Archive for January, 2008

New Tagline

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

I’ve been trying for a long time to come up with a decent tagline for without much success. Coming up with a pithy phrase to describe a college football stats website is not easy, at least for me. Every tagline I came up with sounded very bland.

Luckily, Bond J Bond — the creator of the Texas Tech blog disco tech! — came up with the tagline for me in one of his posts. He referred to as “the ultimate site for stats junkies.” As soon as I saw that description I knew that it would be perfect for this website. Bond was kind enough to give me permission to use his description with just a small change. Thank you Mr. Bond.

Please take time to check out the disco tech! site, whether you’re a Red Raider fan, a Big 12 fan, or just a college football fan.

Final Kickoff Leaders – Touchback Percentage

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

This is the final individual leader board for touchback percentage on kickoffs. To qualify for this list, the player must have a minimum of 36 kickoffs. I hope to add this as a regular national and conference leader board for next season.

Player Team Kickoffs TB TB%
Adi Kunalic Nebraska 66 28 42.4%
Ryan Harrison Air Force 77 32 41.6%
Matt Szymanski Texas A&M 66 24 36.4%
Taylor Mehlhaff Wisconsin 76 27 35.5%
Vincente Rico Idaho 46 16 34.8%
Swayze Waters UAB 57 19 33.3%
Chris Nendick Northern Illinois 52 16 30.8%
Jason Bondzio Arizona 72 22 30.6%
Jose Martinez UTEP 71 21 29.6%
Dan Bailey Oklahoma State 38 11 28.9%
Jared Develli Virginia Tech 38 11 28.9%
Alex Trlica Texas Tech 90 26 28.9%
Garrett Hartley Oklahoma 104 29 27.9%
Tim Masthay Kentucky 83 23 27.7%
Kevin Kelly Penn State 78 21 26.9%
T.J. Lawrence Houston 79 21 26.6%
Jason Smith Colorado State 64 17 26.6%
Scott Webb Kansas 103 26 25.2%
Ben Vroman Utah 71 17 23.9%
David Buehler USC 84 18 21.4%

New Kickoff Rule – Final Numbers

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Now that the 2007 season is complete, it’s time to take a look at the final numbers to determine the impact this season of the new kickoff rule, which moved the start of the kickoff from the 35-yard line back to the 30-yard line.

Here are the kickoff numbers for the 2005-2006 seasons and the 2007 season.

Season(s) G Kickoff Start # Kickoffs Kickoff End Avg. TB TB%
2005-2006 1,510 All 15,413 6.58 4,489 29.12%
2007 792 All 8,788 10.26 1,036 11.79%

The percentage of touchbacks decreased from 29.12% in 2006-2006 to 11.79% in 2007, which is close to a 60% drop. There were 2.97 touchbacks per game in 2005-2006 and 1.31 touchbacks per game in 2007. The average ending yard line of kickoffs moved from the 6.58 yard line in 2005-2006 out to the 10.26 yard line in 2007.

Here are the kickoff return numbers for the 2005-2006 seasons and the 2007 season.

Season(s) G Kickoff Start # Returns Return Avg. Return End Avg. TD TD%
2005-2006 1,510 All 9,820 20.42 27.58 80 0.81%
2007 792 All 7,220 21.31 31.26 75 1.04%

The average length of returns increased in 2007 by less than one yard, from 20.42 to 21.31. The average ending yard line of kickoff returns moved from the 27.58 yard line in 2005-2006 out to the 31.26 yard line, a change of 3.68 yards. The percentage of touchdowns per return increased by 28%, from 0.81% to 1.04%.

As expected, the new rule caused a decrease in the number of touchbacks and an increase in the number of kickoff returns. However, before the season many coaches and pundits predicted the extra five yards of return space would significantly increase both the length of kickoff returns and kickoff returned for touchdown. It seems that they were partially correct — kickoff returns for touchdowns increased by 28%, but the length of the average kickoff return increased by less than one yard.

Final Statistics Available

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

The final statistics for the 2007-2008 season are now available. The statistics are subject to change as data corrections are made.