1. ALABAMA (9-0)
2. LSU (9-0)
3. NO. CAROLINA ST. (7-3)
Bear Bryant was not all that happy with Alabama's 43-13 thumping of the University of Miami. "We were not consistent on offense," he said. Three of Alabama's touchdowns came on long strikes: Willie Shelby returned one Miami punt 52 yards; Duffy Boles ran back another 62 yards; and Gary Rutledge hit Johnny Sharpless with a 69-yard scoring pass. Take away the three explosions and PATs and that makes it a 22-13 ball game and, as Bryant said, "LSU is waiting for us Thursday."
LSU, meanwhile, was saving as much strength as possible, using almost nothing but reserves for the last two quarters, content with a modest 26-7 victory over Mississippi State. Even at that, LSU came away sorely wounded. Offensive Guard Tyler Lafauci, a prime All-America candidate and an outstanding pass blocker, injured his knee, and offensive Tackle Richard Brooks, who plays next to Lafauci, pulled a hamstring muscle.
Mississippi used what Coach John Vaught calls the new "I" formation to upset Tennessee 28-18, which didn't stop the Vols from accepting a bid to the Gator Bowl.
In a game in which a punt was punted twice, Georgia finally overcame Auburn 28-14 and now needs only a victory over Georgia Tech, a 26-22 victor over Navy, to earn a spot in the Peach Bowl. The double punt came in the third quarter, with Auburn's Roger Pruett picking up his first kick, which had been blocked, and getting off a wobbly second one, which bounced off a Georgia player. An Auburn player fell on the ball and a Georgia player fell on him. That's when the brawl started. Said Georgia Coach Vince Dooley, "Anything I would say would just show my ignorance of the rules." Said Auburn Coach Shug Jordan, "How the hell do I know what happened. It was just a lot of mumbo-jumbo." Oh, well. In other SEC action, freshman David Posey kicked field goals of 46 and 28 yards as Florida upset Kentucky 20-18. Tulane got two early scores from Quarterback Steve Foley and went on to beat Vanderbilt 24-3.
Surviving a terrible offensive showing, North Carolina State managed to score twice in the last quarter to down Duke 21-3, the last touchdown coming in the final seconds after Duke had accidentally called time out with the ball on its own three. With Maryland defeating Clemson 28-13, the victory assured N.C. State of the Atlantic Coast Conference co-championship.
1. TEXAS (7-2)
2. HOUSTON (8-1)
3. TEXAS TECH (9-1)
Last week one of the hunting seasons opened in Texas and Darrell Royal told his troops that that meant for Horned Frogs. So the Longhorns went out and slaughtered TCU 52-7. The victory was Texas' 30th straight at home and leaves Royal just one short of tying Jess Neely's record as the winningest coach in Southwest Conference history. Neely won 144 games during his career at Rice, and Royal should match that against Texas A&M Thanksgiving Day.
It was another big one for Roosevelt Leaks, who gained 105 yards in 22 carries to run his season's total to 1,388, surpassing by 26 yards the 23-year-old SWC season rushing record set by Bob Smith of Texas A&M. And it could have been greater. With the score 38-7, Leaks retired early in the third quarter. As TCU Coach Billy Tohill noted later, "We started wrong—and it went downhill from there."