Norris Patterson will again have a fine WILLIAM JEWELL team. Likely to finish first in the Missouri College Athletic Union, the deep Cardinals have a strong defense, with 10 of last year's first unit returning. The whole team has speed, but the backfield, led by sprinter Halfbacks Terry Crews and Clem Buschman, is fast enough to compensate for the loss of passing talent. Jewell again will be one of the best of the Plains teams.
is too good to be listed as a small college much longer, and this is a vintage year in Carbondale. Just one frightening example is tackle, where six Salukis average almost two letters and 245 pounds apiece. Guard Jim Minton and Fullback Charles Hamilton lead positions almost as well fortified, while halfback is overrun.
Even after severe losses, PITTSBURG STATE will have back NAIA All-Americas Jerry Archer, center, and Harlan Hess, tackle. If Coach Carnie Smith's line is weaker, his running, led by Halfback Bob Fulton (10 TDs, 319 yards, 6.4 average) and Quarterback Phil Vogrin (241 yards plus 902 passing), is stronger. Pittsburg may not repeat as the nation's top small-college team, but it won't be far down the list either.
Neither will rising power
, which had a 9-0-0 season last year. Coach Lee Tressel's Quarterback Tom French (51% complete for 529 yards in 1961) and many fine receivers promise spectacular passing. Although slow, Halfbacks Gary Stoufer (629 yards) and Art Van Rensselaer (164 rushing, 132 receiving) and Fullback Ernie Prince (203 yards) are dynamic runners. All-America Guard Tom Goosby heads a fierce defensive line.
Despite high admission standards, WHEATON always gets exceptionally talented athletes in large quantities. Back virtually intact is the offensive unit that rushed 241 yards per game and scored 217 points last fall. Fullback Albie Harris and Halfback Kent Hutcheson will be even better, compensating for the loss of passer Dave Iha. All-America Tackle Dave Kemna heads a deep, fast line.
Breakaway runners and a tough, faster-blocking line are the key to NORTHERN MICHIGAN'S hopes. Although the defense, notably End Len St. Jean, is potent as ever, offensive losses force a change from power to speed, to be led by Halfbacks Dick Koski and Gary Shanley.
"We work hard at executing the simple things well." That is BUTLER'S credo, and it has brought a three-year 26-1 record. Inexperience is Coach Paul Hinkle's obstacle, talent in depth is his blessing. Halfback and guard are splendidly stocked, but other positions depend on blossoming newcomers.
Grinnell and Carleton should battle for the Midwest Conference title, with ST. OLAF another contender. Equipped with a line even better than last year's on both offense and defense, Grinnell has the best chance. Running, which accounts for most of Coach Edd Bowers' offense, may not equal 1961's 2,197 yards, but cool, daring Quarterback Dick Orchard and Halfback Carlton Peterson will keep it respectable. Tackle Denny Asby may be Grinnell's best lineman ever.
For three years Carleton's three-end pro-type offense has scored at least two touchdowns a game. Now the defense is much improved, and the Northfield Minn. Knights can be tough if fragile pocket-passer Phil Bredine stays unhurt and opponents don't stop sweeps by the light, fast backfield.