Posted by Neil Paine on September 23, 2010
Just a quick note to point out that we’ve made some front-page additions to better help you keep up with the 2010 college football action, including the current AP Top 10, upcoming Top AP 25 matchups, and a “Heisman Watch” section to highlight the award’s leading candidates. As always, send us your feedback via email or in the comments below, and we’ll keep trying to make the site an even better resource for you as the 2010 season goes on.
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Posted by Justin Kubatko on September 15, 2010
Thanks to a little lot of help from our friends — namely Doug Drinen and Neil Paine — we now have partial rosters (starters and key reserves) dating back to the 1953 season for 70 major schools. For example, check out the roster page for the 1971 Nebraska Cornhuskers. We also have partial statistics for the school’s primary passers, rushers, and receivers: completions, attempts, yards, and touchdowns for quarterbacks; attempts and yards for running backs; and receptions and yards for wide receivers and tight ends. Special thanks go out to Bob Boyles and Paul Guido, authors of The USA TODAY College Football Encyclopedia, for providing the files necessary to produce these rosters.
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Posted by Justin Kubatko on September 13, 2010
Starting today, the site will be updated on a weekly basis with 2010 statistics and results. I meant to have this in place last week, but a few roadblocks prevented me from doing so. Please let us know if anything looks amiss by posting a comment here or by filling out our feedback form.
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Posted by Neil Paine on September 7, 2010
Here’s a link that should interest all of our readers: David Biderman and Darren Everson of the Wall Street Journal have put together a cool search tool for this year’s NCAA teams that lets you rank teams by experience, lineman height/weight, average recruiting ranking, returning starters, and a ton of other categories. Much like our tools at PFR, this WSJ finder looks to be something you can get lost in for huge amounts of time, so have at it!
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Posted by Neil Paine on August 30, 2010
Today, it’s time to finish our list of the top 20 college football programs of the modern era. As a quick refresher, I defined the “modern era” as 1946-present, because 1946 was the first true postwar season and the year before (1945) was the final time a service academy would win a National Championship. Also, the rankings are determined by the Simple Rating System (SRS), which measures team points per game differential relative to the NCAA average, adjusted for strength of schedule. Here’s a recap of the rankings so far:
20. Georgia Tech (+7.70)
19. Michigan State (+8.69)
18. Arkansas (+8.95)
17. Auburn (+9.59)
16. Miami (+10.00)
15. UCLA (+10.04)
14. Georgia (+10.42)
13. LSU (+10.52
12. Florida State (+10.97)
11. Tennessee (+11.89)
With that in mind, let’s move on to the Top 10, which (just as alert reader JW Lewis predicted) features “three teams from the current Big 10, two from the SEC, three from the current Big 12 (with one of those being from the old SWC and two from the old Big 8), one from the Pac-10, and one independent”:
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Posted by Neil Paine on August 25, 2010
OK, I’ve gotta toot our own vuvuzela for a second here: I just found out that the Sports-Reference family of sites has been named to TIME Magazine‘s list of the 50 Best Websites for 2010! It’s a great honor for us, and a thrill to know that our users get so much enjoyment & utility out of the sites. Here’s to being your favorite sports stats destination for many years to come…
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Posted by Justin Kubatko on August 20, 2010
Just a short post to let you know that the site was updated this morning with statistics for 400+ all-time greats (e.g., Glenn Davis, Roger Staubach, and Herschel Walker). Also, we should be adding partial rosters and statistics for many pre-2000 schools in the coming months. At first we will not have complete coverage for these years, but rest assured that one of our long-term goals will be to fill in the gaps in our data.
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Posted by Neil Paine on August 18, 2010
When you want to know what happened in a given college football season, the Years Index is the place to look. We have every CFB season on the site going back to 1869, and from the years portal you can access all of them. Click any year to find:
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Posted by Neil Paine on August 13, 2010
The Schools Index is your one-stop destination for info about any “major” school in the last 141 years. On the main portal you’ll find a table with 289 major schools, and:
- Their range of seasons played
- Their all-time overall W-L-T record and W%
- Their all-time bowl record & W%
- Their all-time Simple Rating System score and its Strength of Schedule component
- Their AP poll appearances
- Their conference championship totals
On the individual school pages, we also have year-by-year records and SRS scores, along with conference affiliations, AP poll rankings, bowl appearances, and (nearly complete) coaching histories.
Click on any of the seasons in the school’s yearly results table, and you’ll go to their team that year. For seasons from 2000-09, these pages will include complete passing, rushing, receiving, scoring, special teams, and defensive stats; for the team’s game scores, click “Schedule and Results“.
At the moment, clicking on years prior to 2000 will send you directly to the schedule/results page, but we plan on adding a great deal of historical individual stats to the pages of older teams in the near future. Also, once the 2010 season begins, check back with us because we will be generating current-season school pages, updated weekly with in-season stats and scores.
Thanks for checking out the new College Football @ S-R, and as always, let us know if you have corrections, questions, or comments via our feedback form.
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Posted by Neil Paine on August 12, 2010
To kick off our College Football Blog coverage here at Sports-Reference.com/CFB, I thought I’d jump right in with a countdown of the twenty best programs of the modern era. Of course, in order to do that, I first need to define “best” and “modern era”.
For “best”, I’m going to go with the tried-and-true Simple Rating System (SRS), a staple of the Sports-Reference sites ever since Doug posted about it on May 8, 2006. It’s certainly not the final word in team ratings, but it does a good job of balancing simplicity with predictive accuracy — and when all you have going back to the 1940s is game scores, it’s hard to find a better way to rank schools.
By the way, a few notes about the SRS you see here… Because college football features teams of widely varying skill levels and schedule strengths, we had to find a way to avoid rewarding teams for running up the score on an overmatched opponent, which is why wins of more than twenty-four points count as +24. Also, we needed to make sure wins (even close ones) were properly weighted relative to losses, which is why wins of fewer than seven points still count as +7.
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