Publicly Syracuse's Ben Schwartzwalder broods about the loss of Floyd Little and about a questionable offensive line, but the offense won't be held exactly scoreless. Larry Csonka, the All-America fullback, is back, and Rich Pancyzszyn (pronounced Pansishun), a sophomore quarterback, throws passes that his coach says, "aren't pretty, but get there." Schwartzwalder is not brooding about his defense. Led by a top pro prospect, Safety Ed Mantie, it is a good one.
Among the other independents, Florida State, even with a good passer in Gary Pajcic and fine receivers in Ron Sellers and Thurston Taylor, would be happier if it did not have to play Houston and Alabama in its first two games. Tulane's ebullient Jim Pittman, who roused slumbering fans last year with a 5-4-1 record, faces a similar problem. Quarterback Bobby Duhon, who earned 1,325 yards in total offense, and Safety Jim Jancik are back, but the Green Wave will be in over its head against Miami and Tennessee. At Georgia Tech, winning will come hard for new Coach Bud Carson, who inherited Quarterback Kim King and Tailback Lenny Snow but not much else. Navy could furrow a few brows with its passing team of John Cartwright to Rob Taylor. Boston College, Memphis State, Dayton, New Mexico State, Colgate, Rutgers and Holy Cross will all be respectable. Pitt is beginning to sense signs of life, but the Panthers are stuck with their usual impossible schedule. "We'll be 100% better," predicts Coach Dave Hart, "but that may mean we'll only get beat 20-0 instead of 40-0."