With all that in store, it seems safe to assume that the only circle deeply uncommitted to college football in the West is that in which the beatniks drearily revolve. "All [sports] have their heroes, who might well pass for gods," says the beatniks' Boswell, Lawrence Lipton, in his book The Holy Barbarians. " 'What's the score?' might well pass for a 'God be with you' greeting among the faithful and serve as a badge and a ritual bond.... Whatever the merits of the argument, the Beat Generation isn't buying. Neither the church ritual nor the sports ritual."
Well, the beatniks might not know anything so square as the score of a football game, but they are out of step. This is an upbeat year.
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Air Force Academy, Colo.
Colors: Silver and blue
THE DOPE: The Falcons, in their first year of big-time football last fall, chalked up a fabulous record of nine wins, one tie and 0-0 draw in the Cotton Bowl with TCU. However, the first graduating class took away some of the staunchest linemen; now Coach
has only spotty line strength. Two holdovers—explosive Guard Howard Bronson and End Sam Hardage—will set a fast pace for the new starting linemen. Last year the Academy favored a passing game, and fortunately Quarterback Rich Mayo, the fourth-best passer in the country in 1958, is back. Go-getter End Bob Brickey (25 receptions last season) returns along with able Halfbacks Phil Lane and Mike Quinlan. Versatile Senior George Pupich moves over to fullback. Even so, Coach Martin's straight T and wide-open offense will need plenty of punch to overcome a tougher schedule and the problems of center and tackle.
1958 Record: Won 9, lost 0, tied 1
SEPT. 26 at Wyoming
OCT. 3 at Trinity, N (no game)
Idaho at Denver
Oregon at Portland
OCT. 23 at UCLA, N (no game)
OCT. 31 Army at New York
NOV. 7 at Missouri
Arizona at Boulder (no game)
New Mexico at Denver
NOV. 28 at Colorado
Colors: Blue and white
THE DOPE: The Cougars have recently been making tracks toward the Skyline Championship, but this year a retrogression may be coming. New Coach Tally Stevens has 24 lettermen returning, but missing from last year's team are the most effective passer, the leading ground-gainer and the top pass receiver. Still, the Cougars have all-conference Halfback Nyle McFarlan returning and 202-pound Quarterback Gary Dunn, who runs effectively. Talented Tailback Keith Hubbs handles the offensive chores when the team works out of the single wing in Stevens' multiple offense. Defensively, the Cougars rely heavily on stalwarts, two-time all-conference Tackle John Kapele and all-conference Guard Lon Dennis, who make it tough to penetrate the Cougar line. The linebackers. Paul Eckel and Dick Magoffin, diagnose plays very effectively. The Cougars, weak offensively, will slip back a notch in spite of a comforting schedule.
1958 Record: Won 6, lost 4, tied 0