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2012 Charting Project

Prospect Theory and football

Applying behavioral economics to the game of football.

More wideouts equals a better run game?

We dive into the charting data to find out how the ground game is effected as wide receivers are added to the field.

In the shadow of your end zone

How does play-calling change when teams are backed up against their end zone?

Does big blitzing matter?

We take a look at charting data to decide if big blitzing matters in the long run.


The charting project continues with a look at fourth-down passing.

The effect of pressure

What happens when a defense brings five pass rushers? Six?


A follow-up to last week's piece on quarterbacks and completion percentages.

Big plays: A follow-up

A follow-up on the 114 big plays charted that did not finish in the end zone.

Adjusting completion percentages

Where Collin Klein is underrated again and Matt Barkley is still overrated.

Leach v. Holgorsen: A look back

We thought we had charting gold on our hands.

Anatomy of a big play

How the perfect play call, perfect execution, or both, can break a big play and potentially change a game.

College football's curveball

College football coaches lean on the no-back on third-and-6, but nobody makes it the focal point of their offense.

The 2012 Charting Project

SB Nation's research and analytics interns charted over 100 games from the 2012 college football season. It's time to start finding out what we can learn from the data.