Sport: Roses & Thorns

Before he put his squad on the train for the Rose Bowl, Michigan Coach Bennie Oosterbaan firmly fastened on his crown of thorns. "The boys are in terrible shape," said he. "They've put on a lot of extra weight and they're soft. And that Bear line is big and rough." Michigan's coach had reason to fret over his team's season record, too. With five victories, three losses (Michigan State, Army, Illinois) and a tie (Minnesota), Michigan had the poorest record of any Rose Bowl team in 33 years.

While Oosterbaan was building up the opposition and tearing down his own team, California...

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