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August 15, 2005 | Volume 103, Issue 6

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Reggie Bush Cover - Sports Illustrated August 15, 2005

August 15, 2005 | Kelly King
With the top Dawgs gone to the NFL, the new leaders on offense are the experienced--and huge--linemen

August 15, 2005 | Stewart Mandel
The high-powered Cardinals make the jump to the Big East-- and immediately become the class of the conference

August 15, 2005 | Mark Beech
It's up to a senior-led defense with a young front four to fulfill expectations created by three straight top 10 finishes

August 15, 2005 | Kelly King
Unity is the word in Baton Rouge, as the Tigers want to prove that a coaching change won't keep them out of the SEC hunt

August 15, 2005 | Lars Anderson
The Aggies are closing in on the Big 12 South's big two. Reggie McNeal's playmaking might put them over the top

August 15, 2005 | Lars Anderson
2004 RECORD 7-5 (5-3, T3 in Big 12 South)

August 15, 2005 | Lars Anderson
Sept. 3 at Clemson

August 15, 2005 | Gene Menez
Another tumultuous off-season has left the once-mighty Seminoles with more questions than answers

August 15, 2005 | Gene Menez
2004 RECORD 9-3 (6-2, 2nd in ACC)

August 15, 2005 | Gene Menez
Sept. 5 MIAMI

August 15, 2005 | Stewart Mandel
Quarterback Jared Zabransky and the Broncos take another shot at a BCS bid--but the schedule could bust 'em

August 15, 2005 | Stewart Mandel
2004 RECORD 11-1 (8-0, 1st in WAC)

August 15, 2005 | Stewart Mandel
Sept. 3 at Georgia

August 15, 2005 | Mark Beech
An all-conference quarterback and a 2,000-yard rusher are gone, but the ultradeep Bears aren't sweating it

August 15, 2005 | Mark Beech
2004 RECORD 10-2 (7-1, 2nd in Pac-10)

August 15, 2005 | Mark Beech
Sept. 3 SACRAMENTO STATE

August 15, 2005 | Lars Anderson
It's showtime for heralded sophomore passer Brandon Cox, who has gained the Tigers' confidence after a shaky start

August 15, 2005 | Lars Anderson
2004 RECORD 13--0 (8--0, 1st in SEC West)

August 15, 2005 | Lars Anderson
Sept. 3 GEORGIA TECH

August 15, 2005 | GENE MENEZ
There's one thing standing between the Bulldogs and the WAC title: Boise State. Is this the year they beat the Broncs?

August 15, 2005 | GENE MENEZ
2004 RECORD 9-3 (5-3, T3 in WAC)

August 15, 2005 | Mark Beech
The Sun Devils put their potent aerial attack in the hands of Sam Keller, who has huge shoes to fill

August 15, 2005 | Mark Beech
2004 RECORD 9-3 (5-3, T3 in Pac-10)

August 15, 2005 | GENE MENEZ
A new coach makes wholesale changes, but one constant on defense is the fearsome play of linebacker H.B. Blades

August 15, 2005 | GENE MENEZ
2004 RECORD 8-4 (4-2, T1 in Big East)

August 15, 2005 | Mark Beech
Known for their offensive prowess, the Boilermakers want the same respect for their head-rattlin' defense

August 15, 2005 | Mark Beech
2004 RECORD 7-5 (4-4, T5 in Big Ten)

August 15, 2005 | Gene Menez
The Falcons are aiming high in the MAC, thanks to the ultraprecise arm of quarterback Omar Jacobs

August 15, 2005 | Gene Menez
2004 RECORD 9-3 (6-2, 3rd in MAC West)

August 15, 2005 | Gene Menez
Sept. 3 at Wisconsin

August 15, 2005 | Lars Anderson
In the weak Big 12 North, the Buffaloes should have an easy trip thanks to the prolific arm of Joel Klatt

August 15, 2005 | Lars Anderson
2004 RECORD 8-5 (4-4, 1st in Big 12 North)

August 15, 2005 | Lars Anderson
Sept. 3 COLORADO STATE

August 15, 2005 | Richard Deitsch
Welcome to the Top 25, Cowboys. First task: proving yourselves against Florida ... at the Swamp

August 15, 2005 | Richard Deitsch
2004 RECORD 7-5 (3-4, 4th in MWC)

August 15, 2005 | Richard Deitsch
Sept. 3 at Florida

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Kings Crossing

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Stronger Than Ever (Aug. 8) may be about what NFL players endure to get ready for the season, but I'm not sure even Donovin Darius would make it through the blue type printed against the green...

