Saturday, June 28, 2008

Picked up Phil Steele's 2008 College Football Preview today

Phil Steele's College Football Preview has certainly earned the reputation as the #1 preseason magazine over the past decade. While out at HyVee this afternoon with my wife, I finally found the magazine to purchase.

Growing up, I always enjoyed picking up a College Football Preview on vacation with my parents in the Ozarks. Back in my youth, it was often Street & Smith's, Athlon's and Game Plan's. Phil Steele has only been around for 14 years. Heck, I've married longer than that. I have been enjoying College Football, since 1974.

Phil Steele is going with 2006 season champion, Florida, as its #1 team in the nation, followed by Ohio State. So, will Phil Steele be right? Will the 2008 BCS Championship be a rematch of the 2006 season?

It is an interesting choice. Florida's weakness last year was their secondary, which appears to be the case, again. There are a number of quality SEC teams. Clearly the SEC has the #1 conference, especially at the top. From top to bottom, the Big Ten is often the best conference to follow. But, no question, the SEC is always strong at the top, nationally. Will they make it 3 in row, after Florida and LSU the past two seasons?

Phil Steele's Top 10
1. Florida Gators
2. Ohio State Buckeyes
3. Oklahoma Sooners
4. USC Trojans
5. Clemson Tigers - interesting team to watch in '08
6. West Virginia Mountaineers
7. Missouri Tigers
8. South Florida Bulls
9. Georgia Bulldogs
10. Penn State Nittany Lions - could this be Joe Pa's final ride?

If Ohio State does make it to the 2008 BCS Championship... here's to the Buckeyes honoring the 40th anniversary of 1968 mythical national championship with another title. At this point, I'll take three's a charm with OSU, if they get there.

In the Big Ten Conference, Phil Steele has it: 1. Ohio State, 2. Penn State, 3. Wisconsin, 4. (3-way tie) Iowa, Michigan and Illinois, 7. (3-way tie) Michigan State, Northwestern and Purdue, 10. Minnesota and 11. Indiana.

It will be interesting 2008 season. Phil Steele's claim: "The Most Accurate Preseason Magazine the Last 9 Years."


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