1. OHIO STATE (4-0)
2. NOTRE DAME (5-0)
3. NEBRASKA (5-0-1)
The week in Michigan was full of conflict and confrontation. An East Lansing newsman printed reports that Michigan State Coach Duffy Daugherty might be asked to retire, so ol' Duffy (limping along with a 1-3 record) got his dander up and barred the newsman from the team bus for the ride to Ann Arbor and the big game with Michigan. Then the game itself had to survive a legal battle on Friday. Seems that a university janitor, Joel Block, was miffed because a rock festival had been banned, so he sought an injunction to prohibit the game as a common nuisance. He argued that the pot smoking and rowdyism at a rock festival are no worse than the drinking and rowdyism at a football game. Unfortunately for Michigan State, the injunction was denied. That left Michigan free to run up its biggest point total against State in almost 25 years while winning 34-20.
Michigan's Billy Taylor scored three TDs, the first Wolverine to do that against State since 1947, and he also gained 149 yards. Glenn Doughty gained 85 yards, caught five passes and scored once. And Quarterback Don Moorhead, besides hitting 12 of 19 passes, kept Michigan moving with consistently successful plays on third or fourth down. After the hectic week Michigan's biggest celebration was at the Den of the Mellow Men, a house rented by seven Wolverine players. The specialty of the house is soul food and, as Taylor said, "Man, the Saturday night dinners are getting to be a bigger treat than the game."
In Columbus, Ohio State scored the first four times it had the ball against Minnesota, then spent the rest of the day fending off passes en route to an easy 28-8 victory. A record crowd of 86,667 watched Quarterback Rex Kern baffle Minnesota with his moves off the triple option, and Fullback John Brockington hurt the Gophers with his smashes into the line. Kern ran 20 times for 86 yards and two TDs, and he completed nine of 15 passes for 74 more yards. "Rex was remarkable with his ball handling," said Buckeye Coach Woody Hayes in a rare spasm of praise. He also had a back pat for Brockington, who ran 28 times for 187 yards and two TDs.
In Madison, Northwestern Fullback Mike Adamle stomped all over Wisconsin's defense, gaining 176 yards in the Wildcats' 24-14 win—their second straight in the Big Ten. With his team leading 17-14 and only 52 seconds left, Adamle rammed through Wisconsin's stacked defense for 43 yards and a touchdown.
In the Big Eight, Kansas got a 96-yard kickoff return from Vince O'Neil, but that wasn't enough to keep Nebraska from grinding out a 41-20 victory. The Cornhuskers, who are so deep that they have what amounts to two first-string quarterbacks (Jerry Tagge and Van Brownson) and two first-string halfbacks (Joe Orduna and Jeff Kinney), tore up the Jayhawks' defense for 295 yards on the ground and 218 in the air. In Boulder, Colorado gained 359 yards on the ground, but the Buffaloes' seven turnovers (four interceptions, three fumbles) enabled Oklahoma to spring a 23-15 upset.