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USA Today - College Football

USA Today Sports
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Rating: 47
$4.95, 64 pp.
Year reviewed: 2015

Overview: Two years ago, USA Today published both a newsprint preview (which didn't contain a lot of information) and a glossy magazine. In 2014, I only found the glossy magazine. This year, I've only found the newsprint edition, and the web site for ordering the glossy magazines doesn't seem to have been updated since last year. The preview is relatively short and devotes one pair of pages to each conference. Predictions have been reasonably accurate (tied for 3rd-best last year).

Per-team information: A full page for each top-ten team, but 100 or fewer words for everyone else. No rosters or previous year's results or schedules. Coverage includes a list of three "top returning players," previous year's record, and a paragraph on 2015 outlook.

Per-conference information: a couple of columns (less than one page) per conference. Projected records (overall and in conference play), list of four players to watch, list of four "can't-miss games," and a few bullet points on "story lines" for the year.

National information: A national ranking of all FBS teams is given with a full page of coverage for each member of the top ten only.

Recap (previous year) information: Very little. Overall record and conference record are listed in the conference preview section.

FCS information: Four pages, of which 2.5+ are just the schedules for each team.

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