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16 Northwest Arkansas TIMES, W«d., Sipt II, T974 PAVrrrcviLLi, AMKANSA* Porkers Mak* Top Twenty - Barely Southern Cal Said Out Of Shape K? ; ;'By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS -' Notre Dame's defending na- Vtional champions climbed into ·second place in The Associated »/Press college football rankings .today, closing in on preseason ^leader Oklahoma. : ,- The Fighting Irish, No. 1 a -year ago but third in the 1974 .^preseason poll, was the only ; member of the Top Ten to see faction as the season got under ;way last weekend. Notre Dame "defeated Georgia Tech 31-' ^Monday night. X Oklahoma continued to leac -.Jwith 22 first-place votes and 911 'points from a nationwide panel lof sports writers and broad Xcasters. Notre Dame receive! -117 first-place votes and 863 joints. ; Ohio State, which had been -'second, slipped t o ' f o u r t h with nine first-place votes and 802 '^points, one point behind Ala ;bama, which received five first '.place ballots. Alabama was No ·4 in the preseason poll. ·' The rest of the Top Ten re -mained the same -- Southern ^California in fifth place, follow 'ed by Michigan, Nebraska .Penn State, Louisiana Slate and Texas. .Notre Dame is idle this week 'end but all other teams o the Top Ten open their seasons The most impressive first weekend winner was Arizon ''Slate, which clobbered'Houston 30-9 and shot up from 15th t llth, UCLA remained 12th afte 'a 17-17 tie with Tennessee bu the Vols moved up from 16th ti . the 15th position vacated b; Arizona State, behind Pitt am Maryland, which repeated ii the 13th and 14th spots. North Carolina State climhec from 18lh lo 16th by trouncing Wake Forest 33-15. Idle Arizon remained 17th while Missouri another idle team, was vote into the Second Ten as No. 18. Houston, llth a week ago, fel to 19th by losing to Arizon: State while idle Arkansas am Stanford tied for 20th. In th preseason poll, Arkansas wa 19th and Texas AM 20th. The Top Twenty, with first place votes in parentheses, sea son record and total points Points tabulated on basis of 20 .18-16-14-12-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1: 0-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 1-0-0 00-1 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-1 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 91 1. Oklahoma (22) 2. N. Dame (17) 3. Alabama (5) 4. Ohio St. (9) 5. So. Cal. (1) . 6. Michigan 7. Nebraska 8. Penn.Stale 9. Louisiana St. 10. Texas 11. Arizona SI. 12. UCLA 13. Pitt 14. Maryland 15. Tennessee 16. N. Carlna St. 17. Arizona 18. Missouri 19. Houston .20. Arkansas .Xtie) Stanford 0-0-0--21 Others receiving votes, liste alphabetically: Auburn, Colora do, Florida, Georgia, Georgi Tech, Kansas, Miami of Flor da, Miami of Ohio, Ohio U South Carolina, Texas AM Texas Tech, Tulane. n juries Hit Trojan Offensive line LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- oulhern California Coach John IcKay says the physical condi- 'on of his team Saturday night 'ill be a joke. McKay is not laughing. USC opens its 1974 football eason Saturday night at Little :ock against the University of Arkansas. "I had a good feeling about :iis game the last two years," IcKay said. "I don't feel very ood about this game at all." The game is the finale ot a iiree-game series. USC won 310 in 1972 and 17-0 in 1973. McKay ffcnsive said that linemen injuries to had pre- enled the Trojans from scrim- fall practice be- maging since ;an. "You lose your timing when p ou don't scrimmage," he said. block the contact work, them pulled t were still in lhat definitely ball player." in 1973, Knulson ; adovich. tisdcs. You don't hi guy correctly an block a bag." ell, the strongsidc d a concussion in . "The rest of ip lame while we shorts the first McKay said. xigside guard Joe nly injured player y will not play sas. Davis pulled s calf and McKay t far out of shape n look like a foot- ijured players are cCaffrey, who led n minutes played side tackle Steve ight enct Jim Obr- said earlier that the 1974 plan of attack called for quarterback Pat Haden to throw more than he did in 1973 when he completed 137 'of 247 passes for 1,832 yards and 13 touchdowns. "We originally planned to pass more but now we will have sophomores or freshmen in the offensive line and they probably can't protect the passer," McKay said. Tailback Anthony Davis will carry the load for the Trojans on the ground. Davis rushed for 1,191 yards as a sophomore, adde 1,112 yards as a junior and stands fourth