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August 31, 1998 | Volume 89, Issue 9

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Andy Katzenmoyer Cover - Sports Illustrated August 31, 1998

August 31, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
October 4, 1976

August 31, 1998 | Tim Layden

August 31, 1998 | Tim Layden
Senior tailback Kevin Faulk missed two games and was slowed in several others last season by a hamstring injury yet still gained 1,144 yards. Herschel Walker's SEC career rushing record is 1,981...

August 31, 1998 | Tim Layden
Schedule strength: 29th of 112

August 31, 1998 | Tim Layden
The Tigers need to play every week like a team that belongs in the Top 10, not like one that's occasionally trying to upset teams in the Top 10. It's all in the attitude.

August 31, 1998 | Tim Layden
With a veteran team and games at Auburn and Florida, LSU has a chance to enhance its ranking with two quality wins and, in doing so, win its first SEC championship in the DiNardo era.

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
With their explosive backfield, the Orangemen remain the class of the Big East. Alas, another cruel September awaits

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
Throwing to wideouts Kevin Johnson and Quinton Spotwood (a combined 73 catches last year), Donovan McNabb should continue to improve his passing numbers (2,488 yards, 20 TDs in '97)....

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
Schedule strength: 28th of 112

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
Too many defensive uncertainties—and two tough games atop the schedule—make a serious run for the national title unlikely.

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
The Huskies have thrown those rebuilding plans away, thanks to a lefty quarterback who hasn't left

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
For the first time in his tenure, coach Jim Lambright allowed underclassmen to be candidates for co-captain. Quarterback Brock Huard and linebacker Lester Towns, both juniors, were among the four...

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
Schedule strength: 15th of 112

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
Though Huard will be fun to watch, the Huskies lack the depth and experience to be considered national title contenders.

August 31, 1998 | John Walters
Sedrick Irvin has always carried his load, but this year he'll run free of the shadows cast by other Big Ten backs

August 31, 1998 | John Walters
True freshman quarterback Ryan Van Dyke stands tall in the pocket at 6'6", which is just one reason that coach Nick Saban has no reservations about starting him should a troublesome back limit...

August 31, 1998 | John Walters
Schedule strength: 42nd of 112

August 31, 1998 | John Walters
Saban: "This team has to get over the hump and believe it can win the big games. Just being good is not good enough."

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
The Nittany Lions dream of a title, but reality says they'll need a healthy Aaron Harris to have any chance

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
Titcus Pettigrew, a junior wideout who caught seven passes for 85 yards last season, played some strong safety in the spring and could see action in the defensive backfield this fall....

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
Schedule strength: 33rd of 112

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
The roster is loaded with high school All-Americas, but inexperience in the backfield makes this a third-place team in the Big Ten.

August 31, 1998 | David Fleming
This is what's new in Chapel Hill: the coach and 14 starters. This is what's old: coming up short against Florida State

August 31, 1998 | David Fleming
Quarterback Oscar Davenport set the school record last season for most consecutive passes without an interception (154)....

August 31, 1998 | David Fleming
Schedule strength: 40th of 112

August 31, 1998 | David Fleming
The Tar Heels have established themselves as a top program, but a lack of depth makes a serious challenge to Florida State unlikely.

August 31, 1998 | Christian Stone
That rumbling noise coming out of the Show Me State is from a Tigers team hungry to prove that it's for real

August 31, 1998 | Christian Stone
Quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Corby Jones has the potential to become only the 11th player in NCAA history to both rush and throw for more than 1,000 yards in a season....

August 31, 1998 | Christian Stone
Schedule strength: 52nd of 112

August 31, 1998 | Christian Stone
A quarterback with the smarts, charisma and talent of Jones can be good for three or four extra wins; look for the Tigers to finish 8-3.

August 31, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
The Rams have reached the promised land of the power programs, but can they survive there without Moses?

August 31, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
Senior Damon Washington, who rushed for 1,112 yards and eight TDs in '97, can become the first Ram to rush for 1,000 yards in three straight seasons....

August 31, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
Schedule strength: 91st of 112

August 31, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
If Ryan Eslinger handles the quarterback job and the Rams at least split against Michigan State and Colorado, they'll go to a major bowl.

