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Don Parker
November 19, 1956
With only two—or, in some cases, three—weeks remaining of the 1956 collegiate football schedule the champions are apparent in most of the six major areas of the country. Tennessee, with its magnificent victory over Georgia Tech, is the undisputed ruler of the South. But wait; a violent pocket of resistance, Mississippi, must be eliminated before the Volunteers may reign in peace. In the Southwest, Texas A&M has hurdled its last serious barrier to a regional title with its convincing victory over Southern Methodist. Yet, the Aggies must be alert for Rice and Texas, either of whom would be happy to conclude the season with just one big surprise. Oregon State, the phoenix of far-western football, completed its amazing resurgence with a hairline victory over Stanford, leaving only the slender forces of Idaho and Oregon in the path of a journey to the Rose Bowl. Wyoming again proved—this time to Montana—that it has no serious rival in the Rocky Mountain area, where football grows more formidable each year. Only in the Midwest and the East are the important titles still up for grabs. Ohio State remains unbeaten in the Big Ten, but must brush aside Iowa and Michigan before any formal coronation ceremonies are in order. Yale and Princeton have a date in New Haven this Saturday to dispute over which one shall rule the Ivy League. Oh, yes, and there is Oklahoma with three opponents left, but none of them of the type to question the team's claim to being the best anywhere.
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By pushing across a first-period touchdown and then grimly clinging to its lead for the rest of the game, underdog Iowa upset Minnesota 7-0, and late Saturday afternoon suddenly found itself running ahead in the frantic, tangled Big Ten race for the Rose Bowl (see page 25). If Iowa can somehow get by rugged Ohio State this Saturday, the road will be straight and clear. Purdue, playing without its ace passer, Lennie Dawson, completely Outplayed Michigan State, but lost 12-9 in a ragged battle. Northwestern dumped feeble Wisconsin 17-7 in a fight to climb out of the Big Ten cellar.

In the Big Seven, Oklahoma badgered Iowa state 44-0, for its 37th straight and 57th in the conference. Ho-hum.

Colorado and Missouri battled to a 14-14 tie to leave Colorado with a 4-1-1 Big Seven record and a golden chance for the Orange Bowl, since Oklahoma is ineligible to appear there in consecutive years. Nebraska edged Kansas 26-20, and Kansas State swamped Marquette 41-14.

Houston clinched the Missouri Valley Conference title with a 14-0 win over offense-minded Tulsa. Houston has a 3-0 conference record while Tulsa and Oklahoma A&M are both 1-1-1, with only one game each to play. Oklahoma A&M went outside the conference to lose to LSU 13-0, with LSU's Jimmy Taylor piling up 104 yards on the ground. In other nonconference battles, Wichita fell before Cincinnati 21-0, and Detroit was pounded by Drake 26-13, to give the Missouri Valley an 0-3 mark in outside competition. Other scores:

Ohio State 35, Ind. 14
Michigan 17, Illinois 7
Central Mich. 38, East. Ill. 7
Bradley 33, Wash. (St. L.) 27
Miami (0.) 21, Dayton 14 S.
Cornell ( Iowa) 55, Ripon 39
S. Dak St. 31, Iowa Tchrs. 27
Bowling Green 41, Ohio U. 27
West. Mich. 42, West. Res. 19
Dak. 13, N. Dak. St. 6


Texas A&M broke the tie for the Southwest Conference lead by smashing Southern Methodist 33-7, and thus erased any possible doubts about the team's superiority in the land of oil wells and cactus. SMU and Texas Christian, with 2-1 conference records, now share second place behind the Aggies, who have won all four of their SWC games (see page 26).

In other games Baylor scraped past Texas 10-7, Arkansas topped Rice 27-12, and Texas Christian, apparently weaker than anyone thought, toppled before lackluster Texas Tech 21-7. TCU Coach Abe Martin was hanged in effigy on the TCU campus.

Texas Western all but wrapped up the Border Conference championship, pushing Arizona state from the unbeaten list 28-0. The Westerns have a 5-0 conference record. West Texas state's Bob Ratliff carried the ball for a total of 155 yards as the Buffs blasted Hardin-Simmons 20-6. Other scores:

S. Austin 27, E. Tex. St. 14
S. Houston 28, S'west Texas 0
Abilene Chr. 13, Midwest'n 7
Texas A&I 28, Lamar Tech 12
Howard Payne 19, Sul Ross 0
N. Texas St. 23, McMurry 7

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