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The PCC dies and the Big Four is nearly stillborn
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September 22, 1958

The West

The PCC dies and the Big Four is nearly stillborn

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Eugene, Ore.

COLORS: Yellow and green
1967 RECORD: Won 7, lost 4
WATCH FOR: The blocking, receiving of End Ron Stover

THE DOPE: The Ducks of 1957 had to share the Pacific Coast plum with Oregon State, but they won the PCC nod for the Rose Bowl match against Ohio State. Coach Len Casanova's team is automatically ineligible for a second consecutive visit to Pasadena, but even so it might take the Conference crown as a consolation prize. The line is deep and as good or better than the '57 unit which led the conference on defense. The running and passing are good, and all that's needed is a reasonable job at fullback and some smart quarterbacking. Casanova will miss Quarterback Jack Crabtree, but Paul Grover and Dave Grosz may surprise here. Marian Holland replaces Fullback Jack Morris and Willie West shifts from the left side to supplant alltime Oregon rusher Jim Shanley. The five returning regulars include Charlie Tourville at left half. The line is bolstered by End Ron Stover, Tackle Jim Linden and Guard Bob Grottkau. Stover set a major bowl record when he caught 10 passes against a Buckeye team which had permitted only 59 completions all season.

Corvallis, Ore.

COLORS: Orange and black
BASIC OFFENSE: Single wing, balanced line
1957 RECORD: Won 8, lost 2
WATCH FOR: The line crashing of Nub Beamer

THE DOPE: The Beavers have lost eight regulars from the team that beat Oregon on the last day of the season and tied for the Pacific Coast Conference championship. But Coach Tommy Protho will have a real West Coast power again despite the graduation of Joe Francis, one of the most brilliant backs ever seen at Corvallis. The star of the '56 Rose Bowl game has four willing successors, including Grimm Mason, Dainard Paulson and probable starter Larry Sanchez. Sanchez-is small but swift and a fine passer. The Beavers have good speed, particularly Wingback Earnel Durden, the fastest man on the squad. The bonecrusher in the backfield is Nub Beamer, and the probable blocking back is Gary Luke-heart. There's good speed and depth at all positions but end. All-Coast Center Buzz Randall, a bruising linebacker, is an anemia victim, may be out for the season. But Prothro still has Tackle Ted Bates, an All-America hopeful. The Beavers are not so strong as last year, but still might take the title if a talented tailback is found.

San Jose, Calif.

COLORS: Gold and white
BASIC OFFENSE: T and split-T
1957 RECORD: Won 3, lost 7
WATCH FOR: A better balanced attack and sounder defense

THE DOPE: The Spartans will be rebuilding after winning only three of their 10 games last season. Coach Bob Titchenal has lost 13 of his 24 lettermen, will field a team short on experience at the guard and halfback positions. Titchenal's chief backfield loss is Ray Norton, starting left halfback last season, who runs the 100-yard dash in 9.3 seconds and has chosen track over football. There are only two seniors in the Spartans' starting lineup, but Coach Titchenal expects to have a sounder defense and a better passing and running game. Mike Jones, an experienced signal caller and good passer, will spearhead a backfield composed of Halfbacks Sam Dawson and Claude Gilbert and Fullback Kent Rockholt. The line averages 204 pounds and features End Dan Colchico, a good receiver and blocker. Center Ron Earl is probably the team's best linebacker. Bill Atkins has switched from tackle to guard. The Spartans are swapping blows with the likes of Washington, College of Pacific and Iowa State and will consider themselves fortunate to break even.

Palo Alto, Calif.

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