1. ALABAMA (8-0)
2. AUBURN (7-0)
3. GEORGIA (8-0)
When the sun shines, take Mississippi and the points. Ole Miss has not lost to LSU in a daytime game since 1934, and the Rebels kept the streak intact with a 24-22 victory. Only a year ago, in a nationally televised night game, the Tigers romped 61-17. They almost upset tradition this year, scoring two touchdowns in the last two minutes and nine seconds after trailing 24-7. As the game ended, Andy Hamilton was struggling to get out of bounds after catching a pass that moved the Tigers to the Rebels' 42-yard line. But it was a 39-yard field goal by Mississippi's Cloyce Hinton that provided the margin which all but knocked the defending SEC champions out of contention.
In this corner was Auburn's Pat Sullivan, and in that corner was Florida's John Reaves, the No. 3 and No. 4 passers in the country. An aerial circus in store, no doubt? Well, yes and no. Auburn Coach Shug Jordan had a different idea. "We have picked up the reputation of a passing team," he said, "but we really like to run the ball." So the first two times the Tigers had the ball, they crunched out scoring drives of 97 and 54 yards without completing a pass. Sullivan ran for both touchdowns, but with a slim halftime lead of 12-7 Jordan decided to pass more often. Sullivan ended up with 15 completions in 30 attempts for 241 yards and two more TDs in a 40-7 romp. Reaves, meanwhile, completed 18 of 37 for 185 yards and one score. With so much early running, Auburn had two backs with more than 100 yards rushing—Terry Henley with 139 and Tommy Lowry with 101.
Bear Bryant spoke glowingly of Mississippi State after Alabama posted a 41-10 victory. "I'm thankful to get out alive," he said, noting the score was 17-10 entering the final period. "They just lined up across there and whipped us." Bryant said injuries had kept the team from scrimmaging during the last two weeks. "It makes a big difference when you've been leaning against dummies and then have to play against men on Saturday."
Georgia, which has not played a close game all year, defeated South Carolina 24-0. It was the third straight shutout by the Bulldogs and the fourth in six games. The Gamecock running attack lost 23 yards, but Quarterback Glenn Morris probed the questionable Georgia secondary for 175 yards. Quarterback James Ray, a starter last season for Georgia, had lost his job to sophomore Andy Johnson in preseason practice. But Johnson went out with a bruised thigh on the third series of the game, and Ray rushed for 151 yards and scored twice, once on an 84-yard run.
Tennessee Coach Bill Battle also found success by going to the bench for a new quarterback. Jim Maxwell, a fourth-stringer making his first start, guided the heretofore sputtering Vol offense to a 38-3 rout of Tulsa.
Surprising Clemson remained unbeaten in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 10-9 victory over Wake Forest as Eddie Seigler booted a 30-yard field goal with 37 seconds left. North Carolina, the ACC favorite, had a tough time with William & Mary, the best team in the Southern Conference, but eventually won 36-35. The two teams exchanged touchdowns all afternoon, the Tar Heels moving the ball on the ground and the Indians through the air. Quarterback Paul Miller, who scored twice and passed for another TD, finally won the game with a two-point conversion toss to Lewis Jolley.
Georgia Tech evened its record at 4-4 with its second straight win, shutting out Duke 21-0. In a Friday night game, Army led Miami 13-3, then the Hurricane blew past the Cadets 24-13. Army had roared to its brief 10-point margin seconds before a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Miami's Tom Sullivan.