1. OKLAHOMA (9-0)
2. NEBRASKA (10-0)
3. MICHIGAN (10-0)
Now we all know why Michigan is ranked only No. 3 in the nation. It is not because of Nebraska and Oklahoma, as most people supposed. Not at all, says Coach Bo Schembechler of Michigan, who revealed the truth last week at his press luncheon before the Wolverines' game at Purdue. "We will never be No. 1 in the nation because of the press," said Schembechler, apparently irked because his team's thrilling 63-7 win over Iowa did not merit as much space in the Michigan newspapers as Michigan State's 17-10 upset of Ohio State. And Bo did not stop at that. Asked what he thought about the polls, he snapped: "They're worse than the writers."
Against Purdue, Michigan was lucky to be the No. 1 team in Lafayette, Ind. In the end all that stood between the Wolverines and Purdue was Dana Coin's 25-yard field goal with 43 seconds left to play. The Boilermakers did some things to Michigan that no other team has been able to do this season. Like score 17 points, score in the third quarter and complete two TD passes in the same game. The man who made Michigan boil the most was Quarterback Gary Danielson, who hit on five of nine passes for 110 yards, and both TDs, before being injured late in the third quarter. For Michigan the heroes were Running Backs Ed Shuttlesworth, Billy Taylor and Glenn Doughty and, of course, Coin. "He doesn't just kick, either," said Sports Information Director Will Perry. "He's out there in practice as a linebacker—a good one, too."
Afterward Schembechler said, "Just call us G-U-T-T-Y. And I'll say it again—G-U-T-T-Y. We are the best." O.K., Bo, but do not forget to look at those Oklahoma and Nebraska scores. Could it be that the writers—and the polls—are not as S-T-U-P-I-D as you think?
Well, Ohio State lost again. In Columbus. So what else is new? This time the Buckeyes were beaten by Northwestern, 14-10, and afterward Coach Alex Agase enthused, "This is the most magnificent game I've ever been associated with as coach." The difference was that Northwestern was able to sustain a drive and score late in the game—a la the Buckeyes of old—while Ohio State was not. Trailing 14-10, the Buckeyes were stopped when Mike Coughlin intercepted a Don Lamka pass at the Wildcat 14. Northwestern later marched 64 yards in 18 plays to score the game winner. Now Ohio State has lost three times—all at home—and it is loaded with injuries heading into this week's game at Michigan. Down deep now, don't you feel sorry for Woody?
Coach Bob Blackman put on his lucky orange blazer, and Illinois, which lost its first six, beat Wisconsin 35-27 for its fourth straight. The last time the Illini did that was in 1953. At East Lansing Eric (The Flea) Allen scored four times as Michigan State whipped Minnesota 40-25. And in South Bend, Notre Dame overcame a 7-0 halftime deficit to beat Tulane 21-7 before scouts from the Sugar, Gator, Liberty and Fiesta Bowls. Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl? Heaven help us all.
In the Big Eight all the great runners are not at Oklahoma and Nebraska. Colorado's Charlie Davis gained 342 yards in 34 carries—breaking Greg Pruitt's conference record set early this season and falling just eight yards short of Eric Allen's NCAA mark—as the Buffaloes routed Oklahoma State 40-6. Davis now has 1,190 yards for the year, breaking the school record set by Byron (Whizzer) White in 1937.
1. HOUSTON (7-2)
2. TEXAS (7-2)
3. ARKANSAS (7-2-1)
This Texas team is only a shadow of its stampeding predecessors, yet now it seems likely that the Longhorns will be back home on that ol' familiar range on New Year's Day—the Cotton Bowl. After beating TCU 31-0 in its most impressive performance since early in the season, Coach Darrell Royal's gang now has a 5-1 Southwest Conference record. Their only conqueror, Arkansas, is 4-1-1 and shriveling up faster than a piece of frying bacon. To edge out Texas, the Razorbacks must beat Texas Tech Saturday, while the Longhorns must be upset by Texas A&M on Thanksgiving Day.