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August 20, 2012 | Volume 117, Issue 7

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Denard Robinson Cover - Sports Illustrated August 20, 2012

August 20, 2012 | CORY MCCARTNEY
Dadgum! The Seminoles will bring back the good old days—if they can protect the pocket

August 20, 2012 | CORY MCCARTNEY
Coach Jimbo Fisher (3rd year)

August 20, 2012 | CORY MCCARTNEY
Penalty yards per game conceded by the undisciplined Seminoles in 2011, the most in the ACC and the fifth-highest average in FBS.

August 20, 2012 | CORY MCCARTNEY
Offense

August 20, 2012 | MATT GAGNE
A new coach, a tougher D and a favorable schedule have the makings of Hog heaven

August 20, 2012 | MATT GAGNE
Coach John L. Smith (1st year)

August 20, 2012 | MATT GAGNE
Yards per game for Arkansas last year, the first season in which the Razorbacks led the SEC in total offense since joining the league in 1991.

August 20, 2012 | MATT GAGNE
Offense

August 20, 2012 | DAN GREENE
They have a Heisman candidate, they're better than Ohio State. That's a pretty good start, right?

August 20, 2012 | DAN GREENE
Coach Brady Hoke (2nd year)

August 20, 2012 | DAN GREENE
Decline, in yards, of Robinson's rushing production between 2010 and '11, with the emergence last fall of Toussaint, who averaged 5.6 yards per carry.

August 20, 2012 | DAN GREENE
Offense

August 20, 2012 | AUSTIN MURPHY
All signs point ... where, exactly? Big-play talent abounds, but so do leaks in the lines

August 20, 2012 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Coach Dabo Swinney (5th year)

August 20, 2012 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Games star playmaker Sammy Watkins has been suspended for an off-season drug arrest. Watkins will miss Clemson's Sept. 1 opener, against Auburn, and its next game, against Ball State.

August 20, 2012 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Offense

August 20, 2012 | PABLO S. TORRE
A BCS-worthy D will make Big 12 QBs shake—but the Horns' own shaky offense will hold them back

August 20, 2012 | PABLO S. TORRE
Coach Mack Brown (15th year)

August 20, 2012 | PABLO S. TORRE
Longhorns picked in the first three rounds of the 2012 NFL draft, the first time in 11 years Texas failed to send a player to the NFL before the fourth round.

August 20, 2012 | PABLO S. TORRE
Offense

August 20, 2012 | GARY GRAMLING
No more sneak attacks: A suspect D makes repeating last year's Big 12 ambush unlikely

August 20, 2012 | GARY GRAMLING
Coach Bill Snyder (21st year)

August 20, 2012 | GARY GRAMLING
Kansas State wins, out of 10 last season, in which the Wildcats trailed or were tied in the fourth quarter.

August 20, 2012 | GARY GRAMLING
Offense

August 20, 2012 | STEWART MANDEL
Its Luck has run out, but a top five recruiting class keeps the Cardinal in the Pac-12 chase

August 20, 2012 | STEWART MANDEL
Coach David Shaw (2nd year)

August 20, 2012 | STEWART MANDEL
Sacks allowed by the Cardinal's offensive line last year, tied for seventh lowest nationally.

August 20, 2012 | STEWART MANDEL
Offense

August 20, 2012 | DAN GREENE
A ninth straight 10-win season is within reach, but the star QB will have to dig even deeper

August 20, 2012 | DAN GREENE
Coach

August 20, 2012 | DAN GREENE
Times that the Hokies have reached the ACC championship game in the seven years the game has been played. They've won three titles.

August 20, 2012 | DAN GREENE
Offense

August 20, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
The preseason forecast is much the same as last year; the question marks are too

August 20, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
Coach Bo Pelini (5th year)

August 20, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
Total yards that quarterback Taylor Martinez has amassed in his first two seasons at Nebraska—the third most overall in school history.

