Posted August 15, 2013

Alabama among six teams on SI’s 2013 College Football Preview regional covers

Alabama Crimson Tide, Ohio State Buckeyes, Oregon Ducks, South Carolina Gamecocks, Stanford Cardinal, Texas A&M Aggies

Sports Illustrated’s 2013 College Football Preview is here — and the two-time defending national champions are leading the way. No. 1 Alabama is one of six teams to grace a regional cover, joined by No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 5 Oregon and No. 6 South Carolina.

But SI’s preview offers far more than just a preseason pecking order: The issue features 28 pages of advanced scouting reports, Heisman Trophy dark-horse odds, a look at Stanford’s Shayne Skov and other “revenge of the nerds” contenders, an examination of the influx of the hurry-up offense, a farewell letter to the BCS and much more.

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No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide

Sports Illustrated college football preview 2013: Alabama cover


No. 2 Stanford Cardinal

Sports Illustrated college football preview 2013: Stanford cover


No. 3 Texas A&M Aggies

Sports Illustrated college football preview 2013: Texas A&M cover


No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes

Sports Illustrated college football preview 2013: Ohio State cover


No. 5 Oregon Ducks

Sports Illustrated college football preview 2013: Oregon cover


No. 6 South Carolina Gamecocks

Sports Illustrated college football preview 2013: South Carolina cover

Photo credits (top to bottom): Al Tielemans/Sports Illustrated; Cart Edmonson/USA Today Sports; Mario Cantu/Cal Sport Media; Jamie Sabau/Getty Images; Peter Read Miller for Sports Illustrated; Gerry Melendez/MCT/zumapress.com

21 comments
DannyBortzyBortz
DannyBortzyBortz

At least my QB is not the only one on the "DAMNED" list.  Does the jinx count with regional covers?

backbaybass
backbaybass

I've never liked SI going with regional covers. Come on, SI, you're a national magazine - man up and pick one cover. Stop the shameless pandering, which demeans us both. It used to really mean something when your team made the cover of SI. Now it's just another marketing ploy.

SoundersCougzBraves
SoundersCougzBraves

Anyone remember when Oregon played someone good and won?

Yeah, me either. 

scribbler
scribbler

Preseason forecasts typically are like battle plans, which are undone at first contact. Not that it means anything (what really does at this point?), visually at least, there's one image here which is unlike all the others.

rm80rams
rm80rams

1 Alabama
2 Stanford
3 Oregon
4 Ohio State
5 Georgia
Texas A & M will fall apart. 8 wins at best.

Douglas13
Douglas13

SI has got to be worse than ESPN when it comes to predicting anything. As far as who is behind Alabama, well lets just take a good guess that it certainly isn't Stanford, because they do not and I conclude do not have the Depth Oregon does, or for that matter the Talent Position for Position, Oregon has its best Team ever and thats why barring what would of wiped out most Teams last year including BAMA if they would of lost as many players to injury as Oregon did and they still beat a pretty good K State Team in the Fiesta. Oregon should be NO.2 regardless on this list period, oh yeah and they will reclaim the Pac 12 Title this year and that will make 4 out of 5, USC WHO!

kevmedeiros
kevmedeiros

The photographer's name in the photo credits is wrong. It's not Cart Edmondson, it's Cary Edmondson.

JVHP3
JVHP3

Could the SI Cover curse spell bad news for any/all of these teams? One can only hope!

BruceShort
BruceShort

The Louisville Cardinals schedule is so weak that they could actually go undefeated and get passed over by a one-loss team from the SEC or Pac-12 North. Their toughest game is one of the following: Home against Ohio or Central Florida or on the road at Cincinnati or Kentucky. Those first three teams should all be decent and the Wildcats are a rivalry game, but the lack of a big-time opponent could prove costly to the pursuit of both the BCS title and a Heisman for Teddy Bridgewater. And they deserve it with a schedule like this years!

