michigan Utah Slate al Missouri Mankalo Slate al Western Illinois East Syracuse al Army California at Boston College Indiana (Pa.) at Bucknell Central Connecticut at Connecticut New Hampshire al Delaware Lehigh al Holy Cross Kutitown al Lafayette American International at Maine Richmond al Massachusetts Virginia al Navy Towson Slate al Rhode Island South Easl Tennessee St. at Appalachian SI. Tennessee-Merlin al Austin Peav Morgan Slate at Bethune-Cookman Northeastern al The Citadel Virginia Tech at Ctemson Wollord at Davidson West Virginia al Easl Carolina Tenn. -Chattanooga at E. Kentucky Georgia Southern at Florida A&M Fur man al Georgia Tech Alcorn Slate al Grambiing Slate Howard at Hampton Rutgers al Kentucky Vanderbilt at Maryland NW Louisiana at McNeese Stale Arkansas Stale al Memphis Slate James Madison al Morehead Slatt Southern Illinois at Murray Slate Winston-Salem al N Carolina A&T Pill al North Carolina Slate Western Carolina al South Carolina Alabama Slate al Southern NE Louisiana al SW Louisiana Jackson State at Tennessee Slate Nichotls Slate at Trov Stale Texas Christian at Tutene Boston at Wake Forest Livingston at Western Kentucky VMI al William I Mary Southwest Texas Southern at Angelo Stale Southern Methodist al Rice Montana Stale at Sam Houston Slate Abilene Christian at SW Texas Slate Prairie View al Stephen F. Austin Stanford al Texas Oklahoma Stale at Tulsa West Colorado State at Arliona Humboldt State at Boise Slate New Mexico at Brighem Young Oregon Stale al Fresno State Idaho Slate al FuHerlon Slatt Portland Stale at Nevada-Las Vegas Texas-El Paso al New Mexico Slate E Washington al Northern Arizona Colorado al Oregon San Diego Slate at Utah San Jose Stale at Washington State Adams State at Weber Slate Pacific at Wyoming "It's more humid than this in Florida," said White, a Ft. Lauderdale native. "I've carried 20, 25 times in real hot weather in high school games. The heat'll be no problem." THE SPARTANS also reject any theory that starting so late might affect their play. "It's not that big a deal we usually stay up that late on . Saturday night," Bullough said with a laugh. Considering the time on their body clocks, however, the ; players will have close to 1 2 hours to control nervous energy before the game even starts. Nevertheless, MSU coaches and players are more con-; cerned about Arizona State's talent. The Sun Devils boast the largest offensive line in school history, averaging 6-feet-5, 276 pounds. "They're stocked with great athletes from southern ; California," Perles said. "These kids are strong. They've been in outdoor sports all their lives. They're proud of their ' bodies they've been weight-lifting." This means a busy evening for MSU's rebuilt defensive ' line veteran tackles Mark Nichols and David Wolff and newcomer ends Jim Szymanski, a redshirt freshman from ' Sterling Heights, and redshirt sophomore John Budde of '. Kansas City, son of former MSU All-America Ed Budde, ; "They're running up against some real big fellows," '. Bullough said. "They'll swim or drown real quick against ; Arizona State." ; "I have enough to worry about," Perles said. "I'm concerned about our depth at linebacker, our speed (or : apparent lack of it) in the secondary, our depth at tight end ; and injuries." Michigan State beat Arizona State, 1 2-3, in its opener last season at East Lansing. Notebook: Arizona State coach John Coopewxpects "a low-scoring game, with good defense on both sides and the defense figuring to be ahead of the offense this early in the season." MICHIGAN STATE, from Page 1C and lessons digested at the knee of Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll through four Super Bowl-winning seasons: "Play with the cards you're dealt." So he's not complaining. "We have prided ourselves in not making excuses," Perles said. "We have never complained about bad calls. We don't worry about playing home or away, indoors or out, day or night, artificial turf or grass." MICHIGAN STATE'S LORENZO WHITE will open his Heisman Trophy bid in this game, but Arizona State is a four-point favorite. And aside from White, it's difficult to find anything to favor MSU. Consider: The game is at night, and the Spartans normally play in the afternoon. Sun Devil Stadium has a grass field, and MSU Is accustomed to playing on artificial turf in the Big Ten. The game is on the road, so the Spartans will be subjected to a mostly hostile sellout crowd of 70,021. The weather hot, hot, hot. The starting time which may be even a bigger factor than the weather. Perles tried to prepare for the torrid desert conditions by practicing a couple of days this week in the campus indoor facility and turning the heat up as high as he could get it 85 to 90. "One player lost 14 pounds of water and there were lots of them losing six or seven pounds," Perles said. MSU players disclaim concerns about the weather. "We ran more than ever in the pre-season and we had it to 90 in our building, which is more humid than out here," said linebacker Shane Bullough. "We're not out here to worry about it It's just like playing in our own indoor facility." White likewise scoffed at the thought the heat might stymie the Spartans. Seven-time champ leads Japan LPGA KOBE, Japan (AP) Hisako Higuchi fired a two-under-par 70 for a one-shot lead Friday after the second round in the Japan Ladies Pro Golf Association championship. She is a seven-time winner of the tournament. Higuchi, 40, who has won 67 tournaments but is winless this season, broke away from a first-round tie with rookie Erika Nakajima. Higuchi had a seven-under-par 137 after two trips over the 6,197-yard,, par-72 layout of the ABC club. Kayoko Ikoma fired two consecutive 69s for a 138, and moved into second place. Nakajima dropped into third place after firing a 72 for 139. Defending champion Tu Ai-yu of Taiwan, the current leading money winner on the JLPGA Tour, fired a 76 for 15J and missed the cut. j Idaho at Central Michigan, 1 Temole at Western Michigan, 1 Akron at Kent State. 1 p.m. E Michigan at Youngstown SI , 1:30 Miami, Ohio, at Cincinnati. 1J0 Ball Stale at Purdue, 1:30 Marshall at Ohio, 1:30 Wkhiia Stale at Toledo, 7 30 Bowling Green at Minnesota, I Great Lakes Indianapolis at Northwood. PPd., flood Slippery Rock at Wavne St., 1:30 Grand Valley at Butler (Ind ), 2 Saginaw at Franklin (Ind.), 2:30 Wls.-Whitewater at Ferris St., 730 MIAA Adrian at Ohio Northern, 1:30 AlOion vs. Defiance (Ohio), 130 Alma at Otter bun (Ohio), 730 Wittenberg (Ohio) at Hope, 1:30 Kaiamaioo at Ken von (Ohio), 1:30 Olivet at Manchester (Ind ), 2 State Independents Mich. Tech at St. Norbert (Minn.), 7 Eastern Illinois al N. Michigan, 1 i Midwest SW Missouri St. at Indiana St. North Carolina al Kansas Northern Iowa at Kansas State

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