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Douglas S. Looney
October 06, 1986
A CASE OF POTS AND KETTLES The Southwest Conference used to at least pretend it wasn't laden with crooks. Now the conference celebrates them. At Saturday's game in Dallas between SMU and TCU, which the Mustangs won 31-21, the T-shirt of choice read THE PROBATION BOWL on the front and NCAA JAIL on the back. Both schools are on probation for myriad dirty dealings. Each team suspects the other turned it in, which is probably true. They hate each other for it, which is why SMU offensive tackle David Richards complained of the Frogs, "The only thing that has bothered me is they called us crooks, and they turned out to be what they called us."
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October 06, 1986

College Football

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SI TOP 20

All right, Miami, you convinced us. Up you go. And with the cream-puff schedule you have ahead, let us be first to congratulate you on an undefeated season in '86. Bo, we warned you to stop scaring us, but you insist on doing it your way. So Michigan goes down two rungs. We are suspicious of UCLA's high ranking and have a feeling the Bruins will disappoint again. Tentative hooray for Southern Cal.

1. MIAMI (4-0)

4*

2. PENN STATE (3-0)

2

3. ALABAMA (4-0)

5

4. NEBRASKA (3-0)

6

5. MICHIGAN (3-0)

3

6. OKLAHOMA (2-1)

1

7. IOWA (3-0)

10

8. UCLA (2-1)

8

9. ARKANSAS (3-0)

9

10. ARIZONA (4-0)

11

11. TEXAS A & M (2-1)

12

12. AUBURN (3-0)

13

13. USC (3-0)

14. WASHINGTON (2-1)

7

15. MICHIGAN STATE (2-1)

16

16. FRESNO STATE (3-0)

17

17. ARIZONA STATE (2-0-1)

15

18. CLEMSON (2-1)

19. GEORGIA (2-1)

14

20. BYU (3-1)

19

*Ranking last week

A CASE OF POTS AND KETTLES
The Southwest Conference used to at least pretend it wasn't laden with crooks. Now the conference celebrates them. At Saturday's game in Dallas between SMU and TCU, which the Mustangs won 31-21, the T-shirt of choice read THE PROBATION BOWL on the front and NCAA JAIL on the back. Both schools are on probation for myriad dirty dealings. Each team suspects the other turned it in, which is probably true. They hate each other for it, which is why SMU offensive tackle David Richards complained of the Frogs, "The only thing that has bothered me is they called us crooks, and they turned out to be what they called us."

HORSE SENSE

Boston College coach Jack Bicknell, who always has country music playing in his office and who will talk at the drop of a hoof about his horse, is having some tough times trying to win without a quarterback named Flutie. Last year the Eagles were 4-8; this season they are off to a 1-2 start.

So the other day Cowboy Jack, one of the game's most decent men, found solace in talking about his horse, Face, which he stables near his home. "I really enjoy the time we spend together," said Bicknell. "Horses don't care who you're using at quarterback or how many games you've won. To them, it's just. Here comes Jack with the carrots."

CHANGING PHILOSOPHY, MOMENTARILY

As everyone knows, Michigan coach Bo Schembechler hates the forward pass. So it was no wonder that many of the 105,507 fans at Michigan Stadium went nuts last Saturday when, on the first play against Florida State, Schembechler ordered up a 50-yard pass attempt from Jim Harbaugh to flanker John Kolesar. That the pass was broken up by cornerback Deion Sanders didn't diminish fan approval. And get this: On the very next play Schembechler called for another pass. That one, too, failed to connect.

Alas, this wasn't the unveiling of a new Bo. After the Wolverines' 20-18 victory, the old Bo groused to the media—which has often been critical of run, run, run in Ann Arbor—"You guys have always wanted me to do it, and now you've seen it. We got two incompletions." In other words, don't expect more of such nonsense any time soon.

FANS SABOTAGE WISCONSIN FOOTBALL

Wisconsin fans thought they were doing the right thing. After all, despite the Badgers' 5-6 record, an average of 71,614 of them showed up for each home game last season. At Wisconsin's two home games this season, 63,294 dutifully appeared to see the Badgers trounce Northern Illinois 35-20 and 64,945 showed up to watch them fall to Wyoming 21-12. Further testimony of Badger fan loyalty came a fortnight ago, when some 20,000 went to Las Vegas to see the guys lose to UNLV 17-7.

So guess what? The fans are being blamed for Wisconsin's not winning enough. First-year coach Jim Hilles says that in recent years the players have become "too satisfied with seasons when they won seven games." Indeed, from 1981 through '84 the Badgers won seven games each year. So?

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