The Big Ten, year in and year out the best matched group of teams in the nation, produced its champion earlier than usual when Iowa stormed by Minnesota 28-6 to win the title and a bid to the Rose Bowl. Quarterback Randy Duncan, with two scoring passes, and fleet-footed Halfback Willie Fleming, who romped 46 and 63 yards, put the icing on the cake for the jubilant Hawkeyes.
Relegated to the list of also-rans were Northwestern's surprising Wildcats, who gave it the good fight before bowing to Wisconsin 17-13, and Purdue, tied by Ohio State 14-14 when bruising Buckeye Tackle Jim Marshall (see page 7) scored twice. In other games, Indiana End Earl Faison ran a blocked field goal back 92 yards to beat Michigan State 6-0; Illinois' Rich Kreitling snared three scoring passes to defeat Michigan 21-8.
Oklahoma sputtered but finally overcame Iowa State 20-0; Missouri swamped Colorado 33-9. The top three:
1. IOWA (6-0-1)
2. OKLAHOMA (6-1-0)
3. WISCONSIN (5-1-1)
LSU and Auburn, the two best teams in the South, finally exploded with all their might. LSU, striking from all over the field, manhandled Duke 50-18, and Auburn, finding an offensive spark in sub Halfback Jim Pettus (see page 10), rolled over Mississippi State 33-14.
Mississippi, beaten by LSU the last time out, poured it on Houston 56-7, while bowl-conscious North Carolina, still on the upbeat, clobbered Virginia 42-0.
There were even cheers for the smaller schools. Unbeaten Mississippi Southern aimed its big guns at North Carolina State and brought down the Wolfpack 26-14; Sewanee downed Washington and Lee 12-0 to remain undefeated. Chattanooga turned on Tennessee 14-6 for the first time in 51 years, bringing a promise from Coach Scrappy Moore: "I'll live today the rest of my life."
Georgia Tech moved past ponderous Clemson 13-0; Florida edged Georgia 7-6; Vanderbilt tied Kentucky 0-0 for its third muddy deadlock; Tulane beat Alabama 13-7; Florida State downed hapless Miami 17-6. The top three: