Until there is a playoff system in place, arguments about programs such as Boise State's will get decided by everyone except the people who should be making the decision: the players on the field. And a playoff system, if done right, would make more money than the current system by a long shot. How about some good, old-fashioned capitalism to fix this mess?
Andy Mathis, Austin
There really is no debate (Contender or Pretender, Oct. 4). It's the gantlet that matters, not just the record. Put another way, you can't be the world champ in boxing by fighting against stand-ins in 10 of the 15 rounds.
Bernie Hubert, Morristown, N.J.
I imagine Penn State coach Joe Paterno remembers that the digs being leveled at BSU and TCU are the same ones he heard in the '60s when his Lions were derided as an "Eastern" team that even President Richard Nixon deemed unfit to be champion.
Robert Fillman, Indianapolis
Remember the debate about whether Butler should be permitted to play for the national championship? That's right—college basketball has a playoff.
Richard Massey, Memphis
SI's tribute to the ageless wonder George Blanda (SCORECARD, Oct. 4) brought back good memories of glorious seasons past. In the words of Bay Area broadcaster Bill King, Blanda truly was "king of the world" to Raiders fans everywhere.