the results of this weekend's games
Oklahoma vs. West Virginia
Despite Bud Wilkinson's lament that his Oklahoma team has been hit hard by graduation, the Sooners will be almost as strong as last year. West Virginia enjoyed a romp in its opener and has one of its greatest teams, but I can't make myself pick against OKLAHOMA.
Notre Dame vs. Indiana
Notre Dame is deep in veterans, including Nick Pietrosante, one of the finest fullbacks I have seen in many years, and shouldn't have too much trouble with a green Indiana team, which needs time to learn a new single-wing offense. NOTRE DAME is the choice.
Michigan State vs. California
Michigan State, generally regarded as one of the top clubs in the country, will send a good solid first team, backed up by a strong bench, against California, which showed it can score in a 24-20 loss to College of the Pacific. The Golden Bears don't rate with MICHIGAN STATE.
Ohio State vs. Southern Methodist
Southern Methodist has one of the finest passers in college football in Don Meredith, but the Mustangs lack the defense to stop an Ohio State team which is strong in every position and aiming to become the nation's No. 1 team. OHIO STATE is my pick.
Iowa vs. Texas Christian
Texas Christian certainly looked like a powerhouse while running up 31 first downs against Kansas and must be favored to outscore Iowa, faced with a major rebuilding job in its line. TEXAS CHRISTIAN.
Miami vs. Wisconsin
Here are two rivals with similar offenses, first teams of equal strength and outstanding quarterbacks in Dale Hackbart ( Wisconsin) and Fran Curci ( Miami). A tossup, with the Badgers' greater depth making the difference. WISCONSIN.
Auburn vs. Tennessee
Auburn, loaded in every position and with one of the biggest lines in college football, is every bit as good as last year's great team. Tennessee has only one regular returning and needs a triple-threat tailback to make its offense go. I won't pick the winner because I will be working this game on NBC-TV.
Clemson vs. North Carolina
Both teams had a lot of trouble in their openers, but Clemson managed to eke out a close win while North Carolina's speed bogged down against North Carolina State. Off last week's results, I'll certainly take CLEMSON.
Mississippi vs. Kentucky
Mississippi, with a strong quarterback in Bobby Franklin and a hard-running fullback in Charley Flowers, is rated just a shade over Kentucky's Wildcats, who looked mighty good beating Georgia Tech. But MISSISSIPPI should win.