From School Library Journal
An expansion of the 2007 second edition, Boyles and Guido's (coauthors, 50 Years of College Football
) sizable guide extends their retrospective study to include over 7000 games and 55 seasons of the top 70 college team lineups. The text is organized first by year, then team. Because it is a data index (with occasional injections of humorous commentary), it is crammed with information and printed in an eye-crossingly tiny font. An excellent complement to the ESPN College Football Encyclopedia
, which opens with the 1936 season. Recommended for sports collections.
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In two sections, this encyclopedia offers a comprehensive overview of each collegiate football season since 1953 for 70 of the most prominent college football programs. First is a year-by-year summary of every college football season from 1953 through 2007, beginning with an essay covering the major events, highlights, low points, oddities, and surprises, followed by a week-by-week abbreviated summary of the key 10 to 15 games of the week and poll rankings. After year-end conference standings, bowl games are individually treated in greater detail than the weekly contests, followed by short entries on the prominent personalities of the season, a listing of All-American and major award winners, and a team-by-team NFL draft summary. The second section is organized alphabetically and provides detailed statistical and season-by-season results for all 70 teams. Important inclusions are career statistical leaders, a list of the authors’ picks for the school’s greatest players since 1953, and a one-page table showing every season’s won-loss record and bowl results. A much longer subsection follows, with the score for every game in every season and the statistical leaders, starting lineups, and key reserves. Though the casual fan will probably be a bit overwhelmed, the encyclopedia will certainly be useful to very serious fans as well as sports information officers and journalists. For the years and teams covered, the depth of statistics surpasses what is available in the ESPN College Football Encyclopedia (2005). However, the ESPN Encyclopedia is much easier to read, covers more schools over many more years, has authoritative essays from major figures in sports history and journalism, offers complete bowl histories, and has a very attractive and approachable format. For libraries that already have the ESPN Encyclopedia and still want more detail on the years since 1953, the present volume is recommended. --Jeff Kosokoff