August 20, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
Offense

August 20, 2012 | CORY MCCARTNEY
The running game will be murder on foes, but the catch is a lack of proven wideouts

August 20, 2012 | CORY MCCARTNEY
Coach Paul Johnson (5th year)

August 20, 2012 | CORY MCCARTNEY
Consecutive bowl defeats for the Yellow Jackets, including last year's 30--27 Sun Bowl loss to Utah. Tech's last postseason victory came in 2004.

August 20, 2012 | CORY MCCARTNEY
Offense

August 20, 2012 | PABLO S. TORRE
It's a Big 12 attack, all right. Problem is, the Frogs have to stop Big 12 attacks too

August 20, 2012 | PABLO S. TORRE
Coach Gary Patterson (12th year)

August 20, 2012 | PABLO S. TORRE
Victories that coach Gary Patterson needs to become the Horned Frogs' alltime wins leader. He has 109 in 11 years in Fort Worth.

August 20, 2012 | PABLO S. TORRE
Offense

August 20, 2012 | ALBERT CHEN
Urban renewal begins with defense, but the offense remains a bit of a shambles

August 20, 2012 | ALBERT CHEN
Coach Urban Meyer (1st year)

August 20, 2012 | ALBERT CHEN
Yards per game average of the Buckeyes' passing offense in 2011, which ranked 115th in the nation.

August 20, 2012 | ALBERT CHEN
Offense

August 20, 2012 | DAN GREENE
The Greatest Show on Blue Turf took a massive personnel hit in the off-season

August 20, 2012 | DAN GREENE
Coach Chris Petersen (7th year)

August 20, 2012 | DAN GREENE
Points, combined, that Boise State lost by in its three defeats over the course of the past four seasons, to TCU (twice) and Nevada.

August 20, 2012 | DAN GREENE
Offense

August 20, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
They aren't the 2010 national champs, but they're better than the 2011 version. And that's progress

August 20, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
Coach Gene Chizik (4th year)

August 20, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
Point deficit (170--45) last season in the Tigers' losses to their four primary rivals: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and LSU.

August 20, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
Offense

August 20, 2012 | DAN GREENE
The Wolfpack will not air on the side of caution; the deep secondary plays with equal abandon

August 20, 2012 | DAN GREENE
Coach Tom O'Brien (6th year)

August 20, 2012 | DAN GREENE
Interceptions made by the Wolfpack last season, the most in the nation and the most by any team since Nebraska's 32 in 2003.

August 20, 2012 | DAN GREENE
Offense

August 20, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR
Hey, I'm back from the Olympics. London was brilliant, as the Brits like to say. I saw Prince Harry at beach volleyball, Paul McCartney at the velodrome, and William and Kate just about...

August 20, 2012
The purpose of the Olympics is to measure the highest level of athletic performance in a competition. Olympic athletes compete with a well-trained system of muscles, tendons and bones free of any...

August 20, 2012 | LEE JENKINS
After much drama, Dwight Howard is taking his act to the only big tent in the NBA that's spacious enough to contain him

August 20, 2012 | LEE JENKINS
A medical marijuana dispensary in Orange County, Calif., has started selling a strain of cannabis dubbed Usain Bolt OG, after the speed with which it affects users.

August 20, 2012
HOT: BEGINNER'S LUCK

August 20, 2012 | Coleman McDowell
| DIED |

August 20, 2012 | Coleman McDowell
Would you want your team featured on HBO's Hard Knocks?

August 20, 2012 | Coleman McDowell
90

August 20, 2012 | Ben Reiter
Fill-in NFL referees are making a mockery of the preseason. This has to end soon—right?

August 20, 2012 | Alexander Wolff
The IOC will miss the sober leadership of Jacques Rogge

August 20, 2012 | Alexander Wolff
"He caught the ball. He caught the blinking ball.... That is blinking fertilizer. You gotta be blinking me."

August 20, 2012 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
SHAWN BARBER

August 20, 2012 | ALEXANDRA FENWICK
A detention camp's famous football team could be playing its final season

August 20, 2012 | DAN PATRICK
KEEPING HIS DAY JOB

August 20, 2012 | DAN PATRICK
SAY WHAT?

