Georgia Tech vs. Pittsburgh (Dec. 29). This rugged replay of last year's Sugar Bowl should be a natural. Panthers are large, and lean toward power. Peculiarly, they have not scored in the first quarter all season, but have shown an irresistible second-half surge. Must be classed, primarily, as a running team but can throw effectively. Yellow Jackets have only faltered once in their methodical march to a bowl. A more versatile offense than Pitt's plus heavy emphasis on the kicking game make Tech hard to beat. Down in Atlanta they have a slogan: "In Dodd we trust." He has never lost a bowl game. GEORGIA TECH.
Oregon State vs. Iowa. Both teams came through unexpectedly to win their conference championships. The Hawkeyes lost more good men from last year's team than any school in the Big Ten, while the Beavers, under the first-year coaching of Tommy Prothro, surprised by finishing second in the PCC in 1955. But this year it would be different. The surprise element would be gone. So they each finished first. Oregon State's single wing attack is beautifully balanced. It is suicide to overshift to the strength of the formation because they will run you ragged with reverses. No one thought when Iowa shaded Oregon State 14-13 on Oct. 6 that their next meeting would be in Pasadena. Each has come a long way since then, but it is my belief the Hawkeyes have come farther. IOWA.
Tennessee vs. Baylor. A quick glance at the records of these two teams would make the Vols a strong favorite. Further study will show the Bears, too, could have had the same undefeated, untied record by scoring just nine more points in their 13-19 loss to Texas A&M and 6-7 defeat by TCU. Baylor is big and explosive. Tennessee is stronger defensively and steadier offensively, with an outstanding kicking game. Despite the fact the Vols have a poor bowl history I'll stick with alma mater. TENNESSEE.
Texas Christian vs. Syracuse. The Horned Frogs were somewhat of a disappointment in SWC play this past season, but the potential is still there. Coach Ben Schwartzwalder's Orangemen suffered only a single loss, 7-14 to Pittsburgh, in an unbelievably tough schedule. Still smarting from the horrendous rout by Alabama in the 1953 Orange Bowl game, they are determined to win this one. But I can't help feeling that TCU will rise to the occasion. TEXAS CHRISTIAN.
Clemson vs. Colorado. If the Buffaloes again reach the heights of their first-half effort against Oklahoma they can give any team in the country trouble. But the Tigers are tough-fibered and proud of their ACC championship. Offensively, Colorado has shown brilliance at times, scoring 237 points—almost twice Clemson's total. Defensively, Clemson has allowed only 74 points in 10 games while the Buffaloes gave up 122. Pure conjecture—but to the team with the stronger defense. CLEMSON.
HICKMAN'S SEASON RECORD RIGHT, 197; WRONG, 56; Pet.. .779