Lindy's: The first of the preseason college football magazines has hit bookstores. Lindy's issued its Southeastern 2019 Preview this week.
I'm partial to Lindy's. Not only have I been picking one up since they started putting them out in the 1980s, I also know the folks who put this publication together.
The guys are up in Birmingham. In addition, we in Tallassee have a partnership with the "Lindy's Football Report" radio show, produced locally for more than 80 radio affiliates across the country.
I received my complimentary mag in the mail on Monday. You can buy yours for $8.99.
Let me pass along the highlights. First, there are no surprises. Lindy's top four is probably the same as most places. You've seen the predictions.
Clemson is No. 1, followed by Alabama, Georgia and Oklahoma. There are six SEC schools in the top 15 with Auburn grabbing the No. 15 spot.
The SEC rankings are also status quo. Alabama is picked to win the SEC West. Georgia is the top "dog" in the East. Auburn is picked to finish No. 4 in the West.
Lindy's has three Alabama players selected All-America; Jerry Jeudy, Alex Leatherwood and Dylan Moses. Auburn's Derrick Brown is their one choice on the first-team.
Alabama has the best receiving and linebacking corps according to Lindy's. Auburn has the best defensive line. The Tigers offensive line is ranked seventh nationally. That's a big improvement if it proves to be true.
One of the best features of the annual edition is the "Opposing Coaches View." For Alabama, an unnamed coach said, "They've got holes in the defense. I can see them losing 2-3 games." Huh?
On AU's Gus Malzahn it is noted, "I think Auburn people are fed up. They've never been a consistent big-time program." Ouch!
There is a section on the four-year standings in the SEC. Alabama is 30-2 over that span. Georgia is next best at 23-9. LSU and Florida are each 21-11. Then there is Auburn and Texas A&M at 17-15. Vandy and Arkansas are rock bottom at 9-23.
The All-Decade team from 2010-19 is interesting. Cam Newton is the Offensive Player of the Decade, although he played just one season (it was impressive though). Alabama's Jonathan Allen grabs the Defensive Player of the Decade for that stretch.
Nick Saban is the Coach of the Decade. The best team over the past ten years is the 2011 Alabama squad.
The Game of the Decade is Alabama over Georgia for the 2017 National Championship in Atlanta. Sorry "Kick Six."
There is so much more in this year's Lindy's Preview - more than I can squeeze in this column. Skip a couple of mocha lattes this week and use the extra change to grab yours.