It's been said that the American sports calendar can be divided into football season and waiting for football season. But for die-hard college football fans, there's more than that. There's the fall practice season, the regular season, bowl season, recruiting season, spring football season, and what you might call "magazine season". Magazine season is basically that period of time in June and July where the college football preview magazines start hitting newsstands. But with the arms race among these publications to be first, some of them already have begun releasing content online. And the early returns are encouraging for Nebraska fans.

Phil Steele and Athlon are two publications with some of the best track records over time for predicting the final standings for college teams each...

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