THE PREVAILING THEME of last weekend's football was T without sympathy. The rich T-formation powers got richer by mortifying the poor, but heretofore respectable middle class. It was obvious at Ann Arbor, where Michigan was repolishing its slightly tarnished reputation at the expense of Army's self-respect. Oklahoma used the same unmerciful tactics in overrunning Texas before 75,504 sad-eyed Longhorn partisans (see page 12), while Ohio State and Michigan State rolled up unkind scores against their Big Ten opponents to remain unbeaten and untied and practically unchallenged in the Western Conference. Even Georgia Tech, which had previously seemed content to score just enough to win, turned vicious and flattened Louisiana State in a most unsympathetic manner. Mississippi and Tennessee, the other unbeaten mammoths of the Southeastern Conference, increased their national prestige with convincing victories over Vanderbilt and Chattanooga, respectively. Independent Miami
reaffirmed its standing in football's high society at the expense of Maryland, a former member in good standing. The only hesitant note sounded by the nation's top elevens came from Texas A&M, which could do no better than tie a scrappy and ambitious Houston team. But this could not be construed as sympathy, since the Aggies might well have been thinking ahead to this weekend's showdown with TCU.
FOR EASTERN football fans who have been immersed in a sea of Ivy League mediocrity this season, Syracuse was an island of pride last Saturday when Coach Ben Schwartzwalder's Orange team beat powerful West Virginia 27-20 in a game more one-sided than the score indicates. Syracuse piled up 328 yards on the ground while holding the Mountaineers to a skimpy 80. Halfback Jimmy Brown once again staged an All-America show, scoring two touchdowns, setting up a third and making three placement attempts. The win erased some of the stain of the team's earlier loss to Pittsburgh, which had barely squeaked by West Virginia, 14-13 in their season opener.
The Ivy League had its surprises too. Harvard whacked Cornell 32-7 in the biggest upset of the day, while Columbia gave Yale trouble before bowing 33-19. Dartmouth bounced back from its loss to Penn with a 14-7 win over Brown, while Penn resumed its losing ways with a 34-0 loss to powerful Princeton.
Penn state exploded back into eastern prominence with a 43-0 win over Holy Cross. Nitanny Coach Rip Engel poured in his second-and third-stringers in an attempt to hold down the score, but even the subs touched the Crusaders for 13 points.
Connecticut and Tufts, both ranked simply as good small-college teams, showed themselves worthy of higher praise. The Uconns smashed hapless Massachusetts 71-6 with an awesome display of ground power (439 yards rushing) that, set a new Yankee Conference record. Tufts, with wins over Bowdoin and Harvard, made it three in a row downing Trinity 52-20.
Boston University, only unbeaten member of New England's three major independents (other two: Holy Cross and Boston College), held an explosive and beefy George Washington team to a 20-20 tie.
Lafayette remained untied and unbeaten with an easy 32-7 win over Albright, fourth straight for the Leopards. Other scores:
Alfred 44, St. Lawrence 14
Amherst 39, Bowdoin 12
Carn. Tech 31, Dickinson 0
Colgate 48, Rutgers 6
Delaware 26, Bucknell 7
F&M 28, Upsala 6
Gettysburg 45, Western Maryland 0
Hamilton 33, Wagner 7
Havertord 7, Wesleyan 7
Maine 29, New Hampshire 7
Muhlenberg 14, Leb. Valley 7
New Haven St. 46, Brandeis 7
Springfield 27, Colby 7
Temple 28, Scranton 20
Vt. 39, Rhode Island 13
Williams 33, Middlebury 7