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December 15, 2008

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It's a fantasycollege football playoff: SI.com presents a bracket with 12 top teams, and youmake your picks—including which team wins it all. Oklahoma and wideout JuaquinIglesias are seeded No. 1; wideout Louis Murphy's Florida is No. 2; quarterbackColt McCoy and Texas are No. 3; and running back Glen Coffee's Alabama is No.4. Plus ...

• Ranking all 34bowl games by Stewart Mandel

• Heisman ballotsfrom SI's eight voters

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DECEMBER 9, 1991

SI writer SallyJenkins profiled Michigan junior wide receiver Desmond Howard a week before hewon the Heisman Trophy.

LIVING ALONEallows Howard to meditate, a habit he picked up from his mother. For 10 or 15minutes each day he shuts off the lights and turns on water sounds, and thinks."It can be about anything," he says. "A big game, or a test."Howard rarely socializes. He might go to the L.A. Club Cafe sandwich shop nearthe center of campus, where a proprietor fixes Howard's favorite meal, agrilled chicken sandwich with cheese fries and a strawberry shake. Or he willgo to hear the more provocative public speakers who are regularly booked oncampus, such as the psychologist Akbar or 1960s radical activist Angela Davis.He has more important things to do than socialize. "I want to destroystereotypes about the black male athlete," Howard says. "It's a missionof mine to break down stereotypes about our behavior, our social life, ourliteracy, our academic situations."

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PHOTODAVID BERGMAN (COFFEE)PICK 'EM Clockwise from top left: Coffee, Murphy, McCoy and Iglesias. PHOTOBOB ROSATO (MURPHY)[See caption above] PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (IGLESIAS)[See caption above] PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (MCCOY)[See caption above] PHOTODAMIAN STROHMEYER (TEIXEIRA) PHOTOMEL LEVINE (THOMSEN) THREE PHOTOS

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)