Archive for August, 2009

My College Football Award Votes

August 31st, 2009 No comments

As you know I am a voter on TEN different college football Awards for the upcoming season. I love all of the College Football Awards . You will notice I have the history of the Awards and all of the this year’s Preseason Watch Lists up for each award for the 2009 season right now!

I will also provide stat updates during the year and share with you the information that I use to make an informed vote for each award at the end of the year.

Become a Fan on Facebook

August 31st, 2009 No comments

I do want to remind you that I answers dozens of questions each week on my Facebook Fan Page.

Once you become a fan, you can go thru and read all the questions and answers over the last month. When you get to the bottom of the page, just hit the Older Posts and it will keep going back.

I have spent a lot of time typing and researching the answers so I hope that A) you become a Fan B) read all of the researched information.

Week 1 Preview: Injuries and Little Known Facts

August 31st, 2009 No comments

During the regular season and beginning next week, I will have my News and Notes up each week. I watch 12 games at a time all day long on Saturday and then go thru the play by play of every game on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. On Mondays here on Phil I give you the information that is not in your local newspapers. Your newspapers generally say X team beat X team by XX points and so and so scored 3 TD’s. My Monday News and Notes will tell you that a team lost but outgained their foe by 232 yards in a game. It will go in depth on the key plays that swung games and also key injuries suffered during the week. This will be every Monday right here on my Daily blog.

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You Want College Fantasy Football Info? I’ve Got It!

August 29th, 2009 No comments

It has come to my attention that many of my most avid readers also play college fantasy football, and this sure seems like a match made in heaven. Statistical analysis and prognostication, my specialties, are the key components of a successful college fantasy football campaign. And as we continue to provide the most thorough and accurate college football analysis, the loyal readers of can also look forward to a weekly look at the top college fantasy football players across the nation. We’ll provide the data needed to compete in your BCS or conference-only league, and with the help of my friends at, you’ll be privy to the insider information needed to dominate and hoist the trophy at season’s end.

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Latest Happenings in College Football

August 28th, 2009 No comments

As usual my Friday blog allows me to catch up on all the latest happenings in college football this week. I gave you an update on Tuesday’s blog but the information keeps coming fast and furious.

The defending MAC champ, the Buffalo Bulls, suffered one of the biggest losses in the offseason. They had an NFL caliber RB in James Starks but he was lost for the year with injury this week. Brandon Thermilus and Mario Henry did combine for 584 yards (4.5 ypc) and 7 TD’s last year but coupled with the graduation of QB Willy the Bulls offense figures to take a major step back this year.

Miami, FL took a potential HUGE hit when BOTH backup QB’s Taylor Cook and Cannon Smith BOTH opted to transfer this week. Miami’s #2 QB is now true frosh AJ Highsmith and #3 will be a walk on or perhaps a WR or DB who played QB in high school.

Hawaii was wiped out by graduation on defense and was already LAST in the NCAA with just 24.6% of their total tackles returning from last year. Well that percentage got even smaller as they lost LB Brashton Satele who was one of their two returning starters for the year. Satele had 53 tackles last year so they are now without 12 of their top 13 tacklers!

New Mexico St lost its top returning tackler in Nick Paden who started 12 games last year and had 107 tackles. He is battling knew injuries and will redshirt this year and possibly return next season.

Troy has lost BOTH my projected starting CB’s this year including Jorrick Calvin who I had 1st Team preseason All-Sun Belt this year! Speaking of my 1st Team Sun Belt players add Josh Thompson of ULM as one that is lost before the season starts. That is 2 members of my 1st Team Sun Belt secondary that will not be playing this year!

Here are some QB’s that have been announced as starters for the season opener
after battling during August for their jobs:

Matt Barkley – USC (true frosh, beat out Aaron Corp) first USC true frosh to ever start an opener and just 3rd to ever start
Scott Tolzien – Wisconsin (beat out Curt Phillips, but both will play in opener)
Jonathan Crompton – Tennessee (he beat out Nick Stephens)
Kevin Riley – California (he beat out Brock Mansion)
Greg Paulus – Syracuse (former Duke basketball player beat out rFr Ryan Nassib)
Jerrod Johnson – Texas A&M (beat out Ryan Tannehill who could move back to WR)
Justin Burke – Louisville (beat out Adam Froman)
Mike Hartline – Kentucky (neither VHT true frosh is even 2nd string, Will Fidler is)

“Our offensive front is beat to hell. We’re down to the nitty gritty. If you don’t have guys there, it’s hard to get anything out of practice,” Dennis Erickson head coach of Arizona St about the spate of injuries on the offensive line.

Daniel Thomas (PS#25JC) who I projected as starter at Kansas St at QB has finally been qualified and is in camp. While the delay cost him any shot at the QB job, he is taking snaps at RB which was a weak spot for the Cats and that upgrades that position.

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FCS Updates

August 27th, 2009 No comments

Today we look at the FCS preseason polls, introduce a great website that follows FCS and other small schools, and much more in our blog! Written by Josh Buchanan.

