Remember, as Pete Rozelle has said, it takes a genius to lose money in the NFL. Neither new owner Edgar Kaiser nor Phipps is that.
Director of Research
National Football League
THE RATINGS GAME
Clemson University supporters deserve an explanation of why in your Oct. 26 issue you rate Georgia fifth in the nation and Clemson seventh. I am not questioning why Clemson is rated seventh (although the AP has Clemson fourth and the UPI fifth), but why do you put Georgia above Clemson?
Having watched the Clemson-Georgia game from the 50-yard line and seen a complete replay of the game on TV, I believe Clemson deserves to be ranked ahead of Georgia. Even though Georgia turned the ball over nine times that day, it was the Tigers' "Paws and Claws" defense that caused those turnovers. Incidentally, the Paws and Claws have given up fewer points than any other major team (through Oct. 30) and lead in turnover margin.
? SI ranked Clemson fourth, Georgia fifth in the Nov. 2 issue, Clemson third, Georgia fourth in this issue.—ED.
I've usually found Herm Weiskopf's section on college football to be superb. But in your Oct. 26 issue, his Top 20 was incredibly inaccurate. The first three ( Penn State, North Carolina, Pittsburgh) made a good start, but then he went crazy. How could he put USC, Georgia and SMU ahead of Clemson? USC has lost a game and Clemson soundly defeated Georgia. The Tigers and SMU have identical records, but Clemson has played a tougher schedule. Although Clemson isn't a perennial football power, the Tigers are having a great season and deserve more recognition.
As longtime Penn State football fans and, currently, students, we feel you've put down our football team once too often.
Throughout this season SI has featured the No. 1 team on its cover and in an article. So tell me, why did you feature Pitt (They're Making Names for Themselves, Oct. 26) in a major article the week Penn State became the No. 1 team in the country? Amazingly enough, SI even ranked Penn State No. 1! But we had to search the magazine to find any mention of Penn State's game and Curt Warner's extraordinary effort—256 yards, a Penn State record.
University Park, Pa.
?Alas, no search will be necessary to disclose an account of Penn State's latest game. See page 32.—ED.
I am thoroughly disappointed that you seem to rate Florida State as a second-rate club. Without a doubt, we have the toughest schedule in the country. After we beat Ohio State and Notre Dame in succession on the road, the only time you mentioned us was when we lost to a very fine football team—Pittsburgh.
Also, you failed to rank the twice-in-a-row Top Ten Seminoles in your bogus SI Top 20 poll. It's about time you realized that FSU and Bobby Bowden have an excellent football program and deserve more credit than they receive.
MICHAEL J. SPOSATO
Vero Beach. FLa.