Minnesota, last in the Big Ten only a year ago, bumbled along for three quarters, eventually wore down Wisconsin to win 26-7 and tie Iowa for the conference title. Would Minnesota go to the Rose Bowl if invited? "We've made ourselves eligible," crowed Coach Murray Warmath. But Iowa, too, was hoping to hear from Pasadena, as was Navy. The Hawk-eyes massacred Notre Dame 28-0 (for the Irish's eighth straight loss) and Coach Forest Evashevski was eager for one more game before turning his job over to Back-field Assistant Jerry Burns. Elsewhere, Quarterback Dick Thornton lifted Northwestern past Illinois 14-7; Ohio State huffed and puffed, finally edged Michigan 7-0; Purdue beat Indiana 35-6; Michigan State whomped Detroit 43-15.
The Big Eight belonged to Kansas after its upset of Missouri, but Nebraska and Colorado were also pleased with themselves. The Cornhuskers overtook Oklahoma 17-14 on Bill Thornton's 68-yard touchdown run and Ron Meade's 28-yard field goal in the last quarter. Colorado beat Oklahoma State 13-6 for third place behind Missouri.
Wichita ran over North Texas State 34-6 to give Coach Hank Foldberg the Missouri Valley title in his first year. The top three:
1. MINNESOTA (8-1)
2. IOWA (8-1)
3. MISSOURI (9-1)