When Muhammad Ali puts his heavyweight title on the line, the entire world takes notice. In Thursday night's opponent, Ernie Shavers, Ali goes against a proven slugger whose 54 career victories include 52 by knockout.
But one of Shavers' five losses was a KO inflicted by Jimmy Ellis, who had received so much attention last week for flooring Ali twice in a workout.
Shavers will be going for an early score, and he'd better get it for he doesn't have the stamina for the long haul. Ali will handle this task with relative ease and is a 9-2 favorite.
This will be a good weekend for Oklahoma to enhance its top ranking in college football. While the Sooners should have little difficulty with Kansas, Michigan risks its national standing against visiting Texas A & M.
While the Wolverines are undefeated, they have been struggling to defeat teamslike Duke and Navy by 21-9 and 14-7 scores, respectively. On the other hand the Aggies are undefeated in the three outings and are coming off an impressive 33-17 decision over Texas Tech.
With George Woodard, a monster at 6-0, 277 pounds, recovered from a groin pull, the Aggies have the type of offense that can wear a team down. And Tony Franklin is the best field goal kicker in college football.
Michigan can be as physical as any squad. The Wolverines' major problem on offense has been Harlan Huckleby's frequent fumbling. On defense, Michigan excels, and that, plus the home field, makes it Michigan by 7.