1. AIR FORCE (3-0-1)
2. OREGON STATE (3-2)
3. COLLEGE OF PACIFIC (3-1)
Rice and TCU were nestling precariously atop the Southwest Conference, with Texas and Baylor just a breath behind, but in the upset-prone SWC anything can, as they say, happen.
Rice, notorious for improving fast after a sluggish start, looked crisp and sharp as it shook its backs loose for telling yardage, including a 61-yard touchdown scamper by Halfback Pat Bailey. Bill Bucek and Gordon Speer added field goals in 13-7 upset of SMU, which missed its ailing passer, Don Meredith.
Completed passes were as cheap as wedding rings in a dime store as TCU's Hunter Enis (8 for 10 and 85 yards) and Texas A&M's Charlie Milstead (16 for 23 and 180 yards) engaged in a spectacular aerial duel. In the end, however, it was a pair of squirty second-team halfbacks, Harry Moreland and Carlos Vacek, who made the difference as the Horned Frogs turned back the Aggies 24-8 to give Coach Abe Martin a much-appreciated 50th birthday gift.
Texas, not quite so wonderful as against Oklahoma the week before, didn't have to be to waltz past punchless Arkansas 24-6, while Baylor, ably directed by Quarterback Buddy Humphrey, with help from bruising Fullback Larry Hickman, beat Texas Tech 26-7. The top three:
1. TEXAS (5-0)
2. TCU (4-1)
3. RICE (3-2)
The Midwest was aflame with unexpected football wreckage last Saturday as Wisconsin and Michigan State tumbled from their unbeaten pedestals and Michigan was soundly whacked. When it was all over, Northwestern stood side by side with Iowa and Ohio State at the top of the Big Ten.
The most astounding news came from Northwestern's Dyche Stadium, where the amazing Wildcats, emerging from the limbo which saw them lose every game last year, caught Michigan with its defenses down. They ran, passed and defended like champions to rumble over the bewildered Wolverines 55-24 (see page 14).