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August 31, 1998 | Volume 89, Issue 9

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Andy Katzenmoyer Cover - Sports Illustrated August 31, 1998

August 31, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
October 4, 1976

August 31, 1998 | Tim Layden

August 31, 1998 | Tim Layden
Senior tailback Kevin Faulk missed two games and was slowed in several others last season by a hamstring injury yet still gained 1,144 yards. Herschel Walker's SEC career rushing record is 1,981...

August 31, 1998 | Tim Layden
Schedule strength: 29th of 112

August 31, 1998 | Tim Layden
The Tigers need to play every week like a team that belongs in the Top 10, not like one that's occasionally trying to upset teams in the Top 10. It's all in the attitude.

August 31, 1998 | Tim Layden
With a veteran team and games at Auburn and Florida, LSU has a chance to enhance its ranking with two quality wins and, in doing so, win its first SEC championship in the DiNardo era.

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
With their explosive backfield, the Orangemen remain the class of the Big East. Alas, another cruel September awaits

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
Throwing to wideouts Kevin Johnson and Quinton Spotwood (a combined 73 catches last year), Donovan McNabb should continue to improve his passing numbers (2,488 yards, 20 TDs in '97)....

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
Schedule strength: 28th of 112

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
Too many defensive uncertainties—and two tough games atop the schedule—make a serious run for the national title unlikely.

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
The Huskies have thrown those rebuilding plans away, thanks to a lefty quarterback who hasn't left

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
For the first time in his tenure, coach Jim Lambright allowed underclassmen to be candidates for co-captain. Quarterback Brock Huard and linebacker Lester Towns, both juniors, were among the four...

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
Schedule strength: 15th of 112

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
Though Huard will be fun to watch, the Huskies lack the depth and experience to be considered national title contenders.

August 31, 1998 | John Walters
Sedrick Irvin has always carried his load, but this year he'll run free of the shadows cast by other Big Ten backs

August 31, 1998 | John Walters
True freshman quarterback Ryan Van Dyke stands tall in the pocket at 6'6", which is just one reason that coach Nick Saban has no reservations about starting him should a troublesome back limit...

August 31, 1998 | John Walters
Schedule strength: 42nd of 112

August 31, 1998 | John Walters
Saban: "This team has to get over the hump and believe it can win the big games. Just being good is not good enough."

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
The Nittany Lions dream of a title, but reality says they'll need a healthy Aaron Harris to have any chance

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
Titcus Pettigrew, a junior wideout who caught seven passes for 85 yards last season, played some strong safety in the spring and could see action in the defensive backfield this fall....

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
Schedule strength: 33rd of 112

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
The roster is loaded with high school All-Americas, but inexperience in the backfield makes this a third-place team in the Big Ten.

August 31, 1998 | David Fleming
This is what's new in Chapel Hill: the coach and 14 starters. This is what's old: coming up short against Florida State

August 31, 1998 | David Fleming
Quarterback Oscar Davenport set the school record last season for most consecutive passes without an interception (154)....

August 31, 1998 | David Fleming
Schedule strength: 40th of 112

August 31, 1998 | David Fleming
The Tar Heels have established themselves as a top program, but a lack of depth makes a serious challenge to Florida State unlikely.

August 31, 1998 | Christian Stone
That rumbling noise coming out of the Show Me State is from a Tigers team hungry to prove that it's for real

August 31, 1998 | Christian Stone
Quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Corby Jones has the potential to become only the 11th player in NCAA history to both rush and throw for more than 1,000 yards in a season....

August 31, 1998 | Christian Stone
Schedule strength: 52nd of 112

August 31, 1998 | Christian Stone
A quarterback with the smarts, charisma and talent of Jones can be good for three or four extra wins; look for the Tigers to finish 8-3.

August 31, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
The Rams have reached the promised land of the power programs, but can they survive there without Moses?

August 31, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
Senior Damon Washington, who rushed for 1,112 yards and eight TDs in '97, can become the first Ram to rush for 1,000 yards in three straight seasons....

August 31, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
Schedule strength: 91st of 112

August 31, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
If Ryan Eslinger handles the quarterback job and the Rams at least split against Michigan State and Colorado, they'll go to a major bowl.

