Football, always a great sight of the U.S. autumn scene, was showing the fans some dazzling spectacles. Reason: brilliant October weather and fresh winds blowing from the rule book. The return to the one-platoon system swept the boring scramble of unlimited substitutions from the fields: games were easier to follow and shorter, players more versatile. Fans flocked to the stadiums to hear the bands and cheer the helmeted heroes, crowded even breather games in hopes of an upset. Two of the most bruising battles so far saw Big Ten Champion Wisconsin losing to...

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