THE TOP THREE:
1. AUBURN (1-0)
2. MISSISSIPPI (1-0)
3. ALABAMA (1-0)
While Ole Miss was squashing Memphis State, AUBURN was whipping Houston by the same score, 30-0. The poor Cougars never had a chance. Quarterback Jimmy Sidle and Halfback Tucker Frederickson bushwhacked them with indelicate roll-outs and lusty charges through the line. Houston's feeble attempts to move the ball were swallowed up by a thunderous Auburn defense, led by Linebackers Frederickson and Bill Cody. Even so, Coach Shug Jordan found something to grouse about. Auburn's passing, he said, could have been better. TENNESSEE, a skimpy 10-6 winner over Chattanooga and Auburn's next opponent, will be sorry to learn that Jordan plans to work on that "weak" passing attack.
Alabama's Bear Bryant was delighted with his team. The Bear even managed a small grin as Quarterback Joe Namath, who never used to roll out much, scattered Georgia with his passes (16 for 21) and ran around them for three touchdowns as 'Bama won easily, 31-3. LSU'S Charlie McClendon was pleased, too. He sprang a swinging (for LSU) pro-style flanker T on Texas A&M, and Quarterback Pat Screen threw to Flanker Doug Moreau six times for 101 yards. But, in truth, it was LSU's oldtime resource-fulness that beat the stubborn Aggies 9-6. Tackle Mickey Cox blocked an A&M punt in the end zone, and Moreau left-footed a 34-yard field goal.
While SMU was busy keying its double monster defense to FLORIDA Fullback Larry Dupree, Halfback Jack Harper ran 56 yards with a pass to set up one touchdown and returned a punt 80 yards for another as Florida romped 24-8. Meanwhile, KENTUCKY and GEORGIA TECH had problems. Kentucky splattered fumbles all over Stoll Field, and only some fancy flying by Halfback Rodger Bird saved a 13-6 win over Detroit. Tech was hard-pressed to get by Vanderbilt 14-2.
For a while it looked like OKLAHOMA was going to be beaten by a Chilean soccer player. Bernardo Bramson, a Maryland sophomore, side-kicked a 22-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to put the Terps ahead 3-0. Then, with 4� minutes to play, the land-locked Sooners struck. Third-string Quarterback John Hammond, pinned back on his own 10-yard line, found Halfback Lance Rentzel free on the 45 and hit him with a pass. Rentzel went all the way for a touchdown. Oklahoma scored again to win 13-3.
It was an upsetting day in the Atlantic Coast Conference. A two-point gamble by North Carolina in the last minute failed, and the Tar Heels fell to NORTH CAROLINA STATE 14-13. DUKE was luckier. The Blue Devils gladly settled for a 9-9 tie when SOUTH CAROLINA'S Jack McCathern kicked a 30-yard field goal with 1:30 to go. WAKE FOREST, with unaccustomed aplomb, survived a record-breaking spree by Virginia sophomore Quarterback Bob Davis (334 yards running and passing) to shock the Cavaliers 31-21.
Miami, without George Mira, was like a jet without a wing. FLORIDA STATE'S Steve Tensi and Fred Biletnikoff teamed up for two touchdown passes and a 14-0 win over the played-out Hurricanes. After the game Biletnikoff rushed across the field and began swabbing younger brother Bob's forehead with a towel. Little brother needed it. He had just played his first game as Miami's quarterback and had spent the night buried under eager FSU defenders.