It’s June, still two months before the 2010 college football season starts, but anytime a service academy gets ranked above Notre Dame, After Action will boast about it. Sure, sure, we know Navy and Air Force ended last season ranked higher than Notre Dame, but it’s still fun to kick a dog when it’s down.
Lindy’s isn’t ESPN or Sports Illustrated, but it’s still a respected sports magazine. They released their 2010 pre-season rankings with Navy 44th and Notre Dame 49th. Lindy’s rankings also predict a relatively easy schedule for the Midshipmen — with Notre Dame being the highest-ranked team they play.
We do have some beef with Lindy’s ranking Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs as the 19th-best quarterback. He might not have the NFL arm that Andrew Luck might have, but he broke Tim Tebow’s single season rushing touchdown record by a quarterback last year. That should count for something more than #19.
The Air Force Academy got some love as well. According to Lindy’s, they excel in air defense. Their secondary was ranked #6 overall.