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THE ELEVEN BEST ELEVENS
Herman Hickman
September 12, 1955
September's practice fields tell the story of a football team. SI's expert, fresh from a nationwide survey, here delivers his up-to-the-minute report
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September 12, 1955

The Eleven Best Elevens

September's practice fields tell the story of a football team. SI's expert, fresh from a nationwide survey, here delivers his up-to-the-minute report

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1955 SCHEDULE:

Sept. 24—No. Carolina at Chapel Hill
Oct. 1—Pittsburgh at home
Oct. 8—Texas at Dallas
Oct. 15—Kansas at home
Oct. 22—Colorado at home
Oct. 29—Kansas State at Manhattan
Nov. 5—Missouri at Columbia
Nov. 12—Iowa State at home
Nov. 19—Nebraska at Lincoln
Nov. 26—Oklahoma A&M at home

COACH BUD WILKINSON SAYS:
We should be reasonably solid from tackle to tackle, but our coaching staff faces a real challenge in developing adequate strength at both ends, all four backfield positions and in front line reserves for all positions. We must try to solve these problems quickly; our toughest games come up in the first half of our schedule.

HERMAN HICKMAN SAYS:
The Sooners have the best chance of any of the 11 elevens to go through the season undefeated. Probably through no fault of their own the schedule is not too exacting. Some great stars graduated from last season's undefeated team, but Bud Wilkinson's organizational ability plus excellent coaching will remedy the situation to the satisfaction of all Oklahoma supporters. Guard Bo Bolinger is a shoo-in for All-American if he doesn't break a leg. He is a rugged Marciano-type linebacker and an explosive blocker. Center Jerry Tubbs was the Sooner's No. 1 fullback last year as a sophomore, netting 387 yards rushing and averaging 6.1 yards per try. The backfield prospects must not be too bleak because he has been shifted back to center, his original position. Quarterback Jimmy Harris, a "raw sophomore," stepped into the breach last year when Gene Calame was injured, and drove the team to victory over unexpected tough opposition against TCU and Texas. Always excepting an upset, the Sooners can scarcely miss another undefeated season.

RICE INSTITUTE
HOUSTON, TEXAS

BASIC FORMATION: T.

LETTERMEN RETURNING: 16; STARS: Eddie Rayburn, T; Marshall Crawford, E; Jerry Hall, F; Jay Riviere, G.

LETTERMEN LOST: 10.

LEADING SOPHOMORE CANDIDATES: King Hill, Q; Frank Ryan, Q; Virgil Mutschink, H; Charles Thompson, T.

1954 RECORD: Won 7, lost 3.

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