Wisconsin beat perhaps the best team in the South, Miami, by three touchdowns on Friday night. Iowa humiliated a TCU team which only the week before had rolled up 31 first downs in whacking Kansas 42-0 and was generally expected to be the class of the Southwest. Michigan State and Purdue breezed past California and Nebraska, while even a pair of this year's Big Ten have-nots had a pleasant afternoon at the expense of the Pacific Coast—Michigan over Southern Cal and Northwestern over Washington State, each by the margin of one point. Saving a bit of face for the Coast were UCLA, which managed to shade Illinois, and Washington, which had a bit of trouble beating toothless Minnesota. Even Indiana put up quite a fight before losing to Notre Dame, which wasn't anything to be ashamed of in itself.
But of course all of the good football wasn't found in one spot, and to prove it Auburn's mighty defenses stopped Tennessee without a first down; Oklahoma produced a dizzy array of new tactics to overwhelm West Virginia, thereby giving Bud Wilkinson his 100th regular-season victory; Army tried a little razzle-dazzle of its own, to the amazement of almost everyone, and slaughtered South Carolina; Pitt rolled on over Holy Cross; and Mississippi stopped Kentucky.
After two weeks, it appears that the best college football teams of 1958 will be Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Auburn, Oklahoma, Army, Mississippi and Pitt. And incidentally, it might be wise to keep an eye on little College of the Pacific and its mercurial Dick Bass. Last week the Tigers followed up on their first-week upset of California by bursting the Arizona State bubble 34-16.
While controversy was swirling in print long before the season began about the new two-point conversion rule, the coaches themselves were registering much greater dismay over the other big rule change of 1958, which limited blockers to the use of only one arm (SI, Sept. 22).
They need not have worried. Officials all across the land have apparently decided that the two-arm block (so long as it is not used with excessive violence) is here to stay. Anyway, so far the new blocking rule is not being applied.