1. FLORIDA (4-1)
2. LSU (5-1)
3. ALABAMA (4-1-1)
While Florida rested, there was just no end to poor Georgia's troubles. The Bulldogs, depleted by injuries, tried everything against KENTUCKY, including a pro-type offense instead of their usual tight formation. Coach Vince Dooley even moved Quarterback Preston Ridlehuber to halfback and let sophomore Kirby Moore run the team. It worked for a while and Georgia had a 10-0 lead. Then the Wildcats exploded. Within eight minutes in the second period, Quarterback Rick Norton passed for three quick scores, and all of a sudden Georgia was dead 28-10.
The Bulldogs were not alone in their misery. Mississippi State, embarrassed to death by TULANE Quarterback Bobby Duhon's left-handed passes, was upset 17-15.
For a change, ALABAMA did not have to come from behind. The Tide, fitted into a becoming 4-4 defense that stopped Florida State's passing cold, started to roll early. Fullback Leslie Kelley slashed through the Seminoles for two touchdowns and Quarterback Steve Sloan got another. The score: 21-0. TENNESSEE, the only unbeaten (but twice-tied) team in the conference, honored a commitment and played Houston while grieving for Assistant Coaches Bill Majors, Bob Jones and Charles Rash, who died after an auto accident the previous Monday. The Vols won 17-8.
LSU-OLE miss Saturday may turn out to be a game after all. LSU, naturally, had no trouble beating South Carolina 21-7, but Mississippi, blasting Vanderbilt's good defense to win 24-7, showed signs of coming alive. Auburn, however, was shocked by SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI 3-0 on George Sumrail's 26-yard field goal.
Georgia Tech had all kinds of goodies ready for Navy. First there was a blitz—Tech style—that prodded the distracted Middies oft" balance. Then there were successive 86-and 77-yard punt returns by Bill Eastman and Sam Burke. But the most succulent goodie of all was a fake draw to Tailback Lenny Snow that kept the Navy blitzers in tight. Sophomore Quarterback Kim King, faking beautifully, dropped exquisitely timed screen passes off to the side to Wingback Craig Baynham and two of them went for touchdowns. All told, King completed 16 of 23 for 172 yards and three scores as Tech swamped Navy 37-16.
Virginia Tech's Jerry Claiborne figured his team would have trouble running inside against Virginia's bulky linemen. So he had Quarterback Bobby Owens run the option. Sometimes Owens kept (for two touchdowns) and sometimes he pitched back to Halfback Dickie Longerbeam (for 164 yards) at the very last second. The option worked so well that Tech whipped the Cavaliers 22-14.
The ACC race was beginning to resolve itself. While first-place CLEMSON edged TCU 3-0, North Carolina and Maryland dropped almost out of the running, WAKE FOREST caught the Tar Heels 12-10 while NORTH CAROLINA STATE shocked Maryland 29-7.
1. ARKANSAS (6-0)
2. TEXAS (4-2)
3. TEXAS TECH (5-1)