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THE DOPE: The Mustangs have a first-string lineup that compares with the best in the country, but the main reason everyone is so bullish on them is Quarterback Don Meredith, one of the best anywhere. With Meredith running his split-T formation, Coach Bill Meek has one of the strongest passing arms in the country at the ready. The Mustangs can send either 6-foot 3-inch, ham-handed End Henry Christopher or gliding Halfback Glynn Gregory galloping downfield after those long, sure Meredith passes. The defense won't be able to stack up against the passing game because all the backs, including Meredith, can run. The backfield men are all two-way players and Halfback Tirey Wilemon is the best safety man in the conference. The line, big and experienced, is hardest to dent in the middle, with 220-pound all-conference Center Max C. Christian flanked by two sturdy seniors—Guards Bobby Lovelace and Charles Terrell.
SCHEDULE (1958 Scores)
SEPT. 26 at Georgia Tech (20-0)
THE DOPE: The Longhorns, now in their third year under the rebuilding program of Coach Darrell Royal and his multiple T offense, have been cast as contenders for the conference championship, and the return of 22 lettermen along with an influx of talented sophomores makes this a sound estimate. The team looks stronger on defense than last year, particularly with End Monte Lee returning after a year's absence. The defensive line gathers much of its strength from the crack linebacking of Guard Bob Harwerth, who is a high-speed offensive blocker as well, and the powerful charges of Tackle Tillman O'Brien, a 220-pounder. Halfback Rene Ramirez is the real class of the backfield, and he does everything. Fullback Don Allen helps out with his strong blocking and able linebacking. Quarterback Bobby Lackey, last year's starter, will have spirited competition from two sophomores: Mike Cotton and James Saxton.
SCHEDULE (1958 Scores)
SEPT. 19 at Nebraska (no game)
TEXAS A & M
THE DOPE: The Aggies are in the unhappy position of having an exceptionally rich supply of backfield talent and a slow, undermanned line up front. Quarterback Charlie Milstead is already being billed as an All-America prospect, having accumulated 1,135 yards passing last year. In order to take advantage of Milstead's passing potential, since he is too slow for a tailback, Coach Jim Myers has junked his single wing for the multiple offense. Junior Halfbacks Jon Few and Randy Sims are both strong, fast runners. The Aggies would be very dangerous on the ground were it not for the fact that the line has neither the strength nor the speed to spring the backs past the scrimmage line. Defensively, the undersized middle of the line looks particularly vulnerable, but Coach Myers is hopeful of moving in Sophomore Guards Mickey Walker and Wayne Freiling to bolster things. Still, there is not much optimism at College Station this year.