MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE
Houston should supplant Wichita as the champions of this far-flung league. Oilman Hugh Roy Cullen's Cougars are a coming ball team even on the national scene. Oklahoma A&M, under new coach Cliff Speegle, should furnish Houston its stiffest opposition with Aggie Earl Lunsford, fullback and top rusher and leading scorer in the conference last year, leading the way. Defending champion Wichita has a crew of 21 tested and true sons back, including a passel of fine backs, but three all-conference linemen have graduated and that will be the difference. A majority at the University of Detroit are sophomores and at least a year or two away. Rumor has it that a fine group of freshmen has been gathered into the fold at Tulsa but the recruits can't help Coach Bobby Dobbs this year.
There is a strong suspicion that domination of the Border Conference by Texas Tech is becoming a permanent state of affairs. Tech has won the conference title six out of the last eight years and this season was after bigger game following its Texas victory before overreaching itself against TCU. I have watched Jerry Walker since his freshman year and there is no better tackle extant. Almost as good is Quarterback Jack Kirkpatrick.
Closest conference competition should come from Texas Western and Arizona where national rushing leader and scoring champion Art Luppino returns at tailback. Arizona State is a question mark but Fullback Bobby Sedlar and Tackle John Jankans are fine indeed. Hardin-Simmons, with the great Sammy Baugh serving his first year as head coach, understandably enough has an outstanding passing quarterback, Kenneth Ford. West Texas State presents a good passing trio in Quarterback Bubba Hillman and Ends Bobby Covington and Dub Cleveland. New Mexico A&M is still rebuilding.