BCS BOWL PREVIEW
Complete Guide to the Postseason on Newsstands Now
(NEW YORK – Dec. 19, 2012) – Sports Illustrated has published a special BCS Bowl Preview highlighting the entire college football postseason. The 76-page magazine has arrived on newsstands and at retailers this week (details below). The special edition, which will be sold at a price of $7.99, features two covers—a national cover with Notre Dame’s linebacker Manti Te’o and a regional cover with Alabama’s quarterback A.J. McCarron.
Highlights for the commemorative edition include:
- BCS Championship Game: Alabama vs. Notre Dame The storied programs chase glory and history. By Lars Anderson(page 8).
- Alabama’s Barrett Jones by Lars Anderson(page 12)
- Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o by Pete Thamel (page 14)
- Looking back at the classic 1973 Sugar Bowl with Notre Dame’s Dave Casper and ‘Bama’s Richard Tood (page 16)
- Fiesta Bowl: Kansas State vs. Oregon When it’s speed against power, who’ll score more? By Gary Gramling (page 12)
- Kansas State’s Collin Klein by Thomas Lake (page 20)
- Oregon’s Marcus Mariota by Gary Gramling (page 22)
- Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. Northern Illinois Can a Cinderella prove itself against ferocious FSU? By Zac Ellis (page 24)
- Florida State’s Bjoern Werner by Zac Ellis (page 26)
- Northern Illinois’s Jordan Lynch by Stephanie Apstein (page 28)
- Rose Bowl: Stanford vs. Wisconsin The teams seem similar— in style, anyway. By George Dohrmann (page 30)
- Stanford’s Chase Thomas by George Dohrmann (page 32)
- Wisconsin’s Montee Ball by George Dohrmann (page 34)
- Sugar Bowl: Florida vs. Louisville Prodigal sons try to take down the Gators. By Andy Staples (page 38)
- Florida’s Jeff Driskel by Andy Staples (page 38)
- Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater by Gabriel Baumgartner (page 40)
- Beyond the BCS: Previewing the other 30 Bowls by Stewart Mandel (page 42)
As with all Sports Illustrated Presents commemorative issues, this special collector’s edition is separate from the current weekly issue of Sports Illustrated, which is dated Dec. 17, 2012.
The following retailers in Alabama will be carrying the issue: Walmart, Publix, Kroger, Winn Dixie, Piggly Wiggly, Sam’s Club, Costco, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Books A Million and Barnes & Noble.
The following retailers in the Indiana and Chicago area will also be carrying the issue: Walmart, Target, Kroger, Meijer, Jewel-Osco, Dominicks, Martins, Marsh, Barnes & Noble, CVS,Walgreens, Costco and Sam’s Club.
The national cover (Notre Dame) will also be available at the following retailers nationwide: Barnes & Noble, Costco, Hudson News, Paradies and HMS Host.
This Year’s BCS Title Matchup Embodies the Essence of College Football
Crimson vs. Gold. Roll Tide vs. Shake Down the Thunder. Southern passion vs. Catholic pride. Notre Dame vs. Alabama is more than a battle for the national title. It’s a history-drenched showdown that embodies the essence of the game. For all their history, both of these storied programs had to climb back to this moment, and senior writer Tim Layden looks into the storied 1973 Sugar Bowl that pitted the Irish and Tide to reflect on how college football has evolved since that historic game.
Fans know this matchup embodies the passion and tradition of the sport. Mused Archie Manning, who worked the Alabama-Georgia SEC title game last weekend for CBS: “Alabama and Notre Dame. That’s college football right there” (page 98).
The undefeated Alabama Crimson Tide beat Missouri 42-10 Saturday in a romp that actually lowered Bama’s average margin of victory to 33.0 points. Coach Nick Saban holds his team to its own standard of excellence, not that of its opponent, which has created problems for opposing coaches looking for flaws to exploit. Says Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, “They are one of the best teams I’ve seen since I’ve been coaching. They’re a team that doesn’t really have any weaknesses” (page 26).
while it doesn’t look like they can be stopped en route to the national title, Andy Staples makes the case for three teams that could give the Tide a run for its money:
Alabama’s dominant defense—led by Courtney Upshaw, the defensive MVP of Monday’s BCS title game—swarms LSU running back Michael Ford on the cover of the Jan. 16, 2012, issue of Sports Illustrated, on newsstands Wednesday. This is the 20th time that Crimson Tide football has appeared on the cover, which includes nine covers in the last three seasons.
Alabama’s 21–0 win over LSU was more than payback for their 9–6 defeat on Nov. 5. It was a balm to the thousands of residents of Alabama who lost property and loved ones in the tornadoes that ripped through the state on April 27, 2011. One such resident was Tide long snapper Carson Tinker; his girlfriend, Ashley Harrison, was killed in the tornadoes. Tinker spoke with senior writer Austin Murphy (@si_austinmurphy) after Monday’s game. Tearfully, he said: “This isn’t a win just for us, but this is a win for Tuscaloosa and all of Alabama. We’ve been through so much this year, and I’m at a loss for words to describe what I feel. Just happy.”
Jan. 11, 2011 Issue: NFL Playoff Preview
Our NFL Playoff Preview—the cover of which features Patriots 325-pound (yeah, right) defensive tackle Vince Wilfork—delivers game-by-game predictions, complete scouting reports on the 12 teams, key moments from all 44 Super Bowls and a feature on the all-important massive anchors on the defensive line. And the iPad version not only proclaims what will happen but also why it will happen.
Senior NFL writer Peter King’s (@SI_PeterKing) playoff bracket results in New England defeating Green Bay 30–24 in Super Bowl XLV, yet his predictions go well beyond picking the scores. King provides “playoff analysis” for each team as part of their individual scouting reports, and he’s not alone in his prognostications. Fellow NFL writers Damon Hack (@si_damonhack), Tim Layden (@SITimLayden), Jim Trotter (@SI_JimTrotter), Andrew Lawrence (@SI_DrewLawrence) and Ben Reiter (@SI_BenReiter) contribute their picks for every postseason game as well.
As part of a special partnership with Bing, Sports Illustrated has come up with a list of the decisive moments from each of the previous 44 Super Bowls—eight of which have been selected as finalists for being the most decisive in the big game’s history. This week, readers on the iPad can view footage of those “Eight That Endure” and cast their vote here. The winning moment will be revealed the Friday before Super Bowl XLV.
Finally, the iPad extra to Attack of the Space Eaters—Tim Layden’s feature story on the playoff impact of massive defensive linemen—provides a gallery showing how these big and hungry anchors in the trenches have evolved over the years. It’s photographic proof of how their importance in the playoffs has grown in conjunction with their ever-expanding waste lines.
For those interested in football on the collegiate level, we have you covered. As an add-on to senior writer Austin Murphy’s (@si_austinmurphy) recap of TCU’s Rose Bowl win—a statement victory for the Horned Frogs and their non-BCS brethren—readers will enjoy a panoramic shot from this year’s game in addition to BCS title game predictions courtesy of Murphy, Lars Anderson, Albert Chen, Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) and Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples).