How does Arizona rate in Lindy’s college football magazine?by Anthony Gimino on May. 13, 2010, under Sports
I haven’t been blogging much in the past couple of weeks, but there’s a reason for that.
I’ve been deep into production on Lindy’s College Football Annuals, helping set rankings, editing stories, writing stories, rounding up all the right personnel to do other editing and writing, proofing pages and debating the proper use of commas.
As senior editor of the college football magazines, I get to take all the information and opinion from our writers and put together the national rankings. I could have used two weeks just to figure out how to rank the Pac-10.
If only there was a right answer.
Since this is an Arizona-themed blog, I’ll stick to what matters most to Wildcat fans. Here are some UA-related tidbits from the magazine:
–Arizona is ranked sixth in the Pac-10. Too high? Too low? I’d like to call it a five-way tie for fourth. Just like last season, the difference between those middle teams is going to be only a play or two across a nine-game conference season. Hard to pick among them.
We went with USC as the preseason favorite in the Pac-10. I like Oregon’s starting lineup better, top to bottom, but the suspension of quarterback Jeremiah Masoli looms as a huge deal. And the Ducks have to play in Los Angeles this season.
Oregon State is third, followed by Washington, Stanford, Arizona, Cal, UCLA, Arizona State and Washington State.
Cal and UCLA, like Arizona, could be much better than their preseason slot … but you’ve gotta rank them somewhere. Arizona State deserves, logically, to be ninth, but I don’t think they are far away from top-division status either.
–Junior Nick Foles is rated the No. 23 quarterback in the nation. He has the potential to be several spots higher, but he also easily could have been left off the Top 25, given his pedestrian finish to last season.
–Junior Trevin Wade is rated the 11th-best cornerback in the country.
–Senior center Colin Baxter is rated the eighth-best center in the nation … and already I have some buyer’s remorse on that. He should be higher.
–Arizona’s marquee non-conference opponent, Iowa, is ranked third in the Big Ten and 10th in the country. It’s a tough call between the Hawkeyes and Wisconsin for second in the Big Ten behind Ohio State.
On one hand, Wisconsin has our top-rated offensive line. On the other hand, Iowa has our top-rated defensive line.
Here’s a scary thought for UA fans: Iowa’s front four — ends Adrian Clayborn and Broderick Binns, and tackles Karl Klug and Christian Ballard — had 52 tackles for loss last season, including 27 sacks, as well as 16 pass breakups and seven forced fumbles.
Lindy’s produces six college football editions. The SEC edition will be hitting the newsstands before the end of the month.