For me, the summer doesn’t officially get underway until I have my Steele preseason mag in hand. That day came yesterday. 352 pages. The print is still small and the abbreviations flow. I love it all.
I’ll post several in the weeds items about Georgia during the week, but for now, I thought I’d share a few things more in an overview sense.
- By far, the funniest thing I’ve read so far is Steele’s reaction to his inaccuracy predicting the outcome of the 2017 season. I’m sure most of you know he touts himself as being the most accurate of all the preview mags on those. Last season, he finished seventh, poorly enough that it dragged down his three year average from first to third. He’s pissed. And he’s not hiding it, either — it starts on the very first page.
- If you want intentional humor, here’s something he writes about Georgia Tech: “GT was the toast of college football at the end of 2014… In 2015 they opened up 2-0, but then were just ‘toast’ after that, going 1-9.” He’ll be here all week, folks, try the veal.
- His playoff field this season is pretty standard stuff — Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Washington.
- For those of you who sense that Alabama is in the very early stages of some decline, he couldn’t disagree more strongly. He sees the Tide being ridiculously dominant in 2018. One example, his Plus/Minus power ratings: Georgia’s 126.45 would top every conference in the country, with the exceptions of the ACC and Big Ten, where the Dawgs would trail Clemson and Ohio State by about a point. Oh yeah, and the SEC, where Alabama betters Georgia’s number by almost thirteen points.
Tomorrow I’ll look at the group position ratings. (SPOILER ALERT: You’ll like ’em.)