Home-town fans in Bowling Green have grown rich on Doyt Perry's coaching. His six-year record of 45 games won, five lost and four tied is the best in the NCAA. No man to allow his recruiting to slip, cautious Coach Perry is once again deep in talent. Impatiently waiting to step into the starting lineup are 6-foot-6, 250-pound Tackle Bob Reynolds, 210-pound Guard Joe Grant, Sprinter-Halfback Russ Hepner and Fullback Ray Bell. These four will meld smoothly in the hard-hitting attack with the prime returnees: Quarterback Jim Potts (who completed two-thirds of his passes for 662 yards and 7 TDs in 1960), Halfback Don Lisbon (605 yards rushing), specialist sprinter Al Junior (a remarkable 9.2-yard rushing average) and the conference's toughest tackle, Jerry Croft.
CONCLUSION: Hungry birds with insatiable appetites, the Falcons will again terrorize other conference teams.
Under a new coach, Chuck Studley, the Bearcats will be different, but not so different that the casual observer will be aware of the change. Except at two positions, the lineup will be a repeat of last year's and the offense will remain the slot T. But Studley has strong ideas about stopping the other team first, a concept that often eluded past Bearcats. Concentrating on defensive play in practice, Studley promoted Tackle Dave Six and Guard Rufus Simmons to join key Tackle Ken Byers on the starting line. Offensively, the Bearcats work hard for little. In 1960 they averaged 250 yards a game but scored only twice in their last six games. A passer would help the stylish Ed Banks (404 yards rushing) and Fred Oblak (344 yards rushing and 23 receptions), but Quarterback Larry Harp (39 completions for 116 attempts) has got to improve. CONCLUSION: Even with its new-found defense, Cincinnati unhappily retains that familiar look. A passer would be a happy sight.
The Buffaloes are preparing for what they hope will be their first championship in the Big Eight. Coach Sonny Grandelius, when he can see over or around the huge linemen he has surrounding him, gazes fondly on a landscape peopled with swift backs and one of the country's finest passers, Quarterback Gale Weidner, who throws effectively both long and short. The best of the runners in the multiple-T attack are sophomore Halfback Ted Somerville and Halfback Ted Woods, an Olympic sprinter who can really move with a pitchout. The line, solid and strong, is comfortably backed by capable transfers and sophomores, but the latter will find it difficult beating out performers like All-America Guard Joe Romig and All-Big Eight End Jerry Hillebrand, Colorado's most successful receiver (11 receptions for 218 yards in 1960).
CONCLUSION: This team's one weakness is receivers. If the sophomores provide spirited help, the Buffaloes will stampede the enemy.
The Flyers, with a dismal 6-24 record during the past three years, are the nearest thing in college football to an ostrich. Strong enough to provide fine prospects for professional football, they nevertheless are earthbound, and this year it is no different. Tackle Bob DeMarco has followed Jim Katcavage to the pros, and now, too late, beleaguered Coach Stan Zajdel has the backfield that should have played with the departed. There are high-stepping Halfbacks Andy Timura, who gained 470 yards in 1960, and Earl Spivey (420 yards), and two good quarterbacks, Dan Laughlin and Ralph Harper. To aid them there are 215-pound End George Kelly, a fine hand at over-the-middle passes, and three strong-blocking sophomores. Center Bob Donley and Tackles Bob Katcavage, 220 pounds and John Tarnovecky, 230 pounds.