A lot of nice things have been printed and said about the Michigan football team since its runaway victories over Vanderbilt and Washington to start the season.
Wolverine fans are just hoping it continues through the next three weeks when the schedule really gets rough - Missouri, Purdue and Michigan State, one right after the other.
It's a matter of fact that Michigan's first two opponents have yet to chalk up a victory this season while the next three, starting with Missouri here on Saturday, have yet to taste defeat.
The Wolverines may be deserving of all the adoration of recent days or they may not, only time will tell.
Missouri, under Coach Dan Devine, has all the credentials - a national power for years, an 8-3 record last season, a 35-10 Gator Bowl victory over Alabama, undefeated so far this season, Devine's 7-1-1 record against Big Ten foes and a reputation for defense hardly matched by any other collegiate team.
It's a good thing the Wolverines and Tigers will wear different colored jerseys on Saturday because it would be difficult for the fans to tell the two teams apart.
Michigan uses the I formation with a slot right and Missouri also uses the I with a slot T.
The quarterbacks, Don Moorhead for Michigan and Terry McMillan, add great versatility to the attacks because each is adept at running and passing. The tailbacks, Glenn Doughty for Michigan and Joe Moore for Missouri, have shown exceptional ability to roll up the yardage. They are difficult to tackle, difficult to hold and tough to catch in an open field.
Although Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler counts heavily on fullback Garvie Craw as a blocker, he likes to see the fullback running the ball, too, and Craw's signal has been called 22 times and he has picked up 45 yards.
Missouri fullback Ron McBride, a senior who was converted from half back following his sophomore year, has carried 21 times for 112 yards.
Missouri, which has crunched out 690 yards on the ground against Air Force (19-17 victory) and Illinois (37-6) has taken to the air lanes with McMillan 28 times, the same number of times Moorhead has thrown.
McMillan has completed 12 passes for 216 yards and had two interceptions while Moorhead has completed 18 for 202 yards and has one intercept.
While Michigan does have a wealth of pass receivers, Moorhead has concentrated so far largely on tight end, Capt. Jim Mandich, and splitman, Paul Staroba.
McMillan has thrown to seven different receivers and four times has hit split end Mel Gray, a top-notch speedster who won the Big Eight outdoor 100- and 220-yard dashes as well as the 100-yard dash at the Drake and Kansas Relays, and the Kentucky Games.
The McMillan-to-Gray combination has produced 90 yards and a touchdown.
Each squad still is missing a key defensive player. Michigan still is without senior defensive end, Phil Seymour, who has a knee injury, while Missouri won't have Rocky Wallace, all-conference tackle, for the third straight week.
Missouri will work out at the stadium tomorrow afternoon shortly after its arrival from Columbia, getting its first look at the Tartan Turf.
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