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September 23, 1957
HERMAN HICKMAN SAYS: To put it bluntly, the football situation in the PCC is a mess. Torn by dissensions over ineligibilities, bowl bans, scholarship aid and "round-robin" schedules, the conference could wind up with the fifth best team as its representative in the Rose Bowl. UCLA, USC and Washington are banned, while Oregon State is ineligible because of the agreement with the Big Ten which precludes the same team playing in Pasadena for two straight years. As mentioned previously (see "The Eleven Best Elevens"), it looks as if the end of the PCC is drawing near.
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September 23, 1957

Pacific Coast Conference

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COLORS: Blue and gold
BASIC OFFENSE: Single wing, balanced line
1956 RECORD: Won 7, lost 3
WATCH FOR: Over-all speed and the punting of Kirk Wilson

THE DOPE: The Bruins, devastated by the conference recruiting penalties, will field what may be the only major college team in the country devoid of seniors. Says Coach Red Sanders : "How do we look? Just like the situation at Oklahoma, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Iowa or any other top university if you took away all their seniors." Sanders does not have a starter who has earned more than one letter, but UCLA is not hurting as bad as his quote would indicate. They have, for instance, the largest tailback in memory in John Adams, who stands 6 feet 3, weighs 230, runs the hundred in 10.2 but cannot pass well enough. Sanders also has Kirk Wilson, who led the nation in punting last year with a tremendous 49.3-yard average. The UCLA line will lack experience, a defect more easily overcome on offense than on defense. Six of the returning lettermen played less than 60 minutes all last season; among those who played enough to be considered veterans are Barry Billington, one of the better runners on the Coast, at fullback; Jim Dawson, a small but agile tackle; Bill Leeka, a carbon copy of Dawson, and End Dick Wallen, who has the fine, quick hands and the ability to escape usually found only in pro offensive ends.

SEPT. 20 Air Force Academy, N (no game)
SEPT. 27 Illinois, N (no game)
OCT. 5 Oregon at Portland, N (6-0)
OCT. 12 Washington (13-9)
OCT. 19 Oregon State (7-21)
OCT. 26 at Stanford (14-13)
NOV. 2 California (34-20)
NOV. 9 Wash. State at Spokane (28-0)
NOV. 16 at Col. of the Pacific, N (no game)
NOV. 23 USC (7-10)

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COLORS: Cardinal and gold
1956 RECORD: Won 8, lost 2
WATCH FOR: Oklahoma-style go-go-go hustle

THE DOPE: The Trojans, under new Head Coach Don Clark , will play race-horse football this fall, much in the style of the relentless Oklahoma teams. Clark, who stepped up from assistant when Jess Hill retired, has had the players running back to the huddle, flying out with a clap of the hands and the shout of "Five!," indicating the determination to make at least five yards. As an assistant coach explained, the theory is that race-horse football forces the defense to commit itself immediately, eliminates the defensive huddle and reduces gang tackling and pursuit by the defense. The Trojans lost 19 lettermen from the 1956 squad—11 by normal process of graduation and eight who owed the conference a year's ineligibility in the wake of last season's recruiting penalties. The 1957 Trojans have 10 juniors on the first team. The halfbacks—Tony Ortega and Rex Johnston—lack great speed, but both are big and strong. Quarterback Jim Conroy is a letterman, but played only 166 minutes last year. At center in an otherwise strong line, the loss of Karl Rubke by ineligibility has left the Trojans shy experience and size. Ken Antle, his replacement, is a 184-pound junior who played only 44 minutes in 1956.

SEPT. 21 Oregon St. at Portland, N (21-13)
SEPT. 28 Michigan (no game)
OCT. 4 Pittsburgh (no game)
OCT. 19 at California (20-7)
OCT. 26 Washington State (28-12)
NOV. 2 at Washington (35-7)
NOV. 9 Stanford (19-27)
NOV. 16 Oregon (0-7)
NOV. 23 UCLA (10-7)
NOV. 30 at Notre Dame (28-20)


COLORS: Purple and gold
1956 RECORD: Won 5, lost 5
WATCH FOR: Great speed of Halfback Luther Carr

THE DOPE: The Huskies will be playing their first season under a new coach, Jim Owens , who moved over from assistant to Bear Bryant at Texas A&M. This should pose no real problem to the team, however, since Owens is Oklahoma- and Bud Wilkinson-trained, as was his predecessor, Darrell Royal, now at the University of Texas. Owens has two fine running backs in Luther Carr and Jim Jones, who is one of the best all-around backs in the nation. At the key position of quarterback, Al Ferguson, who was injured most of last season, could make a tremendous difference if he is durable enough. There is no strong replacement for him. Don McCumby and Dick Day, a couple of 240-pound tackles, should lend stability to the defensive line, and a sophomore guard named Bill Austin, who weighs 230, makes this one of the heftiest lines in the Pacific Coast Conference. Owens has another problem at end, where only 195-pound junior Duane Lowell gives promise of extraordinary ability. The Huskies attempt a very ambitious schedule, too; the first three teams on the list are Colorado (Orange Bowl winner) and Big Ten power-house Minnesota and Ohio State.

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