Thank you for the Aug. 31 issue. First, Steve Wulf lauds the Tigers, an exciting young team riding the crest of possibly the toughest division in baseball (Let's Give the Tigers a Great Big Hand), and then SI Picks Bo's Michigan Wolverines to be No. 1 in college football (The Top 20). You've made a proud Michigander even prouder.
JOHN P. LAMBERT
Michigan may be first in the Big Ten, but first in the country? Never. The records you quote show that Bo Schembechler can't win the big games.
Your cover for the College Football Issue was right on target, with one slight error: one numeral—take your choice—should be removed from Georgia's number . Then your cover would be not only esthetically rewarding—how 'bout that Herschel Walker?—but also prophetic.
Last year you didn't include Notre Dame in your Top 20 and the Irish made it to the Sugar Bowl. This year you ranked the Irish No. 5. At that rate of improvement, what will their ranking be at the end of this season?
South Bend, Ind.
Florida 13th and Miami unranked? Miami beat Florida 21-20. What are you trying to do, start a riot down here?
Your Top 20 left out the best Pac-10 team of all: Arizona State.
Where was Iowa State and its Heisman Trophy candidate, Dwayne Crutchfield?
Grand Junction, Iowa
Thank you, John Papanek. We finally have a writer who understands that the Pac-10 deserves recognition (What You See, You Get, Aug. 31). USC goes out every year and beats everybody, including the Alabamas and Michigans. Still, the AP and UPI pollsters say, "Oh, let's give the championship to Bear Bryant again." Fans of other conferences know that the Pac-10 is for real, but they hate to have the media, and especially SI, say anything of the sort.
If the SEC is not the best conference, why is it the only conference with five teams in your Top 20?
Alabama doesn't "get lucky"; it's just damn good.
KEVIN W. JOHNSON