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•In Division II, alphabetically:
Angelo State (Texas)
Angelo State, a dual member of the NAIA, has outstanding passing, thanks to Doug Kuhlmann, and running, with Anthony Johnson, a 1,000-yard back. On defense, Linebacker Clayton Weishuhn is a two-time NAIA All-America. To get anywhere, Cal-Davis must defeat California Poly State-San Luis Obispo, the 1980 II champ. But with 10 consecutive Far Western titles under Coach Jim Sochor's belt and Ken O'Brien returning at quarterback, Cal-Davis' chances aren't exactly slim. Jacksonville State always makes the playoffs, or at least it has three of the past four years, and once again is quarterbacked by Ed Lett, who last season broke the Gulf South Conference's completion, yardage and touchdown records. Norfolk State finished fast last season, winning its final four games, and 19 of 22 starters return, among them Running Back Orlando Goodhope and the wonderfully named sophomore quarterback, Raynard Revels. Missouri-Rolla, uninvited to postseason play in 1980, is tied with Georgia for college football's longest win streak (13 games).
The dark horses: Texas A&I, Virginia Union, Northern Michigan and Alabama A&M, which, incidentally, its fans adore. An average of 15,820 spectators attended Bulldog home games.
•In Division III, Dayton lost Coach Rick Carter to Holy Cross but still looks untouchable. Last fall the Flyers were 14-0 and beat Ithaca 63-0 in the title game. Their main challengers will be Baldwin-Wallace, Wittenberg, Widener and Carnegie-Mellon. Also watch Mill-saps, which has won 10 straight, and Adrian (Mich.) College, which took its last nine in '80.
•In the NAIA, Northeastern Oklahoma State, led by 5'9" Anthony Flanders and his nine-yards-a-carry average, and Central Arkansas, featuring the passes of Randy Huffstickler to Ron Mallett, will make a run at 1980 Division I champ Elon College. Division II is up for grabs among Linfield College, Peru (Neb.) State and 1980 champion Pacific Lutheran. Last year Peru Running Back Alvin Holder led the NAIA in rushing, gaining 1,605 yards in 267 carries.
Q. WINNERS ASIDE, WHAT ARE THE FOUR MOST EXCITING TEAMS TO WATCH?
•Denison (Granville, Ohio) is one of two collegiate teams still using the single wing (Colorado College is the other). Coach Keith Piper, now in his 28th season, says, "As long as you don't have the dominant players, the ol' single wing's a thing that'll give you an edge."
•Wisconsin-River Falls is primarily a wishbone team, but also employs what Coach Mike Farley calls a "four-quarterback offense." In it, the quarterback, a halfback and two split backs are all likely to throw a pass. Farley says the four-quarterback formation may be called four or five times a game.
•For you air-game lovers, Occidental (Calif.), alma mater of ex-Buffalo Bill Jack Kemp, plans to throw at least 40 passes a game.