BruceShort
BruceShort

   Take a look at Ohio State's easy schedule.The Buckeyes have two tricky road trips in the conference, having to travel to Northwestern and Michigan, but other than that? 13-0 seems very attainable. They miss Nebraska and Michigan State out of the Legends division, their “marquee” non-conference game against California doesn't look as good as it did when it was scheduled and the rest of the Big Ten is so blah that it’s difficult to pick a loss out. They would have to play Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska or Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship Game, but compared to some overall schedules, theirs just isn't that tough.

BruceShort
BruceShort

At A&M where are the losses coming from? Yes, you’ve got the home game with Alabama and a trip to Baton Rouge, but when the third toughest game on your schedule is at Ole Miss, that’s not bad. The Aggies get lucky with their draw from the SEC East (they play Vanderbilt and Missouri, missing Florida, South Carolina and Georgia) and their non-conference is not particularly imposing, to put it kindly (Rice, Sam Houston State, SMU, UTEP). Upset Bama and even with a loss at LSU I think the Aggies would be playing in the SEC Championship for a trip to Pasadena. Miles has a good point when discussing the SEC scheduling bias!

BruceShort
BruceShort

Alabama could possibly have the easiest schedule in America, after A&M's. Now I see what Stoops was talking about earlier this summer!  It doesn't matter how tough your conference is if you don't play 3 of the toughest 6 teams. Yes, the trip to Texas A&M, the home game against LSU and the potential SEC championship opponent will all be tough, but after that, the next hardest game is either hosting Ole Miss or the neutral site opener against Virginia Tech, both teams that went 7-6 last year. The Tide’s good fortune comes from the fact they miss Florida, Georgia and South Carolina out of the East (until the title game, at least) and two of their rivals (Auburn and Tennessee) are breaking in new coaches.

BruceShort
BruceShort

Add up the total of Oklahoma's Offense, Defense and special teams power poll(created by SI).  Then add up the total of Baylors. compare and explain how you can have Baylor ranked higher than the Sooners with such a difference! How can you leave the OSU Cowboys out of your top 25?

GaryGatewood
GaryGatewood

@SoundersCougzBravesNumerous PAC-10/12 titles, Numerous Top 5 finishes, Rose Bowl and Fiesta bowl champs... In any event, that's pretty funny coming from someone posting with "Cougz" in their name! Are you guys still in the PAC-12? I thought we replaced you guys with Eastern Washington! LOL!

Blinker
Blinker

@rm80rams  

I may not agree with all of your top 5 but your comment about a+m is on the manziel...  I meant on the MONEY!!!!!!!    Hahahahahaha

macbaldy
macbaldy

@Douglas13 You're in denial.  Stanford's depth is its strength.  That's what stopped Oregon in its own house.  Backups performed like the starters.  Player rotations weren't drop-offs.  Stanford stopped Oregon's quick-snap offense that way.  Meanwhile, Oregon couldn't stop Stanford's non-juggernaut offense.  Stanford won time of possession by more than 15 minutes, more than a quarter!  Stanford's depth is returning and it's better, especially on defense.  Oregon fans are whistling past the graveyard.

Jim70
Jim70

@BruceShort That's a stretch. They have 3 tough games in comparison to themselves and 6 or 7 tough games in comparison th the rest of FBS. It's my understanding that FBS vs FCS is being phased out but for now every makor power is the same as them with several cupcakes on their schedule. 

limerind
limerind

@Blinker @rm80rams  I don't really get the phrase "on the manziel" but i guess....oooooooohhhhh. I see what you did there. 

GaryGatewood
GaryGatewood

@macbaldy @Douglas13 No, a missed block by DAT, the immaculate reception, and a bad kicker beat the Ducks! NOT Stanford's depth! And if you knew anything about the Ducks, you would know that they ALWAYS lose the time of possession battle! DUH! That's why they are called the "point a minute" Ducks!