Sports Illustrated BCS Bowl Preview on Newsstands Now



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(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.


The Notre Dame Miracle: Fighting Irish Football on the Cover of This Week’s Sports Illustrated

Following a wild weekend of upsets in college football, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are ranked No. 1 in the BCS standings for the first time in school history, and No.1 in the Associated Press poll for the first time since November 1993. This rise to the top lands them on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated, marking the 24th time the Notre Dame football program has been featured on the cover, and the first national cover since Maurice Stovall on September 30, 2002. You can purchase this week’s cover here.

The Irish are marching onward to the national championship game – and downward from the moral high ground they have claimed for a century. In this week’s Sports Illustrated, senior writer Tim Layden goes inside the football culture change at Notre Dame, a place where the team can’t merely be good; it must also call to mind the glory of a century-long football tradition. This year’s team is the first one in awhile to do both.

Says current Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith, who played five years at Notre Dame, including two under current head coach Brian Kelly: “You’re expected to go to class and not just be a football player. That’s real. It’s going to be hard academically, just like it’s hard academically at a lot of schools. But we’re all just college kids, we’re all playing football, and we’re all going to make mistakes. Notre Dame is not some golden perfect place. It’s a place that tries to do the right thing” (page 57).

Linebacker at the Center of Notre Dame’s Resurgence Lands on Sports Illustrated’s Regional Cover

The Full Manti

Three days before Notre Dame played Michigan State, star Irish linebacker Manti Te’o’s grandmother and his girlfriend died in one six-hour period. While their deaths took an obvious emotional toll, Te’o found refuge in practicing and playing, and helped Notre Dame defeat the Spartans with 12 tackles. Yet Te’o’s influence extends off the field, where he’s helped create a brotherhood among teammates and links the Irish’s glorious past and promising future, especially after spurning the NFL for the chance to complete his senior season (page 42). Subscribers in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Eastern Missouri and almost all of Ohio, as well as parts of Canada, will see Te’o on their cover this week.

Says Father Paul Doyle, the rector in Te’o’s former college dorm: “There’s a lot of emphasis on greatness at this level, but Manti is also focused on goodness.”


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