August 31, 1998 | Dana Gelin
The Mountaineers, with perhaps the best running back in the nation, won't have much time to rev up. Game 1 is the test

August 31, 1998 | Dana Gelin
Tailback Amos Zereoue has single-handedly outrushed the opposition 13 times in his 24-game career....

August 31, 1998 | Dana Gelin
Schedule strength: 65th of 112

August 31, 1998 | Dana Gelin
Dangerous offense makes West Virginia a contender for the Big East crown; shaky D prevents the Mountaineers from winning it.

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
Tired of looking more like chumps than champs, the Hurricanes believe this is the year they turn things around

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
Sophomore Al Blades, the younger brother of former Miami stars Bennie and Brian, has fully recovered from reconstructive surgery on his left knee, which sidelined him for the 1997 season....

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
Schedule strength: 43rd of 112

August 31, 1998 | Lars Anderson
Davis is moving in the right direction. Even so, it'll be at least a year before the Hurricanes spend New Year's on the road.

August 31, 1998 | Kelli Anderson
The Bulldogs are back in the SEC hunt, but uncertainty at quarterback could take the bite out of their resurgence

August 31, 1998 | Kelli Anderson
Left tackle Matt Stinchcomb is a strong candidate to become the first Georgia player to win the Outland Trophy since Bill Stanfill in 1968....

August 31, 1998 | Kelli Anderson
Schedule strength: 14th of 112

August 31, 1998 | Kelli Anderson
A weak September schedule buys time to break in 13 new starters, Even so, last year's 10-2 record will be hard to match.

August 31, 1998
Gary Smith resurrected the baseball fan in me with the most entertaining article since George Plimpton scouted Sidd Finch.—JEFF CSUY, Brook field, Wis.

August 31, 1998
Letters to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED should include the name, address and home telephone number of the writer. They may be mailed to The Editor, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, Time & Life Building, New York,...

August 31, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
The Aggies have a revitalized quarterback, but real redemption-a Big 12 title (or more)—looks out of reach

August 31, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
Quarterback Branndon Stewart had a stretch of 131 pass attempts without an interception....

August 31, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
Schedule strength: 19th of 112

August 31, 1998 | B.J. Schecter
The Aggies are good enough to repeat as champions of the Big 12 South, but they lack the firepower to win a major bowl.

August 31, 1998 | David Fleming
After a summer in the weight room, the Deacons are ready to take on a more pressing issue: bulking up in the wins column

August 31, 1998 | David Fleming
Brian Kuklick needs 1,971 yards to become Wake's top career passer....

August 31, 1998 | David Fleming
Schedule strength: 58th of 112

August 31, 1998 | David Fleming
There's no reason that the Deacons can't go 8-3 and finish above .500 in the ACC for the first time in a decade.

August 31, 1998 | Dana Gelin
The coach is trimmer and the defense as beefy as ever, but the Tigers must deal with weighty concerns on offense

August 31, 1998 | Dana Gelin
Ben Leard will be the first quarterback other than Dameyune Craig to start for the Tigers since Patrick Nix in 1995....

August 31, 1998 | Dana Gelin
Schedule strength: 1st of 112

August 31, 1998 | Dana Gelin
Leard and Demontray Carter must play big and the D must overcome the loss of Takeo Spikes for the Tigers to contend for the SEC title.

August 31, 1998 | Dana Gelin
It's bombs away again in Lexington, with a pass-happy coach and the nation's most prolific drop-back quarterback

August 31, 1998 | Dana Gelin
Tim Couch, who finished ninth in the Heisman voting last year, completed 66.4% of his passes, best in the nation....

August 31, 1998 | Dana Gelin
Schedule strength: 47th of 112

August 31, 1998 | Dana Gelin
With Couch at the controls, Kentucky appears headed for a winning season and its first bowl appearance since '93.

August 31, 1998 | John Walters
On the field and off, this once proud program continues its struggle to live up to the standards of the past

August 31, 1998 | John Walters
At 6'7" and 300 pounds, senior left tackle Mike Rosenthal is more than just a big load; line coach Dave Borbely calls the three-year starter a "great technician."...

