But there will be more hurry in the running attack with Lou Sims, a real swifty (9.7 for the 100), moved over from the defense and Perry Williams, a high-hipped sophomore, at fullback. Defensively, Purdue is solid all over, especially in the interior with 255-pound Lance Olssen and 240-pound sophomore Clanton King flanking 225-pound Bob Sebeck at middle guard.
Even with all these plusses, Mollenkopf is not talking Big Ten championship, not out loud. He was burned last year when Michigan State and Illinois beat what he thought was his best team ever out of what would have been its first trip to Pasadena.
One of the teams that Nebraska's Devaney fears in the Big Eight is COLORADO, and with good reason. The Buffs have been coming on fast—they were 6-2-2 last year—under Coach Eddie Crowder, and the time when they can cause problems for the Huskers is close at hand.
Crowder predicts, "This will be our best team," but he quickly qualifies that, adding, "I don't know whether this will be our best year." What he means is that the conference is getting tougher and there are more dangerous opponents. He is, perhaps, too modest. His losses from 1965 were slight—only seven lettermen—and with 30 back the Buffs are two-deep almost everywhere.
The offensive line, which was hardest hit, needs some rebuilding, and End Sam Harris, 6 feet 4 and 230 pounds, has been moved over from the defense. Even so, the defense is hardy enough for the perils ahead. Frank Bosch, a persuasive 245-pound tackle, is the standout of a group that includes Tackle Bill Sabatino, Middle Guard Ron Scott and End Bill Fairbrand. If any runners escape them, Linebackers Kerry Mottl and Dennis Drummond will stack them up.
There is nothing soft about Colorado's attack, either. Crowder says, "We probably will throw more," but don't you believe it. Not with runners like Bill Harris, who got 680 yards a year ago, Estes Banks and Wilmer Cooks, who looks ready to live up to his notices. Besides, Quarterback Bernie McCall runs better than he throws, despite his 84 completions. Only two of them were for touchdowns, and you cannot win games that way. They will all be waiting for Nebraska in Boulder on Oct. 22.
The faces are new, but the game is the same at TULSA. When graduation stripped the Hurricanes of their prized battery, Billy Anderson and Howard Twilley, Coach Glenn Dobbs simply went out and got himself a flock of junior college transfers, some of them All-Americas, who like to play pitch-and-catch. They may make Tulsa good enough to win a fifth straight NCAA passing championship and, on the way, the Missouri Valley Conference title.
One of them, Greg Barton, from Long Beach, Calif., is pushing the coach's son, 6-foot-6 Glenn III, for the quarterback job, and that does not displease the elder Dobbs one bit. The more passers he has, the safer he feels, provided, of course, he has some bodies around to throw to. This year again there are: Flanker Neal Sweeney, who caught 78 passes behind Twilley's 134, and Wide End Brent Roberts, back after knee surgery in 1965.
The other thing that Dobbs fancies are huge, combative linemen to protect his passers and get the ball for them. He has so many that he was not at all concerned when blustery Willie Townes passed up his senior year for a pro contract. Joe Blake, a 295-pound JC All-America from Bakersfield, Calif., is considered an even better tackle than Townes and Karl Henke, a transfer who plays the other side, is also good.
A ridiculously unfunny thing happened to BOWLING GREEN on the way to the Mid-American Conference title last year. The Falcons stumbled over Miami of Ohio and found themselves in a tie with the Redskins. It was better than no championship at all, but Coach Bob Gibson is selfish. He wants to be alone. BG looks good enough this year to guarantee him splendid isolation.