Lindy's ranks Navy 63rd

It seems that the closer we get to the season the lower Navy is slipping on preseason ranking lists. When Phil Steele released his list a month or so ago the Mids were as high as 43rd. Later we noted how Athlon Sports had Navy at 57th. Now we find that Lindy’s has the Mids ranked a further six spots lower at 63rd out of 128 schools.

Lindy’s has not been around as long as Athlon, they were first established in 1982, and is located in the heart of SEC football country in Birmingham, Alabama. The magazine is named after founder Lindy Davis, and they cover all major American sports leagues along with fantasy sports content. It is another of the more respected magazines out there, but you have to wonder if the strong bias toward the SEC and major conference football in particular is skewing their rankings when they have the Mids so low.

Lindy’s is similar to Athlon in the fact that only two of Navy’s opponents for 2014 are ranked higher than the Mids. Ohio State (5th) and Notre Dame (19th) are both ranked over forty places higher, while there are five schools lower than Navy but still inside the top hundred (Rutgers 74th, South Alabama 86th, San Jose State 88th, Temple 90th, and Western Kentucky 97th) and four ranked between 105th (Air Force) and 118th (Georgia Southern).

One thing which is becoming more and more noticeable on these lists is that people are taking a giant leap of faith on a Notre Dame team which lost pretty much all their production from a number of key units (Quarterback, Defensive Line, etc.) from a year ago. To me Navy versus Notre Dame looks like a clash which will be much closer than the 44 places that Lindy’s has separating the two schools.

At least Lindy’s is right in their recognition of Keenan Reynolds. As part of their preview the magazine ranked the top quarterbacks in the country with the Navy signal caller coming in at 22nd on that list. With the way Reynolds played last year, and with what his skill set means to this Navy squad, that number might even be a little low. Either way it is good to see recognition going to a player that deserves all he gets.

The more you look at the schedule the harder it is to see Navy finishing any worse than 10-2 in the regular season this year. It will be very interesting to see which of the predictions below ends up being the closest to being correct when the dust settles on the 2014 college football season.

43rd – Phil Steele

57th – Athlon Sports

63rd – Lindy’s

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