Houston had it tougher than expected against Colorado State, but the Cougars went home with a 28-20 victory.
1. ALABAMA (8-0)
2. LSU (8-0)
3. TENNESSEE (6-2)
Southeastern Conference leaders Alabama and Louisiana State bargained themselves into the Sugar and Orange Bowls early last week and on the seventh day they rested. Kentucky, meanwhile, beat Vanderbilt to become the unlikeliest third-place team you will find anywhere. Kentucky's 27-17 victory, coupled with Mississippi State's 31-17 loss to Auburn, put the Wildcats solidly in third, well ahead of such noteworthy SEC second-division clubs as Tennessee, which did not play, Georgia, which did and lost to Florida 11-10, and Shug Jordan's Tigers. Auburn romped as freshman Tailback Seedrick McIntyre, who had not seen action since the opening game when he carried only once, scored three touchdowns on runs of 10, 30 and three yards. Kentucky's Sonny Collins tallied twice against a keying Vandy defense that held him to 83 yards in 23 carries. After a season of disappointment that included four straight losses, Florida has suddenly come alive, upsetting Auburn and Georgia on consecutive weekends.
Navy was tougher than expected for 7-1 Tulane. The Greenies scored 14 points in the first 2� minutes but had to hold on for a 17-15 victory. Martin Mitchell set up the first Tulane TD by returning the opening kickoff 95 yards to the Navy eight. A pass from Steve Foley to Jaime Garzia got one touchdown, and less than a minute later Foley connected again, this time to brother Mike from 35 yards out. Navy drew close but the Green Wave defense staved off defeat by halting the Middies five times inside the five-yard line.
Florida State, 7-4 a year ago, lost its ninth straight, 36-13 to Virginia Tech. James Barber scored twice for the Gobblers. Georgia Tech had an easy time of it against Virginia Military Institute, which committed eight turnovers in a 36-7 loss.
Dr. Leo Jenkins, the chancellor of East Carolina University, went to last week's football game with Richmond sporting a gold sweat shirt with purple lettering that read " Southern Conference Champions 1972 and 1973." Then the Pirates made good the prediction, blasting the Spiders 44-14 to capture the title again. "We came prepared," said Dr. Jenkins. ECU also came with Quarterback Carl Summerell, who completed 11 of 15 passes for 167 yards and three touchdowns, the first a 68-yarder on the third play of the game.
North Carolina entered the 1973 season with two straight Atlantic Coast Conference championships and a record 15 consecutive victories. Last week the Tar Heels lost their fourth ACC game without a win, 37-29 to Clemson. Wake Forest's sixth touchdown of the year was enough to tie Duke 7-7, and Maryland shut down Virginia 33-0, the fourth time this season the Terps prevented a six-pointer.