Why Are the Preseason College Football Lists So Popular?

Kool BellContributor IMay 27, 2009

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 20:  Offensive lineman Ryan Pugh #50, Tyronne Green #71, Lee Ziemba #73 and tight end Tommy Trott #5 of the Auburn Tigers prepare for a play while taking on the LSU Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 20, 2008 in Auburn, Alabama. LSU defeated Auburn 26-21.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

There are a myriad of reasons for the preseason college football list phenomena. Earlier, I listed my picks of the top 25 team rankings and where they would start for the 2009 season.

Now, I would like to open a discussion as to "why" this has our undivided attention year after year.

Many publications, and various others, myself included, do these things to keep "us" salivating about our favorite sport.

SEC football in many ways is the envy of every other sport in existence. For many reasons, that eludes most others.  We love our teams and follow them with a fervor that is unmatched in all of sport. Sure, you get the few weirdos that happen to follow individual sports personalities, but my point is that the masses that follow SEC football are, far and away, the most rabid, loyal fans in the world. That's a slightly skewed opinion of course.

The SEC is not alone in mass following. All of college football has seen a tremendous surge in attention.

The SEC has signed an astronomical deal with two network conglomerates for an estimated 3.15 BILLION DOLLARS!

No matter how you slice it, that's huge. Three years from now, it may be the norm, but for now at least, WOW! What's next for college football and TV?

So tell me. What do you think is the appeal of college football with all the preseason lists.  Do we need something to take up our time when the season is months away?