Preseason Magazines, Boise State and Basketball

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It’s June, and that means college football previews are starting to hit the
stands at your local grocery stores and magazine shops. Are they accurate, or
even knowledgeable? Plenty of times they are not. However, they are useful. They
provide plenty of things to talk about, and they also help us start gearing up
for football season. We’ve also got a little hoops to discuss.

I got a little more excited for football season when I walked into the office
this morning and Will had bought the Althon, Lindy’s and The Sporting News
editions of the 2010 season preview. After a couple of hours of thumbing through
them, I’m more excited than I was yesterday. I guess the next milestone will be
July, when NCAA Football 2011 is released.

After reading all magazines, a few things stand out.

North Carolina’s Defense is Loaded

The Tar Heels finished #6 in total defense in 2009, #10 in rushing defense,
#14 in pass efficiency defense and #13 in scoring defense. That’s very good, but
those numbers could get even better in 2010 because they return a whopping nine

Actually, it’s more like 11 returning starters. Defensive end Quinton Coples
and defensive tackle Tydreke Powell are technically not returning starters, they
did combine for 10.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks a year ago. They are both
strong players who would have been starting for most other teams.

Not only are they experienced, but they are talented as well. Five of their
defensive starters are listed amongst the top 32 senior NFL prospects in all of
college football: DE Robert Quinn, DT Marvin Austin, LB Bruce Carter, LB Quan
Sturdivant and FS Deunta Williams. That’s five potential first round picks on
one defense. That’s as stout as it gets. If you saw Bruce Carter chase down
Tyrod Taylor in Lane Stadium last year, you know what kind of athletes we are
dealing with there.

Athlon ranks their defensive line #2 in the