220 25th Avenue North, Suite 200
Nashville, TN 37203.
Phone: 615-327-0747 (no phone orders)
Web site: www.athlonsports.com
$7.99, 216 pp.
Overview: Athlon is similar to Lindy's preview, though lighter on feature articles. The page count has increased significantly over the past two years. Athlon is one of the earliest magazines available, but appears to manage the feat by not accounting for spring football results. Athlon's prediction accuracy has slipped a bit, to the middle of the pack over the last three years.
Per-team information: all I-A teams get a full page of coverage. The bulk of each team's page is a discussion of prospects for the coming year. The discussion covers mostly players lost and starters who were known quantities the previous year. There is a projected two-deep with returning starters marked. Schedule, previous year's results, and previous year's statistical rankings are given.
Per-conference information: All conferences get two pages of coverage, with a two-deep all-conference list, previous year's standings and bowl results, projected bowl berths, unit rankings, and a predicted order of finish (without commentary).
National information: three teams' worth of all-America picks; 25-deep "best units" list, of which places 1-5 get a short discussion; a complete ranking of all I-A teams.
Recap (previous year) information: previous year's schedule, results, and statistical standings, listed on each team's page.
Division FCS information: None.
Miscellaneous: There are eight pages of recruiting info. It includes a list of the recruiting classes by conference, top recruits by conference and by position, and the top 100 recruits overall.