The summer solstice has come and gone, and as the days once again grow shorter, the preseason college football magazines return to the newsstands like the buzzards to Hinckley...or something. The experts have put their ratings, rankings and ramblings in print for the record, and we consumers of this trove of information have dutifully pored over them, eager for insights and predictions, but also for mind-numbingly arcane trivia to report to anxious readers. You were anxious, weren’t you?
After all, hockey and basketball are over, and baseball is entering the dog days. Before the calendar flips another month, the Buckeyes will be practicing for the 2013 season. All four of the primary college football magazines, Phil Steele’s, Lindy’s, Athlon, and Sporting News, have climbed out on a limb and picked Alabama as the nation’s #1 team this fall, but three of the four have the Buckeyes ranked #2...and as such, project OSU into the final BCS Championship Game.