THE TOP THREE:
1. OHIO STATE (2-1)
2. NORTHWESTERN (3-0)
3. NEBRASKA (4-0)
Rarely has the Big Ten experienced such a disenchanting season. First their best teams were beaten by West Coast schools and last week came the unkindest cut of all. Miami of Ohio caught Purdue with its defenses lagging and upset the Boilermakers 10-7. An 88-yard pass play, from left-handed Quarterback Ernie Kellerman to End Bob Jencks, who had earlier kicked a 31-yard field goal, won for the happy Redskins.
The condition of Illinois football was reflected in a one-word message on badges worn by many fans for the homecoming game against Ohio State: "Mercy." But OSU showed none. Woody Hayes's quality boys crunched to 517 yards on the ground, seven players raced over for touchdowns and the inept Illini were humiliated 51-15. But Northwestern, with the hottest passer in the conference, will be tougher for the Buckeyes this Saturday. Tom Myers threw four touchdown passes as the Wildcats beat Minnesota 34-22. "We've finally got a complete team," enthused Coach Ara Parseghian. "We're in the Big Ten race." How far in, only time—and Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State—will tell.
Wisconsin, too, was shaping up as a formidable contender. With senior Quarterback Ron Vander Kelen pitching like a major leaguer, the Badgers brought down Notre Dame 17-8. But Iowa, still having troubles, barely made it past Indiana 14-10.
In the Big Eight Kansas ground out its yardage the hard way, overpowered Iowa State 29-8, while Missouri, using the pass judiciously and perfectly (six for six), beat Arkansas State 32-0, and Oklahoma State whipped Colorado 36-16. However, Nebraska barely pulled out ahead of North Carolina State 19-14 on Halfback Dennis Stuewe's 13-yard run in the final minute.
THE TOP THREE:
1. ARKANSAS (4-0)
2. TEXAS (4-0)
3. NEW MEXICO (4-1)
Quarterback Billy Moore got Arkansas off to a 28-0 lead against Baylor, but then the Porkers turned fat and lazy. Baylor's Don Trull passed them dizzy, Ronnie Goodwin snared passes and ran like a berserk jackrabbit, and Arkansas barely won 28-21.