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Auburn, Illinois and Baylor had not counted on high station but, powerful in their own conference races, they stayed on top to the finish—almost

The kind of unsympathetic treatment Auburn Quarterback Jimmy Sidle is getting (left) is no worse than what any contending college football team can expect at this cool, crucial time of year. It not only stuns the body, it blunts ambitions as well. With Sidle pretty much surrounded most of the day, fifth-ranked Auburn became unbeaten no more, losing to Mississippi State 13-10 on Guard Justin Canale's 36-yard field goal with 22 seconds to play. In consequence, the University of Mississippi leads the Southeastern Conference with hardly a threat between it and the Sugar Bowl. Meanwhile the nation's second-ranked team, Illinois, and its Halfback Jim Warren (below) were stood on their collective heads by Michigan 14-8 at Champaign, leaving Ohio State and Michigan State to vie for the Big Ten lead. On their first offensive play, Illinois' Warren and Halfback Sam Price smacked into each other face to face, setting the mood of the game for the Illini who, despite four straight losses to Michigan, never seem to take the Wolverines seriously. Finally, at Austin, Texas, the University of Texas put down the biggest upstart of them all, pass-a-minute Baylor, 7-0, to fortify its Southwest Conference lead, its right to the Cotton Bowl and its acceptance as the best college team in the country. Baylor Quarterback Don Trull, who leads the nation in passing, completed 19 for 204 yards, but in the end—and in the end zone (bottom)—Texas Quarterback Duke Carlisle cut across to intercept Trull's last pass just in front of the waiting arms of Baylor Halfback Larry Elkins.

With no place to go, Auburn Quarterback Jimmy Sidle is squelched by four Mississippi State defenders, including one. Tackle Tommy Neville (70), who has an advantageous but illegal grip on Sidle's face mask.

Illinois' Jim Warren, his ear to the ground, tumbles before Michigan's charge. More upsetting for Illinois: losing the ball four times on fumbles, including the one by Warren that set up the winning Michigan touchdown.

Duke Carlisle of Texas leaps to grab ball—and the ball game—away from Baylor Halfback Larry Elkins. Held to only six yards rushing, Baylor repeatedly challenged Texas with its passes but never was able to score.