College football fans are as serious as it gets when it comes to their favorite teams.
That’s why products like the slew of preseason football magazines exist, and why they hit the shelves nearly three months before the season kicks off.
But it’s a narrow rope the magazines’ producers walk when trying to gather, edit and deliver the information fans are salivating for from the second spring practice ends.
"We don’t take ourselves seriously, but we take what we do seriously, because fans are so passionate about their teams,” said Athlon managing editor Mitchell Light. "They’re obsessed, and I don’t mean that in a bad way.”
Predictions and projections draw fans’ interest, but accuracy in factual details becomes the tricky part when you’re saying in April what might happen in August.
"Everything that we do, we want to be consistent across the board,” Light said. "We don’t want a fan to look at our Big 12 second team and see a guy at cornerback, then go to a team’s depth chart and see him listed at safety, because he was moved in the spring.