on USC's all-time rushing list behind O.J. Simpson, Mike Garrett and Clarence Dais. McKay said Davis, who played at about 195 last year, is down to 185 this year. "We feel that he should have a great year if we can come along," McKay said. ' McKay described Davis' style: "Not only is he very quick, but he's very strong and can go inside like a much bigger man. Too many backs spend too much time trying to get people lo miss them. Davis challenges the tackier, then explodes through him or slides by." McKay said he knew little about Arkansas' personnel. "They played real well against us last year . . . they were a young team and they're supposed to be 100 percent improved,' he said. Arkansas will use a wishbone formation on UCLA, Arkan were the on USC faced du paign. "It's an o! you pretty c did pretty gc year,' 1 he sa Arkansas' i to be more e in Los Ange inexperlencet was thrown quarterback. In addition up with on Dickey Mort six or eight the wishbone (o the slot-I USC game. The kickol p.m. and the only .wishbone team offense that makes lined, but we active than it was s last fall when Mike Kirkland running back-- )--inslead of the shortly after Ihe f is set for 7:30 Arkansas will open its 1974 oolball campaign in spectacu- style Saturday night in Lille Hock when the Uazorlxtcks angle with tough Southern California. Kickoff time is 7:30 p.m. wilh an overflow crowd expected lo am into War Memorial Sla- lium's 53,555 seals. The game ms been sold out for weeks, Both teams have most of heir key performers returning rom last season. Southern Cal., straight starters WFL's Strongest Teams Collide In Showdown By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS r With its two strongest teams 'facing each other, the new World Football League opens ·the second half of its rookie 'season tonight amid mounting concern about its weakest fran- ·Chises. ;. Birmingham, 10-0. the WFL's only unbeaten team, will visit Irunnerup Memphis, 8-2, in a Central Division game between Ihe clubs with the league's best records at the halfway mark in !the 20-game season. ;.' "This is the most important game of the year for us," said poach Jack Gotta of Birmingham, which beat Memphis 58-33 July 24 behind the sharp passing of quarterbacks George Mira and Matthew Reed. In the other WFL games scheduled for tonight, it's Detroit at Florida, the Hawaiins at Houston, New York at Portland, Southern California at Chicago, and Jacksonville at Philadelphia. Birmingham staggered past Chicago Saturday nrght when Earl Sark kicked a 34-yard field goal with 52 seconds left to give the Americans a 41-40 comeback victory. They had blown a 38-19 lead. Memphis breezed to a 45-0 triumph Saturday against the visiting Houston Texans when quarterbacks John Huarte, a veteran, and Danny White, a rookie, combining to throw five touchdown passes. The Southmen are riding a five-game winning streak in which they have yielded only five touchdowns to their WFL opponents. -'· Most of the franchise rumors center on Detroit, 0-10, the league's And the probably Florida, 7-3, the Eastern Division leader, out of town. The conglomerate of 33 Detroit owners is ready to sell the club, which has not drawn well at its suburban location. Houston, 3-6-1, will host the Hawaiians, 2-8, under a cloud of speculation about possible shifts to another Texas city. In Portland, the Storm, 2-7-1, which has struggled from the itart, meets New York, 6-4, tmid talk that the club could leavs town. Drake's long Wait To End This Saturday Randy Drake has waited ong time to gel back into the leat of battle as an Arkansas ?azorback. Drake spent almost eight months at Westark Junior Col- ege repairing an injured knee and some ailing grades. The e n i o r from Germantown, Perm., a suburb of Memphis, eels lhal bolh are now in good shape. Randy has been oul of action since the Iowa State game of "ast year when he suffered a ·ctiee injury and had to have an operation. After he underwent surgery, he put o n - 15 extra pounds. Drake didn't want the extra wci'ght at the time, but now he is glad that he has it. "Southern California s such a big and physical team that I'm glad I have the extra weight now," Drake said. "I don't think that I've lost any of my quickness because of the weight gain." "1 played a pretty good game last year against Southern California. Monte Doris played a gains' me that nighl and we fought pretty much to a stand off. I was just getting Into shape last season when I gol my knee hurt. It was then thai got down on myself and my grades