1. ALABAMA (10-0)
2. AUBURN (9-0)
3. GEORGIA (9-1)
North Carolina capped its finest regular season since 1948 by defeating Duke 38-0. The ninth win in 11 games clinched the Atlantic Coast Conference championship for Coach Bill Dooley's Tar Heels and a Gator Bowl clash with Georgia. And who will Dooley's relatives root for come game time?—the Bulldogs' coach is Bill's brother, Vince. Lewis Jolley was the offensive standout for North Carolina, scoring three touchdowns and gaining 159 yards in 24 carries. "Most of the time," said Jolley, "I'd hit the hole, look up and discover a clear path between me and Duke's safety man."
In a couple of ACC upsets, North Carolina State defeated Clemson 31-23, and Virginia edged Maryland 29-27.
South Carolina switched Defensive Back Dickie Harris to offense against Wake Forest, and the outstanding punt returner scored three touchdowns, becoming the first Gamecock to rush for 100 yards this season, as South Carolina won 24-7.
Kentucky was driving for a touchdown and the possible go-ahead two-point conversion late in the game against Tennessee when Defensive End Carl Johnson intercepted a pitchout and ran 87 yards for a TD. The 21-7 victory insured a Liberty Bowl bid for the Volunteers.
Florida State, headed for the Fiesta Bowl against Arizona State, got a running game to go with its passing in a 45-10 romp past Tulsa. Richmond won a Southern Conference showdown with William & Mary, but the prize was dubious: Toledo in the Tangerine Bowl.
1. HOUSTON (8-2)
2. TEXAS (7-2)
3. ARKANSAS (8-2-1)
Miami Coach Fran Curci, ignoring the fact that Alabama had crushed Houston 34-20 four weeks earlier and that his Hurricanes had lost 27-6 to Houston and 31-3 to Alabama when the Tide was without its top running back, was full of comparative praise for the Cougars Saturday night. "Their offense is much more explosive than Alabama's and they are much harder to defend against," he said. Certainly, Miami had trouble defending against Robert Newhouse, who gained 145 yards on 30 carries, and Tom Mozisek, who had 122 in 22. Newhouse is now Houston's single-season rushing leader with 1,553 yards.