1. TEXAS (3-0)
2. ARKANSAS (3-1)
3. HOUSTON (3-1)
These are the real Arkansas Razorbacks, fans. Notice the bony hard backs, the stubbly chin whiskers, the mean look around the mouth. Accept no substitutes. No goats, for instance. Those were goats that lost to Tulsa last week. These are definitely Hogs. Only Hogs would swallow Horned Frogs whole, as Arkansas did in extinguishing TCU 49-15. Only Hogs would monopolize every department: first downs, rushing yardage, passing yardage, interceptions, even yards penalized (119-0). Hogs alone would throw in an 83-yard kickoff return, a 61-yard scoring interception of a pass, a record-equaling number of points in a league game.
With hamstringed first-stringer Eddie Phillips on the bench in street clothes for the second half, substitute Texas Quarterback Donnie Wigginton led the Horns to a 35-7 rout of Oregon. Wigginton became the game's leading gainer with 116 yards on 13 carries in only three quarters. The 5'8" sub also scored two touchdowns. But Texans did not rejoice. Phillips came away limping worse, End Jim Moore suffered a severe knee sprain, Fullback Bobby Callison got a shoulder bruise and star Jim Bertelsen reinjured his already-ailing shoulder.
Though soph field leader Joe Pisarcik broke NMSU's school record for pass completions with 22, the SMU Mustangs edged New Mexico State 28-25 for their first win. Gary Hammond scored the winning touchdown late in the game on a 15-yard keep.
While considerably winded after blowing down mighty Arkansas last week, Tulsa's Golden Hurricane had enough left to beat West Texas. The Tulsans did not exactly breeze, though. They had 94-and four-yard touchdowns called back and stopped West Texas by inches on their own 38 before winning 17-13.
1. NOTRE DAME (3-0)
2. NEBRASKA (4-0)
3. MICHIGAN (3-0)
A year ago, after spectacularly ending Penn State's record of 31 games without a loss with a 41-13 upset, Colorado's Buffaloes were exterminated by unprepossessing Kansas State as Lynn Dickey had a passable day. This year it was happening again. After soaring to sixth in the national rankings by upsetting Ohio State at Columbus, the Buffs were losing to Kansas State 21-17 midway in the third quarter. Unstoppable sophomore Tailback Charlie Davis, who had rushed 418 yards in Colorado's previous victories over LSU, Wyoming and Ohio State, managed only 16 yards in 14 carries. The whole CU offense had 97 yards, with a big minus-seven rushing in the first half. State must have begun to think Colorado's main claim to fame was the fact that its mascot was a pregnant buffalo named Ralphie. But then Colorado pulled a surprise. Going to the air, Quarterback Ken Johnson set a CU passing record with 276 yards and the Buffs won 31-21.
Oklahoma offensive Coach Barry Switzer said all week he was going to give Halfbacks Greg Pruitt and Joe Wylie new jerseys with no number or name. All they would have on them was "Hello" on the front and "Goodby" on the back. Switzer didn't deliver, but Pruitt and Wylie did against USC. Oklahoma's 33-20 runaway was led by Pruitt's 205 yards on only 16 tries, including touchdown jaunts of 75,42 and seven yards, as Wylie turned into a beautiful blocker. The Sooners had a total of over 500 yards rushing. They threw just one pass. "Why should we throw?" Quarterback Jack Mildren asked. "If Switzer ever sends down word to pass, I ain't gonna call it." Head Coach Chuck Fairbanks said tongue-in-cheekily, "We threw that pass to keep them loose."