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2015 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW

EMBRACE THE CRAZY

It's hard to remember a season that started with so much uncertainty: From quarterback quandaries to chaotic conference races, almost everything is up in the air for 2015. As if trying to make sense of the sport wasn't insane enough...

By Andy Staples

CF15

BEING DAK

After a breakout season in which he led Mississippi State on a wild run to No. 1, quarterback Dak Prescott found himself badly beaten on spring break and shadowed on social media. There's a high price for being a star in the SEC

By Pete Thamel

The Trigonometry Of Trickery

They call to mind school-yard stunts and video-game gadgetry, but trick plays hark back to the roots of the game, summoning the genius of Pop Warner and John Heisman—even if sometimes they're more fun than effective. Bring forth the Fainting Goat!

By Albert Chen

Tackle This

A one-off play designed for a mammoth guard with good hands and a quick burst has turned into a full-time experiment in the lab of a mad scientist. Only Baylor coach Art Briles could dream up a tight end like 6'7", 392-pound LaQuan McGowan, who rumbles through the nightmares of safeties across the nation

By Andy Staples

FUTURE OR FANTASY: ARE 300-POUND SKILL POSITION PLAYERS ON THE WAY?

By Tom Taylor

UNREAL

Virtual reality is growing by leaps and bounds, and sports are proving to be especially fertile ground for the new technology. Now several companies are using it to push the limits of practice, analysis, the fan experience and, especially, recruiting. And this is only the beginning

By Lindsay Schnell

RACE TO NEW YORK

Winning the Heisman takes more than good stats—you also need to play great on big stages. These are the 15 to watch in '15

By Zac Ellis

SCOUTING REPORTS

01. OHIO STATE

By Pete Thamel

02. AUBURN

By Zac Ellis

03. TCU

By Lindsay Schnell

04. NOTRE DAME

By Brian Hamilton

05. ALABAMA

By Andy Staples

06. BAYLOR

By Lindsay Schnell

07. MICHIGAN STATE

By Brian Hamilton

08. USC

By Lindsay Schnell

09. FLORIDA STATE

By Andy Staples

10. OREGON

By Lindsay Schnell

11. GEORGIA

By Zac Ellis

12. CLEMSON

By Zac Ellis

13. OLE MISS

By Andy Staples

14. UCLA

By Colin Becht

15. ARIZONA

By Brian Hamilton

16. BOISE STATE

By Ben Glicksman

17. ARIZONA STATE

By Thayer Evans

18. STANFORD

By Pete Thamel

19. GEORGIA TECH

By Zac Ellis

20. MISSOURI

By Joan Niesen

21. OKLAHOMA

By Lindsay Schnell

22. ARKANSAS

By Pete Thamel

23. LSU

By Gabriel Baumgaertner

24. WISCONSIN

By CHRIS JOHNSON

25. MISSISSIPPI STATE

By Pete Thamel

GROUP OF FIVE

They play FBS football outside the Power Five, a lot of it very well. Here are the teams, players and games to watch from the five conferences looking to crash the New Year's party

By CHRIS JOHNSON

POINT AFTER

Take a Knee, Tom

By Phil Taylor

Departments

SI.COM

Leading Off

Here's The Deal

Lessons learned from a frenzied major league trade deadlline

By Joe Sheehan

TWEETABLE REVIEWS

Logo Math

The pluses and minuses of the new NBA logos

HOT | NOT

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Roddy Piper 1954--2015

By Richard Deitsch

JUST MY TYPE

By Interview by Dan Patrick

The Case for ... L.A. To Dodge It

By S.L. Price