The college football season is about to kick into full gear with the start of conference games coming up next weekend, but that doesn't mean diehard college basketball fans aren't looking a little further down the road to the start of the 2013-2014 college basketball season.
In fact, USA Today has already started the process with the USA Today college basketball countdown, a running preview of its projected 68-team NCAA men's basketball championships field.
This in-depth feature offers analysis, previews and facts about the team its staff feels will make the NCAA tournament come March.
In addition to previews, college basketball recruiting is heating up. Teams across the country are looking to sign what they hope to be future stars. Quentin Snider, the No. 28 recruit in ESPN's top 100, and the No. 7 ranked point guard, recently committed to Illinois, choosing the Illini over UCLA. Around the same time that Snider made his commitment, ESPN posted an article about how the college basketball recruiting wars are heating up in southern California between rivals USC and UCLA.
In other big recruiting news, North Carolina college basketball fans are still stunned at the loss of Robert Johnson signing with Indiana over the Tar Heels. Johnson gave a verbal commitment to the Hoosiers on Sept. 20. Snider's commitment was also a verbal as the official NCAA signing date is not until November 13-November 20
So, while there is no doubt Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide are still the No.1 college football team in the nation, the debate on who the top college basketball teams will be is starting to heat up.
It may be college football season but college basketball fans know, the season will soon be here.