August 31, 1998 | John Walters
Schedule strength: 27th of 112

August 31, 1998 | John Walters
Bob Davie's return to the option plays to Notre Dame's strengths, but shortcomings on defense spell another up-and-down year.

August 31, 1998 | Compiled by John Walter

August 31, 1998 | Compiled by B.J. Schecter

August 31, 1998
PRO FOOTBALL

August 31, 1998 | David Fleming
The Man in ChargeWith his job on the line, Jets quarterback Glenn Foley showed he's ready to be the starter

August 31, 1998 | David Fleming
This summer the oldest men in two very different fields—archaeology and football—have been on display. In April the remains of Ötzi the Iceman, the world's oldest known corpse, were made public at...

August 31, 1998 | Mark Bechtel
Battered HalosBurdened by a frightful legacy, the Angels are battling for the playoffs

August 31, 1998 | Mark Bechtel
On June 10 the Giants were riding an 11-game winning streak and a serene Barry Bonds was preparing for that day's game against the Mariners—until a reporter asked if an injury to Giants cleanup...

August 31, 1998 | Jeff Pearlman
Francisco Cabrera made history with one at bat. Now he longs for another

August 31, 1998 | Keith Olbermann
In a season of inalienable glory, Roswell's Joe Bauman hit 72 homers

August 31, 1998 | Rick Reilly
How are you with condoms?

August 31, 1998 | Jack McCallum
Big Mac's super-sizing supplements shouldn't taint his super season

August 31, 1998 | Jack McCallum
•That gridiron pundits postpone declaring a winner in the Leaf-Manning derby at least until the rookies have taken a regular-season snap.

August 31, 1998
Randy Johnson's MoveHe Got His Groove Back

August 31, 1998
45,681Names on the waiting list for season tickets to Packers home games.

August 31, 1998
YES

August 31, 1998
So spectacular was Tiger Woods's emergence on the PGA Tour in 1996 that his less-than-superhuman performance since then has some observers suggesting that Tiger is, well, human. A comparison of...

August 31, 1998
Not since I Love Lucy have a Big Ricky and a Little Ricky garnered so much national attention. O.K., so Big Ricky Williams of Texas has the NCAA rushing and scoring titles, the All-America honors...

August 31, 1998
A 6'3", 275-pound youth baseball coach banned by the Okeeheelee (Fla.) Athletic Association for twice dropping his drawers during a game blamed a bad case of "plumber's butt."

August 31, 1998
JEFF MANTOCleveland Indians infielder, who has spent most of his 14 professional seasons in the minor leagues, with 10 organizations: "I'm a proven so-so player."

August 31, 1998 | John Walters
Saturday 8/29

August 31, 1998 | John Walters
Chicago cubs rookie pitcher Kerry Wood is known for his heater, but last week he fooled Fox with a changeup. Wood's much-anticipated duel with Houston Astros ace Randy Johnson on the network's...

August 31, 1998
Jim DeMet, Salt Lake CityTriathlonDeMet, 64, was the 60-64 age-group champion at the Utah Summer Games, with a time of 3:56:57. He also won six gold medals in swimming and four bronzes in cycling....

August 31, 1998 | Tom Verducci
With a five-day burst, a joyous got over the 50-homer hump and made the case that it was no longer he will pass Roger Maris's record but when

August 31, 1998
Departments

August 31, 1998
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and CNN team up on the Internet to offer up-to-the-minute sports news. Cram for the upcoming college football season with our blowout on-line preview. Check out our exclusive...

August 31, 1998 | Austin Murphy
Coach Jimmy Johnson hopes that rookie back John Avery will, at last give the Dolphins the ground game they need to be championship contenders

August 31, 1998
Football Inferno

August 31, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
Welcome, students, to College Football 101, a crash course designed to give you a jump on the upcoming season. Think of it as instant answers to all the questions you haven't had time to ask

August 31, 1998 | Tim Layden

August 31, 1998 | Tim Layden
For the option to disrupt an aggressive defense, a quarterback must make proper reads. After faking a handoff to his fullback, he sprints toward the unblocked strong safety. If that safety slides...

