The 2020 college football season will not look like any of its predecessors, thanks to the coronavirus. The consequences are wide-ranging, even bleeding over into Talking Season. This week was supposed to be SEC Media Days in Atlanta. Hundreds of reporters would be seen flipping through the pages of their Phil Steele College Football Preview as they typed furiously on keyboards. Thanks to COVID-19, SEC Media Days will be conducted virtually at a date not yet determined, while Phil Steele is still waiting for printers to finish publishing his beloved magazine.
The preseason Bible for college football fans, the 26th edition of Phil Steele’s College Football Preview almost didn’t happen, the publisher told The Athletic’s Andy Staples. Coronavirus complications forced him to shutter the doors to his Ohio office and send more than a dozen employees home. Fortunately, that proved to be only a minor setback.
Printers will have completed Phil Steele’s 2020 College Football Preview by July 15, about a month after its typical release date. To pick up a copy, this year you will only be able to find the magazine in two stores: Books-a-Million and Barnes and Noble. It’s expected to be on newsstands at the stores beginning July 24.
The easiest way to get your hands on a copy is by ordering online. With shipping included it costs just under $30. If you order in the next two days you could have the magazine in your hands by the end of the week. There’s also a virtual edition of the magazine, but trust me, if you’re going to pick up a copy, just pre-order the physical magazine right now to have this football knowledge at your fingertips.
Even though college football will look different this fall, the release of Phil Steele’s 2020 College Football Preview will make things feel one step closer to normal.