Up here in the Great White North we know a stacked deck when we see one. You chose USC as No. 1 in your COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW (Aug. 15)? Why not? Their schedule is a joke. They don't play one of your other Top 10 teams. Tell the Trojans to get a schedule worthy of their ranking, or we'll sic the NHL on them.
Ed McAuley, Ormstown, Que.
Your preseason football rankings for Divisions I-AA, II and III were a welcome complement to the coverage of Division I-A. I'm a great fan of big-time college sports, but I have unending admiration for the tens of thousands who compete outside the limelight.
Mark Murray, Allendale, Mich. President, Grand Valley State University
Congratulations on recognizing Ivy League football for what it is and ignoring it in your preview issue. Obviously schools with athletes who intend to be students have no place among those who don't let education get in the way of really important football programs.
Steve Jacobson, Lido Beach, N.Y.
I was miffed that the only two references made to the Marshall football program each had a mistake. You say that West Virginia and Marshall last played each other in football in 1915, but I was there in 1997, when West Virginia beat the Thundering Herd 42--31 despite Chad Pennington's throwing deep bombs to Randy Moss. Later, you list Larry Keuck (actually spelled Kueck) as the coach who took over for Bob Pruett. Kueck only filled in for a short time as the interim coach until Mark Snyder was hired in April. Kueck stayed on as an assistant under Snyder.
Bernard J. Ulincy, Painted Post, N.Y.
EDITOR'S NOTE: SI regrets the errors.