Florida has another easy schedule—including nonconference games against Charleston Southern, Troy and Florida International—that will put the Gators in another BCS championship game (yawn). Florida has not played a regular-season game outside of the South in this decade! At least teams like USC, Ohio State, LSU, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech have the guts to travel outside their region.
Brian Childs, Laguna Beach, Calif.
While I do not disagree with the top three teams in your rankings (Florida, Texas and Oklahoma), I was amazed to see that you had Alabama ranked only eighth (Scouting Reports, Aug. 17). Wasn't last year's climb from No. 24 to No. 1 over the course of a perfect regular season enough to prove this team's potential? Aren't two consecutive top-ranked recruiting classes enough to confirm the Crimson Tide's depth? By comparison, you ranked USC fourth, and that team lost 11 players to the draft and had two lesser recruiting classes.
Nathan Carlson, Pelham, Ala.
The Big East has no teams in your top 22 and the Big Ten has just two (Rankings: 1 to 120, Aug. 17). Both conferences have automatic BCS bids, and both have fewer teams in the top 22 than the Mountain West. It's time for a playoff, or to give the MWC champion an automatic BCS berth.
Matt Larsen, Morgan, Utah
Other than its opening game against Oregon (at home no less), your No. 9 team, Boise State, plays no team higher than 45th in your rankings. If the Broncos win their opener and go undefeated, should that be enough to merit a berth in the BCS title game? Please save your high praise for teams that play a reasonable schedule in a legitimate conference.
Why isn't Cal in your Top 20? The Golden Bears are going to win the Pac-10 and contend for the national championship. Looking forward to your mea culpa.
Joe Davis, Honolulu
You did an excellent job of creating interest in Oklahoma State's prospects (Leap Year, Aug. 17). In fact, I was so intrigued that I turned to the back of the issue to see who SI projected would win the Sept. 5 matchup between Oklahoma State and Georgia. Now I'm really intrigued—because according to your conference projections, both teams will go 4--0 in nonconference play. No fence-sitting: Who's going to win?
Ryan Davis, New York City
EDITOR'S NOTE: SI regrets the error—and picks Oklahoma State to win the game.
Joe Sheehan's argument for why Kansas City's Zack Greinke should win the American League Cy Young Award (INSIDE BASEBALL, Aug. 17) ignores one key point: quality of opposition. At the time your story came out, Greinke was 11--7 and had a 2.33 ERA, but he had made only three of his 24 starts against the AL's four best offenses (the Yankees, Rays, Red Sox and Angels). Toronto's Roy Halladay (13--5, 2.65 ERA) had a more impressive record. Not only was Halladay averaging 7.5 innings per start (to Greinke's 6.9), but he also had made 10 of his 23 starts against the four most potent lineups in the AL.