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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!

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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.

The Numerical

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!

Bill Connelly's 130-team preview, 2018

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.

Big plays are the 3-pointers of football

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

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.

Morning Tailgate

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.

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.

An advanced football stats FAQ for high school coaches

There’s no reason you can’t try to derive an advantage from advanced stats at the high school level, too.

How Iowa continues to hold up in base defense

The Big 10 have been late adopters to the spread era but Iowa has managed to survive and thrive on defense without moving away from their traditional, 4-3 defense.

The most well-rounded college running backs in 2018

Meanwhile, Mississippi State has two of the most exciting mobile quarterbacks in the country.

Mike Gundy’s space-force

Mike Gundy has always had a knack for tying his explosive passing attacks to spread run games. The Cowboys’ 2018 rushing attack may be their strongest yet.

The synergies of the optimal college football offense

What are the five elements of the optimal college offense? Catch up here.

The five elements of the optimal college football offense

Synthesizing a bunch of concepts we discuss a lot but haven’t necessarily put together.

A.J. Brown is terrifying, and other things advanced stats can tell us

Stats and eyeballs agree: Brown is maybe the best returning receiver in the country.

Shaq Griffin and 3-4 OLB play against the spread

The 3-4 OLB is being threatened with extinction by the spread offense, but Shaq Griffin revealed that a fast enough athlete can still make it work.

What if the G5 had their own playoff?

Rather than collecting the scraps from the table of the P5 schools, what if the G5 broke off and created their own system for determining a national champion.

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

Can the 4-2-5 still stop the spread?

The 4-2-5 was once a cutting edge system for handling spread attacks, now spread attacks are designed to attack it. Are there enough evolutions available to keep the system alive and well heading into a new decade?

Joe Moorhead explains the 5 tenets of the SEC West’s most dangerous offense

Joe Moorhead’s offensive system is all the proof you need that he can thrive in Starkville and take on college football’s most fearsome division.