The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 20, 1962, Page Page 4, Image 4
Thursday, September 20, 1962 Page 4 The Daily Nebraskan From The Stick By RICK AKIN Sports Editor With the start of football around the country it comes time for all good predictors to stick their necks out and then hide at dinnertime on Saturday. Since the Huskers are starting out the campaign against South Dakota, I feel rather lucky, but the con fsrencs is going to turn into a tight race this fall, mak ing things touch and go. Missouri will take the conference without much com petition. The ligers have power and will play all the tough competition at home such as Kansas and Iowa State. On the road Missouri faces Nebraska, which could easily be an upset if the breaks fall the Huskers way, and Oklahoma. None of the other conference teams should give the Tigers too much trouble. As far as the Huskers are concerned, Nebraska will finish fourth at the lowest. The Huskers have two tough road games, Oklahoma and Kansas, the Jayhawk Home coming, but all of the other tough conference competition is at Memorial Stadium. A possible upset of Missouri is in sight with Nebraska tangling with the Tigers on our Homecoming. NU Stronger This year Nebraska looks the strongest it has in many years with a strong defense and a stronger line. Depth will be a big factor to the Cornhuskers this year. But Nebraska has more depth than it has had with especially strong positions at both halfback spots, the tackles and the ends. The ends do lack some of the speed for pass catching, but the depth is still there. The strength of the middle line has improved tre mendously, considering that this was to be the weak spot in the Cornhusker attack this season. Michka at Center Ron Michka, the center, has as much desire as any one on the field and is backed up ably by Jim Baffico, a transfer student who has been a pleasant surprise At guard the improvement of Bob Brown, a 259 pounder; and the fine play of Dwain Carlson and Gary Toogood look as if they will be assets. The loss of Bill (Thunder) Thornton should not hurt the Cornhuskers provided he is ready to go full steam for the Iowa State game. The way things stack up now NU will split the first two games, with or without Thunder. Neck Out , I will really stick my neck out and put Kansas in the second spot. This will depend on the play of Gale Sayers, the soph halfback flash from Omaha. The loss of John Hadl and Curtis McClinton will hurt the Jay hawks, but Jack Mitchell has filled these two positions with able men. Iowa State will take third or fourth, depending on the Nebraska game. The Cyclones have changed offenses which takes a little pressure off ace Dave Hoppmann, but it may also take a little shine off of the IS record. Oklahoma should come in fifth. The Sooners are on their way back to national recognition, but this will not be the year. If Bud Wilkinson's crew can get by without too many injuries, OU will hold a few surprises for the Big Eight Conference. Colorado Sixth The last three teams show little strength. Color ado has lost nearly all of last year's championship team, including the coach. Bud Davis, the new coach, will have a team that will finish sixth. Oklahoma State is still stronger than Kansas State and will, consequently, finish seventh with K-State in the cellar. Sum Up 1. Missouri 2. Kansas 3. Iowa State 4. NEBRASKA 5. Cidahoma 6. Colorado 7. Oklahoma State Stick's picks for thi: weekend: Nebraska should def initely swamp South Dakota without too much sweat. The Coyotes lack manpower and weight and the Husk ers seem to have more of both . . . NEBRASKA 40, South Dakota 0. In the Big Eight Oregon State takes on Iowa (State in Portland, Ore. The boys from out West, especially Terry Baker, will prove to be too much for the Cyclones. I'll pick OREGON STATE. Kansas State meets Indiana. A case of a no power house in the Big Eight against a no powerhouse in the Big Ten. I'll go along with the Big Ten in this case. INDIANA. Oklahoma State visits Arkansas for a night game. Although wiped out by graduation Arkansas is still strong. I'll pick ARKANSAS. Another night game puts Colorado at Utah. The Buf faloes still have enough power to whip Utah. I'll pick COLORADO. , t , , L Kansas hosts T.C.U., which upset the Jayhawks last year. Kansas is too strong this year. IH pick KANSAS. Oklahoma opens its schedule with potent Syracuse. Even though the Sooners are hosts, I'll pick SYRACUSE. Big Ten NORTHWESTERN over South Carolina, WASHINGTON over Purdue. All the other Big Ten teams open their schedules next weekend. Others AIR FORCE over Colorado State, ALABAMA over Georgia, ARMY over Wake Forest, AUBURN over Ten nessee, BAYLOR over Houston, MISSISSIPPI STATE over Florida, GEORGIA TECH over Clemson. KENTUCKY over Florida State, L.S.U. over Texas A&M, MARYLAND over S.M.U., MISSISSIPPI over Memphis State, PENN STATE over Navy. TEXAS over Oregon. SOUTHERN CAL. over Duke, TULANE over Stanford. I may be way off the mark, but I don't know. Freshman Grid Coaches Have Optimistic Views A tinge of