Lineup

December 29, 2014

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PREVIEW

28 ALABAMA

After waiting four years, Blake Sims led the Tide to a record season / By Brian Hamilton

38 OREGON

Don't let Marcus Mariota's laid-back demeanor fool you / By Greg Bishop

48 FLORIDA STATE

Jameis Winston is the top playoff talent, and a conundrum for the NFL / By Greg A. Bedard

56 OHIO STATE

Cardale Jones has never struggled on the field—only off of it / By Pete Thamel

DEPARTMENTS

6 SI Digital

12 Leading Off

18 Inbox

20 Scorecard

24 Faces in The Crowd

25 Just My Type

Dan Patrick: Terrell Suggs has rhythm

116 Point After

S.L. Price: Is Cuba MLB's island of opportunity?

PRO FOOTBALL

64 Mark Ingram

The Saints' RB eyes his dad's prison exit

By L. Jon Wertheim

COLLEGE HOCKEY

70 Jack Eichel

The BU freshman has everything it takes

By Brian Cazeneuve

SOCCER

74 USMNT: Next Up

Life after Brazil for three World Cup rooks

By Grant Wahl

SPORTS SCIENCE

78 Avoiding Injury

Want to keep playing? See P3

By Chris Ballard

IN MEMORIAM

86 Farewell

Recalling the legends who passed away in 2014

By Mark Bechtel

PRO FOOTBALL

106 1974 Steelers

Members of the dynasty look back on how it all began

By Don Banks

ON THE COVERS: STEVE DYKES/GETTY IMAGES (OREGON); JASON PARKHURST FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (ALABAMA); JOHN DAVID MERCER/USA TODAY SPORTS (FLORIDA STATE); JAY LAPRETE/AP (OHIO STATE)

PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY JAMES DRAKE FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATEDNERVES OF STEEL Forty years ago, Mel Blount (47), Dwight White (78), Ernie Holmes (63) & Co. put Pittsburgh football on the map for good. FOUR PHOTOS

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