The best College Football Preview magazines are packed with team and conference information and expert analysis. Each publication, whether now printed or digital, provides details that help fuel the heated debate among college fans. Defending national champion Georgia is in the top 5 in every poll, with Alabama being No. 1 in nearly every publication this offseason.
As we enter the lazy, scorching days of summer, our attention turns to the fourth season of college football…….preseason, where every team is a potential conference champion and hopes are high among all college fans.
We only have three magazines left: Phil Steele, Lindy’s and Athlon. ESPN and Sporting News have since moved to digital-only previews, however, in the spirit of nostalgia, we’ve included their previews.
As a bonus, at the end of the season, we will review the pre-season predictions and rate each of the magazines. So grab your favorite post and indulge your inner David Pollack.
The Phil Steele Preview analyzes every conference, team and player in detail to compile the premier guide to college football each year. Each of the 131 FBS teams is rated based on returning starters and several proprietary metrics. A must have addition to your summer reading list.
Rankings: Phil Steele has the Georgia Bulldogs ranked No. 2 in his preseason polls. He predicts UGA will finish the season at No. 3.
Steele on Georgia:
“The key this year will be defence. The Bulldogs rotate a lot of players and were very deep at all points in the D, but lost an incredible 9 NFL Draft against the defense, including five first rounds. Last year’s title win will give them confidence and they remain a title contender.
Athlon provides in-depth insight into recruiting, returning departures, recent performance, and the impact of luck on a team’s success. Athlon features many of the best coaching units and teams.
They provide detailed conference and team information and predict every bowling game. Athlon is always preparing a great preview and the 2022 edition does not disappoint.
Rankings: Georgia is ranked 3rd in Athlon’s preseason poll. Athlon has Alabama at No. 1 and Ohio State at No. 2.
Athlon on Georgia:
“Several key players from Georgia’s national championship team are gone — an NFL draft record 15 picks to be exact — but Coach Kirby Smart’s program will reload and push for a playoff berth. one more time.
Even though the defense takes a small step back, the Bulldogs are not lacking in firepower on the other side of the ball. Under the watch of coordinator Todd Monken, Georgia led the SEC in scoring on offense (37.8 points per game) in conference play alone last year. Quarterback Stetson Bennett returns, along with a group of talented playmakers on the outside, including tight ends Brock Bowers, Darnell Washington and Arik Gilbert, as well as receivers Kearis Jackson and Adonai Mitchell. Kenny McIntosh and Kendall Milton are the backfield headliners, behind an offensive line poised to be among the best in the country. Helping Georgia’s case for another playoff trip is a favorable schedule that should be favored in all 12 regular season matchups.
Lindy’s does a great job of ranking current coaches and reviewing each of the FBS conferences. Additionally, Lindy’s provides previews of FCS, Division II and Division III.
Rankings: Lindy’s has Georgia ranked No. 2. Alabama is No. 1, and Ohio State is No. 2.
ESPN College Football Preview
ESPN stopped publishing in print in September 2019, but it’s still ESPN, so of course it’s included here.
ESPN uses its Football Power Index to analyze each team and predict the finishing order in each conference. According to ESPN, FPI is “a predictive measure of team strength that represents the number of points above or below a team’s average.”
Each team preview features an overview of offense, defense, projected roster, and projected win total based on FPI. ESPN is synonymous with college football and their college preview is well worth the investment.
Rankings: ESPN has Georgia ranked No. 3.
In December 2012, Sporting News ended print publication and moved to a digital-only publication.
The Sporting News features more college divisions than its competitors, including the Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III, NAIA and Junior Colleges. An interesting feature is the Heisman Trophy candidate profiles. The Top 10 Pre-Game Rituals Every Fan Should Experience, Including The World’s Greatest Outdoor Cocktail Party, is a must-read.
Rankings: Sporting News ranks Georgia 3rd. Alabama is ranked 1st with Ohio State ranked 2nd.
What Sporting News said about Georgia:
“What changed? Defensive coordinator Dan Lanning took the job from Oregon. Quarterback JT Daniels moved to West Virginia and Burton went to Alabama. Defensive backs Ameer Speed and Latavious Brini have been traded to Michigan State and Arkansas, respectively.
Info: Georgia has broken its national championship drought and the pieces remain in place for another title run. Stetson Bennett has returned to quarterback, and running back Kenny McIntosh and tight end Brock Bowers lead what should be an improved offense. Nolan Smith, Jalen Carter and Kelee Ringo are the next wave of picks in the first round of defense. The opener against Oregon in Atlanta will be a good barometer.