THE TOP THREE:
1. KENTUCKY (3-0)
2. ALABAMA (3-0)
3. LSU (2-0)
While KENTUCKY was making Auburn and the rest of the Southeastern Conference sit up and take notice, MISSISSIPPI was still in a state of shock from its losing game against the Wildcats a week earlier. Houston had Ole Miss on the run for more than a half until Quarterback Jim Weatherly threw and ran for touchdowns and the tough Cougars succumbed 31-9.
Alabama, too, sputtered for a while against Vanderbilt. After a scoreless first half Joe Namath, the quarterback the pros covet most, passed for two touchdowns and ran 15 yards for a third, leading 'Bama to victory 24-0. TENNESSEE dusted off the old Statute of Liberty play to spring Hal Wantland for a 13-yard run that put the Vols ahead of Mississippi State 14-7. Perhaps aroused by this bit of trickery, State attempted some of its own when it scored later in the game. The Maroons faked a kick for the extra point and then passed instead. But Tennessee stopped the play cold and won the game 14-13.
Maryland's Tom Nugent was another who got too cagey. After his Terps took a 13-0 lead over NORTH CAROLINA STATE, Nugent decided to try for two points "to make State go for two" if it scored. It was disastrous strategy. Maryland failed, and when the Wolfpack caught up on Charlie Noggles' second touchdown all it needed was a kick by Gus Andrews to win 14-13. Wake Forest's bubble popped. NORTH CAROLINA closed in on the Deacons' sweeps and whipped them 23-0. VIRGINIA, after eight winless years against Virginia Tech, upset the Gobblers 20-17 on Tom Hodges' two-yard pass to Larry Molinari with 20 seconds to play.
Georgia and South Carolina played to a 7-7 tie, but FLORIDA STATE'S big quarterback. Steve Tensi, flooded New Mexico State's uncertain secondary with passes as the Seminoles won easily, 36-0. GEORGIA TECH, in between fumbles and some plodding football, got a 34-yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Jerry Priestly and a 54-yard run by Halfback Johnny Gresham to beat Clemson 14-7. Clemson's old-folksy Frank Howard was philosophical about the defeat. "They just beat our squeeze play with two home runs," he quipped.
THE TOP THREE:
1. ILLINOIS (2-0)
2. OHIO STATE (2-0)
3. MICHIGAN (2-0)