1. ARKANSAS (8-1)
2. HOUSTON (7-1)
3. SMU (6-2)
Arkansas moved into the Southwest Conference lead, whacking SMU 22-0. The difference between the two teams was summarized in a single strategic trick developed by Coach Frank Broyles. When SMU set its ends wide to contain Jon Brittenum's sprint-outs and Harry Jones's sweeps, Arkansas massed its blockers at Mustang John Kimbrough's right-tackle spot ("I've never seen so many blockers in my life," said Kimbrough later) and Tailback David Dickey hit it for big yardage. Dickey scored twice after Safety Martine Bercher ran back a punt 69 yards.
Too late, TEXAS was coming on in the SWC, and the reason was not the celebrated Bill Bradley, who has been hurt, but Chris Gilbert, who was expected to play in Bradley's shadow. A low-slung runner with a gliding gait, Gilbert went through TCU for 117 yards, giving him 943 for the season. The Frogs, shaken by Coach Abe Martin's mild heart attack, went down 13-3.
Baylor's Terry Southall was back on target with 24 completions against Texas Tech, and the Bears won 29-14. Rice, which makes a habit of blowing fourth-quarter leads, found two more ways to lose as it yielded to TEXAS A&M 7-6. The Owls missed a two-point conversion with 51 seconds to go and then, after recovering an onside kick, missed a 31-yard field goal try.
Texas Western's defense, once so proud and firm, was mauled again—for 412 yards—by WYOMING as the Cowboys won 31-7.
1. ALABAMA (8-0)
2. GEORGIA TECH (9-0)
3. GEORGIA (8-1)
Georgia Tech and ALABAMA had it easy last week. While Tech was whipping Penn State 21-0 (page 26), 'Bama took South Carolina 24-0 with Tide Fullback Les Kelley, back in Coach Bear Bryant's good graces after serving a week's penance for a curfew violation, doing the most damage.
The War Eagle, screamed out loud and clear in Birmingham when Auburn built a first-quarter 13-0 lead, died in a gurgle as GEORGIA got going. Brad Johnson's seven-yard run and Kirby Moore's 52-yard pass to Hardy King put the Dogs ahead 14-13, Ronnie Jenkins' four-yard plunge added seven points and Georgia had at least a share of the SEC title.