|The Sporting News College Football Yearbook
120 West Morehead Street, Suite 230
Charlotte, NC, 28202-1844
Phone: (800) 380-7404 (orders)
Web site: www.sportingnews.com
$7.99 , 212 pp.
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Overview: Two years ago, The Sporting News merged with Street & Smith. The periodical retains the The Sporting News title on the cover, however its format is closer to Street & Smith than to pre-merger The Sporting News.
All top 25 teams and some other major teams get two pages of coverage. Some teams get one page, some get ½ page, and a few (non-BCS) teams get only 1/3 page. TSN has been a slightly below-average predictor over the last 5 years, and also over the last 3 years. TSN has inherited Street & Smith's coverage of I-AA; it's better and more extensive than any other major magazine.
Per-team information: A full page for many I-A teams. Roughly half
of the page is devoted to discussion of prospects for the coming season,
three paragraphs each for offense and defense. Also on the page is a
projected two-deep roster, schedule, and previous year's results.
For teams that only get a half-page, the discussions are shorter, and the projected roster is only one-deep. For those teams which get two pages, much of the second page is filled with a large color picture; the textual coverage is not much different than for those teams which get one page. For teams which get a tiny fraction of a page, the coverage isn't too different from those which get a half-page, but the projected starters are not given.
Per-team information: Top teams get two pages of coverage, some teams get one page, and only non-BCS teams get ½ or 1/3. For example, in the Big Ten, the top four teams get two pages, and the rest get one page. In the Mountain West, two teams get two pages, one teams gets one page, and all the rest get ½ page. In the MAC, two teams get one page, two teams get ½ page, and all of the rest get 1/3 page.
For teams which get two pages, there is: a list of projected starters, a fairly long discussion of prospects for the coming year, a recruiting report (replacing a mini-feature article on a single player), and some previous years' team and individual statistics.
For teams which get one full page or ½ page, the discussion is shorter, there are no team and individual statistics, and recruiting article. And for teams which get 1/3 of a page, the discussion is shorter yet and there are no projected starters.
Per-conference information: A few paragraphs discussion of the conference race, a predicted order of finish, rating of recruiting classes, and an "all-conference" team.
National information: there are three-deep all-America lists, plus an "honorable mention" (up to twenty players per position, apparently sorted by ranking since they are not in alphabetical order). The national preview section includes a top 25 list with a few sentences of commentary per team.
Recap (previous year) information: Street & Smith had, and The Sporting News now has, one of the better "previous year recap" sections. It is one of the few magazines to give standings of all conferences (Div I-A, I-AA, II, and III), including teams' conference and overall records. There are also a few pages of I-A/I-AA team and individual statistics. All of the bowl game results and other divisions' playoff results (NCAA and NAIA) are given. However, game scores are only given for opponents on the current year's schedule also played in the previous year.
Division I-AA information: At least one page per I-AA conference, 19 pages total. The Sporting News also has a few pages for Division II and Division III.