DEPARTMENTS

2 Leading Off

10 Letters

13 Scorecard

Magic Johnson and HIV, 20 years later

22 Faces in the Crowd

24 Just My Type

Ryan Leaf on the lessons he has learned

BY DAN PATRICK

28 Inside ...

NFL

Patience with Palmer

College Football

The education of Denard

Horse Racing

Who's Horse of the Year?

Olympics

Marathon times go down

NHL

Ilya's ice time goes up

112 Point After

Plenty of shame to go around in Happy Valley

BY PHIL TAYLOR

FEATURES

42 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

LSU-ALABAMA

The title picture hasn't changed: The Tigers remain the team to beat

By Austin Murphy

48 PRO FOOTBALL

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

A team and town are conflicted over getting the top pick in the draft

By Damon Hack

COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREVIEW

52 THE CASE FOR DEFENSE

A way to measure how well college players defend

By Luke Winn

62 SKYLAR DIGGINS

The South Bend native wants a victory parade

By Richard Deitsch

68 SCOUTING REPORTS

Breakdowns on the top 20 and a projection of the 68-team NCAA field

DEWAYNE DEDMON'S

LEAP OF FAITH

A Jehovah's Witness had to pick: Follow his mother or his heart?

By Chris Ballard P. 98

"Though loyal and exceedingly polite, the Indy faithful watched 12 offensive possessions that went fumble, interception, punt, punt, punt, punt, punt, punt, punt, punt, punt, end of game.

—Damon Hack on the winless Indianapolis Colts, who are playing without Peyton Manning (left)

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THIS WEEK SI HAS FIVE COVERS (CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT): NORTH CAROLINA, KENTUCKY, KANSAS, UCLA AND CONNECTICUT.

ON THE COVER

PHOTOGRAPHS BY GREG NELSON (KANSAS, KENTUCKY); BOB ROSATO (CONNECTICUT); JASON MOORE/ICON SMI (NORTH CAROLINA); RIC TAPIA/ICON SMI (UCLA)

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PHOTOJEFFREY A. CAMARATI (HENSON)WELL HEELED Forward John Henson (31) is the defensive stopper in a loaded frontcourt for North Carolina, SI's No. 1 team. PHOTODAVID E. KLUTHO (MANNING) PHOTODAMIAN STROHMEYER (CLAIBORNE)CB morris claiborne of LSU SIX PHOTOS

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