Compliments are in order for Dan Jenkins for his fine article about the opening college football season (This Year the Fight Will Be in the Open, Sept. 11) and for his correct prediction of the No. 1 team, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.
Your College Football 1967 analysis was pretty good, except for a few small items. Certainly, Notre Dame will be No. 1. But, really now, Georgia (No. 2) over Alabama (No. 5)? Let's hope Georgia does meet 'Bama in some bowl—any bowl. The red the Crimson Tide sees will be splattered all over Georgia's jerseys.
GARY L. HUDSON
I read with interest your selections of the Top 20 college teams for 1967. I couldn't help but wonder about the schools who will be unfortunate enough to face these powerhouses Saturday after Saturday this fall. I went through the schedules of your Top 20 selections, giving each team scheduled to play Notre Dame 20 points, those teams slated to meet Georgia 19 points and so on down the line. Based on that evaluation, it turns out that the following teams have the toughest schedules this season:
1) Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech earns the No. 1 spot by having to play Miami, Notre Dame and Georgia (your Nos. 3, 1 and 2 selections) on successive Saturdays, in addition to facing Tennessee earlier in the year. USC is No. 2 because it plays five of your Top 20 picks this year.
And what about the Top 20 themselves? Besides USC and Mississippi, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Purdue, and Texas A&M have tough schedules. The softest? That honor goes to Army, scheduled to meet none of your other top 20 selectees.
WILLIAM H. WHITE
Your omission of Georgia Tech from your predicted Top 20 college football teams surely is not without reason. Why, last year Coach (now athletic director) Bobby Dodd himself was not expecting much of a season. Tech's record was awful indeed. Nine wins and one loss in the regular season and a trip to the Orange Bowl is something to be truly ashamed of.
If Purdue's defense is poor because it gave up 154 points, "more than Notre Dame would give up in a decade," may I call a seemingly obscure fact to your attention? In the immediate past decade ('57 through '66) Purdue alone scored 213 points against Notre Dame, while the Irish were able to score only 175 points against Purdue.
P. K. CONNELLY
West Lafayette, Ind.
I read your summary of Michigan State's football chances with wry amusement. My poor alma mater! To so lack gridiron talent that her plight drives your writers to tears! No MSU fan will cry over this year's team. Certainly not with your predictions.
Since it seems beneath your august gaze to review the Missouri Valley football conference in your issue of September 11, I must assume that this conference is not worthy of note. Scratch one SI subscription renewal.