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Introducing College Football at Sports-Reference.com

Posted by Justin Kubatko on August 11, 2010

I am pleased to announce the launch of College Football at Sports-Reference.com, the latest addition to the Sports Reference family of web sites. We have had plans to launch a college football site for quite some time, but for one reason or another we always ran into roadblocks, most of them data-related. However, we now have a college football database that we believe to be second-to-none. Let me tell you a little bit about what the site does (and does not) have:

  • In the Players section, we have statistics for FBS players dating back to the 2000. Each player's page includes detailed player statistics, appearances on leader boards, awards, honors, and more. We also have player game logs and splits. Let me note that we do not have a page for every player who played since 2000. However, we do have a page for every player who had at least one non-zero in the following categories: pass attempts, rush attempts, rushing yards, receptions, receiving yards, defensive interceptions, defensive interception return yards, fumbles recovered, fumble recovery return yards, punts, punt returns, punt return yards, kick returns, kick return yards, extra-point attempts, field goal attempts, or points.
  • In the Schools section we have data for all major college programs dating back to 1869. Each school has an index with school information (location, colors, etc.), yearly W-L-T records, and more. Each year has its own summary page with rosters, statistics, and more. We also have schedules and results dating back to 1869.
  • The Years section has summaries for each year dating back to 1869. On each summary page you will find AP poll results, award winners, consensus All-America teams, leader boards, and more.
  • Next we have the Conferences section. Each conference has an index with cumulative W-L-T records, conference champions, and more. For each year we have a summary page with conference standings, AP poll results, bowl game results, and more. Finally, as with the schools we have schedules and results dating back to 1869.
  • In the Coaches section we have career W-L-T records for almost 2000 coaches. Each coach's page includes a career summary, yearly W-L-T records, and more.
  • The Leaders section has career, season, and yearly leaders for a number of statistics. Please note that all leaders are based on statistics from 2000 through 2009 (the period for which we have complete player statistics).
  • Let's move on to the Awards section, where you will find consensus All-America teams, major award winners, and Heisman Trophy voting.
  • Finally, the Bowls section has bowl summaries for all major bowls with results and more.

Whew! All in all the site has almost 16,000 school pages, over 18,000 player pages, almost 2,000 coach pages, and over 6,500 conferences pages. Now, with a project this big we know there are going to be errors that slipped through our fingers, so please give us a helping hand and fill out the site's feedback form when you come across something that appears to be in error.

Working on CFB@SR has been a labor of love for me. I have always wanted to build a college football site, but when I first started digging into this and realized the enormity of the project I began to question my sanity. In the end, though, it has been a lot of fun, and, like our other sites, this is only the beginning. The site will continue to expand as we move forward, with new data, new features, and (hopefully) many new users. Let me close by thanking the people that made CFB@SR possible: James Howell, for his outstanding game scores database; John Hartwell, for once again coming up with a fantastic logo; the crew at Sports Reference, for their ever-helpful comments and suggestions; and my family, for their love and patience. This is starting to sound like the end, but it really is just the beginning. I hope you enjoy the new site...

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