August 20, 2012 | ALEXANDER WOLFF
The London Games became a global social-media conversation, connecting fans with athletes and each other as never before. That's a major reason why Olympic popularity is trending upward

August 20, 2012 | ALEXANDER WOLFF
Fourteen SI writers reflect on the most memorable scenes and events from the London Games at SI.com/olympics

August 20, 2012 | IAN THOMSEN
It was just like old times as the U.S. won a second straight gold medal, bringing an end to the Coach K era and affirming which team is the best in the world

August 20, 2012 | GRANT WAHL
The victorious U.S. players face a future full of questions, some major (Where to play?), some not so much (Where to hang another medal?)

August 20, 2012 | TIM LAYDEN
Usain Bolt won big—again—with an electrifying performance that shone the spotlight back on his sport. Will he keep it going all the way to Rio?

August 20, 2012
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW

August 20, 2012
The road from late July to early September is long and winding, and it bypasses Chicago and New Orleans for Bourbonnais and Metairie. Let SI's football guru be your NFL training camp guide

August 20, 2012
Keep up with Peter King pictorially as he cruises across the country by following @sportsillustrated and @SI_mattgagne on Instagram.

August 20, 2012
The five players who've impressed me the most among the 18 teams I've seen so far

August 20, 2012
And the five training camps whose meals deserve a cross-country drive (next summer, of course) for second helpings

August 20, 2012 | L. JON WERTHEIM
TO ZACH CONE AND JOHNATHAN TAYLOR—BEST FRIENDS, GEORGIA TEAMMATES AND BASEBALL BROTHERS—THERE IS NO TIME TO DWELL ON THE MOMENT THAT LEFT ONE OF THEM PARALYZED AND CHANGED BOTH THEIR LIVES...

August 20, 2012 | ANDY STAPLES
Alabama's Nick Saban has established a total-control, detail-oriented, evaluation-to-graduation system, and now that the Tide has won its second national title in three years, the imitators have...

August 20, 2012 | ANDY STAPLES
COACH

August 20, 2012 | ANDY STAPLES
COACH

August 20, 2012 | ANDY STAPLES
Stewart Mandel figures out which teams could put an end to the SEC's dominance at SI.com/cfb

August 20, 2012 | ANDY STAPLES
COACH

August 20, 2012 | CORY MCCARTNEY
Success, stats and schedule are the talking points for any Heisman candidate, and these Magnificent Seven hopefuls are worthy of the preelection billboard treatment

August 20, 2012 | LEE JENKINS
The white-knight quarterback is as much a part of Trojans mythology as Student Body Right; the latest one is a little more valiant than all the others

August 20, 2012 | LEE JENKINS
USC QB, Sr.

August 20, 2012 | LEE JENKINS
Starting with Clemson's Tajh Boyd and the ACC, Andy Staples and Stewart Mandel preview each BCS conference at SI.com/cfb

August 20, 2012
Your 2012 College Football Menu. Tangy, spicy, sweet-all you can eat. Check out our new drink specials

August 20, 2012
SI'S TOP 25

August 20, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
Showdown in the Bayou on Nov. 3; after that, another storied chapter in 'Bama history

August 20, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
Coach Nick Saban (6th year)

August 20, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
Years since a team led the nation in all four major defensive categories (total yards, rushing, passing and scoring) before Alabama did it last year.

August 20, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
Offense

August 20, 2012 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Sanctions will soon take a toll, but the window's open for another title run before then

August 20, 2012 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Coach

August 20, 2012 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Seasons Barkley has been captain, an SC record. Also the number of SC's toughest foes (Cal, Oregon, Notre Dame) the Trojans play at home (Stanford, Washington games on road).

August 20, 2012 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Offense

August 20, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
Honey Badger hurt the Tigers, but better QB play could keep them in the chase

August 20, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
Coach Les Miles (8th year)

August 20, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
First-half touchdowns the LSU defense, which has four returning starters, surrendered last season.

August 20, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
Offense

August 20, 2012 | MARK BEECH
Duck season begins on Nov. 3, when the West Coast will be won or lost

August 20, 2012 | MARK BEECH
Coach Chip Kelly (4th year)

August 20, 2012 | MARK BEECH
Yards averaged by the Oregon offense in 27 games the last two seasons, when the Ducks ranked first and fourth, respectively, in total offense.

