21 Jun 2012, 07:47pm by Bill Connelly
Today at SB Nation, I took a look at how a four-team playoff, and the selection committee allegedly accompanying it, would have impacted the last 14 years of college football. The short version: we're still annoyed, and Boise State is still screwed. At least, the Boise State of the WAC and Mountain West.
57 comments, Last at 01 Jul 2012, 3:58am by Subrata Sircar
20 Jun 2012, 07:11pm by Rivers McCown
Conference commissioners meeting in Chicago have come to a consensus on a four-team playoff model to be submitted to university presidents for approval. There is still some talk about a "plus one" system, but that mostly seems to be disregarded as a favor to the Big 10 and Pac-12 commissioners. According to Brett McMurphy of CBS Sports, there will be a selection committee.
58 comments, Last at 23 Jun 2012, 3:35pm by tsmonk
18 May 2012, 05:22pm by Rivers McCown
Starting in 2014, the Big 12 and SEC will pit their champions (barring a title game/playoff bid) against each other in a New Year's Day bowl game that hasn't yet acquired a sponsor. Tradition! Pageantry! So on!
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17 May 2012, 07:28pm by Bill Connelly
We have been having some fun this week at SB Nation, walking through the ins and outs of the promotion-and-relegation system of world soccer and why it would or wouldn't work for college football. My contribution: a rough, seven-year, four-tiered simulation that encompasses the FBS ranks and a good portion of FCS. The result: Akron falls really far, Howard Schnellenberger adds "SEC coach" to his resume, and the Pac-12 is suddenly the deepest conference in the country.
Anyway, it's a fun way to kill some time, even though the top conferences would obviously never agree to such a thing.
14 comments, Last at 22 May 2012, 9:50am by Revenge of the NURBS
07 May 2012, 02:18pm by Aaron Schatz
Well, the folks at CBS Sportsline got the jump on us, but that means we're finally allowed to publicly announce the addition of Matt Hinton to our college football coverage. (Click to read more.)
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19 Apr 2012, 02:58pm by Bill Connelly
At Football Study Hall today, I posted a link to full 2005-11 college football targets-and-catches data. Measures like Catch Rate and Yards Per Target are so much more informative than simple yards and yards per catch, so hopefully people enjoy it. There is a likely essay about the data and its predictive and evaluative potential coming in the Football Outsiders Almanac 2012, but for now, here is all the raw data you can stomach.
And yes, the Big 12 has had some ridiculously prolific passing offenses. Who knew?
19 comments, Last at 22 Apr 2012, 3:39pm by Bill Connelly
17 Apr 2012, 12:08pm by Aaron Schatz
Greg Cosell looks at film for the top two WR prospects in this year's draft, Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd, and brings up some interesting points about the development of the NFL game over the last few years. Are possession receivers worth more now than they were a few years ago? Is Blackmon still an elite prospect if he doesn't have top-line vertical speed? I'll point out that our own Matt Waldman, in his Rookie Scouting Portfolio 2012, makes the same determination as Cosell: Floyd, not Blackmon, is the top wide receiver in this draft class.
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10 Apr 2012, 09:39pm by Aaron Schatz
In some ways, the Petrino scandal is similar to the Saints bounty scandal in the NFL. The problem isn't just that Petrino apparently hired his mistress at Arkansas and isn't the world's safest driver of motorcycles. The problem is that he repeatedly lied to the Arkansas higher-ups about his mistress, hiring his mistress, and the mistress' presence at the motorcycle accident. He also tried to avoid disclosing the name of the mistress on the accident report filed with police. The cover-up almost always ends up hurting these guys more than the original crime.
74 comments, Last at 16 Apr 2012, 12:10pm by Intropy
13 Feb 2012, 05:12pm by Rivers McCown
According to CBS' Brett McMurphy, the two leagues are dissolving to form a 18- to 24-team conference that will start in 2013-2014.
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22 Jan 2012, 11:43am by Aaron Schatz
Joe Paterno passed away this morning at the age of 85, after a two-month battle with lung cancer. The cancer diagnosis came just nine days after he was fired by Penn State due to the Sandusky scandal. Click the link for some expanded thoughts from our own Bill Connelly over at SB Nation.
46 comments, Last at 12 Jul 2012, 3:17pm by PatsFan
After three NFL seasons of kicking off from the 35-yard line, what has been the impact on touchbacks, returns, field position, scoring and injuries? Also, is this rule responsible for a record number of big comebacks?