No. 24 Tennessee
No. 23 Virginia
No. 22 Notre Dame
No. 21 Alabama
No. 20 Coming May 5
Combining the ahead-of-the-curve focus of Athlon Sports and the up-to-the-minute mission of TheInsiders.com, the two sports media companies are teaming up on a preseason Top 25 for the 2003 college football season.
The Athlon preseason Top 25 will be released on TheInsiders.com network in countdown fashion, starting with the No. 25 team on Monday, April 28, and working to No. 1 on Friday, May 30. A new team will be revealed each weekday on the way to No. 1. Strengths, weaknesses and schedules will be analyzed by Athlon Sports for each Top 25 team.
Athlon and TheInsiders.com will continue the Top 25, updating it weekly during the college football season this fall.
"This is the perfect marriage of our respective strengths," said Jim Heckman, CEO and founder of TheInsiders.com. "Athlon is the No. 1 and most respected sports preview publisher in the world. They will help our fans figure out what's going to happen before it happens. Meanwhile, we will be telling them what is happening as it happens. What could be a better situation for the rabid college sports fan?"
Athlon Sports Communications, Inc., is a 37-year-old, Nashville-based publishing company that publishes 14 preseason sports annuals - including National College Football, Southeastern Football, Atlantic Coast Football, Big Ten Football, Big Twelve Football, Eastern Football, Pac Ten Football, Western Football, Pro Football, Baseball, College Basketball, Professional Basketball, NASCAR and Golf.
These premier publications are sold at newsstands throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe. Each publication is cover-customized to highlight regional professional teams and college sports conferences. Athlon is the No. 1 ranked sports annual, based on retail sales dollars and magazines sold.