Colors: Scarlet and white
THE DOPE: The Cougars, despite the prospect of a chilling first-half schedule and minus five brilliant players from last year's team, will still have a fast and creditable squad. The line is light (200-pound average) with Tackle Jim Colvin, 220 pounds, the biggest and probably the fastest of the forwards. Behind the small first unit are Juniors Jim Windham, 220 pounds and Sophomore Dan Birdwell, 225 pounds. The backfield forces are sparked by Claude King, a senior halfback with the speed of a dashman and the balance of a gymnast. The other halfback, Pat Studstill, is even faster than King and adds to his usefulness by being a good pass catcher and a long punter. At fullback, Sophomore Pete Burk continues the speed motif and joins another tough backer-up in keying the defensive forces. Coach Hal Lahar has devised a split-wing T to spread the defenses and to enable Claude King to carry the ball more frequently.
SCHEDULE (1958 Scores)
1958 Record: Won 5, lost 4, tied 0
SEPT. 19 Mississippi, N (7-56)
SEPT. 26 Alabama, N (no game)
OCT. 3 Cincinnati, N (34-13)
OCT. 10 at Texas A & M, N (39-7)
OCT. 17 at Oklahoma State (0-7)
OCT. 24 North Texas State, N (6-10)
OCT. 31 at Tulsa, N (20-25)
NOV. 7 at Wichita (44-0)
NOV. 14 at Texas Tech (22-17)
Colors: Cherry and silver
THE DOPE: The Lobos brought the prize designation "Skyline Coach of the Year" to Coach Marv Levy in his first year at the helm when they confounded preseason predictions by finishing second in the conference. This season with an all-junior and -senior lineup (21 lettermen and all but two of last year's starters back) they are taking dead aim on the championship. Coach Levy has two unanimous all-conference selections in Halfback Don Perkins and End Don Black, who set a new Skyline record by catching nine touchdown passes. The defense will be substantial, as Bo Bankston and Center Ron Beaird play the backer-up spots with zest and a real feeling for contact, while two tough tackles, Frank Gullick and Bob Winovich, help to stiffen the defensive lineup. The wing T offense is handled by Quarterback Chuck Roberts, a fair passer with a flair for the big play—six touchdown passes out of but 19 completions.
SCHEDULE (1958 Scores)
1958 Record: Won 7, lost 3, tied 0
SEPT. 19 New Mexico State, N (16-7)
SEPT. 26 at Colorado State, N (17-12)
OCT. 3 Texas Western, N (6-15)
OCT. 10 at Utah State (34-14)
OCT. 17 at Arizona, N (33-13)
OCT. 24 at Montana (44-16)
OCT. 31 Denver (21-15)
NOV. 7 Brigham Young (19-36)
NOV. 14 Wyoming (13-12)
NOV. 21 at Air Force Academy (7-45)
NEW MEXICO STATE
Las Cruces, N. Mex.
Colors: Maroon and white
THE DOPE: The Aggies have the rest of the Border Conference uneasy as their new-found muscles become evident, and it would surprise no one if they were to become contenders this year. Coach Warren Woodson has applied his skills as a master of offense, installing the wing T and filling the gaps in the starting lineup with big, hard-running junior college transfers. The backfield now has a strong passer in all-conference Quarterback Charlie Johnson and three slam-bang running backs in Fullback Louis Kelley and Halfbacks Pervis Atkins and Bob Gaiters. All three weigh over 200 pounds. Atkins is a 9.7 man and Gaiters almost as fast, as is starting End E.A. Sims. The line has a strong forbidding look with all-conference linemen. Tackle Bill Locklin, 212 pounds, and Guard J.W. Witt, 210 pounds, leading the way. The Aggies, ambitious for a prestige schedule, have a team almost equal to the task.