August 31, 1998 | Tim Layden
For an afternoon of faking and pitching and quarterbacks making like Barry Sanders, here are the teams to watch.

August 31, 1998 | Alan Shipnuck

August 31, 1998 | Tim Layden
Wideouts Florida

August 31, 1998 | Austin Murphy
Andy (the Big Kat) Katzenmoyer, Ohio State's explosive linebacker, has one small season-threatening weakness: the classroom

August 31, 1998
THE TOP 25

August 31, 1998 | Ivan Maisel

August 31, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
Junior tailback Michael Wiley averaged a team-leading 5.7 yards per carry last season while sharing the position with Pepe Pearson. Wiley should see his production increase this fall behind an...

August 31, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
Schedule strength: 2nd of 112

August 31, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
When Ohio State gets to the brink of beating Michigan, will the Buckeyes believe they can do it? After so much heartbreak, that will be at least half the battle.

August 31, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
Cooper, who at age 61 says he doesn't see himself coaching much more than another three years, may not get a better chance to win it all than this season.

August 31, 1998 | Ivan Maisel

August 31, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
Bobby Bowden signs junior college players only to fill a need. Senior defensive end Tony Bryant, from Marathon, Fla., signed with Pittsburgh in 1995 but didn't qualify academically. After Bryant...

August 31, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
Schedule strength: 4th of 112

August 31, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
September 5 is the Seminoles' last open Saturday. Surviving games in II consecutive weeks, with the toughest on the back end, is difficult, but this team has the talent to do it.

August 31, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
Go ahead and circle the Gators on your calendar. The Seminoles have. And it's a home game. Lose this one and there's little chance of playing for the national title in the Fiesta Bowl.

August 31, 1998 | Tim Layden

August 31, 1998 | Tim Layden
In the hands of Michael Bishop, who passed for 1,557 yards and ran for 566 last year, Kansas State's conservative offense becomes dangerous, although Bishop needs to better his 43.2 completion...

August 31, 1998 | Tim Layden
Schedule strength: 80th of 112

August 31, 1998 | Tim Layden
Will tailback Frank Murphy, the '97 junior college player of the year, be another JC-transfer gem? He ran an eye-popping 4.21 40 in drills but had just two yards on 13 carries in the spring game.

August 31, 1998 | Tim Layden
If all goes according to plan—and the schedule doesn't ruin them in the computer ratings—it's a one-game season: Beat Nebraska, and the Wildcats have a chance of playing for the national title.

August 31, 1998 | Kelli Anderson

August 31, 1998 | Kelli Anderson
Junior quarterback Doug Johnson, who was in coach Steve Spurrier's doghouse for playing minor league baseball in '97—he hit .191 as a third baseman for the Princeton (W.Va.) Devil Rays of the...

August 31, 1998 | Kelli Anderson
Schedule strength: 25th of 112

August 31, 1998 | Kelli Anderson
The Gators, known for their high-octane Fun 'n' Gun offense, have actually run the ball 48.8% of the time in Spurrier's eight seasons as coach. Look for that percentage to rise this year.

August 31, 1998 | Kelli Anderson
The offensive line is solid, the defensive line superior. If the Gators can establish their passing game and find a way to stop everyone else's, they should collect their sixth SEC title in eight...

August 31, 1998 | Ivan Maisel

August 31, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
At 5'9", DeAngelo Evans is the Huskers' smallest starting I-back since 1972, but not as diminutive as their leading rusher in 1964, 5'7" Frank Solich. "We always mess with him about how little he...

August 31, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
Sept. 26 vs. WashingtonIn a 27-14 win in '97 the Huskers exposed highly ranked Washington as a fraud. This less-experienced Huskies team can expect a long flight back to Seattle.

August 31, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
The 1989 Miami team with Craig Erickson was the last to win a national title with a quarterback who had never been a full-time starter. Is Bobby Newcombe talented enough to break this nine-year trend?

August 31, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
A talented defense with eight returning starters will carry the team until the offense finds itself. With Newcombe under center, that shouldn't take long.

August 31, 1998 | Alan Shipnuck

August 31, 1998 | Alan Shipnuck
Fourth-year starter Cade McNown already holds most of UCLA's alltime passing records. He needs eight touchdown passes to break Tom Ramsey's mark of 50....

