The college football preview magazines are beginning to hit the newsstands, and one of the first on the shelves is the Lindy’s national edition. Lindy’s also does regional editions for each BCS conference, and those will be on the shelves a little later.
The regional cover for the national edition in the Northwest is shown at right and features UW’s Keith Price along with Oregon’s John Boyett and Stanford’s Chase Thomas.
(In the interest of full disclosure, I do some writing for Lindy’s, including penning the Washington preview and some of the Pac-12 preview stuff, though rankings and all-conference picks are done in tandem with other editors there).
To review a little of what the magazine predicts, Lindy’s has UW slotted No. 32 in its ranking of all 124 FBS teams — saying “QB Keith Price, WR-KR Kasen Williams are supreme talents. Oh, that D. …” — fifth among Pac-12 teams (following USC at No. 2, Oregon at No. 5, Stanford at 21 and Utah at 26) and third in the Pac-12 North (behind Oregon and Stanford).
Lindy’s also picks LSU to play USC for the national title (two teams that obviously play UW in the first six weeks of the season) and has Michigan facing Oregon in the Rose Bowl (among its other bowl picks — Lindy’s does not make picks for all bowls so there’s no prediction of where UW will end up).
Lindy’s also has Austin Seferian-Jenkins on its All-Pac-12 Team at tight end and slots Price on the second team (behind USC’s Matt Barkley) with Desmond Trufant on the second team at cornerback with center Drew Schaefer, defensive end Josh Shirley and Williams on the third team.
Its Pac-12 MVP is Barkley with USC WR Robert Woods the Offensive Player of the Year, Utah DT Star Lotulelei the Defensive Player of the Year and Oregon QB Marcus Mariota the Newcomer of the Year.
Price is the only UW player in Lindy’s national position rankings (which list as many at 25 at QB and RB and as few as eight at some other spots), coming in at No. 11 among QBs — Barkley is first.
One of the special features of the magazines is a variety of lists in a section called “Gimme Five!” As might be surmised, it’s a grouping of a bunch of different top five (or more, in a few select casts) lists of various college football topics.
Husky Stadium comes in first in a list of “Best Views from a Stadium,” Lindy’s writing that “if you squint and look across Lake Washington you can see Bill Gates’ house. Bring a yacht, your favorite Merlot and you might think about getting into the stadium at some point.” And interesting that four of the top five are all Pac-12 schools — the others are Colorado’s Folsom Field at No. 2, Cal’s Memorial Stadium at No. 3 and ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium at No. 5. The only non-Pac-12 school listed as Michigan Stadium.
First-year UW defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox comes in at No. 9 on a list of the 12 hottest coordinators, LIndy’s writing of Wilcox that he “beat the posse out of Tennessee. Should thrive under Steve Sarkisian.”
Price also is listed among the “Seven Best Player Nicknames in College Football,” for his nickname of “Teeth.” — No. 1, as might be expected, is “Honey Badger,” for LSU CB Tyrann Mathieu.
And in a separate story, the UW-LSU game is also listed No. 11 among the Top 12 Non-Conference Games.
There’s lots more in there and as noted, the Pac-12 edition will come out a little later. I’ll review some of what it has to say once it hits the shelves.