went down," D r a k e slated. Randy is now playing behinc Richard LaFargue at center He is expected to see plenty of action this year since Arkan sas is going to use two separate offensive units. "I'm hoping to make my last year at Arkansa; my best year," the senior cen ter said. Drake is very optimistic a bout this year's Razorbacks "We're a very young team, ee pecially in the offensive line We're probably going to star three sophomores, one junior and one senior. That is a very young team but you must consi der that all of these guys have at least a full year of exper ience." Drake, along wilh the rest o the Razorbacks, is hoping tha Arkansas does not have tr spend another Christmas vaca lion at home. PINEHURST, N.NC. (AP) ary Player lakes exceplion ith the selection of the first len and women to the new /orld Golf Hall of Fame. "I congratulate the Golf /riters Association on the wis- om of their choices," the little outli African said before he nd a dozen other players were onored today in Ihe new, $2.5 million complex lhat serves as he Hall of Fame and golf mu- only winless team, troubled Wheels are happy to be facing Fry Looking For Revenge In SMU Clash DALLAS (AP) -- Dave Smit knows of at least one Ncrt Texas alumnus who won't b pulling for the Mean Green t flail the cane out of Souther Methodist Saturday night. That would he wife Marily Jean Davis Smith, a Jornie cheerleader at the school whic will challenge the Mustangs i football Saturday night for th first time in 32 years. "She doesn't have mixe emotions," Smith joked Mon day. "She knows where he paycheck comes from." Revenge-minded North Texr Coach Hayden Fry, who wa fired by SMU and replaced tu years ago by former assisfan Smith, is expected fo bring pumped up team on the field "There shouldn't be an rjueslion from the emotion standpoint about the readine? of his (Fry's) team," S m i t said. "It's sort of a bowl gam for them." Smith said Fry had a histor of upsetting heavily favore teams such as knocking off N 1 ranked Navy in 1953 and hoi ing top-rated Purdue to a t the next season. Fry has gone on record as saying "I'd be lying if I didn't say the game meant an awful lot to me." Fry was named the Texas Sports Writers Association's 1973 Coach of the Year and he took the opportunity to rub it in on the SMU backers who gave up on him at a February ban- Player Says Famers Made Mistake Calls Trevino Probably Best Ever "But," continued Player, one f only four men to win all the /orld's major tests of golfing reatness, "I think they have made one big mistake. "They left out perhaps the greatest player in the world -possibly the finest player who has ever lived. "I've seen 'em all, but I've never seen any player better than Lee Trevino. He should be included." Trevino was omitted from the list of the game's greats, selected by the GWA, who were to be inducted as the charter members of the Hall. The first members of the shrine are Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen, Walter Hagen, Harry, Vardon, Jack NFL Rosters Shrink Rapidly; Well Known Names Now Absent By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Some agonizing hours of sus- ense are over. Some National ootball League careers are ver. And some are just beginning. Tuesday's exodus from NFL raining camps resembled the mass departure of tourisls from heir last weekend of summer 'acation. With uncerlain fu- uree ahead, nearly 100 players - who missed that key block, Iropped that clutch pass or "umbled once too often -- left jro locker rooms for the last ime. No respect for the past, was hown. as coaches pare dtheir roslers to the 47-player limit. One-time stars joined one-time scrubs in the classless society of the also-ran. Runnig back Leroy Kelly became the fourth most produc- ive rusher in NFL history with he Cleveland Browns. But the Browns put him on waivers. Kelly latched on with the Oakland Raiders. But even he couldn't cut fas' enough to avoid the biggesl :ackle of all Tuesday. Although the Raiders' policy is not to an nounce squad cuts, a list of 1' departures was compiled fron men absent from Tuesday's practice. Kelly's empty locker was silent evidence. Green Bay Packers veteran center Ken Bowman, the team's player representativi and an outspoken voice in the players association strike, was placed on the injured reserve list due to a back injury won't see action this year. The last of the original New Orleans Saints and another player rep, guard Del Williams retired after he lost his job. Ten-year veteran quarteroacl