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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

Texas Heat

With new ownership, artful dealing and a deep farm system, the surging Rangers are poised to become a power

By Albert Chen

Change The Sox

By Joe Sheehan

Two-Pronged Attack

The Giants have the game's deepest rotation—no surprise. But an unexpectedly potent offense has them in the race

By Joe Sheehan

Chastened

A draft disaster who hasn't played since 2007, wideout Mike Williams is looking like a new man in Seattle

By Jim Trotter

Floundering?

Michael Phelps's loss to Ryan Lochte at the nationals should sound a wake-up call for the Olympic champ

By Kelli Anderson

STEALING HOME

STEALING HOME

It's baseball's most exciting play and one of its most dangerous weapons. So why has it been more than a year since anyone in the major leagues pulled off the grandest theft?

By Bruce Schoenfeld

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW

OFFENSE TAKES A HIT

From Austin to Boise to Columbus To Tuscaloosa, Defense Now Rules the Game

By Austin Murphy

SEASON'S GREETINGS

Five big stories worth following this fall

By Stewart Mandel

HEISMAN 2010

The contenders for college football's highest honor are led by the dynamic Terrelle Pryor

By Cory McCartney

SCOUTING REPORTS

1 ALABAMA

The defending champs have the talent to keep rolling

By Lars Anderson

2 OHIO STATE

Like his team, Cameron Heyward is ready for a big 2010

By Stewart Mandel

3 BOISE STATE

America's darlings are loaded and looking to win it all

By Stewart Mandel

4 TEXAS

A new offensive scheme has Horns hopes running wild

By Andy Staples

5 TCU

With an O to go with their D, the Frogs can bust the BCS

By Cory McCartney

6 IOWA

The QB for these cardiac kids is aiming for fewer dramatics

By Stewart Mandel

7 FLORIDA

The familiar names are gone, but the talent remains

By Andy Staples

8 OREGON

Even without Jeremiah Masoli, the Ducks are not dead

By Kelli Anderson

9 NEBRASKA

The Huskers are motivated by the :01 that got away

By Lars Anderson

10 VIRGINIA TECH

Only one statistic measures the value of Tyrod Taylor

By Cory McCartney

11 WISCONSIN

John Clay is feeling good, and for the Big Ten that's bad

By Lars Anderson

12 OKLAHOMA

Last year's tumble has toughened the Sooners for 2010

By Andrew Lawrence

13 NORTH CAROLINA

The Heels are stacked on defense. Just ask Robert Quinn

By Richard Deitsch

14 GEORGIA TECH

Looking for a lead back, the Jackets turn to an "attacker"

By Cory McCartney

15 MIAMI

Contender or pretender? The Canes' D holds the answer

By Andy Staples

16 PITT

The Big East favorite is embracing high expectations

By Richard Deitsch

17 USC

Motivation will be key for a team that can't go bowling

By George Dohrmann

18 CINCINNATI

No Pike? No problem. The Bearcats' new QB has legs

By Albert Chen

19 PENN STATE

The team's fortunes rest on an unsettled offensive line

By Andrew Lawrence

20 OREGON STATE

A new QB will try to lead the Beavers back to Pasadena

By George Dohrmann

21 LSU

Les Miles's future rests on a green QB and defense

By Lars Anderson

22 UTAH

The Utes plan to leave the Mountain West on the run

By Albert Chen

23 ARKANSAS

The Hogs can score. Now their defense has to keep up

By Bill Trocchi

24 STANFORD

The post-Toby era hinges on three backs and a lot of Luck

By Kelli Anderson

25 FLORIDA STATE

A veteran front five pave the way for a potent offense

By Andy Staples

ACC

By Cory McCartney

BIG EAST

By Albert Chen

BIG TEN

By Stewart Mandel

BIG 12

By Elizabeth McGarr

PAC-10

By George Dohrmann

SEC

By Andy Staples

THE REST

By Laken Litman

The Vault

The Vault

Things I Think I Think

By Peter King

Point After

Flight of the Ballhawks

By Phil Taylor

Departments

Masthead

Letters

The Rewards of A Toothless Tiger

With a wayward Woods all but abdicating the throne, golf is back to fascinating uncertainty

By Michael Bamberger

Who's Hot Who's Not

The Pop Culture Grid

All-Star of David

As a Jew, Amar'e Stoudemire will have to learn a whole new rule book

For the Record

Here We Go Again, Again

Planning ahead: Brett may want to revise his (actual) retirement speech once more

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Elizabeth McGarr