Syracuse, a lowly 2-9 in 1974, would have ended up the most improved team in the country in 1975 if it had won its season finale against Rutgers. But it failed and finished 6-5, good but still disappointing. Despite Placekicker Dave Jacobs, who booted a 58-yarder among his 14 field goals, the Orange should do no better this fall. Holy Cross is rebuilding again.
Temple, which won its final five games, has a strong running attack (201.8 yards per game). At Villanova, the Owls' Philadelphia rival, Coach Dick Bedesem has installed a new wishbone offense and persuaded a wishbone quarterback named Dick Bedesem Jr. to transfer—from Temple. It will be virtually impossible for Navy to improve its 7-4 record, the Midshipmen's first winning year since 1967 and its best since 1963. Navy graduated 28 of 42 lettermen. Even so, it should beat Air Force and Army (2-8-1 and 2-9 last year) to retain the Commander-in-Chiefs Trophy.