Pete Beathard suffered a sim ilar fate at - Kansas City 1 , camp, but immediately signei with the World Football Leagui Portland Storm. Another quar terback and WFL signee, Ran tly Johnson, was cut by the Gi ants, who then traded fo Green Bay reserve signal calle Jim Del Gaizo. The Pack then picked quarterback Dean Carlson from Kansas City. The Giants also dropped thel player representative. Runnin back Charlie Evans was cul along wilh backfielder Rock Thompson. Of the 40 players o the roster when New York season ended last year, 24 n longer are with the club and 1 rookies have new jobs. The Giants' cross-town rivals the New York Jets, droppei safety Chris Farasopoulos punter Julian Fagan, line backer Rob Spicer and defen sive tackle Joe Jackson. El eve rookies made the Jets' openin roster. .- Then there was more trading which seemed as hectic as th wheeling and dealing on Wa Street. The San Francisco 49ers sen punt return specialist Cec quet in Dallas. Besides chological the obvious edge NTSU . will own going into the game. Smith is in something of a fog about the Mean Green personnel. Smith said some 18 new players will figure ito Fry's plans which have been kept top secret behind closed doors since the start of fall practice. Turner Eagles; lo the the Philadelphi Minnesota Viking swapped veteran defensiv back Charlies West to the De troit Lions for a draft choice the Chiefs traded wide receive Robert West to San Francisc for a draft choice, and the Da las Cowboys acquired plac kicker Mac Percival from th Bears for f u t u r e considerations The Miami Dolphins waivei Braves Get Pitcher ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The S Louis Cardinals n o u n c e d that have an right-hande pitcher Mike Thompson ha been sent to tha Atlanta Braves. ide receiver Ron Sellers and ave Rather, another pass atelier, was recalled from vaivers and traded to the Chi- agp Bears for a future draft hoice. Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer. Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Francis Ouiinet, Player and two women pros, Patty Berg and Babe Didrikson Zaharias. All of the living members -Jones, Hagen, Vardon, Ouimet, and Zaharias are dead -- were to attend the dedication and official opening of the Hall and the enshrinement ceremonies. President Gerald R. F o r d was to make the principal address at Ihe aflernoon 'ceremonies and was to be the main peaker again at a black-tie nner Wednesday night. "I don't like the word 'great- si,'" Player said. "It's over- sed. Someone will win one surnament and they'll say. Oh, he's a great player.' "I don't think there have een more than a dozen really real players who ever lived. "And you take any of them-- aimer, Nicklaus, Snead, Ho an, just any of them -- anc hey won't be better than Tre- Southern Cal Picked 28-14 By HEHSCHEL NISSENSON NEW YORK (AP) -- With de- ending national champion Niotre Dame already having opened its season, the rest of fie Top Ten teams get £ .nance to play catchup this veekcnd. Notre Dame's 31-7 triumph over Georgia Tech lifted the fighting Irish from third to second in The Associated Press rankings and the 917-863 poin margin is a liltle too close for comfort as far as No.l-ranke Oklahoma is concerned. "It could be decided in thi 'ourth quarter," warns Barr;. Switzer of Oklahoma's meeting with Baylor. No it couldn't, Barry. Okla homa . . . 42-14. The 1974 forecasting began last week with a 14-4-1 recorc 'or a percentage of .778. Ken State's 21-14 triumph over Cen tral Michigan was picked on the nose. Notre Dame has this week of but No. 3 Alabama begins Bea Bryant's 30th season as a heai coach -- 17th at 'Bama -- on Ihe road against a Marylam team that has been picked in many quarters to win the At [antic Coast Conference cham pionship and is coached by Jer ry Claiborne, one of Bryant' former players and pupils. Bryant says he isn't happj with his team, and moans an groans like that generally por tend an Alabama rormj, but i says here this will be the firs Upset Special of the Year . Maryland 27-24. Ohio Stale 49, Minnesola 14 The toughest contest for tb Buckeyes might be the fullbacl battle between Harold Henso and Pete Johnson. Southern California 28, Ar kansas 14: John McKay say his offensive line "is not in con dition to play" and pooh-pooh the Trojans role as two-touch down favorites by saying In oddsmakers "must think I'm lying." Michigan 56, Iowa 0: Big Te athlelic directors won't have t vote on this one. Hawkeyes los all 11 last fall and waiting be hind Michigan