14 What's Up?
Scoring is...at least for half a dozen of college football's powerhouses
by Tim Layden

20 Making Small Talk
How small-market teams got control of baseball and drove it to a strike
by Tom Verducci

26 Believe a Bull
Holy Bull easily won the Woodward to stake a claim as Horse of the year
by William F. Reed

28 A Means Machine
Led by Natrone Means, San Diego powered past Seattle to a 3-0 record
by Rick Telander

36 Not Done Yet
Julio Cèsar Chàvez kept his career alive with a KO of Meldrick Taylor
by Richard Hoffer

40 Air McNair
Alcorn State's Steve McNair is the best college football quarterback
by S.L. Price

50 Uncharted Waters
Alexi Lalas is the first U.S. player to perform in Italy's top soccer league
by Leigh Montville

54 The Ordeal of Roger Maris
An SI Classic recalls the pressure felt during the pursuit of Babe Ruth's record
by Roger Kahn


4 Letters
7 Faces in the Crowd
9 Scorecard
66 Inside the NFL
71 Inside College Football
74 Point After

Cover Photograph by Al Tielemans

PHOTOKIRK SCHLEAThe Dish Dissed: With the baseball season cut short, a worker dug up home plate as San Diego's stadium became a full-time football venue (page 20)