1. OHIO STATE (9-0)
2. KANSAS (9-1)
3. NOTRE DAME (7-2-1)
"We stunk up the place," said Oklahoma State Coach Phil Cutchin, but Oklahoma's Chuck Fairbanks thought the air was filled with the sweet smell of success following his team's 41-7 win. With the victory, which Bob Warmack engineered by passing for two touchdowns and running for another pair, the Sooners earned a share of the Big Eight title with Kansas. Warmack attempted 20 passes and completed a dozen of them, 10 of which went to Wingback Eddie Hinton. Warmack set a Big Eight career record with a total of 3,527 yards.
Tulsa, leading 3-0 in the fourth quarter and unable to gain much yardage in the muddy going, scored three touchdowns on passes in the closing minutes to wipe out winless Wichita State 23-7 in a Missouri Valley Conference game.
1. GEORGIA (8-0-2)
2. TENNESSEE (8-1-1)
3. ALABAMA (8-2)
"We want 100" was what the fans were chanting at halftime, but the crowd was rooting for Florida State to get the 100, not Houston, which had scored that much the week before but now trailed 25-0. State only got to 40, however, as Houston's firm-as-marsh-mallow defense was rendered helpless by Bill Cappleman and Ron Sellers. Cappleman was on target all day, especially to Sellers, who caught 14 passes for 214 yards to finish first in the country with 86 catches good for 1,496 yards. Paul Gipson of the Cougars ran for 164 yards and wound up fourth nationally with 1,550 yards, but the blitzing Seminoles won easily 40-20. "We didn't execute. If we had, we would have butchered them," said Houston Coach Bill Yeoman after the game.
Georgia manhandled Georgia Tech 47-8, the Bulldogs' most lopsided win in the 75-year-old rivalry. The outcome was decided early, with Georgia going 98 yards for a score the first time it had the ball and with Tech Quarterback Larry Good being injured in the first period.
Although he did not step into a phone booth to change outfits, Mike Hall of Alabama looked like Clark Kent against Auburn as he switched jerseys to play both linebacker and tight end. The quick-change artist was largely responsible for Alabama's 24-16 victory.
In other SEC contests, Tennessee needed a 23-yard, third-period field goal by Karl Kremser to hold off surprising Vanderbilt 10-7, and winless Mississippi State, surprisingly, tied Mississippi 17-17. Tommy Pharr of the Bulldogs, an all-SEC quarterback despite playing for a team that was 0-8-2, passed for two touchdowns against Ole Miss and had his team ahead until late in the last quarter.
There were less than three minutes left, Florida trailed 10-7 and it had the ball on the Miami six-yard line. With Larry Smith gaining 90 yards, the upset-minded Gators had rallied from a 10-0 deficit, but now came the big play. Again Smith carried, this time breaking three tackles as he charged over the goal line to stun Miami 14-10.