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September 23, 1957
HERMAN HICKMAN SAYS: First, a few words about the complicated situation in the far-flung Missouri Valley Conference. Bradley does not compete for the championship in football. Drake, which has been out of the conference since the famed Johnny Bright injury incident, has rejoined the ranks but has decided not to compete for the championship until its football program has been built up. Oklahoma A&M, recently renamed Oklahoma State University, has withdrawn officially from the MVC to become a member of the Big Seven—making it the Big Eight—but not in football until 1960, when schedule commitments are straightened out. Although neither fish nor fowl and ineligible for the title, Oklahoma State's games will be counted by the Missouri Valley Conference members for the championship. Two new members have been admitted in Cincinnati and North Texas State College. If this sounds a little complicated, it is.
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September 23, 1957

Missouri Valley

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1957 SCHEDULE (1956 score):

SEPT. 21 Hardin-Simmons, N (27-0)
SEPT. 28 at Arkansas (no game)
OCT. 5 at College of Pacific, N (14-13)
OCT. 12 at Oklahoma State (14-14)
OCT. 19 North Texas State, N (no game)
OCT. 26 Air Force Academy, N (no game)
NOV. 9 at Texas Tech (10-7)
NOV. 16 Cincinnati (6-7)
NOV. 23 Houston (0-14)
NOV. 30 at Wichita (14-6)

Wichita, Kan.

COLORS: Black and gold
BASIC OFFENSE: T and split-T
1956 RECORD: Won 4, lost 6
WATCH FOR: Savage defensive work of Harry Horton

THE DOPE: The Wheatshockers may expect good football at Wichita now that Coach Woody Woodard has returned to the fine, flat lands of Kansas. Woodard's chief concern is with team defense; 'Shocker opposition scored an average of three touchdowns last season. "Your defense and kicking must be sound, and if they are you can do a lot of things offensively," is the maxim he goes by. His defense is sound. Mark down senior End Harry Horton as the particular standout. At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, he's sound as a silo. At the other flank is a big sophomore, Curtis McClinton, a good blocker and pass catcher. Anchoring the middle line is senior Guard Bruce Bierig. The rest of the line is firm, with the possible exception of tackle, where sophs must shoulder the responsibilities. The sound kicker of the team is Ted Dean, a mammoth halfback and one of several sophomores from Pennsylvania. Now for the backfield which must "do a lot of things offensively." The 'Shockers, sadly, are shy here. The biggest offensive threat is Ray Vogl, a stocky, all-round back. Wichita may not do much offensively, but with such a sturdy line they should worry the rest of the Missouri Valley all season.

1957 SCHEDULE (1956 score):

SEPT. 21 Arizona State, N (9-37)
SEPT. 28 Cincinnati, N (0-21)
OCT. 5 at Oklahoma State (6-32)
OCT. 12 Detroit (19-13)
OCT. 19 at Hardin-Simmons, N (7-20)
NOV. 2 Dayton, N (14-6)
NOV. 9 Drake, N (27-14)
NOV. 16 Houston (16-41)
NOV. 23 at Villanova (no game)
NOV. 30 Tulsa (6-14).

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