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LETTERS

August 15, 2005 | COMPILED BY RICHARD DEITSCH
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

August 15, 2005 | Compiled by Mark Beech and Gene Menez
I-AA, II and III Rankings

August 15, 2005 | Rick Reilly
Homeland security in this country is abysmal. Look at the infiltration of baseball alone.

August 15, 2005 | Brian MacPherson
AUGUST 8, 1966

August 15, 2005 | Steve Rushin
As a royals or Mariners or Devil Rays fan, you deserve a Gold Glove at your position--the fetal position--considering that your team has now spent more time in the cellar than Ernest & Julio...

August 15, 2005 | Grant Wahl
David Beckham, Ronaldo and other European stars say they'd like to lead a soccer revolution in America. Is this the way to finally make fútbol a big draw here?

August 15, 2005 | Chris Mannix
Battling practically since they became partners, the owners in Atlanta are now in court over who's the boss

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Died

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For the guys who need pleats in their golf pants, it was a week of mixed results. John Daly (left) failed to drive a ball 350 yards over Niagara Falls. Craig Stadler (right) and son Kevin (far...

August 15, 2005
Former pitcher Rick Ankiel, 26, is trying to make the Cardinals as an outfielder. How's he doing? SI's Ankielometer tells all.

August 15, 2005
Gene Mauch saw some big ones slip away, but still wound up a winner

August 15, 2005 | Lang Whitaker
The Magic's top draft choice books it for a better-paying gig

August 15, 2005 | Richard Deitsch
The former U.S. senator and basketball Hall of Famer, 62, is the host of a new talk show on Sirius Satellite Radio

August 15, 2005 | Adam Duerson
In her role as Erica Kane on All My Children , soap queen Susan Lucci has survived a grizzly bear attack, taken part in a helicopter prison break and been passed over for a daytime Emmy 18 times....

August 15, 2005 | Adam Duerson
The bronze bust is merely the best-known benefit of making it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. There is also the thrill of having a llama dress like you, as former Dolphins quarterback Dan...

August 15, 2005 | Adam Duerson
Cheerleaders in Michigan helped police track down a hit-and-run suspect by turning his license plate number into a cheer.

August 15, 2005 | Adam Duerson
ANTOINE WALKER

August 15, 2005 | Amanda Cherrin
What to watch and watch for

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Jack Kendall

August 15, 2005 | As told to Luis Fernando Llosa
Pro Golfer

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WHO'S HOT

August 15, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
Yankees Catcher

August 15, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

August 15, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
... with J.T. Snow, Omar Vizquel and Mike Matheny

August 15, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
With an eye toward the rivals' four-game showdown at Wrigley Field this weekend, Cubs second baseman Todd Walker and Cards pitcher Jeff Suppan played a game of ESPN MLB2K5 on Xbox Live.

August 15, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
NFL season openers are just weeks away, and that's when prime time for merchandise sales kicks off. Broken down by type of stuff, these teams sold the most in 2004.

August 15, 2005 | Ben Reiter
Indians pitcher Jason Davis has a passion for taxidermy

August 15, 2005 | DANIEL G. HABIB
Bedeviling opponents on the base paths, fleet leadoff man Scott Podsednik has the White Sox racing toward their first World Series in 46 years

August 15, 2005 | TIM LAYDEN
Jaunty Justin Gatlin and plucky Lauryn Williams gave the U.S. a sweep of the 100 meters at the world championships

August 15, 2005 | IAN THOMSEN
He was sure he'd re-sign with the Wizards. But that was before Larry Hughes got swept up by the forces of the free-agent market, including one named LeBron

August 15, 2005 | IAN THOMSEN
Miami has made bolder moves than any other title contender--and more may be on the way

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MOTOR SPORTS

August 15, 2005 | Lars Anderson
With time running out, Jeff Gordon improved his chance to qualify for the Chase, but Junior's hopes hit the wall

August 15, 2005 | Lars Anderson
Five races remain before the start of the Chase for the Nextel Cup. With only the top 10 drivers in the standings, plus any others within 400 points of the leader (currently Tony Stewart, with...

