What does Phil Steele’s college football preview and TCU’s Jerry Hughes have in common? Aside from the fact that they are both passionate about college football, Steele has put Hughes on the cover of his Texas addition. I picked up my copy on Friday at Borders Books, and have began the annual pilgrimage through the pages of Steele’s masterpiece preview.
Last year I reviewed four of the college football previews, but this year, I am just buying Steele. Phil Steele’s magazine is full of numbers. There is a misunderstanding that Steele’s magazine is a better’s magazine, but it really is not. He uses a complicated system of numbers to create power rankings in several different areas which means when the season is through, you will see he is pretty accurate.
True, the sports betters use his magazine, but that is because he is so accurate. If you want to pour through numbers and facts, Phil Steele’s magazine is for you. Just a word of warning. When he has a “read here first” to understand what he is doing, you need to follow instructions. Without the preface readings, you might be lost.
On the Texas cover with Hughes is Texas Longhorns QB Colt McCoy and Baylor QB Robert Griffin.