(RNN) - Monday marked the start of SEC Media Days, which means we got a look at all the SEC media guides.
They are just as generic as you expect them to be.
A few teams actually put their graphics departments to work, and one team looks like it gave an intern 15 minutes to throw something together.
They can all be viewed neatly next to each other thanks to this handy graphic.
A full list of images can be seen here.
Here's a quick assessment and grade for each team.
The Crimson Tide has Jonathan Allen and you don't. When there's a defensive end on your cover - alone - well, that tends to send a message.
Generic covers are not interesting. Three players in a neat little triangle with a hint of a football field at the bottom. It's not bad, but it's not all that good either.
There is such a thing as good generic and Auburn found it. Coach Gus Malzahn is encircled by a halo of five Tigers (not actual tigers, though that would be awesome). Nice and clean. Could be better, but could be so much worse.
Having a player on the cover is good. Having a generic mannequin on the cover is not good. Minimalism can work, but not like this. "The Swamp is Back" sounds like something a high school would come up with.
Georgia has three covers and they're all the same just with different players. The guide is somewhat generic, but doesn't have a generic feel to it. The stadium, the action shots, the coach and the unobtrusive logos complement each other well.
A non-specific football person with a nice overlay of the field and a minimalist background. It's a step up from Florida. Had it been an actual football player instead of a faceless humanoid, it would have been much better.
Too many words. Slogans are fine, but no one really cares about a slogan unless it's their slogan. The line of players rather than a generic collage is good. The words at the top are just not interesting and one of them was needlessly cut off.
It's like Arkansas, but with style. Three players, a football in the foreground and a touch of flare. Generic, but slightly better than average.
A macro collage of football players forms the Missouri logo. This is a work of art. Missouri was the only team to actually put real effort into their media guide design, and it's a thing of beauty. The one drawback is it looks better at a distance, which is not how media guides are usually seen, but the concept and design are excellent.
This is how minimalism looks when it works. White background, two players and a logo in the middle. Simple, clean, classy and the autographs give it a nice touch.
They're proud of new coach Will Muschamp in Columbia, but forcing him into an image of the team coming onto the field is, well, forced. The concept is good, but the execution is a little off.
The Vols found a way to make a non-specific player image work. The whole thing is washed out in orange, which is one of the defining characteristics of the University of Tennessee, so it works. Bonus points for a design that utilizes white lettering.
This is how minimalism looks when it doesn't work. Someone at Texas A&M took a middle school computer class and put those skills to great work here. This might have been a good cover for 1940, but not 2016.
The Commodores don't have a media guide - they have a "fact book." It's pretty standard and is the only one to make use of its hometown on the cover. I look forward to seeing how Andrew Jelks uses the giant horn on his head against opponents.