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Q. WHAT OTHER MATCHUPS WILL BE MOST INTERESTING THIS FALL?
•Wisconsin-Eau Claire at Wisconsin-Platteville. Last year Eau Claire led 33-0, but Platteville rallied in the second half and won 52-43. It was the greatest comeback victory in NCAA history and Eau Claire hasn't forgotten.
•Western Illinois at Eastern Illinois. Eastern was Western's doormat until Coach Darrell Mudra arrived three years ago. In his first season Mudra beat Western and went on to win the Division II national title. The next season Eastern was unbeaten and ranked No. 1 until it was upset by Western. Last fall, wouldn't you know it, Eastern avenged the loss by a 31-7 score.
•Cal Poly State-San Luis Obispo vs. Boise State. The 1980 Division II national champs face the 1980 Division I-AA national champs.
•Dayton vs. Eastern Kentucky. The 1980 Division III champs meet the 1980 Division I-AA runners-up.
•Michigan Tech at Northern Michigan. This one doesn't pit divisional champs against one another, but spectators might get to see 100 forward passes.
•Wisconsin-Stout visits Augustana (S. Dak.) College on Sept. 5. In 1978 Stout Coach Lyle Eidsness introduced his "Radar Defense," a curiosity that calls for all 11 defensive players to be in stand-up positions before the center snap. This fall Eidsness and his Radar are at Augustana. But Eidsness' successor at Stout, Bob Kamish, liked what he saw in Radar, and uses it, too. It will be the first game ever totally void of defensive down linemen.
Q. WHO ELSE WILL BE MOST PRODUCTIVE IN 1981?
•Well, there simply are no quarterbacks around to make folks forget Portland State's Neil Lomax, now a St. Louis Cardinal, but, among others, keep an eye on: 1) Bobby Hebert of Northwestern State (La.); 2) Scott Lindquist of Northern Arizona; 3) Ken Sweitzer of Connecticut; 4) Larry Michalski of Lehigh.
All of them completed 100 or more passes last season and connected on at least 50% of their attempts. In II and III, no quarterbacks figure to be more dangerous than Cal-Davis' Ken O'Brien (143 completions, 55.6%) and DePauw's Rob Doyle (174 completions, 59.2%).