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The Gold Sheet also provided last week's game statistics, last year's game statistics for the coming weekend's opponents, pro selections, a special Handi-Football Ratings chart, a Ticker noting key injuries, a Gridiron Log, with the records of all major college teams, an analysis of college trends, and a unique Looking for an Angle section. One angle that week was that Frank Howard, the Clemson coach, graduated from Alabama in 1931 but hadn't won a game against an SEC school since 1961. (Clemson lost to Alabama that weekend, too.)
Later, the Sports Weekly Football Newsletter arrived from North Charleston, S.C. Speaking of Mississippi State the Newsletter reported: "QB Pharr took his squad over TexTech last wk and can do same thing here IF FlaState is looking forward to SoCaroU next week. Look for tuff game w/home side pulling it out." The Newsletter also picked its guaranteed winners in both the colleges and pros. "Notre Dame [over Tulane] by no less than 30," the sheet said, "and Baltimore [over San Francisco] as we have to believe the Colts have found themselves at last." (Notre Dame won by 37, but the Colts lost.)
Chad studied the Notre Dame line. "Everybody's big on Parseghian this week," he said. "That's natural. Parseghian will keep his starters in as long as possible against helpless Tulane so he can run up an impressive score for the pollsters. He always runs the score on the little guys."
The actual countdown to kickoff begins Friday noon when Chad's CKO—Confidential Kick-Off—arrives at his office, airmail special delivery, just before lunch. CKO, which is also printed in Los Angeles, costs $5 a week. For his $5, Chad gets CKO's top six college picks and Late Flashes on various pro and college teams.
This particular week the picks were: Southern California over Georgia Tech, Stanford over UCLA, Alabama over Clemson, Brown over Colgate, Cornell over Yale and Oklahoma over Kansas State. The Late Flashes included such dynamite as, "DUKE continues to be decimated with additional injuries. Now star RB-Asack is thru for year following knee operation wounded in Maryland game. Both backup RBs were forced into action despite own personal ailments. Asack is key man in keeping defense honest and allowing QB-Hart time to throw."
Chad frowned when he noticed the selection of two Ivy League schools, Brown and Cornell. "I avoid the Ivies," he said. "They're too unpredictable. The quarterbacks sometimes spend Friday nights writing their theses instead of studying game plans."
Armed with this information, Chad called his bookie for the latest point spread: "C. here. What you got, Mr. B?" The bookie read off the latest spreads, skipping certain games on Chad's ready list with the explanation that those games were now off the board. One such was Notre Dame-Tulane. "That's gone from 22 to 29 this week," the bookie said, "so we dropped it." Chad told the bookie he would call back shortly.
Next Chad phoned a special service in Colorado that provides him with updated reports on all big-name teams and also offers its top-four selections for Saturday's game. This week the Colorado service liked Minnesota (underdogs by seven points) against Michigan, Michigan State (favored by six) over Iowa, Alabama (favored by seven) over Clemson and Kansas (favored by six) over Iowa State.
Chad telephoned Clyde in Buffalo and told him what the Colorado service's selections were. Clyde snickered. "If they knew so much they wouldn't be peddling the stuff," he said. Clyde, however, was high on Alabama. "I called the Tennessee score except for the last touchdown," he said. "Now I think Alabama will blow Clemson right out of the tub. I like Kansas, too. They're fast. They've lost some games, but Rodgers won't let them get flat. He's that type of coach. Why does the service like Minnesota?" Chad said he would call the service Saturday morning, then call Clyde at 12:30 and let him know.
Later Friday night Chad called his bookie again. "I want Minnesota, Southern Cal, Kansas and Mississippi State—all for five," he said. "And let me have the Crimson Tide again for another six. In the pros let me have Vince Lombardi's Skinnies over the Steelers, Denver over Houston and Boston over New York again. All for five." The bookie said thanks and hung up. "I really like the "Skins," Chad said, "because Terry Hanratty's starting for the Steelers for the first time. That should be a couple of touchdowns' advantage right there."