August 31, 1998 | Dana Gelin
The Mountaineers, with perhaps the best running back in the nation, won't have much time to rev up. Game 1 is the test

August 31, 1998 | Dana Gelin
Tailback Amos Zereoue has single-handedly outrushed the opposition 13 times in his 24-game career....

August 31, 1998 | Dana Gelin
Schedule strength: 65th of 112

August 31, 1998 | Dana Gelin
Dangerous offense makes West Virginia a contender for the Big East crown; shaky D prevents the Mountaineers from winning it.

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
Tired of looking more like chumps than champs, the Hurricanes believe this is the year they turn things around

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
Sophomore Al Blades, the younger brother of former Miami stars Bennie and Brian, has fully recovered from reconstructive surgery on his left knee, which sidelined him for the 1997 season....

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
Schedule strength: 43rd of 112

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
Davis is moving in the right direction. Even so, it'll be at least a year before the Hurricanes spend New Year's on the road.

August 31, 1998 | Kelli Anderson
The Bulldogs are back in the SEC hunt, but uncertainty at quarterback could take the bite out of their resurgence

August 31, 1998 | Kelli Anderson
Left tackle Matt Stinchcomb is a strong candidate to become the first Georgia player to win the Outland Trophy since Bill Stanfill in 1968....

August 31, 1998 | Kelli Anderson
Schedule strength: 14th of 112

August 31, 1998 | Kelli Anderson
A weak September schedule buys time to break in 13 new starters, Even so, last year's 10-2 record will be hard to match.

August 31, 1998
Gary Smith resurrected the baseball fan in me with the most entertaining article since George Plimpton scouted Sidd Finch.—JEFF CSUY, Brook field, Wis.

August 31, 1998
Letters to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED should include the name, address and home telephone number of the writer. They may be mailed to The Editor, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, Time & Life Building, New York,...

August 31, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
The Aggies have a revitalized quarterback, but real redemption-a Big 12 title (or more)—looks out of reach

August 31, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
Quarterback Branndon Stewart had a stretch of 131 pass attempts without an interception....

August 31, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
Schedule strength: 19th of 112

August 31, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
The Aggies are good enough to repeat as champions of the Big 12 South, but they lack the firepower to win a major bowl.

August 31, 1998 | David Fleming
After a summer in the weight room, the Deacons are ready to take on a more pressing issue: bulking up in the wins column

August 31, 1998 | David Fleming
Brian Kuklick needs 1,971 yards to become Wake's top career passer....

August 31, 1998 | David Fleming
Schedule strength: 58th of 112

August 31, 1998 | David Fleming
There's no reason that the Deacons can't go 8-3 and finish above .500 in the ACC for the first time in a decade.

August 31, 1998 | Dana Gelin
The coach is trimmer and the defense as beefy as ever, but the Tigers must deal with weighty concerns on offense

August 31, 1998 | Dana Gelin
Ben Leard will be the first quarterback other than Dameyune Craig to start for the Tigers since Patrick Nix in 1995....

August 31, 1998 | Dana Gelin
Schedule strength: 1st of 112

August 31, 1998 | Dana Gelin
Leard and Demontray Carter must play big and the D must overcome the loss of Takeo Spikes for the Tigers to contend for the SEC title.

August 31, 1998 | Dana Gelin
It's bombs away again in Lexington, with a pass-happy coach and the nation's most prolific drop-back quarterback

August 31, 1998 | Dana Gelin
Tim Couch, who finished ninth in the Heisman voting last year, completed 66.4% of his passes, best in the nation....

August 31, 1998 | Dana Gelin
Schedule strength: 47th of 112

August 31, 1998 | Dana Gelin
With Couch at the controls, Kentucky appears headed for a winning season and its first bowl appearance since '93.

August 31, 1998 | John Walters
On the field and off, this once proud program continues its struggle to live up to the standards of the past

August 31, 1998 | John Walters
At 6'7" and 300 pounds, senior left tackle Mike Rosenthal is more than just a big load; line coach Dave Borbely calls the three-year starter a "great technician."...

August 31, 1998 | John Walters
Schedule strength: 27th of 112

August 31, 1998 | John Walters
Bob Davie's return to the option plays to Notre Dame's strengths, but shortcomings on defense spell another up-and-down year.

August 31, 1998 | Compiled by John Walter

August 31, 1998 | Compiled by B.J. Schecter

August 31, 1998
PRO FOOTBALL

August 31, 1998 | David Fleming
The Man in ChargeWith his job on the line, Jets quarterback Glenn Foley showed he's ready to be the starter

August 31, 1998 | David Fleming
This summer the oldest men in two very different fields—archaeology and football—have been on display. In April the remains of Ötzi the Iceman, the world's oldest known corpse, were made public at...

August 31, 1998 | Mark Bechtel
Battered HalosBurdened by a frightful legacy, the Angels are battling for the playoffs

August 31, 1998 | Mark Bechtel
On June 10 the Giants were riding an 11-game winning streak and a serene Barry Bonds was preparing for that day's game against the Mariners—until a reporter asked if an injury to Giants cleanup...

August 31, 1998 | Jeff Pearlman
Francisco Cabrera made history with one at bat. Now he longs for another

August 31, 1998 | Keith Olbermann
In a season of inalienable glory, Roswell's Joe Bauman hit 72 homers

August 31, 1998 | Rick Reilly
How are you with condoms?

August 31, 1998 | Jack McCallum
Big Mac's super-sizing supplements shouldn't taint his super season

August 31, 1998 | Jack McCallum
•That gridiron pundits postpone declaring a winner in the Leaf-Manning derby at least until the rookies have taken a regular-season snap.

August 31, 1998
Randy Johnson's MoveHe Got His Groove Back

August 31, 1998
45,681Names on the waiting list for season tickets to Packers home games.

August 31, 1998
YES

August 31, 1998
So spectacular was Tiger Woods's emergence on the PGA Tour in 1996 that his less-than-superhuman performance since then has some observers suggesting that Tiger is, well, human. A comparison of...

August 31, 1998
Not since I Love Lucy have a Big Ricky and a Little Ricky garnered so much national attention. O.K., so Big Ricky Williams of Texas has the NCAA rushing and scoring titles, the All-America honors...

August 31, 1998
A 6'3", 275-pound youth baseball coach banned by the Okeeheelee (Fla.) Athletic Association for twice dropping his drawers during a game blamed a bad case of "plumber's butt."

August 31, 1998
JEFF MANTOCleveland Indians infielder, who has spent most of his 14 professional seasons in the minor leagues, with 10 organizations: "I'm a proven so-so player."

August 31, 1998 | John Walters
Saturday 8/29

August 31, 1998 | John Walters
Chicago cubs rookie pitcher Kerry Wood is known for his heater, but last week he fooled Fox with a changeup. Wood's much-anticipated duel with Houston Astros ace Randy Johnson on the network's...

August 31, 1998
Jim DeMet, Salt Lake CityTriathlonDeMet, 64, was the 60-64 age-group champion at the Utah Summer Games, with a time of 3:56:57. He also won six gold medals in swimming and four bronzes in cycling....

August 31, 1998 | Tom Verducci
With a five-day burst, a joyous got over the 50-homer hump and made the case that it was no longer he will pass Roger Maris's record but when

August 31, 1998
Departments

August 31, 1998
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and CNN team up on the Internet to offer up-to-the-minute sports news. Cram for the upcoming college football season with our blowout on-line preview. Check out our exclusive...

August 31, 1998 | Austin Murphy
Coach Jimmy Johnson hopes that rookie back John Avery will, at last give the Dolphins the ground game they need to be championship contenders

August 31, 1998
Football Inferno

August 31, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
Welcome, students, to College Football 101, a crash course designed to give you a jump on the upcoming season. Think of it as instant answers to all the questions you haven't had time to ask

August 31, 1998 | Tim Layden

August 31, 1998 | Tim Layden
For the option to disrupt an aggressive defense, a quarterback must make proper reads. After faking a handoff to his fullback, he sprints toward the unblocked strong safety. If that safety slides...

August 31, 1998 | Tim Layden
For an afternoon of faking and pitching and quarterbacks making like Barry Sanders, here are the teams to watch.

August 31, 1998 | Alan Shipnuck

August 31, 1998 | Tim Layden
Wideouts Florida