OH, TO BE NO. 1
After "considering the evidence," as John Underwood suggests (Shake Down the Thunder, Jan. 9), I find it perfectly easy to "resist the argument" that Notre Dame is No. 1. In my opinion, Alabama brought the argument to its logical conclusion with a stellar Sugar Bowl performance.
JOHN K. CABELL
Once again the Irish mystique has prevailed over Alabama, just as it did at the conclusion of the 1966 season, during which the Crimson Tide fielded probably its best team ever. Notre Dame "poll" vaulted from fifth place to first, but not exactly the way Alabama did it to end the 1965 season. Then Alabama earned its No. 1 ranking, as all three teams rated above the Tide in the polls were defeated in bowl games. Similarly, this time No. 3 Alabama soundly defeated a good Ohio State team, while No. 1 Texas and No. 2 Oklahoma lost.
FRED NELSON JR.
I would like the coaches and sportswriters of America to explain to an 8-year-old third-grader I know why Notre Dame is No. 1. She is third in her class and is wondering if she makes an A and the No. 5 student also makes an A, whether No. 5 will skip over her to No. 1.
The coaches and sportswriters can spell it out for her. I won't try, for I'm only her aunt who takes her to ball games.
Here is a hypothetical—and probably paranoid—question from fans in the Deep South: If Alabama had been ranked fifth in the final regular-season polls and beaten Texas 38-10, and Notre Dame had been ranked third and beaten Ohio State 35-6, which team would have been ranked No. 1 in the postseason polls?
The final college football polls prove one thing: the Southeastern Conference must be very strong. Its eighth-place team. Mississippi, beat national champion Notre Dame.
ROBERT L. PENCE
I wish someone would explain-to me why the Penn State Nittany Lions were not given serious consideration for the No. 1 ranking this year.
Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa.
Best 11-1 team, based on toughest schedule—Texas; best bowl team—-Arkansas; media national champion—Notre Dame.
W. DENNIS CLARK
STANLEY D. SMITH
Do you think we may finally lay to rest the myth of Big Ten football supremacy?
G. DANIEL McCALL
Instead of having an NBA title game or a Super Bowl game or the Indy 500, why not let sportswriters (AP) and coaches (UPI) vote for the champion?
Green Lane, Pa.