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Oct. 20, 2014
Oct. 20, 2014

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Oct. 20, 2014

INBOX
NOTRE DAME
The MMQB
  • The Cowboys played last season with a train wreck of a defense, then did nothing about it. On paper they actually got worse. Who could have imagined this unit delivering Dallas to the top of the NFC? Start with the guy who can't stop winking

BASEBALL
SPECIAL REPORT
  • More than 100,000 students on U.S. youth, public school and college teams have no stable place to live. They often go hungry, drop out more frequently and are more likely to suffer physical and sexual abuse. How do they survive—and even thrive? In many cases, it's through the structure, support and joy that sports provide

POINT AFTER
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2 SI Digital

4 Inbox

6 Leading Off

13 Scorecard

22 Faces in The Crowd

25 Just My Type

Dan Patrick: Browns QB Brian Hoyer on job security

64 Point After

Alexander Wolff: Putting our lives on pause for live sports

PRO FOOTBALL

32 The Cowboys' D

Dallas is 5--1—and tied for the NFC's best record—thanks to a suddenly (sort of) formidable unit

By Greg Bishop

BOOK EXCERPT

38 Parcells

The Hall of Fame coach discusses a betrayal that still fuels a rivalry

By Bill Parcells and Nunyo Demasio

BASEBALL

44 Bud Selig

The commissioner has no regrets about how he's changed the game

By Ben Reiter

ALCS: Reign of Cain

NLCS: The quiet ace

SPECIAL REPORT

52 Homeless Athletes

How do they survive—or even thrive? Often, it's with the help of sports

By L. Jon Wertheim and Ken Rodriguez

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

26 Notre Dame

The defense began the season with a new coordinator, a new system and two starters lost to an academic scandal. Now the blitz-happy, unbeaten Irish get a monster of a midterm

By Brian Hamilton

ON THE COVER: KEVIN C. COX/GETTY IMAGES (DAK PRESCOTT); SIMON BRUTY/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (ISAIAH LAMB)

PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY ANDREW HANCOCK FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATEDGOLDEN MOMENT A revamped defense has Notre Dame back in the national title picture.