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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

Not Dead, But ...

The Red Sox have been knocked around by winning teams since late June; now it's time to make a coldhearted call

By Joe Sheehan

Big Finish

With two consecutive wins before 2009's final major, Tiger Woods is making his comeback season special

By Gary Van Sickle

Perfect Pair

By Alan Shipnuck

Cruise Control

With four races left to make the Chase, the fiercely competitive Kyle Busch needs to focus on points, not wins

By Mark Beech

One Mo Time

As Team USA opens its Olympic training camp, is throwback Mike Modano still the man to lead?

By Sarah Kwak

PIERRE McGUIRE's In the Crease

By Pierre McGuire

Rockets' Science

Injuries and departures have taken their toll on a contender. Can Houston come up with a formula for success?

By Chris Mannix

Why We Fight

For new Jets coach Rex Ryan, nothing builds team unity like a good old-fashioned training camp brawl

By Peter King

Paydays Coming

By Jim Trotter

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW

Leap Year

Three resurgent programs—Oregon, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss—have what it takes to jump to BCS spoiler and national title contender

By Austin Murphy

What If? 5 story lines to watch

By Stewart Mandel

The Great Heisman Race

By Albert Chen

Scouting Reports

1 FLORIDA

The team to beat is so hungry to repeat that it refuses to be outworked

By Andy Staples

2 TEXAS

Sack artist Sergio Kindle and the Horns have some unfinished business

By Phil Taylor

3 OKLAHOMA

A new crew of blockers has to quickly get in sync for OU to have another shot at a title

By Phil Taylor

4 USC

Even with an untested quarterback, the Trojans shouldn't miss a beat

By Austin Murphy

5 VIRGINIA TECH

With a ramped-up ground game, the offense may finally hold up its end

By Mark Beech

6 OLE MISS

Can the Rebels live up to the hype of 2008's big wins over Florida and Texas Tech?

By Andy Staples

7 OKLAHOMA STATE

The Cowboys' defense doesn't have to be great—it just has to get better

By Phil Taylor

8 ALABAMA

A green offensive line will be put to the test even before the season starts

By Andy Staples

9 BOISE STATE

A little Moore goes a long way for the Broncos in their bid for a BCS berth

By Gene Menez

10 OHIO STATE

High turnover in the lineup isn't unusual, nor does it faze the perennial Big Ten power

By Mark Beech

11 OREGON

The Ducks' fortunes are in the hands of four new starters on the offensive line

By Austin Murphy

12 GEORGIA TECH

The Jackets get behind their bruising ballcarrier for a run at ACC supremacy

By Lars Anderson

13 LSU

Once an SEC rival, the new coordinator shakes up an impassive defense

By Andy Staples

14 PENN STATE

With top playmakers gone, the QB and the linebackers are the show

By Mark Beech

15 GEORGIA

Replace the QB who was the first pick in the draft? No problem. Joe Cox is ready

By Lars Anderson

16 FLORIDA STATE

Loaded on offense, the Seminoles see an end to their three-year ACC title drought

By Lars Anderson

17 TCU

The Frogs are primed to finish on top in the annual Mountain West slugfest

By Gene Menez

18 OREGON STATE

Defensive pride drives the Beavers' run at their first Rose Bowl bid in 44 years

By Austin Murphy

19 UTAH

A BCS repeat? First the Utes have to pick a quarterback to run their spread attack

By Gene Menez

20 NORTH CAROLINA

It's time to turn the close losses into big wins and step onto the national stage

By Mark Beech

ACC

By Lars Anderson

BIG EAST

By Kevin Armstrong

BIG TEN

By Mark Beech

BIG 12

By Phil Taylor

PAC-10

By Cory McCartney

SEC

By Andy Staples

The Rest

By Cory McCartney

The Finish

Compiled By Stewart Mandel

Point After

Hey, Ump, Just Make the Call

By Phil Taylor

Departments

Letters

Masthead

Friends in High Places

Why have Woods and Federer become pals? Why wouldn't they?

By S.L. Price

Who's Hot Who's Not

Signing Off

A garrulous NHL star with style and substance says goodbye

By Stephen Cannella

For the Record

The Roof Falls In

After a 22-year run, the Arena Football League shuts down

By Joe Lemire

coach_crabby: cease tweets!!

By Pablo S. Torre

Gameplan

What smart fans should do this week

Jeremy Piven

The Entourage star is in The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, in theaters Friday

As told to Sarah Kwak

Faces in the Crowd

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

The Vault

Three Strikes

SI's lead baseball writer goes inside the game. This is just a taste of what you'll get online.

By Tom Verducci