September 21, 2008

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL
35--3 for USC (Déj√† Vu for OSU)
With new passer Mark Sanchez and an unproven offensive line performing well in their first important test, top-ranked USC was its usual brilliant self in becoming the latest team to expose Ohio State in a big-game situation
No Trojan Wars
Judging by the play of the rest of the Pac-10 last weekend, USC should cruise to the BCS title game
PRO FOOTBALL
Test of Mettle
Shaken by the injury to Tom Brady, nursing a bad knee and suddenly vulnerable behind a patchwork offensive line, Peyton Manning is confronting the greatest challenge of his career
Titanic Turmoil
If it's just the boos that are bothering Vince Young, does he really have the temperament to lead an NFL team?
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
The Next Step For Steph
Davidson's Stephen Curry was the breakout star of the Big Dance, but even after hobnobbing with LeBron, he's still adjusting to his sudden celebrity—and to his new position
YANKEE STADIUM
It's Gone! Goodbye!
The last home run in the House That Ruth Built will be hit this week; then the wrecking ball will take its cuts at Yankee Stadium. The walls of this American monument do talk, and it has a few final secrets to share
Inside
Man With a Plan
Andrew Friedman brilliantly added all the right pieces to the Rays, and for that, he is SI's top executive of '08
The Long View
A trusted scout persuaded the Patriots to take a chance on Matt Cassel in April 2005—and the payoff comes now
Adults Only
In a hole after one race of the Chase, Kyle Busch can prove that he has, in fact, matured enough to find a way out
Is This the Year?
Slowly but surely, coach Bobby Johnson has stocked Vanderbilt with the talent needed to end 25 straight years of losing
Point After
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