Archive for October, 2007

Stat Of The Day

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Last Saturday’s Georgia vs. Florida game featured seven penalties that were either a personal foul or unsportsmanlike conduct, highlighted by two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties against Georgia when the entire team rushed the field to celebrate its first touchdown.

The seven personal foul or unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in the game are tied for 3rd most of any game since the start of the 2005 season. Here are the top games in total personal fouls and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties from 2005 to 2007.

Visit Team Home Team Date Penalties
Air Force Brigham Young 10/29/2005 9
Ohio Buffalo 10/29/2005 8
Colorado Arizona State 09/08/2007 8
Akron Toledo 10/28/2006 8
Western Illinois Toledo 09/01/2005 8
Central Michigan Toledo 10/07/2006 7
Arkansas State Florida International 09/30/2006 7
Miami (Ohio) Akron 10/21/2006 7
Sam Houston State Texas Tech 09/17/2005 7
Georgia Florida 10/27/2007 7
UNLV Wyoming 10/27/2007 7
Florida International Arkansas State 09/24/2005 7

Five of twelve games on the list involved MAC teams, with Toledo involved three times and Akron two.

Watch out when Florida International visits Arkansas State this weekend (11/3). Each of the last two games between those teams is on the list!

Week 9 Statistics Available

Monday, October 29th, 2007

The statistics for week 9 (through 10/27/2007) are now available. Please let me know if you find any problems.

Yards From Scrimmage Added

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

I’ve added yards from scrimmage stats for each player, where applicable, with national and conference leaderbords. Yards from scrimmage are the sum of a player’s rushing and receiving yards.

Matt Forte Yards From Scrimmage Stats

National Leaders – Yards From Scrimmage

Receiving Situational Stats Added

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

I’ve added receiving situational stats for each player, where applicable. Examples of player’s receiving situational stats:

Michael Crabtree’s Receiving Situational Stats

DeSean Jackson’s Receiving Situational Stats

I’ve also added receiving situational leaders to the national leader board and each conference leader board. You can find information such as:

National Receiving Leaders – 1st downs gained in the Red Zone

SEC Receiving Leaders – Most receptions of 25 or more yards

New Kickoff Rule – Week 8

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

Let’s take a look at the kickoff numbers through week 8. After mentioning the possibility in last week’s entry, I’ve decided going forward to include all kickoffs in the data that I present, not just kickoffs from the 30 yard line (and from the 35 in 2005-2006).

Here are the kickoff numbers through week 8 of 2007 compared to 2005-2006.

Season(s) Kickoff Start # Kickoffs Kickoff End Avg. TB TB %
2005-2006 All 15,413 6.58 4,489 29.12%
2007 All 5,252 9.61 689 13.12%

Comparing 2007 to the previous two seasons combined, touchbacks are down 55% through week 8, and the average ending spot of the kickoff has moved 3.03 yards farther from the goal line. This is a week-by-week breakdown of the kickoff numbers.

  Kickoff Start # Kickoffs Kickoff End Avg. TB TB %
2007 week 1 All 688 8.87 80 11.63%
2007 week 2 All 690 8.33 79 11.45%
2007 week 3 All 723 10.19 85 11.76%
2007 week 4 All 701 9.42 80 11.41%
2007 week 5 All 620 8.99 77 12.42%
2007 week 6 All 620 10.16 102 16.45%
2007 week 7 All 608 10.30 88 14.47%
2007 week 8 All 602 10.81 98 16.28%

In weeks 1-4 combined, 11.56% of kickoffs resulted in a touchback; in weeks 5-8 combined, 14.90% of kickoffs resulted in a touchback. For week 8, the kickoff end average was the highest of any week so far this season, while at the same time the percentage of touchbacks was the 2nd highest of any week.

Here are the kickoff return numbers through week 8 of 2007 compared to 2005-2006.