FCS Coaches Poll
Team (1st Place Votes)
1. Appalachian State (13)
2. Richmond (10)
3. Montana
4. Northern Iowa (1)
5. Villanova (1)
6. James Madison
7. Southern Illinois
8. New Hampshire
9. Weber State
10. Wofford
11. Elon
12. Central Arkansas
13. Cal Poly
14. William & Mary
15. McNeese State
16. South Carolina State
17. Eastern Washington
18. Massachusetts (1)
T19. Jacksonville State
T19. Maine
21. Texas State
22. Harvard
23. South Dakota State
24. Hofstra
25. Grambling State

The Sports Network FCS College Football Poll

Team (1st Place Votes)
1. Appalachian State Mountaineers (79)
2. Richmond Spiders (72)
3. Montana Grizzlies (2)
4. Northern Iowa Panthers (2)
5. Villanova Wildcats (2)
6. James Madison Dukes (1)
7. Southern Illinois Salukis
8. New Hampshire Wildcats
9. Weber State Wildcats (1)
10. Wofford Terriers
11. Elon Phoenix
12. Cal Poly Mustangs
13. Central Arkansas Bears
14. William & Mary Tribe
15. McNeese State Cowboys
16. South Carolina State Bulldogs (1)
17. Massachusetts Minutemen
18. Eastern Washington Eagles
19. Maine Black Bears
20. Texas State Bobcats
21. Jacksonville State Gamecocks
22. South Dakota State Jackrabbits
23. Harvard Crimson
24. Eastern Kentucky Colonels
25. Grambling State Tigers
25. Holy Cross Crusaders

We have been comparing our list with the coaches and media polls and came up with the most underrated and overrated teams.

UNDERRATED (by coaches and media)

While I did not vote Hofstra in my top 25 for the media poll we had them #7 in the Phil Steele Top 40 and they were #24 in the coaches poll. They return many starters back from injury and could be a sleeper team this year that nobody else is projecting.

We had them #13 in ours but they were only #29 in the coaches poll. HC could be a sleeper team with the return of QB Dominic Randolph and will go as far as he takes them.

We had them #27 but they were not even listed in the coaches poll. They return several key performers from last year that make us feel that they could knock on the door of the top 25 this year.


We had them #35 but the coaches voted them #12. With the loss of QB Nathan Brown and TE Marquez Branson to the NFL coupled with the loss of top receiver Willie Landers we see a great defense but they lack the firepower to win many shootouts.

CP could be rated #13 based on past performance because we only have them #29. CP lost WR Ramses Barden to the NFL and QB Jonathan Dally and have several key holes to fill.

TSU is not even listed in our top 40 but came in at #21 in the coaches poll. They have several tough games and only have two stars offensively in QB Bradley George and RB Karrington Bush.

It looks like we do as the coaches voted Hofstra #24 in their poll after going just 4-8 last season after we listed them #7. The media poll did not have them ranked but they were among those receiving votes. They were just picked 4th in the CAA North Division Preseason Poll (4th place in their own division!!).


To partially quote a line from one of Eminem’s bigger hits, would the FCS fans please stand up… please stand up? We have a grand total of 302 ACC Big East previews that have been sold through our office. Just 302??? We want to produce a national FCS magazine but can only do it if we see the interest from FCS fans. If you are an FCS fan out there please order a copy (PS STORE) or let us know that you bought yours at a newsstand or store because of FCS content by filling out the “We Value Your Opinion” survey on page 300!!

JB Scouting interviewed Phil Steele earlier this summer and can be read by clicking the link below!


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Home Field Edge Explained

August 26th, 2009 No comments

I have gotten many requests to do a blog to explain how I compute each teams home field edge in the magazine. I have 27 different factors in my computer’s grade of a team. I then compare the computer’s analysis to my own and make the final decision.

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Florida Favoritism Similar to USC

August 25th, 2009 No comments

Florida received 58 of the 60 first place votes in the AP Preseason poll which is the highest percentage ever. I have been comparing their level of favoritism to that of USC in 2005. USC that year had just 60 of 77 1st place votes in the AP poll. Interestingly USC that year had 60 of 62 votes in the coaches poll which was a greater % than that of Florida this year which only had 53 of 59. Also USC steamrolled thru the 2005 season unbeaten averaging 49.1 ppg on offense. Prior to their Rose Bowl game with Texas, ESPN ran a series asking the question if they were the greatest team ever and the answer was basically, yes. That USC team played Texas in Pasadena and lost. Ironically I am projecting Texas to play this year’s Florida team in the title game and that game will be held in…Pasadena. USC in 2007 also had 62 of 65 first place votes in the AP poll but that year they lost to Stanford in arguably the biggest upset in NCAA history and also to Oregon on the road.

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Injury Updates

August 25th, 2009 No comments

When a QB or top RB goes out, it makes all the local papers and everyone knows about it. There have been some major losses to some defenses that do no make the paper but could have a big impact this year so make sure you check out my latest updates in the INJURY SECTION of the website. I normally do an injury/personnel update on Fridays but this week I will do one today and then another on Friday.

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Get Ready for NFL Fantasy Drafts with Our NFL Magazine

August 24th, 2009 1 comment

NFL Fantasy Football drafts are approaching. If you are in a Fantasy Football league it is time to do your homework! My NFL magazine has SIX full pages on every NFL team and has more information in than any other NFL magazine. You can see a sample of the 6 full pages we provide on each team. Here is this year’s Pittsburgh Steelers section.

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