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NU is the most underrated team... PROOF

From the fanposts... proof Northwestern is the most underrated team in college football.

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Head-to-Head Recruiting Results, 2013

As I've said previously, I am skeptical of the ability of independent recruiting scouts and websites. If they were that good at determining the athletic capacity of a 17-year old, some coaching...

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Sanctions through history: Do they hurt programs on the field?

I've seen a lot of talk about whether or not the sanctions against Penn State (or USC or Miami or UNC) will have any effect, and I wanted to see what had happened in the past. To that end, I...

A More Thorough First Look at the Point Spread Data

Rodger put out an article about the recent release of a large number of point spreads, and I can never resist big piles of data. I have very mixed feeling about gamblers, but I will take their...

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Program Consistency: Bowl Eligibility Streaks

A lot of fans talk about "win consistently" and establish a "program", two terms of uncertain definition. To me (and I think most fans of non-King programs), winning consistently means avoiding...

So You're Telling Me There's a Chance: Northwestern's Path to the Rose Bowl

Before Saturday, Northwestern controlled its own fate. Now, it needs some help. Here are the scenarios where Northwestern makes the title game. First, Northwestern must win out. There are...

Rooting Interest Week 5 (aka One of Northwestern's Opponents Needs to Win a Game Eventually)

Given that Northwestern is 3 points away in the AP poll and 2 points away in the coaches' poll, a win over Indiana basically puts Northwestern in. However, at least one of six other games has to...

Rooting Interest Week 4 (aka Which Teams Might Lose and Drop From the Rankings)

It's been awhile since Northwestern has been knocking at the "being ranked" door, but one of my favorite activities every time that happens is trying to figure out how NU can scrounge enough votes...

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Head-to-Head Recruiting Records and Rankings: Look Quick Before Urban Flips Another

As I've said previously, I am skeptical of the ability of independent recruiting scouts. If they were that good at determining the athletic capacity of a 17-year old, some coaching staff or...

Must Read Article On Joe Paterno, From 1968

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(Bumped. Great writing, great quotes from JoePa.- G.F.) This article describes better than any published recently the ideal he espoused for college sports. It also refers to the "youthful keeper" of the Penn State program, which makes it worth reading just for that.
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God is Dead

  I have always been idealistic about college sports.  I would argue on the side that college sports were generally positive for everyone involved: the players received an education (as well as...

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God Is Dead

"I always used to answer Penn State when asked a major program that wasn't dirty."

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Recruiting Wins and Losses: How Desirable is Your School?

Even though this week is Hat Week (Go 'Cats! Get the Hat back!), I thought I would share a pet project of mine.  I'm not a big fan of recruiting rankings.  I prefer wins and losses.  So to me, the...

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Best Decade Ever? How Close are B1G Teams to their Best 10 Years

So I was doing my usual random playing around with game records and I came with something interesting (to me at least).  The question I was considering was "How many B1G teams are currently going...

Northwestern vs Other Similar Programs

  In a number of discussions I've seen on this site, a commentator will say "Why can't Northwestern win as often as School X?" for some school that has some of the attributes of Northwestern...

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Predictions vs Reality: 2010

With the start of the season almost here, every writer, blog, and town drunk (not necessarily mutually exclusive categories) has come out with their predictions for how each team will finish by the...

BC Watch Party in Charlottesville, VA

The NU Club of Virginia is having a watch party of the BC game at Wild Wing Cafe in Charlottesville.   ...That's really all there's to say, but the minimum word count is not cooperating.  Basically...

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A Conference Title Game Has No Effect on Conference BCS Bids

Is a championship game actually going to cost the B1G a BCS bid?

Don't F*** With Mickey

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ESPN has suspended their best college football writer, Bruce Feldman, for his work on the Mike Leach memoir. They had previously agreed that he could write it, but apparently changed their minds once they read that Craig James (aka the single shittiest announcer in sports) deliberately led a campaign to get Leach fired because James' kid wasn't any good at football. Formerly, I was skeptical of the "ESPN is run by control freaks who will attempt to destroy anyone who goes against them" conspiracy theories, but if they will fire Bruce Feldman for practicing the most basic form of journalistic freedom, nothing is beneath them.

Yummy yummy cookies. Clearly, this is a sign that Northwestern has no intention of competing on...

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Yummy yummy cookies. Clearly, this is a sign that Northwestern has no intention of competing on the field and only takes the conference dollars to buy delicious baked goods.
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Tradifference Revisted: Coaches vs Their School's History

Last offseason, I examined the various coaches of the Big Ten and tried to determine how each coach had performed relative to what a fan could reasonably expect (tradifference, the difference...

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Sports and Antitrust: Why Suing the BCS has a Wildcat's Chance in Columbus of Winning in Court

Why the DOJ isn't going to nail the BCS on antitrust grounds.

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Computer Rankings (and Others) after the First Weekend

Here are the intermediate results from the first weekend:   Ranking System Points Possible Points Remaining KenPom 460 1080 Chalk 450 960 Wife 440 1120 SI Power Rankings 440 1120 S...

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Brackets and Rankings Madness: How Well Do Various Rankings System Predict the Tourney?

I was wondering about how well the various computer rankings would do if they had to fill out a bracket, so I found a bunch of them and did so.  The rankings I found were Sagarin (3 versions),...

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Why Computers Hate the Big Ten

Here's my thinking: the transitive rankings I've been posting all season have results reasonably close to the computer rankings used in the BCS formula.  Therefore, if we examine the effect of...

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Worldwide Leader Reveals Actual Location (Hint: Fiery Depths of Hell)

Maybe this isn't as funny as I think it is right now, but on College Football Live they listed the 'diving' distances from TCU to the Big East schools.  Apparently Connecticut, the state containing...

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Transitive Rankings Post Week 13: Buckeyes Sneak into the Top Spot

The final week of Big Ten play sees a pretty big shift in the transitive rankings.  A somewhat surprising shakeup occurs at #1 and shocking wins by Indiana and Minnesota lead to a new bottom.  

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Transitive Rankings Post Week 12- The Underdog's Day Was Not Last Weekend

As every college football message board debater knows, winning football games is transitive. In other words, if Team A beats Team B and Team B beats Team C, the fans of Team A are perfectly within...

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Transitive Rankings Post Week 12- You Are What Your Record Says You Are (Unless You're Indiana)

As every college football message board debater knows, winning football games is transitive. In other words, if Team A beats Team B and Team B beats Team C, the fans of Team A are perfectly within...

Where Northwestern Ranks Nationally in the Years Without a Losing Season

With the win over Ioa, Northwestern is guaranteed to have its 4th consecutive year without a losing season.  While that might not sound very impressive, 78 other programs have had a losing season...

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