August 20, 2012 | MARK BEECH
Offense

August 20, 2012 | STEWART MANDEL
The defense, so brutal at times last year, has the new stamp of an old genius

August 20, 2012 | STEWART MANDEL
Coach Bob Stoops (14th year)

August 20, 2012 | STEWART MANDEL
Big 12 titles won by coach Bob Stoops during his 13 years in Norman; he has never gone more than one year without a championship.

August 20, 2012 | STEWART MANDEL
Offense

August 20, 2012 | ALBERT CHEN
Pounding for pounding, the offense is as good as it gets, but one big hole still gapes

August 20, 2012 | ALBERT CHEN
Coach Bret Bielema (7th year)

August 20, 2012 | ALBERT CHEN
Touchdowns scored by Montee Ball over his last 20 games. His 39 total scores last year tied Barry Sanders's NCAA FBS single season record.

August 20, 2012 | ALBERT CHEN
Offense

August 20, 2012 | ANDY STAPLES
The Gun is gone from the offense, but the physical Gamecocks will have plenty of Fun

August 20, 2012 | ANDY STAPLES
Coach Steve Spurrier (8th year)

August 20, 2012 | ANDY STAPLES
Points by which the Gamecocks were outscored in the first quarter last year (72--53); South Carolina dominated the final three quarters 338--167.

August 20, 2012 | ANDY STAPLES
Offense

August 20, 2012 | MALLORY RUBIN
If the passing game develops, the balanced Spartans will make a run for the Rose

August 20, 2012 | MALLORY RUBIN
Coach Mark Dantonio (6th year)

August 20, 2012 | MALLORY RUBIN
Receptions by tight end Dion Sims in 2011, the most by any returning Michigan State receiver.

August 20, 2012 | MALLORY RUBIN
Offense

August 20, 2012 | CORY MCCARTNEY
Plenty of off-season tumult in Athens, but that won't matter come crunch time

August 20, 2012 | CORY MCCARTNEY
Coach Mark Richt (12th year)

August 20, 2012 | CORY MCCARTNEY
Career TD passes for junior Aaron Murray, the most in a two-year period in school history and just 13 shy of the Georgia record, held by David Greene.

August 20, 2012 | CORY MCCARTNEY
Offense

August 20, 2012 | STEWART MANDEL
Trojan playmakers, Crimson Tide big uglies, Bayou B engals defenders and a pair of Fighting Irishmen who bypassed the NFL to return to school are among college football's best and brightest

August 20, 2012 | PABLO S. TORRE
The offense scores—lots—but can the new 3--4 defense slow down Big 12 foes?

August 20, 2012 | PABLO S. TORRE
Coach Dana Holgorsen (2nd year)

August 20, 2012 | PABLO S. TORRE
All-purpose yards per game last year by Austin, who became the first Mountaineer to lead the country in any category since Ricky Sherrod in 2001.

August 20, 2012 | PABLO S. TORRE
Offense

August 20, 2012
FOR THE BARCLAYS CHAMPIONSHIP

August 20, 2012 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
A win at the PGA Championship puts Rory McIlroy right where Tiger Woods was at the same age, but with a swing like Snead's and a temperament like Nelson's, the joyful Ulsterman is taking an...

August 20, 2012 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
McIlroy's Sunday 66 was the fourth-lowest final round in the 94-year history of the event, and his Friday 75 was the second-highest score in any round by a PGA champion.

August 20, 2012 | BRANDEL CHAMBLEE
With so many ideas on how to grow the game being bantered about, I can't help but think about the biggest day that golf in this country has known and the growth that came from it. In September...

August 20, 2012 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
When you're Tiger Woods and keep coming up short in the only championships that matter, you have to get creative when explaining why

August 20, 2012 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
When Tiger Woods tees it up at the Masters next April, he will have gone 14 majors—or four years and 10 months—without a victory, the longest such drought of his career.