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On SI.com: From SI's August 19, 2013 issue

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About This Week's Cover

College football season is on the horizon, and SI.com has you covered with the Preseason Top 25. Can anybody dethrone Alabama? Is Stanford establishing itself as a national power? Writers Stewart Mandel, Andy Staples and the rest of the college football team have all the information you need to prepare for the arrival of the football season. Check out SI's six regional covers featuring the top six teams in SI's Top 25.

This Week in SI

The Glimmer Twins: Two top prospects, one system. With Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton, time is on Minnesota's side even if the present appears bleak. By Albert Chen

Shayne Skov: The Stanford linebacker had one choice: Be tough. Now the anchor of one of the nation's best defenses is ready to compete for a national title. By Pete Thamel

Best and Brightest: SI staffers on the rise of their alma maters -- and the smart guys who play there. Duke, Northwestern, Stanford and Vanderbilt are ready to shake up their respective conferences.

Heisman Watch: You're well aware of the favorites. Here are the dark horses. By Zac Ellis

To Huddle or Not: The hurry-up offense isn't for everybody. Just look to history for the answer. By Andy Staples

Big Bang Theory: The imperfect BCS was a giant leap toward a playoff. By Stewart Mandel

War and Roses: The 1942 Rose Bowl rallied a rattled country and brought together men who soon would become brothers on far-flung battlefields. By Brian Curtis

Who Could It Be?

Outside of one game against Texas A&M last season, Alabama look virtually unbeatable all season long. Now, they are the odds-on favorite to return to the national title and win it. After their thoroughly dominating performance against Notre Dame last year, most think that no team is prepared to beat them. Andy Staples and Stewart Mandel think that four teams -- Ohio State, Stanford, Texas A&M and South Carolina -- can derail the defending champions.

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