1. MICHIGAN STATE (8-0)
2. NEBRASKA (8-0)
3. NOTRE DAME (6-1)
That old campaigner, MICHIGAN STATE's Duffy Daugherty, was taking nothing for granted. His powerful Spartans had just trounced Iowa 35-0—with Clint Jones running for four touchdowns—to clinch a tie for the Big Ten title. "Don't forget," he warned, "you have to be voted into the Rose Bowl." His real worry was not that or Saturday's final Big Ten game with Indiana, but Notre Dame a week later. That one could be for the national championship.
Other Big Ten teams were playing out the string. In the closing minutes MINNESOTA's John Hankinson completed eight straight passes and then sneaked over from the one to give the Gophers a 27-22 win over Northwestern. OHIO STATE pulled one out over Indiana 17-10 on Will Sander's fourth-quarter touchdown. PURDUE walloped Wisconsin 45-7. At Champaign, there was the annual bit of brotherly strife between the Elliotts, MICHIGAN'S Bump and Illinois' Pete. Bump, as he always does, won, 23-3.
Kansas got caught up in NEBRASKA's relentless meat grinder 42-6 and came away chopped up and dutifully impressed. Six different players scored as the Huskers piled up 510 yards. "Man, they were the best football team we have ever faced," gushed Kansas' Jack Mitchell. "I had no idea any team could whip us like that."
Missouri, still harboring bowl hopes, was too knowing and too skillful for Colorado's young Buffs. The Tigers forced the breaks and then made them pay off as Quarterback Gary Lane had a good day running and passing Mizzou to a 20-7 win. OKLAHOMA, still in the Big Eight race, got ready for Missouri by taking Iowa State 24-20. But Kansas State, which has not won in nine games, lost again, to CINCINNATI 21-14.
What once looked like a respectable season has suddenly become a nightmare for Army's Paul Dietzel. AIR FORCE, yearning desperately for a win over a service rival, got it when Quarterback Paul Stein ran five yards for one touchdown and passed 27 for another. The score: 14-3. "Our biggest win," said Coach Ben Martin. "We're in the fraternity now."
Tulsa's Bill Anderson and Howard Twilley were at it again in a 51-18 whomping of Louisville. Anderson threw five touchdown passes, all to Twilley (who caught 15), completed 29 of 54 for 362 yards to break another one of Jerry Rhome's season records (234 completions to 224). Twilley now has 106 catches for the year, 233 for 3,050 yards and 30 scores in his career.
Miami of Ohio almost did not get its anticipated share of the Mid-American title. The Redskins had to come from behind on Bruce Matte's 30-yard run to overtake tough Toledo 20-16. But BOWLING GREEN, a 20-6 winner over Marshall, can tie Miami by beating Ohio Saturday.
1. PRINCETON (7-0)
2. SYRACUSE (5-3)
3. DARTMOUTH (7-0)