AUBURN VS. MARYLAND
Despite last week's standoff with Georgia Tech, Auburn is still the best defensive team in the country. Maryland doesn't have the offense to hurt the Tigers. AUBURN.
SOUTH CAROLINA VS. CLEMSON
This one is steeped in tradition, but Clemson's line is just too powerful for the Gamecocks. Another win on "Big Thursday" for CLEMSON.
SMU VS. GEORGIA TECH
Tech is improving each week, while SMU misses injured Don Meredith, its talented passer. The Engineers will have the throttle wide open. GEORGIA TECH.
RICE VS. TEXAS
Unbeaten Texas is still riding high after that big win over Oklahoma. Inconsistent Rice won't stop the stampeding Longhorns. TEXAS.
PITT VS. ARMY
Army's Lonesome George and its two tremendous halfbacks, Anderson and Dawkins, are going to have a rough afternoon trying to crack that big, strong Pitt team. An interesting game but I won't pick a winner because I'll be doing this NCAA telecast on NBC-TV.
IOWA VS. NORTHWESTERN
Northwestern has gone from rags to riches in the Big Ten, but this may be the end of the line for the surprising Wildcats. Iowa's Randy Duncan is a match for Northwestern's Dick Thornton, and superior defense gives the nod to IOWA.
NOTRE DAME VS. PURDUE
The Irish can't seem to get an offense rolling, so Purdue, despite a tendency to make mistakes, is my choice. PURDUE.
OHIO STATE VS. WISCONSIN
Wisconsin has good passing, but its line can't play with the big Ohio State forwards. The Buckeyes grind out another one. OHIO STATE.
OREGON STATE VS. WASHINGTON
Anything can and does happen on the West Coast, and this one could I go either way. The Beavers are better on the ground and must be given the edge. OREGON STATE.
CALIFORNIA VS. OREGON
California is just as good as Quarterback Joe Kapp, and he is plenty good; but Oregon's greater experience and ball control will thwart Kapp and the Bears. OREGON.