HERMAN HICKMAN SAYS:
Treating geographical boundaries with utter disregard, the Missouri Valley Conference stretches from Detroit to Houston. However, Detroit's Titans on the Canadian border have decided to withdraw their outpost after this fall. Bradley and Drake have rejoined the conference, while Cincinnati and North Texas State were admitted recently; but none of the four will figure in the championship this year since schedules are made up. Ambitious Houston may forge to the front under the second-year guidance of Billy Meek; despite line losses this 1956 edition of the Cougars will be a much more cohesive unit than last year's and, if they can stand up under an impossible first five games, they might well come through to win the title. Wichita, co-champion last season with Detroit, returns 23 lettermen. Despite the inexplicable 41-0 rout by Detroit in 1955, the Wheatshockers must again be considered right at the top of this sprawling conference. Two ex-Marine transfers, Steve Piskach and Bill Dando, added to the complete starting backfield of last season, may make Detroit's valedictory in the conference one to remember. Piskach is a fine quarterback, Dando runs well.
COLORS: Black and gold.
BASIC OFFENSE: Split-T.
1955 RECORD: Won 7, lost 2, tied 1.
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 25 of 35.
WATCH FOR: Leroy Hinman, B; Dwayne Puetz, G; Max Bretches, T.
THE DOPE: The Wheatshockers, luxuriously deep in big, strong backs, present Coach Pete Tillman with only two real posers. Academic inroads weakened the team at quarterback, and center depends on how well Gil Tatman and Norb Gotner recover from knee operations. Elsewhere, ends, guards, tackles are numerous. Leroy Hinman could be the best back in Midwest.
1956 SCHEDULE (1955 score):