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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PREVIEW

THE FOUR TOPS

THE PLAYOFF IS APPROACHING QUICKLY, BUT 20 PAGES OF PREVIEW AND PROGNOSTICATION WILL GET EVERYONE SET FOR THE GAMES

A LEAGUE AHEAD

NOT SO LONG AGO, THE BIG TEN LANGUISHED FAR BEHIND THE SEC. BUT NOW, THANKS TO INCREASED REVENUE, DEEPER RECRUITING AND A ROSTER OF HOMEGROWN COACHES, THE HISTORIC CONFERENCE LINES UP AS THE BEST IN THE LAND

By Michael Rosenberg

CASE FOR ... ALABAMA

By Andy Staples

CASE FOR ... WASHINGTON

By Lindsay Schnell

CASE FOR ... CLEMSON

By Brian Hamilton

CASE FOR ... OHIO STATE

By Pete Thamel

CHANGE FOR THE BETTER

HOW HAS ALABAMA, WINNER OF THREE OF THE LAST FIVE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, STAYED ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE GAME? BY SEEKING OUT SPEEDIER AND MORE VERSATILE RECRUITS AND BY RELENTLESSLY REVISING ITS SCHEMES

By Andy Staples

STRIKING THE POSE

ONE OF THE LEAST SUSPENSEFUL BUT MORE SURPRISING HEISMAN RACES OF RECENT SEASONS BREAKS ALONG THE TREND LINES

By CHRIS JOHNSON

2007 FIESTA BOWL

BLOWING UP THE BCS

By Lindsay Schnell

Mike McCarthy

It's Not Easy Being Green

By Austin Murphy

MONDAYS

GET-RIGHT DAY

By Greg Bishop

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

'Tis the Season

By Michael Rosenberg

FACE OF A NATION

By Seth Davis

BUILDING Vegas

ALL IN

With Sin City set to welcome its first major league franchise, SI goes behind the scenes to document the building of an NHL team from the desert sand up

By ALEX PREWITT

JAYSON WILLIAMS

Team of Rivals

By L. Jon Wertheim

NBA

L.A. Story

By Ben Golliver

MONEY IN SPORTS

The Revolution [Will Not Be Televised]

As the old media model that created sports' bull market crumbles, the way games are broadcast and consumed is changing radically—à la carte! Microbets! Virtual reality!—while rights-holders brace for the ultimate reckoning

By Alexander Wolff

POINT AFTER

All-Star Struck

By Michael Rosenberg

Departments

SI.COM

Leading Off

More Perfect Unions

Athletes are having success at the bargaining table. Is there a lesson there for organized labor at large?

By L. Jon Wertheim

A New Goal

The soccer world unites after tragedy

By Avi Creditor

Austin Power

A onetime NBA prospect will finally take his shot at pro ball

By David Gardner

Social Climbers

HOT | NOT

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Checkmate

By Alexandra Fenwick

JUST MY TYPE

By Interview by Dan Patrick

Value Judgments

The NFL's crowded MVP race

By Jonathan Jones

Loser vs. Loser