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Sunday Morning Quarterback

Sunday Morning Quarterback

Monday, July 03, 2006

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Links and stuff

SMQ welcomes to the sidebar a couple mid-major-and-proud team bloggers: Fresno State fan MGD (who has not just the one but two Fresno State blogs, for no apparent reason) and Sports Blog Nation's Utah guy, Block U. Both have expounded on the big-money hopes of those team once patronizingly known as "BCS busters." But since the in-club has made the velvet rope more accessible to league's without automatic bids for champions, it's all just one big happy family, right? Right?

He also welcomes, via an e-mail from the proprietor of probably the most exciting discovery of SMQ's young blog life: the no-frills cfbstats.com. Oh. My. God. You guys.

Marty Couvillon has here a set of sweet, sweet data on every I-A team that may obliterate the official NCAA stat pages as SMQ's go-to numbers source in a matter of days. Because the NCAA does not list split stats of the variety that are so useful to ventures like SMQ's recent efforts to check the effects of big individual statistics in any given game against the likelihood of said individual's team actually winning that game.

Marty's site has all kinds of easily-accessible, telling information - performance in wins and in losses, vs. ranked teams, vs. winning and vs. non-winning teams, for offense, defense and special teams - you can't get from the NCAA without flipping out, Looney Tunes-style, with little tweety birds fluttering around your head after trying to suss out Middle Tennessee State's field goal percentage on artificial surfaces or opponents' tendencies and success rates on 3rd down and 4-6 to go against Wake Forest.

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What, you want to add it all up yourself?

Within seconds, SMQ was able to pull up this revealing stat: in seven wins, his Golden Eagles rushed for 1,108 yards at 3.84 per carry. That's just, you know, eh. But in five losses USM totaled a measly, pathetic 233 yards, averaging just 1.91 a pop, which ranked 117th in the nation (only Nebraska ran the ball worse when it lost). Opponents averaged almost a full yard more per carry in wins than in losses, while compiling virtually identical per game passing stats. That's much more informative than saying 'they averaged 111.3 rushing yards per game' at the end of the year (in Southern Miss' case, they did not finish within 15 yards of this mark in either direction in a single contest, and only once within 25 yards; the average deviation from the average, in fact, above or below, was 57.3 yards) and the work's already done for you.

Very, very nice work.
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3:24 PM

It's about time somebody put together a "Football Outsiders"-esque college football stat warehouse.
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