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Oct. 24, 2011
Oct. 24, 2011

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Oct. 24, 2011

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
WORLD SERIES
PRO FOOTBALL
  • Six weeks into the season, the conventional wisdom has been turned on its head— and sometimes back again. Trying to sort the contenders from the pretenders? Beyond Green Bay, it's anyone's guess

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
PRO HOCKEY
JERRY WEST
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HOT: CARDINAL RULES.

This is an article from the Oct. 24, 2011 issue

Stanford fans are abuzz about a school-record 14 straight W's (the latest: 44--14 over Wash. State, with four Andrew Luck TDs), but the real Cardinal party is in St. Louis, where seven weeks ago the Redbirds sat 9½ games out of the playoffs.

NOT: MICHIGAN BLUE

The Lions lost (amid Handshakegate and at home) for the first time since Dec. 5; the Tigers whimpered to a finish with a 14-run ALCS deficit; and Michigan finally fell. Sure, it was to MSU, but they don't call it the Spartan State, do they?

HOT: RUMBLIN' TUMBLERS

U.S. gymnasts earned seven medals—four gold—at the world championships in Tokyo over the weekend, second only to China. Meanwhile protests in New York City yielded a hilarious footballcentric Tumblr blog: Occupy Herbstreit.

NOT: COLTS BUCKED

Indy is 0--6 for the first time since '97 (before Peyton) after falling 27--17 to the Bengals (4--2!). But wait: Days before, Colts faithful heard rumors of Robert Mathis and Reggie Wayne (below) as trade bait—a sacrilegious thought three months ago.

HOT: SLICK OILERS

Edmonton's 18-year-old rookie, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (below), had three goals in his third NHL game last Saturday, the quickest hat trick by a No. 1 overall pick. Not to be forgotten, teammate Taylor Hall, No. 1 from '10, has three points in three games.

PHOTOJED JACOBSON (LUCK)PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (TIGERS)PHOTOFRANCK ROBICHON/EPA (GYMNAST)PHOTOFERNANDO MEDINA/US PRESSWIRE (WAYNE)PHOTOMARISSA BAECKER/GETTY IMAGES (NUGENT-HOPKINS)