Review notes Preseason Home Up

Preseason magazine reviews (2013)


The reviews are split into two tables. The first table rates the magazines in various categories; the second gives an overview of each magazine's content. Additional information (other magazines and notes on the tables) follows the tables.

Magazine Ratings

Magazine
(Click for
detail review)
Overall
Rating
(0-80)
Individual Category Ratings When
Found
Pred.
Acc.
Info.
Qual.
Info.
Qty.
I-A
Cover.
Recap
Info.
Price
Phil Steele 78 **** **** **** **** **** ** 6/20
Lindy 56 ** *** *** **** ** *** 5/25
Athlon 53 *** ** ** **** ** *** 5/27
USA Today 46 **** ** * * * *** 6/20
Sporting News 44 * ** *** *** **** **** 5/31

Magazine Features

Magazine
(Click for
detail review)
Overall
Rating
(0-80)
Features
Coverage Word Count Lists Prev. Year Recap Other
Pgs per
Team
Reduced
Coverage
No
Coverage
Major
Team
Minor
Team
Proj.
Roster
Nat'l
Rank
All-
Amer.
All-
Conf.
Units Final
Polls
Conf.
Finish
Game
Scores
Recr.
Pgs.
FCS
Pgs.
Phil Steele 78 2 - - 2,000 2,000 1+ 125 25-66 4 28+ both all 100% 4 none
Lindy 56 1 - - 900 900 1 125 5-25 2-3 10 none none 100% 7 4
Athlon 53 1 - - 500 500 2 125 3 2 10 none none 100% 5 none
USA Today 46 1/8 - 1+ non-top-25 - 100 100 none 25 1 0-1 none none all 0% none 2
Sporting News 44 ½ - 2 ~non-AQ - 2,000 250 1 25 3 H 1 none none all 70% 5 19

Other Magazines / Web Sites

The following online sites are included in the consensus this year, but not reviewed, or ranked against the others. (It's not really fair to compare free sites to the other previews.)


Notes on the Tables

In the ratings table, each magazine is rated in several different categories (e.g., prediction accuracy, information quantity). From those ratings an overall rating is computed. The features table lists key features of the content of the magazine are noted (e.g., how many teams in the national ranking, which conferences are given reduced coverage). Both tables are sorted by overall rating, with the highest-rated magazines at the top.

The "word count" for major and minor teams is an approximation. A single candidate team was selected for each category, and a rough word count was made. The counts are not exact and are rounded off, but should give an idea of the quantity of discussion text in each team's section.

For information on the meaning of the table columns, click on the hyperlinked column headings. For a detailed review of a specific magazine, click on the magazine's name. For general information on the reviews see the notes. If you can't find a magazine that you want, the review will tell you how to order from the publisher (if the publisher accepts orders).


Review notes Preseason Home Up