When the hay wagons got back to the ranch, there was a jukebox barn dance with the emphasis on jitterbugging. Duffy sat on a box and sipped a can of beer and laughed at the antics of Forddy Anderson, the basketball coach, who had found an old cap which he pulled down over his ears for a jitterbug solo. Then he passed the cap to Doug Weaver who also did a solo. Automatically an impromptu routine was born, and some of the coaches and their wives ran outside to escape it. But when the cap was passed to Duffy he got up and did a dance of his own invention. Everybody laughed and clapped hands until the music finished, and then a voice cried out: "You'd think we were playing the Little Sisters of the Poor on Saturday!"
Duffy wasn't forgetting that Saturday's opponent was Notre Dame, but somehow or other he couldn't stay serious for long about the Irish.
"You fellows have got to remember," he said solemnly at practice the day after the hay ride, "that you can never take Notre Dame for granted. One of these Saturdays they're going to be one of the best teams in the country, and I just hope it's not this Saturday. You've got to remember that you won't only be playing Hornung and Lewis, you'll be playing Rockne and George Gipp and the Four Horsemen."
He turned to Clarence Peaks and said, "Clarence, what would you do if Rockne tackled you Saturday?"
"I believe, Coach," said Peaks, "that I'd just leave the stadium."
Duffy ducked his head and walked away. Fred Stabley, the publicity director, and Nick Vista, his assistant, walked up to him and Stabley said, "Coach, the papers are rating us 14 to 21 points better than Notre Dame. Does that bother you?"
"No," said Duffy, "I don't mind being the favorite. The favorite wins most of the time."
On Wednesday, Duffy made a talk before the Downtown Coaches, an organization of Lansing businessmen. On Thursday he taped his radio show that would be broadcast while he was in South Bend. Friday he held a 20-minute practice session and called a squad meeting for that night.
At the squad meeting the films of the Notre Dame-Purdue game were shown, and the assistant coaches called out their comments and reran key plays. When the showing was over, Duffy walked up and sat on a table with his feet dangling.
"This team," he said quietly, "doesn't need any pep talk. You're good and you're going to win. One thing I want to mention—don't forget that Notre Dame cheering section. When you're in scoring position they'll set up that chant and you may not be able to hear the signals. If that happens, you ask the referee for an official time out until you can hear the signals clearly."