03 Jan 2008
Here is this week's stat notebook for ESPN.com, with notes about all four games. This notebook has some interesting stuff about the shotgun formation as well as the asterisk next to Tennessee's "59th in the DVOA era" defense.
This is going to be a weird year for writing previews: I'm doing these stat-only things for ESPN, and then very short previews for the New York Sun, and then somehow I need to extend the writing from the Sun, add some of the stats from ESPN plus some stuff that I had to cut from ESPN for space, and have it read well for Football Outsiders. If it seems a little disjointed, well, now you know why in advance.
One thing that got cut from ESPN but doesn't really fit into the flow of a preview: You may remember that the 2006 Jaguars set a record with the slowest situation-neutral pace since our pace stats begin in 1998. This year, Pittsburgh broke the record. They also broke the record held by the 1998 Falcons for the slowest total pace, seconds used per play no matter the score or time remaining. The Jaguars, on the other hand, had an average offensive pace this year.
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In an opening week where even the elite teams in college football looked mortal, the SEC had two big surprises in Texas A&M and Georgia defeating their South Carolinian opponents by big scores.