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NOTRE DAME IN A TUSSLE AT THE TOP

Nov. 23, 1964
Nov. 23, 1964

Table of Contents
Nov. 23, 1964

At The Top
Bellyache
How The West Won
Parallel Skiing
  • With the new season at hand, here is a guide for the skier who wants to move up to the stylish parallel technique. Improvements in teaching methods and the care of slopes make this the best time ever to try

Vail
College Football
Hockey
Golf
  • By Gwilym S. Brown

    On the last day of an LPGA tournament in Texas, the tour's finest player turned in the best round of golf ever shot by a woman—a 62 which included eight birdies and an eagle on a course that was far from easy

Horse Shows
Winning Loser
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

NOTRE DAME IN A TUSSLE AT THE TOP

Should their teams continue undefeated—and each is but a game away from a perfect 10-0 season—both the University of Arkansas and the University of Nebraska might normally claim the distinction of being No. 1, the best college football team in the U.S. In one respect this is a happy situation, since the two will settle which is better in the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day. But this has never been a normal season, and two other undefeated teams have even stronger claims to No. 1: Notre Dame and Alabama. Each has played a more demanding schedule than Arkansas or Nebraska and each has won in more convincing fashion. Unhappily, however, they will not meet. Alabama will play Texas, last year's champion but now a once-beaten (14-13 by Arkansas) team, in the Orange Bowl. Notre Dame will go nowhere but home for Christmas.

This is an article from the Nov. 23, 1964 issue Original Layout

In the absence of a true championship game, the opinions of the few who have seen both Notre Dame and Alabama—as well as Arkansas, Nebraska and Texas—carry extra weight. Our football staff has seen them all—and without hesitation we like Notre Dame.

For eight weeks the surprise team of 1964 has played like a champion, averaging 30 points a game, giving up less than a touchdown, awakening the echoes that seldom slumber deeply in South Bend. Ara Parseghian's explosive offense, led by Quarterback John Huarte and End Jack Snow, has gained more than 400 yards a Saturday—the nation's second best—and in rushing defense the Irish rank ahead of all other college teams. Last Saturday, in what was supposed to be their severest test, they crushed a strong Michigan State 34-7.

We have been impressed by Alabama, too, just as we are always impressed by Paul Bryant's teams, and last week's victory over Georgia Tech (next page) was brilliant in its spirit and execution. Alabama is light but aggressive, and three times the Tide has proved its character by coming from behind to win. This is an awfully good team, perhaps a great team, but it would not beat Notre Dame.

The fighting Irish deserve their ranking as No. 1.

PHOTONotre Dame's Nick Eddy (47) churns off tackle for short yardage in last Saturday's 34-7 win over Michigan State. Only a sophomore, Eddy adds speed and elusiveness to the nation's best-balanced attack.