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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

32 35--3 for USC
Top-ranked Southern Cal was its usual brilliant self in becoming the latest team to expose Ohio State in a big-game situation
By Austin Murphy

• Three matchups that will shape the national title race
By Ben Reiter

• Judging by the rest of the Pac-10, USC is a BCS shoo-in
By Phil Taylor

PRO FOOTBALL

40 Test of Mettle
With a bum knee and a young O-line, Peyton Mannng faces a huge challenge
By Lee Jenkins

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

48 Next Step for Steph
Even after hanging with LeBron, Stephen Curry is adjusting to his new celebrity
By Grant Wahl

YANKEE STADIUM

It's Gone! Goodbye!

The last home run in the House That Ruth Built will be hit this week. But before the wrecking ball takes its cuts, the walls of this American monument talk
BY TOM VERDUCCI
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Departments

8 Leading Off

16 Letters

18 Players
• Coaching legends who can't quit

28 Faces in the Crowd

31 Just My Type
By Dan Patrick

76 Point After
• The Orwellian existence of a college athlete
By Selena Roberts

Inside ...

66 Baseball
• The genius behind the Rays

69 The NFL
• How the Pats got Matt Cassel

72 NASCAR
• Kyle Busch must grow up—fast

74 College Football
• Can Vandy sustain its hot start?

PHOTOHEINZ KLUETMEIER (CASSEL)69 WELCOME, MATT During a 19--10 win over the Jets on Sunday, the Patriots' offense gathered around its new leader, quarterback Matt Cassel, who has taken over for the injured Tom Brady. PHOTOAP (YANKEE STADIUM)

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