for new coac Bob Commings are UCLA Penn State and Southern Cal. Nebraska 38, Oregon 21 "They've put in the Veer an we're not sure exactly wha we're going to see," says Ne braska's Tom Osborne. Orego knows it will see plenty of Dav Humm's passing and Ton Davis' running. Penn Slate 27, Stanford 13 When Joe Paferno sings th blues, his Nittany Lions usuall play a mean tune. 14: It's not true that Eddi Crowder turned the Cqlorad coaching reins over to Bill Ma lory because the schedul starts with road games al LS and Michigan. How could yo think a thing like that? Texas 35, Boston College H Ready or not, Roosevelt Leak won't play. "There's no way I' dare put a guy in a game with out any contact work," say Texas Darrell Royal of his Al American fullback. Hot-sho freshman Earl Campbell wl take Leaks' nlace but Ihe rush ing star of the game could b B.C.'s Mike Esposito, Pro Football Standings By The Associated Press Wednesday's Games Detroit at Florida, N Jacksonville at Philadelphia, N Hawaiians at Houston, N Southern California at Chi cagp, N Birmingham at Memphis, N New York at Portland, N · Wednesday, September 18 .'. Philadelphia at Florida, N Portland at Jacksonville, N Memphis at .Chicago, N ' Detroit at Southern California, N New York at Hawaiians. N Thursday, September 19 Houston at Birmingham, N national TV Giusti Strains Back PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pitts burgh Pirate relief pitche Dave Giusti has.returned her with a muscle strain in Ihe low er part of his back and th baseball club says it is no known when he will be sole t see. action again. Arkansas-Sou. Cal Clash To Open Season In Spectacular Style For Ambitious Porkers gunning for a third "·aclfic-8 title, has 14 and 35 lettermeti back. Arkim- as, seeking to rebound from a 5-5-1. showing and re-establish tself as a Southwest Conference rowerhouse, has 18 starters and :3 lettermen reluming. The game matches two of the lation's most successful coaches. Frank Broyles of Arkansas s currently eighth among the winningest active coaches with 128 victories, a n d Southern Dai's c-Jhn McKay is right behind with 109 wins in ninth place. Broyles begins his 17th year at Arkansas with a squad thai )lends y o u t h . and experience. The Razorbacks are nearly two- deep in lettermen at nearly every position, and seven sophomores who started most of last season as freshman are jack. ALTERNATE QBs Quarterbacks Scott Bull and Mark Miller are expected to share signal - calling duties in Broyles' newly-installed wishbone-type triple option attack. Junior College transfer I k e Forte and Sophomore Barnabas White lead a host of fleet running backs, Guards Greg Kock (6-4, 227) and R.C. Thielemann (6-3, 224) are two of ' those "seasoned 1 sophomores in the offensive forward wall. The defense, with 10 starters returning, is anchored by all-SWC candidates Jon Rhiddlehoover (6-0, 220) al tackle and Rollen Smith (6-1 180) at cornerback. Southern Cal features the running of Anthony Davis, one of the most exciting running backs in college football today and the passing of Pat Haden described by McKay as "The greatest passer I've ever seen.' Saturday night's clash will be the last of the three-game ser ies, and the Razorbacks an lill seeking their first scalp. Last year, a young bunch of logs held the Trojans to a 7-0 end a f t e r three quarters befors jowing 17-0 before 73,231 tans Hie Los Angeles Coliseum. Southern Cal's first visit to Litle Rock in 1972 saw the Call- ornia visitors scoring a 31-10 viclory Ixjfore 54.401 people as he Trojans began Iheir march o the nalional title. The two coaches, incidentally, have nearly identical nonconfe- rence recoreds -- Broyles Is 44.9 against non-SWC foes for a winning percentage of 69.8, and McKay's USC teams are 49-22-5 and 67.7 p e r , c e n t against outside competition. Former Harding Star Axed By Cardinals ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals have placed 'ormer Harding College'quar- terback Tom Ed . Gooden. on waivers. Gooden. a rookie who -started the training season with the leveland Browns, was listed as a defensive back ^and a- kicker. The Browns released him to the Cardinals several days ago. Defensive tackle Hershel Strickland of Ouachilu Baplist University was among, seven players cut by the New Orleans Saints Tuesday. 76ers Obtain 'Tree' PHILADELPHIA (AP)-The Philadelphia 76ers have .obtained the Detroit Pistons' Rolnnd "Tree Grant in return for future draft considerations. 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