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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Oct. 29, 1970)
by Jim Johnston
Rig 8 toughest conference
From out of the woods, the Big Eight has emerged as
tne premier college football conference in the nation.
This is a plaudit given the conference by several sports
writers. Harry DeVold, who writes the Minneapolis Line column
for Football News, said: "For the past two seasons, the upstart
Big Eight Conference has been rated as the best in the country.
The situation doesn't look to be any different for this season."
The Christian Science Moniter, although known better for
its political views, also tagged the Big Eight "the best in
Replaces Rig Ten, Southeastern
This was a reputation long held by the Big Ten and in
more recent years, The Southeastern Conference. The SEC
may argue that its top teams match those of the Big Eight,
but from top to bottom the Big Eight cannot be matched.
In the first month of the season, Big Eight teams had
a 17-8-1 record against non-conference foes. This includes a
4-0 mark against Big Ten competition.
Iowa State, figured to finish in the basement of the Big
Eight race,, was 3-0 before entering conference action. Cyclone
coach Johnny Majors, who is boasting a "new look" program
at ISU, was delighted, but cautious.
"We're in the best football conference in the country,"
said Majors, "and every team is stronger. We can't count
on winning a game for sure."
Majors noted that four different teams have shared the
last two conference titles. 1
Other conferences agree
Of course it's natural, you say, for Big Eight coaches
to boast their own league. But solid confirmation also comes
from coaches all around the country.
According to an article by Nick Seitz in the Christian
Science Monitor, a Pacific Coast coach stated: "Not for quotation,
I'd have to say the Big Eight is the toughest, top to bottom.
Oliio State wouldn't go unbeaten in that league. Neither would
That's an interesting point. Oklahoma was the last Big
Eight team to escape league play undefeated. That was achieved
in 1967. Nebraska is undefeated in its first three loop games
Ralph (Shug) Jordan, coach at Auburn, a member of the
Southeastern Conference, stated in Seitz's article: "Overall, the
Big Eight is the strongest league at the moment."
And thats a pretty conclusive testimony coming from a
member of the Southeastern Conerence.
No longer dwarfs
Until the 10's the Big Eight was jokingly referred to
the Midwest as "Oklahoma and the Seven Dwarfs." But the
conference has come a long way since those days of the
What's made the difference? Some say red-shirting, otliers
believe most conferences are too tight on eligibility requirements
and still others think it was the Big Eight's ability to cope
with the race problem which raged in the mid-60's.
A Big Eight executive provided the answer. "We have
some of the brightest young coaches in the game, and they've
handled a potentially difficult situation beautifully," he said.
"Fellows like Dan Devine at Missouri, Bob Devaney at Nebraska
and Eddie Crowder at Colorado are a step ahead of a lot
of coaches in the psychology of dealing with players."
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helmets, are undefeated and
today (Thursday) is their day.
It's homecoming for the
that's not a misprint.
basically comprised of
shirted Nebraska foatball
players whose main doty it is
to bold dummies for the varsity
and scrimmage the freshman.
But today is their big day,
They meet the Nebraska
freshman on the AstroTurf at
4:00 p.m. for their homecoming
game. It's the Commandos first
and only game of the season
and it's open to the public.
"This group has a good at
titude for knowing that they
never have any regular
games," said Commando coach
Paul Topliff. "Their attitude
gets better when they know
that they get a chance to play a
game. And they're ready for
The Commandos' offense,
which sometimes surprises op
ponents with the Kansas City
shift, is quarterbacked by
Chuck Osberg. Ernfe Britt
holds down the fullback job
while Charlie Harris or John
Howell will get the call at I
back. "We run basically the same
offense as the varsity and
freshman," said Topliff. "So
once in a while we try to catch
them off guard by using the
Kansas City shift.
John Stinner will be at
flanker and Ike Thomas should
get the call at tight-end. The
offensive tackles are Steve
Cook and Bob Snelder, the
guards Doug Zanders and Bill
Holmes and Bruce Boyer holds
down the center spot
Defensive halfbacks will be
Greg Hacias, Pat Fischer and
Greg Wildman. The monster
man will be George Jones
while Tom McGown and Don
Phillips will help at linebacker.
Defensive line heip .rill come
from Ken Kontos and Lonnie
Deorio. Dave Boyd will also see
action for the Commandos.
The team is coached by ex
Huskers Bill Bomberger and
Pan! Topliff. The Commandos
several times this year and
have scrimmaged the freshman
have allowed only one
Bomberger's four-month old
daughter Katy has been
selected queen for the game.
And, oh yes, she'll be dressed
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