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Aug. 20, 2007
Aug. 20, 2007

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Aug. 20, 2007

Fantasy Plus
SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
Baseball
PRO FOOTBALL
GOLF
College Football Preview 2007

Lineup

FEATURES

This is an article from the Aug. 20, 2007 issue

BASEBALL

46 On to the Pennant Races
With the Bonds watch over, the spotlight is on rookies who are shaping tight playoff battles
By Tom Verducci

PRO FOOTBALL

50 Just Win, Baby!
Lane Kiffin, the youngest head coach in the NFL, might just be able to rebuild the Raiders
By Peter King

GOLF

54 No Sweat
In the punishing Oklahoma heat, a coolly efficient Tiger Woods won his 13th major
By Alan Shipnuck

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW 2007

60 RUNNING BACKS RULE
Between USC's stable of tailbacks and most of last year's top talent, this is the best crop of rushers since the late 1970s
By Austin Murphy

70 BEST BACK IN THE LAND
A fun-loving prankster off the field, Arkansas tailback Darren McFadden usually has the last laugh on it too
By Phil Taylor

79 CAN'T-MISS MATCHUPS
Sixty-seven games that will go a long way in determining the 10 BCS bids—and who plays for the national title
By Gene Menez

86 SCOUTING REPORTS
USC is the team to beat, while SEC powers LSU and Florida will be among the other schools slugging it out to earn a spot in the BCS championship game on Jan. 7 in New Orleans

118 CONFERENCE ROUNDUPS

128 5 MINUTE GUIDE

Departments

10 Leading Off

20 Letters

25 Players
• Rick Ankiel's astounding return
• First Person: Andruw Jones
• The Discovery team breaks up
• Athletes who have also wrestled
• The Cubs' well-schooled DP duo
• An NHL MVP's workout
• Move over, Madden?
• A Q&A with Buster Douglas

42 Faces in the Crowd

136 Life of Reilly
How the Madden NFL rankings can take the joy out of some pros' joysticks
by Rick Reilly

Inside ...

132 Baseball
• Cleveland's Cy Young candidate
• The next slugger from Japan

134 NASCAR
• The top rookie trades paint
• Dale Jr.'s Chase chances

Cover
PHOTOGRAPHS BY PETER READ MILLER

INSET PHOTO: Robert Beck

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The Dream Teams

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THE BEST OF YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW

This week four writers live out a general manager's dream: Pick three Dream Teams in one of the four major team sports—one for the best of all time, one that will win right now and one built for five years from now. Each team includes a complete roster, with reserves as well as coaches. Check out SI's experts' picks and then weigh in with your thoughts.

> Peter King on pro football
His starting quarterback picks may surprise you (hint: no Tom Brady)

> Tom Verducci on baseball
Who's the alltime centerfielder: Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle or Willie Mays?

> Ian Thomsen on pro basketball
Are phenoms like Yi Jianlian and O.J. Mayo worthy of a Future Team spot?

> Michael Farber on hockey
Goalie conundrum: Dominik Hasek, Jacques Plante or Patrick Roy?

> Peruse the complete rosters of Dream Team players and coaches at SI.com/dreamteams.

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For the 2007 College Football Preview issue this week, SI has five regional covers.

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FIVE PHOTOSPHOTOLISA BLUMENFELD/GETTY IMAGES (CUSHING AND MAUALUGA)PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (YOUNG)PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (FLORIDA-LSU)PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH (DUNCAN)PHOTOHEINZ KLUETMEIER (RODRIGUEZ)PHOTOLOU CAPOZZOLA (CROSBY)PHOTOROBERT BECK (BONDS)PHOTOMARK HUMPHREY/AP (JONES)ILLUSTRATION