1. OHIO STATE (7-0)
2. NOTRE DAME (7-0)
3. OKLAHOMA (6-0-1)
Big Ten leaders Ohio State and Michigan continued their relentless pursuit of each other last week. The Buckeye defense, led by Linebacker Randy Gradishar's fumble recovery and pass interception, recorded its second straight shutout as Ohio State popped Illinois 30-0. Michigan led Indiana 42-0 at the half and the Wolverines' bench warmers played it out for a 49-13 victory. "The only difference between the two teams is that Michigan wears blue," said Indiana's Lee Corso, who earlier lost 37-7 to the Buckeyes. Illinois Coach Bob Blackman's postmortem did not include the Wolverines, whom he has not seen, but it might have described both Big Ten powers, anyway. "I had a week of mixed emotions," he said. "I'd tell my players that they could beat Ohio State and they would tell me they could beat them, and we would believe each other. Then I would go home at night and look at the Ohio State films, and I'd wonder if the Minnesota Vikings could beat them."'
Elsewhere in the league, Michigan State tripped Wisconsin 21-0, Purdue bombed Iowa 48-23 and Minnesota outlived Northwestern 52-43. Unbeaten Mid-American leader Miami of Ohio, which wants everyone to know it was an MU before that Southern school was a U. of M., thumped Western Michigan 24-9. Kent State ripped Marshall 35-3.
Oklahoma stayed on top of the Big Eight despite falling behind for the third straight time at home. The Sooners came from 10 points down to whip Iowa State 34-17. Joe Washington scored twice and ran for 136 of the Sooners' 411 yards rushing. Missouri Quarterback John Cherry ran and passed for three scores as the Tigers set down Kansas State 31-7.
Oklahoma State is the best 3-2-2 team in the country. Probably the only one, too. The Cowboys, who tied Nebraska two weeks ago, got a 10-10 deadlock with Kansas when they muffed a 30-yard field-goal attempt with five seconds left. Oklahoma State has not won in five weeks. Nebraska defeated Colorado 28-16 after leading 28-3 at the half.
Notre Dame routed Navy 44-7 as six different Irish players scored touchdowns.
1. ALABAMA (8-0)
2. LSU (8-0)
3. TENNESSEE (6-2)
"You work like heck to win it and I blow it," a grim Bill Battle told his Tennessee team after its 35-31 upset loss to Georgia.