optimism has al redy been noted in the fresh man grid ranks after the in itial Tuesday drills. Coach Cletus Fischer looks to strength in the line and has hopes in the handful of ends who have already re ported for duty. Fischer and John Melton will handle the new recruits this fall. Both have impres sive backgrounds. Fischer, one of four broth ers who have played for the Scarlet and Cream, picked up four letters in football from 1945 through '49. Melton Vvas a star fullback for the University of Wyom ing's undefeated Gator Bowl club. He was the Cowboy starter in 1949 and '50. Aty Niemana' WHERE DINING IS A PLEASURE 620 Nc. 48th He ran up a record which still Btands while coaching at Thcrmorlis, Wyo. In bis six seasons as head man there, he ended with 37 victorien and 16 losses. Melton joined up with Bob Djvaney in 1957. 4 -Sf b rrrre;1 m m urn PM MEET HUM POV'.'liS THEISEN ready for South Dakota D. Theisen To Play Saturday Dave Theisen, who was moved to the firstunit due to his fine play during the clos ing days of fall camp, will be able to play in Saturday's encounter with South Dakota. Theisen, injured in last Sat urday's scrimmage, has been a question mark concerning the chances of his playing and Coach Bob Devaney had decided to wait until after yesterday's practice to make a final decision. "Dave will run with his unit," said Devaney, "but we will watch him very closely to see if the injury bothers him Saturday." Yesterday the first two units worked together on dummy drills for a large por tion of the practice. The first two units do not usually work together, but Devaney decided to work them together to "get rid of some of the flatness that was evident during the Tuesday drilis," said Devaney. Bill (Thunder) Thornton, in jured fullabck, has been un dergoing therapy on his shoulder and working out to keep his legs in shape. His readiness for the Iowa State game is still a question mark. Jim Baffico has been given the extra point kicking as signment. Theisen has also been practicing the chore, but since his leg has been in bad shape, he will probably not get the call. Tom Ernst, known for his baseball endeavors, has also been working on place kicks and may be used Saturday. Concerning red - shirting, Devaney indicated that he would probably not red-shirt anybody due to the lack of depth on the squad this year. Challenge Set A few staff members of the Daily Nebraskan have challenged the optimistic sports editor in predictions. In tomorrow's Rag these few nervy staff members will try to best the predic tions made in today's "From the Stick." Anyone else who wishes to challenge the predictions on Big Eight and Big Ten games made in "From the Stick." are welcome to do so. Send predictions via the j campus man to: Rick Akin Student Union Daily Nebraskan Office Saturday's Foe South Dakota, Burns Have Only 12 Lettermen By AL SPORE Sports Staff Writer The South Dakota Coyotes will definitely be the under dogs in Saturday's tassel with the Huskers. New coach Bob Burns, shy of experienced personnel, will be out to improve last year's Coyote record of 1-8. Coach Burns has only 12 lettermen returning, of which seven started in their inaugral with Colorado State. Three of the South Dakota gridders were in new roles for Coach Burns: Ron Kibble, 190-pound center converted from guard; 190-pound Jim Kramer, another guard trans fer, now at tackle; and Ken Janvrin, 210-pound fullback who lettered two years as a standout end. Nebraskans might expect a spirited passing attack with the presence of Dick Walsh, 175-pound junior letterman at quarterback. Last year Walsh led the North Central Con ference in passing until side lined by injury. Walsh at QB Behind Walsh at signal calling stand two junior let termen; Bruce Smedakken and Dennis Hanson. Smedak ken rates as a good guarter back but specializes in de fense, while Hanson is a lead ing punter and defensive man. South Dakota's main prob lem lies in the forward wall. The Dakotans have only one other letterman in addition to Kibble and Kramer. Harvey Naasz, 193-pound right guard, has two years of top-notch duty under his belt. 151-pound Halfback In the backfield Coach Burns will use Mamon Keys, a junior letterman, at right half. Sophomore transfer from NU, CalStukel, is battling for the left half spot. Dick Scott, 151-pound junior letterman is also eyeing the position. In the two teams' 15 meet ings since 1899 the Huskers hold a 12-M edge. The 1899 contest was the only Coyote win the the boys from the North edged Nebraska 6-5. Since 1945, Nebraska has won the four games played by a margin of 166-12. 1956 was the last time the two teams met. Pete Elliott made his Husker debut successful as NU routed the Coyotes 34-6. .. wiiliii.il. illinium. N"'' . V ay Ha .: ' V-A5r'J pr A 'r- Jit . VMC l H -"i X. il 11 It IV . 11 11 V JumM tin I'li'ifii ,.MysMa-. fixi.ii miMMriftwinriTlt' I 1 e, v , yy. t vs v ' ii. mil i i-iiifi- r--"- rt- ,, y vy y '.Jf " " , (. 1002 ft. J. ltynoiili ToImcco Compiny, Winston -Bilem, ft. C. 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