Big Ten CFP-Era Résumés

In recent memory, Ohio State has dominated the Big Ten. The Buckeyes have won the Big Ten five of the last seven years and four straight times. In my recent piece I wrote about Nebraska coaches’ records over the last 50 years broken down by into tiers based on opponent quality. This week, I wantContinue reading “Big Ten CFP-Era Résumés”

Husker Coaching Résumé

I do not need to tell you that the first three years of Scott Frost’s tenure at Nebraska have been worse than anticipated. Frost would have to win seven of the first six games in 2021 (not a typo) just to tie Mike Riley for wins through 38 games. But not all wins or lossesContinue reading “Husker Coaching Résumé”

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”