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Will Matt Barkley Lead the USC Trojans To a National Title? 2

  • From the Mag
  • Posted by: Jeremy Repanich
  • August 31, 2012, 1:40 PM

As Matt Barkley stood at the podium last December, flanked by his coach, athletic director, parents, and cheerleaders, University of Southern California fans eagerly waited to hear whether their phenom quarterback would stay in school or declare for the NFL draft. When Barkley announced that "the 2012 team has some serious unfinished business to tend to, and I intend to play a part in it," the crowd roared, the cheerleaders jumped with glee, and the band played the Trojans' fight song as if they'd just won a national championship. You can't fault their excitement, because with Barkley back leading the way, the Trojans will certainly contend for one. More »

College Football Preview: 5 Freshman To Watch in 2012 0

Even at some of the biggest programs in the country, some fresh-faced kids straight out of high school are looking to make a mark their first college football season. Here are five freshmen you should keep your eye on this season. More »

College Football Preview: SI Kids Preseason All-Defensive Team 2

Players on the defensive side of the ball are changing the face of the college game. While some might not like the low-scoring SEC match-ups between LSU and Alabama, their effectiveness in keeping opposing offenses out of the end zone has been a winning formula in the face of the high-powered spread offenses. As the new season begins, here are the top defensive players at each position to keep your eye on. More »

Video: The High-End Engineering Behind Wheelchairs at the 2012 London Paralympic Games 0

  • Olympics
  • Posted by: Jeremy Repanich
  • August 29, 2012, 3:57 PM

Today the 2012 Paralympic Games opened in London and from now until September 9, some of the best athletes with disabilities in the world will compete in 21 different events ranging from wheelchair rugby to swimming. Some of the sports will require wheelchairs designed with cutting edge engineering. What is really interesting about these chairs is how they vary so much from sport to sport. Just like you wouldn't use a basketball shoe to run track, the wheelchairs paralympians use differ greatly to suit the event. Check out this video by the National Science Foundation and NBC Learn to see how these high-end pieces of sporting equipment are designed. More »

College Football Preview: Barkley and Ball Lead 2012 Heisman Trophy Hopefuls 1

  • From the Mag
  • Posted by: Eli Bernstein
  • August 29, 2012, 1:04 PM

The 2012 Heisman Trophy field is wide open, but not for a lack of talent. With a great crop of returning stars potential winners of the most prestigious individual award in college football will have to come right out of the gate this season with big performances. More »

What is the Best College Football Team in America? (Part 2) 6

  • Gridiron Guru
  • Posted by: Eli Bernstein
  • August 27, 2012, 2:49 PM

We're getting geared up for the start of the 2012 college football season this week. Today we're counting down the Top 10 teams in the nation. As you'd expect, it's an SEC-heavy list, but will the best conference in the NCAA lead the preseason our rankings? We've already counted down from 10 to 6, here are the top 5:

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