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Jan. 09, 2012
Jan. 09, 2012

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Jan. 9, 2012

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
BCS CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW
  • SI asked three SEC assistant coaches to break down the first LSU-Alabama game and analyze how the rematch will play out. Their conclusions? Another low-scoring affair, with a surprise ending

  • COMPILED BY Gene Menez

    FROM LSU COACH LES MILES'S RECORD IN GAMES DECIDED BY SEVEN POINTS OR FEWER TO HOW MANY THREE-AND-OUTS ALABAMA'S DEFENSE HAS FORCED THIS SEASON, HERE's EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BCS CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS

TOM BRADY
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PHOTOPhotograph by Robert BeckTHROUGH THE QUACKS Rare was the defensive player who found his way into the picture of Monday's Rose Bowl in Pasadena, where Oregon and Wisconsin combined for 1,129 yards and broke the record for scoring. Badgers QB Russell Wilson hit pay dirt in the first quarter on a four-yard run, but the Ducks rallied to win 45--38 for their first Rose Bowl victory in 95 years.PHOTOPhotograph by Fred VuichALL-AROUND SPECTACLE With downtown Philadelphia as a backdrop, 46,967 fans piled into Citizens Bank Park for Monday's Winter Classic between the Flyers and the Rangers, who won 3--2. For a GigaPan version of this photograph that allows fans in attendance to locate and zoom in on themselves, go to SI.com or any of SI's tablet editions, free to all subscribers (si.com/magazine).PHOTOPhotograph by Andrew HancockSHADOW BOXING OUT Those shady figures angling for position in the paint last Saturday in Bloomington were Indiana and Ohio State players. The No. 12 Hoosiers, unranked in preseason polls, continued their revival with a 74--70 defeat of the then second-ranked Buckeyes, which came three weeks after IU's buzzer-beating upset of then No. 1 Kentucky.