Thanksgiving has got to be extra exciting this year for the students at Leslie and Ovid-Elsie High Schools. They'll all trek to Ford Field this week end to watch their football teams vie for state titles. Leslie plays at 4:30pm on Friday and Ovid-Elsie at the same time on Saturday and it appears to me that Ovid-Elsie may have the tougher road against 13-0 Muskegon Oakridge. Junior running back Chris Robinson has 2,722 yards rushing so far-- he is less than 200 away from the single season state record and of course needs 278 to reach 3,000.... and remember he has next year to play as well.
Michigan State's football players, and those throughout the Big Ten except for Penn State, will watch with interest the Oregon at Oregon State game on Saturday. The winner of that game will greatly determine where the other six Big Ten teams are lined up in bowl games. If Oregon State wins, it would go to the Rose Bowl for the first time in 44 years and play Penn State, a rematch from week two when the Nittany Lions won at home 45-14. But Oregon State, now 8-3, seems whole lot better here at the end of the season.
The Big Ten didn't have any quarterbacks as good as two from the Mid-American Conference: Nate Davis at Ball State and Dan LeFevour at Central Michigan-- they're better than anyone else in the Big Ten. Davis should be drafted prominently next April and LeFevour can come back to CMU for a senior year. If he does, he'll be in Spartan Stadium for a game on September 12th.
At the moment the Motor City Bowl match up could be Ball State vs. Minnesota, on December 26th. George Perles tells me that the Outback Bowl people in Tampa, who may have to pick between MSU, Northwestern and Iowa, are concerned about Michigan's economy. They wonder how many MSU fans would actually buy tickets and go to Florida. Stay tuned and it may be all the way to December 7th before MSU knows of its bowl match up.