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With all due respect to the multitude of bowl games, those of us with insight know there is only one game to watch after this regular season: Florida versus Alabama in the SEC championship game.
Rex M. Lowe, Naugatuck, Conn.
In your article on SEC football (The Place to Be, Oct. 19) Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt is quoted as saying, "I watch the other conferences all the time and think, Boy, I'd like to play them." Think again, Coach Nutt. Over the past five years, your Arkansas and Ole Miss teams are 1--6 against schools from other BCS conferences. The SEC is definitely a tough conference, especially at the top. But the idea that mid-level SEC schools would dominate other conferences is simply not true.
Scott Sitter, Oshkosh, Wis.
Nutt watches other conferences and wishes he could play them? Funny, I watch Nutt's pedestrian offense and think the same thing about his team.
Jeff Davis, McDonough, Ga.
According to the most recent data from the NCAA, the SEC has the lowest graduation rate for football players of any of the BCS conferences. Perhaps schools such as Alabama (55% graduation rate), Tennessee (54%), LSU (54%), Arkansas (52%) and Georgia (48%) should spend as much time striving to succeed in the classroom as they do on the field. On the other hand, kudos to Vanderbilt (91%) for making a commitment to helping athletes succeed academically.
The SEC may have been the place to be over the last few years, but if you were a black football player before the late 1960s, it was not. They may play some good football down there—good for them—but national championships won't wash away the stain of segregation.