Ripon, defending the Midwest Conference championship, will count on Guard Scott Mathott and a passing attack built around Quarterback Dick Kuehl. GRINNELL has improved offensively and defensively, and this year has experience. Fullback Dick Lamb could be in for a fine year, and so could Halfback Bob Watt and Defensive Ends John Lawson and Nord Brue. ST. OLAF is fast, but it should be because the Oles, for a change, are not big. Dave Krahn carried for 942 yards in six games last year, and Mike Gorton was all-league as a sophomore center. Paul Anderson can run and throw, especially to End Steve Refsell. CARLETON must find a quarterback, and it looks like Printice Gary, a flanker last year, will get the nod. This is not one of those miracle years for the Carls.
Marlin (The Magician) Briscoe should again take OMAHA to the Central Intercollegiate Conference title. A fine scrambler who could play quarterback for many a major school, Briscoe passed and ran for 2,181 yards in total offense last year and, with 28 other lettermen returning, he has what little help he needs. Also look for good performances from Fullback Bill Dodd, Tackles Bill Jansen and Dave Rak and Linebacker Larry Von Tersch. Little KANSAS STATE COLLEGE at Pittsburg does not have enough to challenge Omaha for the title, but the Gorillas have spirit and Fred Held and Jerry Hudon are among the finest running backs in the school's history.
Northeast Missouri State Teachers will have to go some to repeat as Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association champs, but Coach Maurice (Red) Wade thinks the Bulldogs are the going kind. Rich Gorzynski was an all-league quarterback last year, and speedy Sharron Washington is still around. What Wade must do is refurbish his offensive and defensive lines.
All of the College Athletic Conference coaches believe CENTRE, under new Head Coach Steele Harmon, is the team to beat this fall, although WASHINGTON AND LEE and single-wing SEWANEE, CAC titlists the last four years, will be in hot pursuit. Fullback Geoff Monge is the only regular in WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY'S backfield, while Gordon Ankney, Bill Hovland and Mike Busenhart are strong defensive holdovers. The Battling Bears, with a serious depth problem, will have to play End Terry Steinkoetter and Guard Paul McKee both ways.
The WILLIAM JEWELL-Missouri Valley game has decided the Missouri College Athletic Union championship for the last 16 years. It will again when the two close out the season against each other. Jewell has 24 lettermen back from the Cardinal team that whipped Missouri Valley last fall. Among them is Halfback Terry Bashor, a tough, smart runner and single-wing Fullback Phil Colwell, whom Coach Norris Patterson calls the best he's had in his 16 years at WJ. Gary Beets returns at blocking back, and T. J. Brown and John Modeer are both top hands up front. All in all, it appears that the 22 returning lettermen at MISSOURI VALLEY are destined for second place again, even though Tom Venice and John DiMuzio, two players who make the defensive unit one of the better ones in the area, once more are aboard. Richard Bittle is a good end, and Bob Thomas has the size and speed to make a fine halfback.
Parsons won eight of nine last year and again should be hard to handle. Quarterback Daynor Prince and runners George Smith, Allen Marcelin and Charles Moore form a potent offensive backfield and the Wildcats' defense is always tough.
Bradley is without Bob Caress, and he finished fifth, sixth, second and first among the nation's small-college passers in his four years at Bradley. His absence portends a long season for the Braves.
Even though Allen Smith, the nation's leading scorer last year with 146 points, is gone, FINDLAY has enough talent parcelled among its 16 returning lettermen to be optimistic. Jim Culler will be in his fourth year at quarterback, and By Morgan Jr. and Bill Bingle are strong up front. Dave Bethany returns to the defensive team.
Lack of reserves at guard and tackle is a problem at GEORGETOWN, but 275-pound Tom Seals, who tied the NAIA field-goal record, will go both ways, and Jim McKenzie and Willis Tolliver can run. At player-poor NEBRASKA WESLEYAN, Coach Ray Westover would gladly settle for another 7-2 record like 1965's.
Both lines will be stronger at YOUNGSTOWN and Jake Ferro, who plays offensive guard and defensive tackle, is as good as they come. An inexperienced secondary could hurt ST. NORBERT, maybe too much for the play of Tackle Tim Houlton and Al Groves to bail the Knights out. NORTHERN MICHIGAN has a lot of ability in the line, but no speed in the backfield or a proven quarterback.