Six Year Review of the Husker Offense

In college, I had a joke with a friend. Everyone in the stadium would clap with a three-yard play on 1st and 10. If the defense gives up just two more three-yard plays it is 4th and 1. The offense is looking at two plays where it can either throw or run. Football in 2020Continue reading “Six Year Review of the Husker Offense”

Big Ten Recruiting 2017-2020

“Stars don’t matter.” This is a common phrase uttered by many around signing day. Guys like JJ Watt and Le’Veon Bell are some of the top examples. I am not one of those people that think this way. While stars aren’t everything, and walk-ons have a long history of making an impact in college football,Continue reading “Big Ten Recruiting 2017-2020”

Husker Recuriting Since 2004

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Just How Special is the Huskers Returning Trio?

There’s no doubt that Adrian Martinez, Maurice Washington, and JD Spielman are an impressive returning core. But just how rare is it to bring back a trio like this? Since 2010, only seven Power 5 teams have had players put up the kinds of numbers that the Huskers trio has while returning the next season.Continue reading “Just How Special is the Huskers Returning Trio?”

To Run or Not to Run: That is the Question on Third Down

From 2015 through 2017, “Run the Ball” guy was vocal around Lincoln. A Husker legend for running the ball returned in 2018 and things are looking up for the ground game moving forward. However, the analytics guys preach the diminishing value of the ground game. The analytics guys also say that passing should be theContinue reading “To Run or Not to Run: That is the Question on Third Down”

2019 All-NBA Predictions – Review

Last month, I wrote my first blog post predicting this season’s All-NBA teams using an ordinal response regression model. I trained my model on NBA data from the 1980-2018 NBA seasons using data from basketball-reference.com. Using only player stats, I knew my model would miss two key areas that NBA voters would notice: health andContinue reading “2019 All-NBA Predictions – Review”

Husker Quarterback Tiers 1998-2018

Nebraska QB Tiers since 1998 When I first started this project, I expected the results of my cluster analysis to result in play style groupings. Instead, players grouped together in tiers of quality. In a previous post, I discussed the different groups of QBs based on each cluster name. Here, I would like to updateContinue reading “Husker Quarterback Tiers 1998-2018”

Husker Rushing Tiers

Husker Rushing Tiers Its been a long four years for “Run the Ball” at Nebraska. Devine Ozigbo in 2018 provided some optimism for the Scott Frost offense to become Nebraska’s first Tier 2 rusher since Ameer Abdullah’s Tier 1 season in 2014. Nebraska’s top rusher throughout the Mike Riley era was Terrell Newby in 2016.Continue reading “Husker Rushing Tiers”

College Running Back Tiers

College Running Back Tiers Continuing my analysis of college football skill and talent groupings, I move onto running backs. Only players from the 1998-2018 seasons were considered for the analysis. I again used sports-reference.com as the source for my data. For a player to be included in its rushing leader list, the player needs 6.25Continue reading “College Running Back Tiers”

The Five Types of College Quarterbacks

The Five Types of College Quarterbacks Recruiting sites divide quarterbacks into two groups: Pro Style and Dual Threat. These groupings have worked well in older eras of college football. A dual threat QB would run the option offense while a pro style QB would be destined to the NFL. However, Baker Mayfield and Kyler MurrayContinue reading “The Five Types of College Quarterbacks”