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28 In with a Bang

Despite everything, the Games began on a hopeful note

By Alexander Wolff

33 Caster Semenya

The South African runner is at the center of an emotional debate

By Tim Layden


38 Marquee Madness

The new season offers a rare abundance of exciting high-profile players

By Andy Staples

44 Greg Ward Jr.

How Houston's quiet quarterback and loudmouth coach teamed up for success

By Pete Thamel

52 Swiss Army Men

The answer to up-tempo offenses is versatile defenders like Jabrill Peppers

By Andy Staples

60 Josh Rosen

Smart, confident and a bit of a wild card, UCLA's QB is determined to keep it real

By Pete Thamel

69 Scouting

Facts, figures and an opposing coach's breakdown for the Top 25 teams


2 SI Now

4 Leading Off

10 Inbox

12 Scorecard

22 Faces in the Crowd

25 Just My Type

Dan Patrick: Michael Vick on his uncertain future

94 Point After

Franz Lidz: The Face in the Crowd who never was

SI HAS REGIONAL COVERS THIS WEEK: Leon Halip/Getty Images (Peppers); Robert Beck (Rosen); Bill Frakes (Deshaun Watson); Greg Nelson (Ward Jr.)