THE TOP THREE:
1. TEXAS (2-0)
2. ARKANSAS (2-0)
3. NEW MEXICO (3-0)
It was not the best of all possible weeks for the old Southwest. While New Mexico State and TCU were being roughed up on the road, SMU and Baylor were getting more of the same at home. SMU made the mistake of kicking off to USC's Willie (The Wisp) Brown, who scampered 92 yards for a touchdown. Understandably shaken, SMU nevertheless made a game of it during the first half, kicking a field goal and holding the Trojans to just one other touchdown. But in the second half USC took over and scored three times to win 33-3.
Baylor lost to Pitt 24-14 for the Panthers' first victory in Texas in nearly 50 years. Coach John Michelosen sent his fullbacks—Rick Leeson and John Telesky—hammering into the Baylor line early in the game. When Baylor drew its defenses in, Halfback Ed Clark circled the flanks and the Panthers gained 353 yards rushing.
There had to be some Southwest victories, of course. Texas danced to a 34-0 win over Texas Tech and Arkansas beat Tulsa with equal ease 42-14. Houston worked harder for its 6-3 victory over Texas A&M, marching 80 yards in the waning moments for its touchdown. In the wildest game of the day, New Mexico beat Arizona 35-25.