VETTEL: Now I Think Football Season is Near

I don't get all that excited about the college football season drawing near when the national magazines come out. They come out too soon, have too many pictures and advertisements and take a thumbnail look at most teams. It's not much more info than you could get right after spring practice ended. But today, I'm excited. The best pre-season yearbook of all!

The Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook arrived in the mail!

This is not an ad for the publication. Well, I guess in a way it is, but I am not paid by them nor do they even send me any freebies (though it wouldn't offend me!). Blue Ribbon is 384 pages of pure information on every Division I team in the nation. Yes, I know the NCAA has renamed college football divisions, but I don't have to pay attention. Most teams get about three pages of information on their squad, unit-by-unit with assessments of the coaching staff and program overall, key questions and an analysis of where the team is entering the campaign. I'm not talking about that much detail for USC and Florida and those type schools. I'm talking that much material on UCF and FAU and the Mountain West Conference and so on. It is absolutely a must for serious college football fans. That is, unless you like color pictures because they don't have them.

Here are some of the interesting things right off the top.

All-American Team ----- Gator Defensive End Derrick Harvey is the lone Gator on their list of the best in the nation. However the SEC is well represented by Arkansas RB Darren McFadden and OL Jonathan Luigs, Vandy WR Earl Bennett, LSU DL Glenn Dorsey, Ole Miss OL Michael Oher and Tennessee punter Britton Colquitt. They only do one All-American team, so those guys are all "first team" selections.

National Ranking ----- Five conference teams crack their top 25. The list is headed up by LSU at #2, Florida #7, Tennessee #13, Arkansas #17 and Georgia #20.

SEC Race ----- Blue Ribbon picks Florida to win the Eastern Division, followed by Tennessee and Georgia. LSU is the pick out West with Arkansas second and Auburn third.

All-SEC ----- Gator offensive lineman Drew Miller is the only Gator other than Harvey to be chosen on the All-SEC squad.

Checking the ACC ----- Florida State is ranked #17, but the Noles are picked to finish second behind Boston College in the Atlantic Division of the ACC. Miami is unranked and the Hurricanes are tabbed for third in the Coastal Division trailing both Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech.

There's tons more, but you get the idea. If you want to know about every Gator opponent (except 1-AA Western Kentucky) in great detail as well as every other team in the nation, this is the place to go:

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