This was the year when the offense caught up to the defense as college coaches used their ingenuity to transform football into a giant guessing game between attackers and defenders. Flankers, split ends, spreads and more passing were the general rule rather than the unusual and became the answer to jitterbugging, stunting and looping defenses which had threatened to make the game dull and uninteresting. The product of this exciting, and welcome, change will be seen in the bowl games, where some of the nation's best attacking teams will be using their wits as well as their brawn. Here's how I pick them:
CALIFORNIA vs. IOWA. Two of the year's greatest quarterbacks, Iowa's Randy Duncan and California's Joe Kapp, should make this a real show. Duncan has the edge in passing while Kapp is the best option play runner I saw all season. The Hawkeyes' speed and imagination, plus Duncan's passes, will win for IOWA.
AIR FORCE vs. TCU. The surprising Air Force may be in over its head against TCU's big, mobile line and able backs like Fullback Jack Spikes. The smaller Falcons will rely upon their speed and Rich Mayo's passing, but I'm afraid their wings will be clipped by TCU.
CLEMSON vs. LSU. Billy Cannon has been everyone's All-America, but it takes more than one man to keep a team unbeaten and LSU also has Quarterback Warren Rabb, Halfback Johnny Robinson, Center Max Fugler and those colorful "Chinese Bandits." Clemson is in a good spot to pull an upset if Quarterback Harvey White is right, but my choice is LSU.
December 22, 1958
OKLAHOMA vs. SYRACUSE. Syracuse figures to test Oklahoma with Chick Zimmerman's passing and a rough-and-ready line. However, the Sooners rarely lose in the Orange Bowl and greater depth will make the difference. OKLAHOMA.
FLORIDA vs. MISSISSIPPI (Dec. 27). A tough one to pick in a battle between two fine quarterbacks, Florida's Jimmy Dunn and Ole Miss's Bobby Franklin, and two good lines. Better balance gives the nod to MISSISSIPPI.
GRANGE'S SEASON RECORD: 69 RIGHT; 26 WRONG; 5 TIES; .690 PCT.
CALIFORNIA vs. IOWA
JAN. 1, 4:45 P.M. E.S.T., NBC-TV
SCOUTING REPORT: P. 31
AIR FORCE vs. TCU
JAN. 1, 3:30 P.M. E.S.T., CBS-TV
SCOUTING REPORT: P. 32
CLEMSON vs. LSU
JAN. 1, 1:45 P.M. E.S.T., NBC-TV
SCOUTING REPORT: P. 33
OKLAHOMA vs. SYRACUSE
JAN. 1, 12:45 P.M. E.S.T., CBS-TV
SCOUTING REPORT: P. 34
FLORIDA vs. MISSISSIPPI
DEC. 27, 2 P.M. E.S.T., CBS-TV
SCOUTING REPORT: P. 35