THE FIFTH QUARTER
Never mind USC-Notre Dame. Arkansas Coach Frank Broyles says that relatively few upsets have occurred in college football this year and that this is because football has become a five-quarter game. "The rule that gives a team 25 seconds to put the ball in play after gaining possession of it, plus the other rule that stops the clock after each first down have added from 15 to 30 plays to a game," Broyles says. "Five or six years ago the average game had 120 to 130 plays. Today the average is 140 to 160. Texas El Paso played one game this season in which there were 180 center snaps. That's equivalent to 5� quarters.
"The favorite has more chances to win today than five years ago because class will tell, eventually. The longer a game goes the better chance a favorite has to win." As for one-sided games, Broyles says, "The fourth quarter is when you usually run up points, but you can really run them up in the fifth quarter."
THE WHOLE MAN
Carl Hubbell, the Hall of Fame pitcher who is now the San Francisco Giants' farm director, read that Dr. James Nicholas, team physician of the New York Jets, said that Joe Namath, even after breaking his hand, could have gone back in the lineup at almost any other position except quarterback. "Aha!" said Hubbell. "That's what I mean about football. It's all right as a sideshow, but it doesn't bring out the whole man. How can you really identify with a sport that has specialists for the hand, the foot and the shoulder? Baseball is the only game that calls for every skill from normal-sized people. If you can't throw, run, catch and hit, you're not a major-leaguer. Fans identify with baseball, and they'll continue to do so when other meteoric sports have had their innings."