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Why the sad history of blue chip QB rankings is changing

The proliferation of spread offensive tactics to the major programs has coincided with rapidly improving hit rates for the service rankings’ top rated QBs.

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Spread-iso ball in 2018’s Big 12

A glance at how Big 12 offenses are using spread spacing to create isolations for their WRs and easy reads for their QBs.

The Numerical

Week 10 Five Factors box scores

No mercy from Clemson against Louisville.

Bill Connelly's 130-team preview, 2018

How has S&P+ performed, team by team?

Which teams does S&P+ have a particularly strong read on? Particularly weak?

Week 9 Five Factors box scores

OU was downright mean to Kansas State.

Big plays are the 3-pointers of football

The only way to prevent them is by preventing ANY kind of successful play.

The spread offense in short-yardage

How do spread passing teams handle short-yardage?

Week 6 Five Factors box scores

Sometimes an upset is a statistical fluke, with odd bounces and whatnot. Purdue straight up beat Ohio State.

How Iowa State obliterated West Virginia

With a more advanced style of defense, physical offense, and "pump fake" Purdy, Iowa State gave West Virginia a historic beating that illustrates the evolution of the college game.

Week 6 Five Factors box scores

Michigan State recovered every fumble and benefited from dropped INTs against Penn State. That, and more from week 7.

Return of the tailback

The days of having playing two running backs at the same time seemed to be over, but in today’s evolving game the multi-use tailback may make a comeback.

College football statistical profiles

Every advanced stat you need to track, now in a new format

Morning Tailgate

Week 6 Five Factors box scores

Michigan State toyed with CMU, Baylor and WVU each got a little lucky, and look at you, Georgia Southern!

Spread-iso ball is thriving in Houston

The Cougars are running Kendall Briles "veer and shoot" offense at a high level and illustrating the future of spread football down in Houston.

Week 5 Five Factors box scores

Michigan State toyed with CMU, Baylor and WVU each got a little lucky, and look at you, Georgia Southern!

The Air Raid baptism

Oklahoma State’s new DC Jim Knowles had to endure his first painful lesson on the horrors of defending a high level Air Raid offense.

Week 4 Five Factors box scores

Clemson destroyed Georgia Tech while suffering some of the worst fumbles luck of the year. Guh.

QB draw: The rulebreaker

Johnny Manziel popularized a play that is becoming a devastating counter to anti-spread defenses.

Week 3 college football Five Factors box scores

Auburn’s postgame win probability was 83% in the loss to LSU. Ouch. Also: North Texas was both better and luckier than Arkansas.

The rise of the Aztec empire

More teams are copying the San Diego State strategy of using a rangy hybrid in the middle of the field and offenses aren’t sure what to do about him.

Week 2 college football Five Factors box scores

FSU was screwed by turnovers in Week 1 and saved by them in Week 2.

What kind of coach can win at Kansas?

The formula that propelled Kansas in the past is now a best practice in the Big 12. To win in the future they need to go a different route.

Week 1 college football Five Factors box scores

Virginia Tech’s big win came with help.

3 overrated college football teams for 2018 by preseason analytics

Preseason polls are more accurate and useful than you might think, but there are always some misses.

You’re more likely to score after a punt. Why?

Fuel for the #NeverPunt crowd.

45 reasons to care about college football stats

No matter your relationship to college football, the future of analytics will make at least one of the items listed below better for you.

Five Factors

What could a Jim Harbaugh spread offense look like?

By hiring former spread OL coach Ed Warriner and bringing in Shea Patterson, Jim Harbaugh may be transitioning towards more of a pro-spread fusion in 2018.

P.J. Fleck’s walk-on warriors

Recruiting and branding mastermind P.J. Fleck has been working the walk-on program in an effort to build up the Minnesota roster into the kind of squad that can compete for B1G titles.