USC quarterback Matt Barkley leads the USC Band after a Nov. 2011 victory over UCLA. SI’s Andy Staples discusses Barkley’s decision to stay at Southern Cal and despite the struggles of the team, concludes that Barkley was wise to remain in college this year. (John W. McDonough/SI)
STAPLES: Barkley wise to stay in college one more yearMcCARTNEY: Heisman Watch: Smith still the leaderSTAPLES: A Power Rankings quandry in the Pac-12

USC quarterback Matt Barkley leads the USC Band after a Nov. 2011 victory over UCLA. SI’s Andy Staples discusses Barkley’s decision to stay at Southern Cal and despite the struggles of the team, concludes that Barkley was wise to remain in college this year. (John W. McDonough/SI)

STAPLES: Barkley wise to stay in college one more year
McCARTNEY: Heisman Watch: Smith still the leader
STAPLES: A Power Rankings quandry in the Pac-12

It’s college football season and SI has five regional covers to preview the upcoming season. Among those featured are Michigan’s Denard Robinson, Oklahoma’s Landry Jones, USC’s Matt Barkley, West Virginia’s Geno Smith and Alabama’s AJ McCarron. (Lon Horwedel/Icon SMI - Michigan; Matthew Emmons/US Presswire - Oklahoma; Peter Read Miller/SI - USC; Andrew Weber/US Presswire - WVU; Damian Strohmeyer/SI - Alabama) 

SI STAFF: 2012 College Football Preview Index

Jim McMahon of BYU and Marcus Allen of USC point to their likenesses in a sketch of the 1981 Kodak All-American Team. The two would be selected No. 5 and 10 respectively in the 1982 NFL Draft. Who will be taken with the No. 5 and 10 pick in this year’s draft. SI.com’s Don Banks has his latest projections below. (AP/Marty Lederhandler)
BANKS: 2012 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 SI VAULT: Dr. Z’s 1982 NFL Mock Draft

Jim McMahon of BYU and Marcus Allen of USC point to their likenesses in a sketch of the 1981 Kodak All-American Team. The two would be selected No. 5 and 10 respectively in the 1982 NFL Draft. Who will be taken with the No. 5 and 10 pick in this year’s draft. SI.com’s Don Banks has his latest projections below. (AP/Marty Lederhandler)

BANKS: 2012 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 
SI VAULT: Dr. Z’s 1982 NFL Mock Draft


Stanford QB Andrew Luck is sandwiched by USC defenders DaJohn Harris (NO. 98) and Wes Horton (No. 96) during Saturday’s thriller between the Trojans and Cardinal.  Stanford defeated USC, 56-48, in triple overtime. (Chris Williams/Icon SMI)
STAPLES: Stanford’s Luck makes most of second chance | HighlightsMANDEL: Stanford proves that it can contend and other CFB thoughtsMcCARTNEY: QBs Keenum, Moore could break through in Heisman race

Stanford QB Andrew Luck is sandwiched by USC defenders DaJohn Harris (NO. 98) and Wes Horton (No. 96) during Saturday’s thriller between the Trojans and Cardinal.  Stanford defeated USC, 56-48, in triple overtime. (Chris Williams/Icon SMI)

STAPLES: Stanford’s Luck makes most of second chance | Highlights
MANDEL: Stanford proves that it can contend and other CFB thoughts
McCARTNEY: QBs Keenum, Moore could break through in Heisman race

USC RB Reggie Bush somersaults into the endzone during a 2004 game against UCLA. Bush had split the Bruins’ defense and scampered 65 yards for the score. USC won the game 29-24, but were forced to vacate the victory after the NCAA ruled Bush received improper benefits while a college student. (John W. McDonough/SI)
SI VAULT: Unbeaten USC storms past UCLA and into Orange Bowl (12.13.04)GALLERY: Rare photos of Reggie Bush | Memorable Heisman Moments

USC RB Reggie Bush somersaults into the endzone during a 2004 game against UCLA. Bush had split the Bruins’ defense and scampered 65 yards for the score. USC won the game 29-24, but were forced to vacate the victory after the NCAA ruled Bush received improper benefits while a college student. (John W. McDonough/SI)

SI VAULT: Unbeaten USC storms past UCLA and into Orange Bowl (12.13.04)
GALLERY: Rare photos of Reggie Bush | Memorable Heisman Moments