August 15, 2005 | Albert Chen
With Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio winding down, it's Lance Berkman and Morgan Ensberg to the Astros' rescue

August 15, 2005 | Albert Chen
Three Up

August 15, 2005 | Albert Chen
PIRATES' ZACH DUKE

August 15, 2005 | Tom Verducci
NOT HAPPY IN THE PEN

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August 15, 2005 | Peter King
Maurice Clarett is eager to carry the ball in Denver, but first he'll have to make his mark on special teams

August 15, 2005 | Peter King
No rookie was more impressive early in training camp than Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson, a first-round pick out of Texas. "He's playing at a different speed," says Kansas City guard Brian...

August 15, 2005
Gamebreaking talents like Reggie Bush and Vince Young, and the scheme-busting attack of Florida coach Urban Meyer in the skilled hands of Chris Leak, offer warning: This season, open-field offense...

August 15, 2005 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Pity the poor defender charged with trying to shut down Reggie Bush, the nation's most electric player and the key to USC's goal of a three-peat

August 15, 2005 | TIM LAYDEN
It's been 36 years since the Longhorns finished at the top, but the relentless Vince Young could be the guy who finally gets them there

August 15, 2005 | GENE MENEZ
The games, players and zaniness that make the season great

August 15, 2005 | STEWART MANDEL
Four years ago Urban Meyer invented his spread-option offense. Now, as he installs it at Florida, it's the hottest scheme in the land

August 15, 2005 | STEWART MANDEL
HE GENIUS of Urban Meyer's offense is how it mixes spread formations that open up the field with option runs that enable the quarterback to exploit the resulting gaps in the defense. This...

August 15, 2005 | compiled by DAVID SABINO
1. USC

August 15, 2005 | Austin Murphy
The Trojans are going for three with the nation's top quarterback, most electric playmaker and most dynamic wideouts. Who's to stop them?

August 15, 2005 | Austin Murphy
2004 RECORD 13--0 (8--0, 1st in Pac-10)

August 15, 2005 | Tim Layden
Mack Brown signs top recruiting classes, but his teams have yet to reach the ultimate goal. This could be the Longhorns' best shot

August 15, 2005 | Kelley King
If the Gators can quickly master Urban Meyer's offense--and early signs are good--they'll take the SEC by storm

August 15, 2005 | Mark Beech
With young, gamebreaking players at quarterback, running back and wideout, the Wolverines are an offensive juggernaut

August 15, 2005 | Stewart Mandel
It's a long way from the Big Island to Rocky Top, but Volunteer Jesse Mahelona wouldn't mind a trip to Pasadena as well

August 15, 2005 | Kelly King
The emergence of the Hurricanes' most talented wideout corps in years will ease the transition to a new quarterback

August 15, 2005 | Lars Anderson
After back-to-back losses in the BCS title game, the Sooners make a fresh run at the championship with a younger team

August 15, 2005 | Mark Beech
A spread offense in Columbus? Believe it--with a wealth of explosive receivers on hand, the Buckeyes are ready to let it fly

August 15, 2005 | Gene Menez
The Hokies hope Marcus Vick--little brother of the Blacksburg legend--has put his troubles behind him. If so, watch out

August 15, 2005 | Gene Menez
2004 RECORD 10-3 (7-1, 1st in ACC)

August 15, 2005 | Gene Menez
Sept. 4 at N.C. State

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SI's Top 10 1. USC 2. TEXAS 3. FLORIDA 4. MICHIGAN 5. TENNESSEE 6. MIAMI 7. OKLAHOMA 8. OHIO STATE 9. VIRGINIA TECH 10. GEORGIA