The answer to your cover question, "Who Will Challenge the Dawgs?" is found on the foldout: No. 5 Florida, No. 7 Auburn and No. 9 LSU. Not to mention South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. It's easy to imagine Ohio State or USC breezing through to the championship game while SEC teams knock each other out week after week. If Georgia gets through with two losses or fewer, it'll be a miracle.
Larry Pope, Asheville, N.C.
Your regional cover featuring Ohio State had a headline that looked incomplete to me. It should have read, "Ohio State: Loading Up for Another Title Run in the Mediocre Big Ten So That It Can Get Its Butt Kicked by Another SEC Team."
Timothy Ball, Long Island City, N.Y.
Missouri finishing higher than OU and winning the Big 12 title? Unlikely. The Tigers growled but didn't bite in 2007, losing twice to the Sooners.
Charles R. Poor, Houston
I know this year is not going to be one of Michigan's greatest, but how can you pick the Wolverines to finish with a losing record and eighth in the Big Ten? This is still Michigan, and there is no way they will finish below .500.
Megan Vuillemot, Swartz Creek, Mich.
Your cover photo breaks one of the first tenets of football, at least as I was taught as a high school football player and as I still teach today as a youth football coach: Never sit on your hat! The helmet protects your melon (skull) and your mush (face). It should always be respected and never used as a chair.
Marty Dolley, Wantagh, N.Y.
Your stories on the spread offense and the trouble it causes for defenses (Can't Beat the Spread and Wrestling with the Beast, Aug. 11) were enlightening—and encouraging. Could it be that the day of ponderous behemoths, or human Hummers, dominating football is fading?
Jim Lein, Minot, N.D.
Manny in Cali
In a piece about Manny Ramirez going to the Dodgers (PLAYERS, Aug. 11), Kostya Kennedy refers to Ramirez as someone "who plays the game so well." But anyone who has ever witnessed Ramirez dogging it down the baseline on a ground ball, playing leftfield like a slapstick routine or sitting out an important game with a phantom injury would never say he played the game well. Just refer to him as the great hitter that he is, but don't ever mistake him for a baseball player.
Chuck Woodhams, Wrentham, Mass.