. Outstanding backfield. Line may be a little light. Hard blocking and determined defensive play, with accent on kicking game, make Vols a hard team to beat.
Texas A&M. Tough-fibered, well-drilled squad. Features hard-running and aggressive defensive play. Some internal line weaknesses.
You will notice many old familiar names on the Eleven Elevens. Some are missing such as Army, Miami, Notre Dame, Duke, Ohio State and Iowa, and for any or all of these deletions I may be sorry. Strong powers in the Southeastern Conference such as Auburn and Kentucky may wreck Tech and Tennessee. Miami, despite sworn statements to the contrary by my old Army coaching confrere, Andy Gustafson, may again be among the top teams. Give Notre Dame opening victories over Purdue and Indiana, and the Irish too will be hard to halt. To new faces on the Eleven Elevens—Minnesota, Baylor, Tennessee, Oregon State and Penn State—Welcome! And may all your troubles be big wins.
The sounds of the practice field can be heard throughout the land: the muted staccato of shoulder and hip pads against blocking dummies; the thud of leather foot meeting football; the rhythmic "Ready! Get Set! 1-2, 1-2" of the quarterback; the shrill whistle; the coaches' "All Up!"
America is ready. Football is here.
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