Cincinnati and Wichita State may stir up a spark or two in the Missouri Valley. At Cincy, Coach Chuck Studley, who used to pass only in desperation, will turn his wing T into an aerial act. One reason is Greg Cook, a 6-foot-3 sophomore who throws straight and far. Another is Ed Ford, a rookie wingback who can fly and catch passes. Wichita State Coach George Karras wanted more punch in his running game, so he loaded up with speedy junior college transfers. The quickest are Tailback Roosevelt Bonner (9.6) and Halfback Charley Brown (9.8). They will team up with Quarterback John Eckman. All that speed and a sturdy defense, led by 265-pound Tackle Earl Edwards, should shake the Shockers out of the doldrums.
Independent XAVIER, 8-2 last year, may improve on that record. The Musketeers think they have the hottest college passer in the game in Quarterback Carroll Williams, and they could be right. Williams completed 128 passes in 1965 for 1,847 yards and 20 touchdowns. He scored five times running and had 2,008 yards in total offense. Furthermore, he can still throw to End Danny Abramowics, who caught 50 passes. About all DAYTON has is hope, wrapped up in sophomores. Quarterback Jerry Biebuych and 240-pound Fullback Mike Wilson are the best.