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Final Mock Draft Version 3.0!

April 28th, 2011 2 comments

This will be the final version of our Mock Draft and for this one we decided to expand it to include the 2nd round. Also there is a trade between Seattle and Cincinnati in the first round and no doubt there will be other trades as well but we did not include any others as the timing of the trades would be nearly impossible to forecast. Enjoy the draft and check back here to see how we fared with our picks as we did go against the grain with several picks including the #1 overall pick! Read more…

News and Notes

April 26th, 2011 No comments

If you have not noticed already our number of daily blogs has decreased recently. We had been doing 3 blogs a week for most of the off-season packed with information concerning this upcoming football season. However as we head towards the end of April most teams have completed their spring practices which means it is magazine crunch time and we will be doing just one blog per week for the next couple of weeks.

The good news is that once the magazine is off to the press on May 13th, we will go back to doing a blog EVERY DAY!
If you need a college football fix until then, we will continue to update the Spring Guide on a daily basis where you can find all the latest and greatest information concerning all 120 teams. Get schedules, coaching changes, returning starters and other interesting tidbits. Read more…

2010 NFL Health

April 25th, 2011 No comments

One of the hardest things for any NFL team to achieve is to remain healthy for a full season due to the nature of the physical play in the game & in practices. The following chart is an unofficial count of how many starts the main player had at that position or suffer an injury. Using the opening day starters as an evaluation point isn’t ideal as the player may not be ready at that point or the backup who is named the future starter earns the spot, ie; Tim Tebow. The number under the position is how many starts were earned in the regular season only. The FB position, also, has an asterisk since some teams use multiple starting formations ie 2 TE’s or 3 WR’s. DE also has an asterisk since many teams only have one DE and use 4 OLB’s. Read more…

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Offensive Points Per Play

April 15th, 2011 1 comment

I am always looking for new stats and new ways to analyze teams each and every year. In my last blog I gave you some information on how YPP (yards per point) affects a team’s record from season to season and a lot of that information will be featured in my upcoming college preview magazine.

This year I expanded this same type of concept by taking a look at points per play. Generally, you would think that the teams’ with the top scoring offenses in ppg would be ranked at the top but there are some noticeable differences. Read more…

Offensive and Defensive YPP 2007-2010

April 8th, 2011 No comments

Eight years ago I did an article on ypp and every year there are some solid charts for you to review. First of all, let’s explain what ypp is exactly. A ypp is simply yards per point. An offense is more efficient when their ypp is a lower number. If a team had an offensive ypp of 10.0, that would mean for every 200 yards they gained, they scored 20 points. Meanwhile, if they had an offensive ypp of 20.0, then for every 200 yards they gained, they only scored 10 points. On the other side of the ball, defenses want to have a higher ypp. Inverting the same thought, if a team allowed 200 yards and had a 20.0 ypp, that means they would allow just 10 points for every 200 yards the opposition traveled, whereas a 10.0 ypp would be 20 points for every 200 yards allowed. When I started this research in 1990, the average ypp for a team was 15.44 and the median was 15.49. It surprises me how much the median has dropped inside this decade. Here is what the YPP was in 2000. Read more…

2010 Home/Away Average Attendance

April 6th, 2011 5 comments

Every year we list the average home attendance for all 120 teams in the magazine and where they rank in the NCAA. This year we have decided to also include the average away attendance giving an indication of which teams were playing in front of the biggest crowds and most hostile road environments.

Naturally, Michigan led the country again in home attendance while their Big 10 rivals Ohio St and Penn St came in #2 and #3 respectively. With recent additions to their home stadiums Alabama and Texas round out the top 5 knocking Tennessee out for the first time in several years.

In avergage away attendance the SEC dominated with 7 of the top 8 teams led by Ole Miss with an average of 80,158. Michigan thanks to road trips at Notre Dame, Penn St and Ohio St was the only non-SEC school. Read more…

2011 Mock Draft Version 2.0!

April 1st, 2011 No comments

The Pro Days have just about wrapped up & NFL teams are locked inside scouring game tape on the prospects. Its important to note that even though the players & the league will be going to court on April 6th, that the earliest a decision will come on free agency will be just before the draft with an appeal expected. There are some estimates that a new agreement won’t happen until late-July/early-August, which would essentially nullify FA this year. No trades are forecasted in this mock however, we do fully anticipate some especially in the Top 10 this year, as rookies will be under a new cap structure when they sign minimizing the risk to teams.

# Team Pos Player School
1.         Carolina                  DT                   Marcel Dareus                       Alabama

When teams approach a draft especially those in the Top 10 they also look ahead to the next years projected talent to make their evaluations. The Panthers are not going to be a good team in 2011 with a new coach, scheme, roster & are very likely to be picking in the top 5 next year. Rather than take a chance on a QB with question marks the Panthers fill a big need on the DL with Dareus to start the rebuilding process & wait another year for Andrew Luck. Read more…