THE TOP THREE:
1. MISSISSIPPI (6-0)
2. ALABAMA (7-0)
3. LSU (5-1-1)
It was Ole Miss against the rapidly dwindling field in the SEC. Alabama, of course, with its diet of patsys, was still very much alive. Sophomore Joe Namath made sure of that against Mississippi State. He passed the Bulldogs dizzy for two scores, left them flat-footed and open-mouthed when he ran the ball, and Alabama won 20-0. But Auburn finally ran out of luck. Florida ripped apart the supposedly inviolable Auburn defenses for 309 yards on the power bashes of Larry Dupree and the slick passing of Tom Shannon and put down the Tigers 22-3.
Duke saw Georgia Tech's Billy Lothridge and that was enough. He beat the Blue Devils 20-9, completing 12 of 16 passes for 125 yards, scoring on a six-yard run, two field goals and two extra points. Tennessee picked off six Wake Forest passes, ran back two of them for touchdowns and whipped the Deacons 23-0.
Kentucky almost had a big win. With five minutes left in the third quarter, the tough but tiring Wildcats led Miami 17-6. Then George Mira took charge. He rallied the Hurricanes for two scores, went over from the one himself in the closing seconds and Miami won 25-17. Georgia happily settled for a 10-10 tie with North Carolina State. Vanderbilt lost to Boston College 27-22 for its 15th straight, and Tulane dropped a squeaker to Virginia Tech 24-22.
Clemson, after three straight losses in its own " Death Valley," gladly followed sophomore Charlie Dumas to a 17-6 win over North Carolina. Virginia filled the air with passes (44) against South Carolina, but all to no avail. The Gamecocks won 40-6.