Christmas in July

ESPN columnist Pat Forde finds the football preview magazines a welcome diversion.

I wish I could be that enthusiastic. Perhaps it is the heat, but football seems ages away, even with the magazines on the stands. Perhaps when media days arrive, it will feel more like college football is nigh.

Until then, we must make do with whatever football information we can, and these magazines do provide an interesting starter for discussion.

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A few other items of interest: ESPN believes the Alabama games against Arkansas, FSU and LSU will be some of the most interesting games of the coming season.

According to, Alabama is working hard to land Lake Worth QB Star Jackson. Jackson is literally, “counting the days to that Alabama visit.” That visit date? July 23. He could commit following the visit, or he could just narrow his choices down to five.