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THE ELEVEN BEST ELEVENS
Herman Hickman
September 12, 1955
September's practice fields tell the story of a football team. SI's expert, fresh from a nationwide survey, here delivers his up-to-the-minute report
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September 12, 1955

The Eleven Best Elevens

September's practice fields tell the story of a football team. SI's expert, fresh from a nationwide survey, here delivers his up-to-the-minute report

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1955 SCHEDULE:

Sept. 24—Nebraska at home
Oct. 1—Stanford at Palo Alto
Oct. 8—Illinois at home
Oct. 15—Duke at home
Oct. 22—Wisconsin at Madison
Oct. 29—Northwestern at home
Nov. 5—Indiana at home
Nov. 12—Iowa at home
Nov. 19—Michigan at Ann Arbor

COACH WOODY HAYES SAYS:
We have on our squad eight proven Big Ten football players. Although we won't be nearly as big as last year, we should have a little more speed. All told, it should be one of our most colorful teams.

HERMAN HICKMAN SAYS:
I underrated the Buckeyes at the beginning of the season last year. They were a competent, well-coached squad which proved itself every time the chips were down and picked up momentum as the season progressed. Ohio still has the nucleus of a championship squad. The first team is solid and experienced, with the exception of the quarterback position. Bill Booth, who saw extremely little action last year, is expected to handle it. The team lacks a competent punter and, of course, Little Tad Weed's left-footed placements will be sorely missed. But on the positive side are the redoubtable Howard Cassady and Jerry Harkrader at halfbacks, possibly the best halfback combination in the country, with plenty of speed to the outside coupled with power to the inside. These brilliant stars are well fortified with substitutes of ability. The line is led by the great Ken Vargo at center and Jim Parker at guard. There are five lettermen available at tackle. Two lettermen ends, Bill Michael and Fred Kriss, will probably start. Rising sophomores have quality and quantity, so the "new look" at Columbus may continue.

OKLAHOMA
NORMAN, OKLA.

BASIC FORMATION: Split T.

LETTERMEN RETURNING: 23; STARS: Bo Bolinger, G; Jerry Tubbs, C; Jimmy Harris, Q; Bob Burris, H.

LETTERMEN LOST: 14.

LEADING SOPHOMORE CANDIDATES: Dennit Morris, C; Benton Ladd, T; Clendon Thomas, H.

1954 RECORD: Won 10, lost 0.

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