"We had to convince these kids that they could win in the Big Ten," he said. "We did that by believing in it ourselves. We revised the recruiting procedure last year and we should be built up to a reasonable depth in another year or two. The alumni used to recommend kids for scholarship and the boy would be brought in without much more investigation. Now we try to see two or three movies of every player before we decide on him. We can't afford big squads like the state schools. Our tuition runs about twice as much as the tuition of the state schools which make up the rest of the Big Ten, so our squad costs twice as much to assemble. Right now we have trouble scrimmaging because we don't have a big enough squad. Every time a boy drops out there in scrimmage, your heart stops because you know it's a boy you need."
Despite the small squad, Parseghian has another strong team. He has an intelligent, varied offense, much of it designed to give McKeiver the small running room he needs to maneuver in.
The Stanford-Northwestern game has been chosen by NBC as a TV game of the week because the West Coast time difference allows the game to go on the air after the baseball games are over. Again this season, Lindsey Nelson and Red Grange will handle the play-by-play and color, and NBC estimates over 176 stations will carry the nationwide broadcast, with about 30 million viewers.
LONG RUNS FOR VIEWERS
While neither Stanford nor Northwestern is ranked among the nation's top football powers, Saturday's game could well be one of the most interesting of the year for the spectators. Northwestern has another bristling fast breakaway back in Willmer Fowler and fine sophomore passers in Quarterbacks John Talley and Chip Holcomb, son of Athletic Director Stu Holcomb. Both McKeiver and Fowler are good receivers and Fred Williamson, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound sophomore end, is a great receiver. Coach Chuck Taylor, of Stanford, who is an old pro from the San Francisco 49ers, has, as usual, a great passer of his own in Jack Douglas. Douglas inherits the quarterback post from a long line of fine throwers ( John Brodie, Bobby Garrett, Gary Kerkorian) and upholds the tradition very well. He will have a strong, experienced line in front of him with two capable receivers at end in Gary Van Galder and Joe Freis and one of the hottest running backs on the Coast to call on for ground sorties in Lou Valli. Stanford operates a pro-type T, with spread ends and flanked halfbacks, and consistently ranks among the nation's most effective passing teams. Taylor thinks his team can score heavily on any opponent and figures to get three touchdowns against Northwestern. The Stanford pass defense, porous last year, has not looked much better this year, and Northwestern's soph quarterbacks, throwing to the quick, fast receivers on the Wildcat team, might hurt the Indians very much. The Wildcat secondary defense is manned by experienced players nearly everywhere except at one safety post and one linebacking post. So, correlating the teams' strengths and weaknesses, it seems likely that Northwestern may have the better of the passing, an even break on running with a stronger breakaway threat from McKeiver. The Stanford line is deeper and may wear the Wildcats down in the late stages of the game. Parseghian's strategy is simple enough on defense: "Stop their strong points and force them into things they do poorly." Taylor's is simpler: "Score more." The game could easily be a wide-open, free-scoring affair; Northwestern has one small edge on defense in that Parseghian scouted Stanford's 46-7 victory over San Jose State last Saturday. But it is unlikely that Taylor revealed much.