|Mark C. Del Popolo, Managing Editor
1735 Buford Highway, Suite 215-104
Cumming, GA 30041
Web Site: www.gameplanmagazines.com
$9.99, 186 pp.
Overview: Game Plan shed some of pages since I last reviewed in 2009 (210 pp.) but the amount of space dedicated to each team is about the same. Game Plan has risen noticeably in the three-year historical prediction accuracy -- from middle of the pack, to best of the traditional preseason publications.
Per-team information: There is a fairly lengthy discussion of offensive and defensive prospects for the coming season. There's a project two-deep with returning starters marked, schedule, previous year's results and pointspreads, and some team/opponent statistical information. Key players returning and lost are mentioned in the text. The discussion is fairly detailed and mentions the top couple of players at many positions. The discussion is the most up-to-date of the paper format magazines (this year, Gameplan is the only magazine to mention Jim Tressel's resignation for example) -- some others don't even include results of spring football.
Per-conference information: A predicted order of finish is given, without any commentary.
National information: There is a top 25 presented with a short overall commentary (beside the list, rather than per-team). There is a three-deep All-America list. A handful of pages are devoted to the starting values and instructions for running a power ratings system.
Recap (previous year) information: In each team's section, there is per-game team statistical information (e.g., total rushing yards gained and given up) and scores of the previous year's games with pointspreads.
Division I-AA information: None.