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The next issue of ESPN The Magazine previews the 2018 college football season, featuring team previews and analysis, deep dives on Alabama coach Nick Saban and insight into his impact on each top 25 program, as well as an extensive forecast predicting the game of the year, the Heisman winner and more. In “More Than a Scowl,” senior writer Kevin Van Valkenburg provides 14 tales that reveal the true Nick Saban – including humor, grace and obsessive devotion to success. Plus, ESPN’s Alex Scarborough takes a look at the coach’s blueprint that has left an imprint on an entire sport in “The Saban Effect.”
Also in the College Football Preview, on newsstands Friday: Sam Khan Jr.’s feature on Ed Oliver, Houston’s defensive tackle who gobbled up awards as an underclassman and has already declared for the NFL draft. Writer Hallie Grossman looks at Will Grier’s reboot in West Virginia, which has the QB on the Heisman radar and in the spotlight he’s worked hard to avoid. And, as the rest of America debates which statues should come down, how did sports—and college football especially—end up in a golden age of bronze? Senior writer David Fleming explores in his piece “Idle Worship.”
Also in this issue:
Drive of a Lifetime: With one swing from a tee box in rural West Virginia, a grandfather and granddaughter found golf’s greatest lesson. By Allison Glock
The National Fantasy Football Convention: A day amid the fierce and far-too-knowledgeable fantasy fiends who will dominate your league this fall—and the NFL players who inspire them.
MLB Quiz for the Intermittent Fan: In this sports humor piece, we present 11 questions to get the casual baseball fan back up to speed on the 2018 season. By Katy Yeiser
Oh No, Not You Again: Other than playing Rafael Nadal on clay, the scariest task in men’s tennis is facing Roger Federer pretty much anywhere. As Federer heads to the U.S. Open (Aug. 27–Sept. 9) looking to add a 21st major win to his record, we asked current and former pros what it’s like to be on the other side of the net. By Michael Steinberger
Long Live The Ocho!: ESPN8: The Ocho isn’t just an Aug. 8 thing at ESPN. The Ocho is every day. In case you miss the 24-hour TV marathon, here are our siete favorite sports from the ever-expanding Ocho universe. (Because The Ocho scoffs at numeric uniformity.)
Jared Goff Is Ready for His Hollywood Close-Up: In the most recent “Hangtime with Sam Alipour” piece, The Mag goes hiking with Rams QB Goff as he talks Taylor Swift, finding love in LA and why his team is the NFL’s hottest destination.
Game Faces: In this new photo-driven feature, we ask Browns receiver Jarvis Landry to show us his game face in seven scenarios—for example, when he scores a game-winning touchdown and when he’s about to be tackled.
The Fearless Bailey Foley: The incredible story of a high school star’s recovery from a terrifying brain injury and how it changed the way he and his family, friends and coaches see the sport. By Tim Keown