Bought my 2015 Steele this past Friday. It remains one of the unalloyed pleasures of my CFB offseason. I follow a certain ritual once I get home with it: read the Georgia preview first, then look at the individual unit ratings, then the statistical ratings/analysis, then, gradually, the rest of the team reviews (starting with the SEC, of course).
My favorite thing from the magazine are the little factoids he spices throughout the read. I’ll share a few of those with you today. But I want to start with what I think is the most remarkable aspect of this year’s model. I’ve bought his preview for over a decade, and I can’t recall a year where he’s been so overwhelmingly positive about a school’s prospects as he is about Ohio State’s this season. Check out these national unit ratings:
- Quarterbacks. 1st
- Running backs. 2nd
- Receivers. 8th
- Offensive line. 4th
- Defensive line. 3rd
- Linebackers. 2nd
- Defensive backs. 3rd.
The only OSU group which doesn’t crack his top ten is special teams. There, the Buckeyes rank 12th. That’s ridiculous. (For comparison purposes, Georgia ranks in the top ten in three categories, running backs (#1!), offensive line and linebackers, and doesn’t even crack Steele’s top 45 in quarterbacks.)
Throw in the 45th-ranked schedule, and you can see why Steele’s basically telling everyone in Columbus to go ahead and book hotel rooms in Glendale.