Season(s) Kickoff Start # Returns Return Avg. Return End Avg. TD TD%
2005-2006 All 9,820 20.42 27.58 80 0.81%
2007 All 4,255 21.56 30.98 40 0.94%

Comparing 2007 to the previous two seasons combined, the average return is up 1.04 yards, and the average ending spot of the return is 3.4 yards farther upfield. Here is the week-by-week breakdown of the kickoff return numbers.

  Kickoff Start # Returns Return Avg. Return End Avg. TD TD%
2007 week 1 All 570 21.33 30.51 5 0.88%
2007 week 2 All 579 21.88 29.87 3 0.52%
2007 week 3 All 596 21.52 31.18 4 0.67%
2007 week 4 All 574 22.37 31.17 11 1.92%
2007 week 5 All 512 21.41 30.52 6 1.17%
2007 week 6 All 476 21.61 31.77 7 1.47%
2007 week 7 All 474 21.16 30.85 3 0.63%
2007 week 8 All 474 21.05 32.26 1 0.21%

Week 8 saw both the lowest average per kickoff return and lowest touchdown percentage of any week so far this season. Only one kickoff was returned for touchdown in week 8, a 98-yard return by Perrish Cox of Oklahoma State against Kansas State.

Now that I’m considering all data when looking at the new kickoff rule, I can bring back the list of individual leaders in kickoffs for touchback. To qualify for this list, a player must have a minimum of 24 kickoffs.

Player Team Kickoffs TB TB%
Adi Kunalic Nebraska 39 22 56.4%
Ryan Harrison Air Force 41 20 48.8%
Matt Szymanski Texas A&M 44 19 43.2%
Alex Trlica Texas Tech 60 23 38.3%
Jason Bondzio Arizona 46 17 37.0%
Vincente Rico Idaho 33 12 36.4%
Swayze Waters UAB 36 12 33.3%
T.J. Lawrence Houston 49 16 32.7%
Jose Martinez UTEP 43 14 32.6%
Scott Webb Kansas 59 19 32.2%
Kevin Kelly Penn State 53 17 32.1%
Jared Develli Virginia Tech 37 11 29.7%
Taylor Mehlhaff Wisconsin 46 13 28.3%
Tim Masthay Kentucky 59 16 27.1%
Garrett Hartley Oklahoma 62 16 25.8%
Jason Smith Colorado State 37 9 24.3%
Chris Nendick Northern Illinois 33 8 24.2%
Steven Hauschka North Carolina State 34 8 23.5%
Jake Hogue Ball State 52 12 23.1%
Joel Monroe Minnesota 39 9 23.1%

Week 8 Statistics Available

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

The statistics for week 8 (through 10/20/2007) are now available. Please let me know if you find any problems.

Expanded 2007 Rosters

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

The 2007 roster page for each team has been expanded to include the player’s height, weight, hometown, and last school attended. An example of the new format is the Missouri Tigers roster page. The roster pages for previous seasons still have the old format, which is just the player’s uniform number, name, position, and year of eligibility.

New Kickoff Rule – Week 7

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

With the season just past the half-way point — 425 regular season games have been played through week 7 out of 755 scheduled (56.3%) — it’s time again this week to take a look at the kickoff data to see the impact of the new kickoff rule.

First, the breakdown on kickoffs from the 30 yard line in 2007 compared to kickoffs from the 35 in 2005-2006.

Season(s) Kickoff Start # Kickoffs Kickoff Land Avg. TB TB %
2005-2006 35 14,496 5.56 4334 29.90%
2007 30 4,089 8.34 533 13.03%

The percentage of touchbacks on kickoffs from the 30 in 2007 continues to slowly increase, going from 11.97% after week 3, to 12.04% after week 5, to 12.76% after week 6, and to 13.03% after week 7. In week 7 alone, 14.85% of kickoffs from the 30 went for a touchback.

On the return side, the big news the last few weeks has been the sharp increase in the percentage of kickoffs from the 30 yard line that have been returned for a touchdown. Here is the weekly breakdown including week 7.

