Review notes Preseason Home Up

Preseason magazine reviews (2010)


Note: 2009 reviews, for magazines not yet found this year, are available here.

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 **** **** **** **** **** ** 6/10
Athlon 59 **** ** ** **** ** *** 6/1
Lindy 50 * *** *** **** ** *** 6/1
Sporting News 36 * ** ** ** *** *** 6/1

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.
I-AA
Pgs.
Phil Steele 78 2 - - 2,000 2,000 1+ 119 25-66 4 28+ both all 100% 4 1
Athlon 59 1 - - 500 500 2 119 3 2 10 none none 100% 5 none
Lindy 50 1 - - 900 900 2 119 5-25 2 10 none none 100% 7 4
Sporting News 36 1/3 - 2 ~non-top-25 - 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.)

The following magazines or web sites were reviewed and included in the consensus last year, but I'm still trying to find them for this year.

If you have a copy of one of these and are willing to forward predictions, please contact me. You will be credited on the acknowledgements page.


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