1. USC (1-0)
2. ARIZONA STATE (1-0)
3. UCLA (0-1)
USC Coach John McKay showed up for a press conference last Tuesday looking like a human torch: he wore a pink shirt, maroon slacks and a jacket of assorted shades of red. On Saturday, despite beating Arkansas 17-0, it was McKay's words that were hot. He stood with one foot on a chair, clutched his cigar and said, "We were kicked around in every department. There were no bright spots. If you're not ready for the first game after practicing all spring and all fall, then you must be awfully stupid."
Among the things that angered McKay were 10 penalties, two of which erased long touchdown runs by Lynn Swann. It also displeased him that even though both his lines outweighed the Razorbacks by about 40 pounds per man they had difficulty wearing down Arkansas. It was not until the closing seconds of the first half that Anthony Davis slipped in for a touchdown to put the defending national champions ahead 7-0.
But McKay could find little fault with Quarterback Pat Haden, who made good on 12 of 20 passes for 143 yards and scored from 14 yards out on a broken pass play. He also could not complain about Chris Limahelu, a 5'5" Indonesian who transferred to USC from Citrus JC. Kicking soccer-style, he booted a 22-yard field goal. And the defense must have done something right; it held Arkansas scoreless for the first time in 73 games.
"It seems to be a historical thing at Arizona State that once we get ahead we have a lapse in the defensive line," said Frank Kush, coach of the Sun Devils. This time the letdown came when State led Oregon 26-14 with 3:32 to play. Second-string Quarterback Herb Singleton took the Ducks 80 yards in 10 plays, completing seven of eight passes along the way. Then, with the score 26-20 and 42 seconds remaining, Oregon recovered an onside kick at the Arizona State 43 and Kush really was squirming. Singleton got the Ducks to the 28, but time ran out.
For the first time since 1934, when Hawaii beat California 14-0, the Rainbows defeated a big-time West Coast team, dumping Washington 10-7 on a 27-yard field goal by Reinhold Stuprich and a touchdown pass by Casey Ortez.
1. MICHIGAN (1-0)
2. OHIO STATE (1-0)
3. NOTRE DAME (0-0)
Late in the fourth period of Michigan's 31-7 victory over Iowa, sportswriters predicted that Wolverine Coach Bo Schembechler would find plenty wrong with his team's performance. Chuck Heater had gained 133 yards rushing and Ed Shuttlesworth had added 88 to a total of 440, but everyone was certain that Bo, as usual, would find flaws. After all, he had predicted his team would come out passing, yet it had thrown just eight times and completed only two. Surely that would be one item he could dwell on. But after leading his players through several choruses of Hail to the Victors Valiant and a few cheers Schembechler opened the clubhouse door and was all smiles. And then he compounded this surprise by saying he had an announcement to make before he would answer any questions. Said Bo: "I want you to know this is a good passing team, the best I've had at Michigan. I know you guys are saying, 'What is this guy talking about; Michigan looked terrible passing.' But I assure you—and our future opponents—we will pass." That was the most stunning development of the first week of Big Ten play.