August 31, 1998 | Alan Shipnuck
Schedule strength: 7th of 112

August 31, 1998 | Alan Shipnuck
The Bruins have had a 1,000-yard rusher for four straight years. With untested receivers and with defenses keying on McNown, they'll need a fifth—but is there a horse among the unproven tailbacks?

August 31, 1998 | Alan Shipnuck
Inexperience at so many key positions is the primary concern, but if UCLA can summon as much heart and emotion as it did last year, a Rose Bowl trip—or better—should be the result.

August 31, 1998 | Christian Stone

August 31, 1998 | Christian Stone
What kind of impression did J.R. Redmond make while trying out at safety during spring practice? Teammates are still crowing about his hit that laid out tight end Kendrick Bates, who at 6'5", 250...

August 31, 1998 | Christian Stone
Schedule strength: 41st of 112

August 31, 1998 | Christian Stone
Junior college transfers Erik Flowers, Junior Ioane and Jawell Samilton must shore up a defensive line if the Sun Devils expect to lead the league again in scoring defense.

August 31, 1998 | Christian Stone
Ten wins, one loss and a lesser Bowl Championship Series. Too many shortcomings on defense will deny the Sun Devils their dream of playing at home for the national title.

August 31, 1998 | Tim Layden

August 31, 1998 | Tim Layden
Fourth-year junior quarterback Tom Brady has thrown just 20 passes in his college career and has never taken a snap with a game in doubt. Waiting in the wings is freshman football-baseball phenom...

August 31, 1998 | Tim Layden
Schedule strength: 13th of 112

August 31, 1998 | Tim Layden
The Wolverines' undefeated season reaped benefits in recruiting: Among the 19 freshmen are seven USA Today All-Americas, including Fargas and blue-chip wideouts Marquis Walker and David Terrell.

August 31, 1998 | Tim Layden
Michigan's first national championship in 50 years was the product of great motivation and spectacular team chemistry, both of which will be very difficult to re-create.

August 31, 1998 | Ivan Maisel

August 31, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
Jamal Lewis may overshadow senior fullback Shawn Bryson, but Bryson is a big reason that Lewis casts any shadow at all. The 6'1", 220-pound Bryson can run (4.2 yards per carry in '97), catch (29...

August 31, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
Schedule strength: 23rd of 112

August 31, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
More like the Tee factor. With so many weapons at his disposal, Martin doesn't have to start out winning games, just keep from losing them. How fast can he turn two years of watching into action?

August 31, 1998 | Ivan Maisel
The offense will score points, but the SEC East is no place for a young secondary. Tennessee's had better grow up quick.

August 31, 1998 | Edited by Kevin Cook
Gear and Clothing in Las VegasA bad business climate cast a pall on golf's summer spectacular

August 31, 1998 | Edited by Kevin Cook
What do these players have in common?

August 31, 1998 | Edited by Kevin Cook
Which was the best major championship of 1998?

August 31, 1998 | Edited by Kevin Cook
With four victories and $778,991 in earnings, Se Ri Pak has made one of the best pro debuts in four decades. Pak has a long way to go to match Nancy Lopez in 1978, however. Here are the top 10...

August 31, 1998 | Edited by Kevin Cook
1.58Strokes per round separating Vijay Singh (69.85), who leads the PGA Tour money list with $1,694,253, and Brian Claar (71.43), who ranks 200th with $40,787.

August 31, 1998 | David Esch
Since the day I met Annika Sorenstam, nothing in our world has been traditional. Being brought up in the U.S., plagued by gender stereotypes, I always figured that when I grew up, I would make...

August 31, 1998
How Swede It Is: European Solheim Cup captain Pia Nilsson insists she wasn't playing favorites on Sunday when she gave four of the squad's five wild-card berths to players from her native Sweden....

August 31, 1998 | Cameron Morfit
PGA

August 31, 1998 | Robert Sullivan
Clinton's approach to golf should've tipped us off that something was amiss

August 31, 1998 | Gary Van Sickle
Vijay Singh is sitting on top of the Tour after back-to-back victories