Back in Business

The statistics on the site have been updated to include statistics from the first week of the season. An update following the second week will likely be available by Sunday evening. FYI, this update does not include the two games that have been played this week. (Washington State and Nevada have yet to finish their game at this point in time.)

For those interested, I will be writing for Football Study Hall at SB Nation. I need to thank Paul Dalen and Bill Connelly. They made it possible for me to continue working on FBS Drive Stats. I consider it a unique privilege to write on a larger platform alongside some exceptionally talented people.

2014 Stats Update

I still hope to post statistics for the 2014 season. The decision to add rushing and passing statistics has complicated my compilation process because it made me dependent on a database I no longer have access to.

I’m still contemplating how to overcome this obstacle. Your patience is appreciated.

Quick Post

FBS Drive Stats has now been updated to include the following things:

  • Drive stats now go back to 2005. The 2005 season interested me for fairly obvious reasons. Some people may have forgotten that before losing to Texas in the Rose Bowl, many in the national media considered the 2005 Trojans as one of the premier teams in college football history. Evidence suggests that Texas clearly had the best team that season. The Adjusted Efficiency Rankings ranked USC third that season, and it ranked Ohio State second. Some outside Columbus and Austin may have forgotten this, but the Buckeyes and Longhorns played that season. Vince Young threw a game-winning touchdown to Limas Sweed with less than three minutes remaining. The Longhorns wont the game 25-22. Ohio State’s other loss that season came against an exceptional Penn State team in Happy Valley. USC probably¬†had the better team than Ohio State that season, but it’s not totally unfathomable to think the Buckeyes were their equal.
  • I have received some emails from people asking me about how to manipulate team drive charts. I think I have solved this problem by installing pivot tables into the drive charts for all 128 teams. This simplifies filtering and should make it easy to generate drive-based statistics in games against an opponent or set of opponents.
  • The Game Summaries files also have pivot tables. Games can be filtered based on conference affiliation or team. This will be particularly useful for those interested in analyzing inter-conference matchups. (SEC fans have yet another way to intelligently prove their league’s superiority to everyone else.) The time filter can be used to assess how a team or conference performed during a month or set of weeks.

That’s all I have for right now. As always, please free to email with any questions. I respond promptly to all messages.