1. UCLA (3-0)
2. USC (2-1)
3. OREGON (3-0)
Although MINNESOTA, in the words of Coach Murray Warmath, "made a lot of little ol' mistakes like fumbles and jumping on guys who called for fair catches," the Gophers undermined California 26-20. Some 50,000 at Berkeley hoped that a win over Missouri and a narrow loss to Illinois meant the Bears were golden again. But California's defeat, its 12th straight by a Big Ten team, did nothing to sustain that illusion, even though Quarterback Craig Morton completed 17 of 29 passes for 259 yards under fearful pressure. Minnesota passer John Hankinson threw for two touchdowns, Fullback Mike Reid scored 14 points and the fast-charging line restricted the Bears to 46 yards.
UCLA'S Larry Zeno was responsible for all his team's points in a 27-20 victory over Stanford as the angry Bruins continued to defy preseason predictions. Leading by only one point with 3:22 to go, the Bruins frustrated a two-point Stanford conversion attempt, then scored an insurance touchdown.
Downtrodden Brigham Young dedicated its nice new stadium by giving WAC favorite NEW MEXICO more football than it wanted, but the Lobos still won 26-14. Leading throughout, ARIZONA STATE beat Wichita 24-18 for its 11th consecutive victory. ARIZONA let its first team watch the remainder of a 28-12 win from the bench after running up a four-touchdown lead against Washington State early in the second half. Colorado State drove to the Falcon 13 in the final minutes before conceding a 14-6 loss to AIR FORCE.