THE TOP THREE:
1. SYRACUSE (4-2)
2. VILLANOVA (5-0)
3. BOSTON COLLEGE (3-2)
With his meager squad chewed up by injuries after three straight losses, Army's Paul Dietzel reluctantly decided to junk the three-team system he invented. He retired his Bandits and condensed his remaining healthy players into offensive and defensive units. But before the Cadets could get organized, DUKE'S bullish Mike Curtis and Sonny Odom ran through them, Quarterback Scotty Glacken passed over them and Mark Caldwell kicked 26- and 24-yard field goals for a 6-0 lead at half time. As it turned out, that was just enough to win for the Blue Devils. Rollie Stichweh, running and passing mostly from a shotgun, finally roused Army in the second half, but every time the Cadets threatened to score they were hit by penalties, including one that nullified a Stichweh touchdown pass.
Just a year ago PITT and NAVY played for the eastern championship and Navy won. Last week they played for nothing. Fullback Barry McKnight gave Pitt a 14-0 lead but Roger Staubach, still not in top shape, and Kip Paskewich got the Middies even in the second quarter. They wound up that way—tied 14-14. BOSTON COLLEGE had a more productive afternoon against Air Force. Linebacker John Leone blitzed Quarterback Tim Murphy and, when Murphy was not flat on his back, the alert BC secondary picked off three of his passes. The Eagles won 13-7 on Quarterback Ed Foley's 29-yard pass to Jim Whalen in the third quarter.
Princeton continued to look unbeatable in the Ivy League. The puissant Tigers whomped Penn 55-0 for their fifth win. YALE, however, needed three long field goals (46, 48 and 30 yards) by Chuck Mercein to edge Cornell 23-21. Columbia's Archie Roberts had his finest day, completing 25 of 39 passes for 320 yards and four touchdowns but still the poor Lions lost to RUTGERS 38-35 when Rolf Stegmann ran 42 and five yards for scores. DARTMOUTH routed Harvard 48-0 while BROWN took Rhode Island 30-14.
THE TOP THREE:
1. ALABAMA (6-0)
2. GEORGIA TECH (5-0)
3. LSU (4-0-1)
It was a hard week for undefeated teams in the South. Florida and Florida State both went down, LSU was tied and Georgia Tech barely survived.