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O.J. Simpson runs up the middle during a game against Oregon. Simpson led the nation in rushing both seasons he played for USC and won the Heisman in 1968. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: Greatest College Athletes of All Time

O.J. Simpson runs up the middle during a game against Oregon. Simpson led the nation in rushing both seasons he played for USC and won the Heisman in 1968. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: Greatest College Athletes of All Time

Cheryl Miller gained fame in high school for scoring 105 points in a game, and became one of the all-time greats at USC. She was a three-time Naismith Player of the Year winner and led the Trojans to two national titles. (Peter Read Miller/SI)

GALLERY: Greatest College Athletes of All Time

Cheryl Miller gained fame in high school for scoring 105 points in a game, and became one of the all-time greats at USC. She was a three-time Naismith Player of the Year winner and led the Trojans to two national titles. (Peter Read Miller/SI)
GALLERY: Greatest College Athletes of All Time

Vince Young scores the game-winning touchdown to beat USC during the Rose Bowl in Jan. 2006. (Robert Beck/SI)

BCS CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENT: SI previews the national championship

Vince Young scores the game-winning touchdown to beat USC during the Rose Bowl in Jan. 2006. (Robert Beck/SI)
BCS CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENT: SI previews the national championship

USC’s Bob Seagren makes an attempt during the 1966 AAU Indoor National Championships in Albuquerque. (Neil Leifer/SI) 

SI VAULT: Seagren sizzles at the end of a swizzle stick (2.20.67)

USC’s Bob Seagren makes an attempt during the 1966 AAU Indoor National Championships in Albuquerque. (Neil Leifer/SI) 
SI VAULT: Seagren sizzles at the end of a swizzle stick (2.20.67)

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

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

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


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Matt Barkley attempts a pass during a 2009 USC-Oregon State game. SI’s Andy Staples pretended every college player was eligible for a NCAA Draft. In this mock draft, Barkley went third to UMass. Find out who your school chose. (Peter Read Miller/SI)

STAPLES: My hypothetical 2012 college football Mock Draft

Matt Barkley attempts a pass during a 2009 USC-Oregon State game. SI’s Andy Staples pretended every college player was eligible for a NCAA Draft. In this mock draft, Barkley went third to UMass. Find out who your school chose. (Peter Read Miller/SI)
STAPLES: My hypothetical 2012 college football 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


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

USC quarterback Mark Sanchez leads the Trojan Marching Band after the 2009 Rose Bowl against Penn State. Sanchez has been in the news this week after the Jets traded for Tim Tebow to be his backup. (Robert Beck/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Mark Sanchez

USC quarterback Mark Sanchez leads the Trojan Marching Band after the 2009 Rose Bowl against Penn State. Sanchez has been in the news this week after the Jets traded for Tim Tebow to be his backup. (Robert Beck/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Mark Sanchez

Matt Barkley is returning to USC next season, lifting the Trojans to No. 2 in SI’s early look at the Top 25 for 2012. Where does your favorite team rank? (John W. McDonough/SI)

STAPLES: My way-too-early look at the Top 25 for the 2012 college football season
SCHROEDER: The LSU-Alabama dud may finally bring about a change to the BCS

Matt Barkley is returning to USC next season, lifting the Trojans to No. 2 in SI’s early look at the Top 25 for 2012. Where does your favorite team rank? (John W. McDonough/SI)
STAPLES: My way-too-early look at the Top 25 for the 2012 college football seasonSCHROEDER: The LSU-Alabama dud may finally bring about a change to the BCS

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

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

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