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Ninety Years of College Football Recruiting, in One Map

If the biggest day in college football was last month’s national championship game, the second biggest day might be yesterday’s National Signing Day, the first day that high school seniors can announce where they’ll play football in college. Like many before it, this year’s National Signing Day was full of stories about schools competing over players, and players deciding between their local school or a team across the country.

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Ninety Years of College Football Recruiting, in One Map

February 6, 2014 5 minute read

If the biggest day in college football was last month’s national championship game, the second biggest day might be yesterday’s National Signing Day, the first day that high school seniors can announce where they’ll play football in college. Like many before it, this year’s National Signing Day was full of stories about schools competing over players, and players deciding between their local school or a team across the country.

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Benn Stancil

Co-founder & Chief Analytics Officer

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Where are the Offensive Penalties in the NFL Playoffs?

February 2, 2014 3 minute read

It’s been well-covered that games in the NFL playoffs have fewer penalties than regular season games. But what hasn’t been discussed is how penalties in the playoffs change—and particularly, offensive penalties.

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Benn Stancil

Co-founder & Chief Analytics Officer

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A Brief Update on College Football and Basketball Players' Hometowns

January 24, 2014 5 minute read

After seeing our previous two posts on college football and basketball, reader Bryan Chastain sent some excellent feedback: Showing players per capita is nice, but what’s really interesting is seeing how different player counts are from what’s expected, given a state’s or county’s population. In other words, by estimating how many players each area should produce and comparing this to the number of players that they actually do, we can more clearly identify the real hotbeds of these college sports.

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Benn Stancil

Co-founder & Chief Analytics Officer

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Where College Basketball Teams Recruit

January 21, 2014 3 minute read

An update to this post is now available.

Last week, I made an interactive map exploring where different conferences and colleges recruit college football players. Several readers mentioned that they’d like to see the same map and analysis for college basketball.

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Benn Stancil

Co-founder & Chief Analytics Officer

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The History of 'Groups of Death' in the World Cup

December 16, 2013 2 minute read

When FIFA announced the final matchups for the 2014 World Cup, the selections brought tough news for U.S. soccer fans. Team USA was placed in a group with Germany, Portugal, and Ghana. Germany and Portugal are both ranked among the top five teams in the world and Ghana beat the United States in the previous two World Cups. For Team USA, it’s a “group of death.”

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Benn Stancil

Co-founder & Chief Analytics Officer

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