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Louisiana State. After the surprise opening win over Kentucky, LSU returned to this mortal earth against Texas A&M but the startling 20-20 tie with Rice Saturday has the Tigers soaring again. Neophyte Head Coach Paul Dietzel is doing a splendid job organizing the bayou country for the future. His best are End Joe Tuminello, Halfback Levi Johns and Fullback O. K. Ferguson.
Georgia. Coach Wally Butts's Bulldogs are having an uphill pull regaining their once-proud position in SEC football. The 1955 edition is stronger than its predecessors, but so is the opposition. That 26-7 shellacking at Clemson last Saturday looks like more than an omen.
Vanderbilt. The Commodores are coming up. Their 21-6 win over Alabama gives them a 1-1 conference record at this reading, which is 50% above what it often is come October. Halfback Charley Horton, Tommy Harkins, jack of all trades, and End Joe Stephenson are the men of note.
Tennessee. It's a strange position that the Vols, one of the nation's winningest teams for the past 25 years, are in today. The 21-0 loss to Duke Saturday was their sixth straight, longest losing streak in their history. This is a sophomore squad which will bear watching.
Tulane. Despite excellent coaching the Green Wave hasn't the manpower to get too far. They lost to Texas 35-21 but took weak Northwestern 21-0 the past week. Bryan Burnthorne and Tony Sardisco are excellent guards.
Maryland. The Terps rank at the top of the nation's teams this week following their brilliant wins over UCLA and last Saturday Baylor 20-6. Stars are legion, and Jim Tatum has established himself as one of the soundest strategists in the land. The line is without peer. Certain All-America choice is Center Bob Pellegrini and close to him is Quarterback Frank Tamburello.
Duke. The Blue Devils are off and winging after convincing triumphs over North Carolina State and Tennessee. That's fine so far, but Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech and Navy come on successive Saturdays! WHEW! Top men are Halfback Bob Pascal and Guard Jesse Birchfield.
Clemson. The Tigers, with three wins in a row, are a solid squad headed by the great Don King at quarterback. Two other players to note are Center Wingo A very and Halfback Joel Wells.