CONCLUSION: The road to Pasadena has its obstacles—like USC—but a typically careful defense will see the Huskies through.
The news last June that State had been smuggled into the AAWU as the sixth member was greeted in Pullman both with favor and apprehension. The rumor among the increasingly restless natives is that Coach Jim Sutherland must win this year or be sacrificed. Despite vigorous recruiting that brought in 19 junior college transfers, there are serious doubts that Sutherland can win. His Cougars will be exciting, though. They still have Hugh Campbell, the elusive end who has been the nation's leading pass receiver (119 grabs and 15 touchdowns for the past two years), and Dave Mathieson to throw to him. But Mathieson may have to give way to Dale Ford, a tall sophomore who has already shown that he can pass and run. The rest of the attack, with Fullback George Reed and Halfbacks Gary Lewis and Ken Graham to move out of the flanker T, will be as flamboyant as ever. But the line, with only two starters back, will be hurting.
CONCLUSION: Improved as they are, the Cougars aren't likely to win often enough to placate the hungry partisans.
Let those in the recently formed Western Athletic Conference who took heart when Coach Bob Devaney defected to Nebraska now take heed. New Cowboy Coach Lloyd Eaton has an ample supply of small but quick linemen and Brahma bull-type backs. In his words: "We're like a cowboy with a sack of Bull Durham; we've got the makins." The typically spare but tough line is led by Guard Bill Levine, a fierce tackier and blocker, Tackle Don Quinn, the biggest lineman at 210 pounds, and End Lonnie Dunn. Eaton has added a balanced line to Devaney's multiple T, but the emphasis is still on power charges, traps and bootlegs, with perhaps a little more passing by Quarterbacks Mike Wright, who sat out last year with a leg injury, and Jim Hill. They will spread the way for stubby Mike Walker, who looks like a 205-pound fireplug but moves like a sprinter, Fullback Rick Desmarais and sophomore Halfback Rod Morris.
CONCLUSION: The Cowboys are impressive indeed. With a favorable home schedule, they are the team to beat for the new WAC title.
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