"You build more character winning than losing," insists SOUTH DAKOTA STATE Coach Ralph Ginn. Presumably, had the Jackrabbits beaten Orange Bowl champion Nebraska, they would have developed enough character to over-endow every citizen of South Dakota. State did beat everybody else with passer Ron Meyer (1,077 yards), Fullback Gale Douglas (621) and End Ed Maras (327).
St. John's of the Minnesota Conference must plug many holes. Already tightly stoppered are center (Jack Hickey), end (Hardy Reyerson), halfback (Joe Hartle), fullback (Rich Froehle).
Southwest Missouri of the Missouri Association, 9-1 last fall, anticipates defensive gaps, but Halfback Cornelius Perry and a line that is excellent from one guard through the other end bulwark Bear hopes. Both KEARNEY of the Nebraska Conference and OMAHA of the Central had spectacular years, but both face awesome graduation tolls.
Losses from the undefeated 1963 RIPON Redmen, first predictable champion in many years, leaves the Midwest Conference as scrambled as before. Hopeful CARLETON, COE, CORNELL and ST. OLAF are contenders.