The Numerical

The World Cup in 7 numbers

It took three perfect touches to score on Argentina, it took 96 minutes for Brazil to allow nine goals, and it's only 1,425 days until the World Cup begins again.

8 key numbers for the World Cup quarterfinals

While incredible goals (and a couple of incredible goal-keepers) stole the show, success in the World Cup's round of 16 depended even more on mistakes than brilliance. And it's time to play the...

Even when the plan works, nothing's easy

Before the World Cup began, it seemed the most likely scenario for the U.S. to advance through Group G involved three specific results and four points. That is exactly what happened, but living...

World Cup: The Numerical


The numbers that mattered from the first five days of the World Cup, from Thomas Müller's scoring, to Mario Balotelli's passing, to Mexico's lying scoreboard.

FSU, plot twists, and the ends

The stats and stories that mattered from Florida State's 34-31 BCS Championship Game win over Auburn. The final chapter of the 2013 college football season was befitting of a year that featured too...

Numerical: GoDaddy edition

Arkansas State crafted huge field position advantages and seemed to go with the wind for the entire game in a 23-20 upset of Ball State in the GoDaddy Bowl.

Vandy's Franklin-Matthews era ends?

Jordan Matthews had one final huge day for Vanderbilt's offense, and the Commodores scored the first 24 points and the last 17 points in a strange 41-24 win over Houston on Saturday.

Orange, Cotton shootouts end with defense

In both Miami and Arlington, the Tigers beat OSU. Let's take a look at the important numbers from Clemson's Orange Bowl victory over Ohio State and Missouri's Cotton Bowl defeat of Oklahoma State.

Bob Stoops laughs last

"Big Game Bob" Stoops still has some tricks left in Norman. The Sooners beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, winning their second straight game as a double-digit underdog. They probably won't be...

Now that was a fun New Year's Day

South Carolina and North Texas dominated the fourth quarter (as they tended to do in 2013), Jeremy Hill's yards were concentrated and in high volume, Nebraska makes a hell of a play call, Blake...

The Chick-fil-A saved New Year's Eve

The first three bowls on December 31 had an average scoring margin of 30 points, but the classic, ridiculous Chick-fil-A Bowl entertained enough for all of them.

Kingsbury and a candle in the wind

Nick Aliotti's retirement began happier than Mack Brown's, offenses blew scoring opportunities from coast to coast (well, from Nashville to San Diego), and Texas Tech made things look easy against...

Star power and failure

If field goals are failures, there was a lot of failure on Saturday. Still, Teddy Bridgewater, Ryan Switzer, Tyler Lockett, and (in the booth) Jesse Palmer came up big for fans on the last active...

Field position and Oompa Loompas

Firday's bowl games --the Military, Texas, and Fight Hunger Bowls -- taught us about the value of field position and special teams. Seniors capped careers, and freshmen made statements. Oh, and...

Hello to Pitt, goodbye to Jordan Lynch

Freshmen come up big for Pittsburgh in Detroit, and the Jordan Lynch Story has a pretty underwhelming ending in San Diego. Presenting the best stats from college football's Boxing Day.

Hawaii Numerical: Oregon State's hot start

Oregon State cruised to a 38-23 win over Boise State in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. Here are the numbers that explain how the Beavers did it.

The Beef 'O' Brady Numerical

Key numbers and analysis from East Carolina's 37-20 win over Ohio in Monday's Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg.

Bowl season begins, wild and weird

Dramatic endings sandwiched two blowouts on bowl season's opening Saturday. Fun? Great individual performances? Incredibly unlikely finishes? We had it. And we've still got 31 bowls to go.

The Numerical, Week 15

Two conference champions got hot on offense at the right time, the mid-major weekend was full of excitement, the regular season is almost done, and ... what's the point of all this for the little...

The Numerical: Three's the hardest number

The most important numbers from college football's Rivalry Week, from a freshman quarterback's big day to Alabama's unsuccessful quest to the SEC's future.

The Numerical gives thanks

In this run through the week's most important college football numbers, we give thanks for Andre Williams, Aaron Murray, Jordan Lynch, young cornerbacks, fake jump passes, and losing streaks that...

The Numerical: Starting hot

The best way to win is to dominate the first quarter, as USC, Wisconsin, Florida State, and others demonstrated this weekend. Also, maybe saying goodbye to Travis Wilson and your weekly Duke...

The Numerical: Accepting Stanford's loss

The best college football stats of the weekend. We can explain the year's most mystifying loss by a title contender, Vanderbilt did unto Florida what Florida did unto others, and Alabama made LSU...

The Numerical: Week 10's best stats

Purdue is bravely playing red zone-free football, Oklahoma State gets a break against Texas Tech, and Logan Thomas is still playing like a freshman. These are college football's best stats from...

The Numerical: FSU makes it quick

The week's best college football stats. Blink, and you missed the non-garbage time action in Florida State's romp over N.C. State. Also, there was a whole lot of bad quarterbacking.

The Numerical, Week 8

Tennessee went three-and-out seven times and still upset a ranked team. Notre Dame gained 47 yards after halftime and still knocked off a rival. Also, remember when Bama's defense was a concern?

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