  Kickoff Start # Returns Return Avg. Return End Avg. TD TD%
2007 week 1 30 490 21.33 29.94 4 0.82%
2007 week 2 30 509 21.91 29.68 2 0.39%
2007 week 3 30 526 21.89 30.87 4 0.76%
2007 week 4 30 517 22.74 30.65 9 1.74%
2007 week 5 30 471 21.51 30.03 6 1.27%
2007 week 6 30 430 21.67 31.22 6 1.40%
2007 week 7 30 419 21.16 30.32 2 0.48%

Wow, that’s quite a drop in production on kickoff returns in week 7. The touchdown percentage was 2nd lowest of any week so far this season, and the average return was the lowest of any week.

Here are the season totals on returns of kickoffs from the 30 compared to kickoffs from the 35 in 2005-2006.

Season(s) Kickoff Start # Returns Return Avg. Return End Avg. TD TD%
2005-2006 35 9,310 20.35 26.99 72 0.77%
2007 30 3,362 21.77 30.38 33 0.98%

Since I started tracking the new kickoff rule this season, I’ve focused on comparing only kickoffs from the 35 yard line in 2005-2006 to only kickoffs from the 30 yard line in 2007. All other kickoffs have been excluded from the numbers, because it did not make sense to count kickoffs from other points on the field when examining the effects of the rule. I’ve also excluded onside kicks, because those are not affected by the new rule.

I thought it might be interesting to take a look at the data for all kicks from 2005-2006 and 2007, including onside kicks, regardless of where the kickoff started.

Season(s) Kickoff Start # Kickoffs Kickoff Land Avg. TB TB %
2005-2006 All 15,413 6.58 4,489 29.12%
2007 All 4,650 9.45 591 12.71%

Comparing the data from all kickoffs to those restricted to the 35 in 2005-2006 and 30 in 2007, they really aren’t that much different. In 2005-2006, the percentage of touchbacks on all kickoffs is slightly less than kickoffs from the 35 (29.12% and 29.90%, respectively). Similarly in 2007, the percentage of touchbacks on all kickoffs is slightly less than kickoffs from the 30 (12.71% and 13.03%).
Now the return data for all kickoffs.

Season(s) Kickoff Start # Returns Return Avg. Return End Avg. TD TD%
2005-2006 All 9,820 20.42 27.58 80 0.81%
2007 All 3,781 21.63 30.82 39 1.03%

The data is generally the same for returns of all kickoffs compared to those restricted to starting from certain yard lines. Overall, the touchdown percentage is higher on all kickoffs that those from the normal kickoff line.

I wonder if it wouldn’t be simpler to use the data for all kickoffs going forward rather than restricting them to a certain yard line. It would make it easier by not having to continually qualify the numbers each week as being only for kickoffs from certain yard lines. Plus, as much as I’ve tried to qualify the numbers when referring to them, I’m pretty sure that most people still assume that I’m talking about all kickoffs, not just certain ones. I’ve been worried about this disconnect, and the best way to handle the issue may be to remove it.

If you have an opinion on this, please drop me a line.

Week 7 Statistics Available

Monday, October 15th, 2007

The statistics for week 7 (through 10/13/2007) are now available. Please let me know if you find any problems.

Player Situational Statistics

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

I’ve added situational statistics for rushing and passing for each player, where applicable. They’ve actually been available since last week, but I wanted to tweak a few things before announcing it here. You can view a player’s situational statistics to get a broad view of how the player performs in various situations during a game:

Darren McFadden’s Rushing Situational Statistics

Matt Ryan’s Passing Situational Statistics

Or you can also see how players stack up against each other in a specific situation, both nationally and by conference:

National Player Rushing Leaders on 3rd Down

Big Ten Player Passing Leaders in the 4th Quarter

Enjoy the new stats! Please send me an email with any comments or questions.