Corn Flakes: Advanced Stats in Football - Worth It Or Not?

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It's -15 outside as I publish this.

Me, Mrs CN and the daughter will be heading to UNL at the end of this week for a college visit. It should be very interesting. She is planning on going into pre-med. Nebraska is not in first place right now.

Gophers fall to Nebraska 82-78 - The Daily Gopher

Well that was ugly. Despite a furious comeback at the end of the second half, the Gophers lost in Lincoln 82-78. The Gophers were unable to overcome turnovers, poor free throw shooting, and problematic defense.

It wasn't ugly for Nebraska fans! WOHOOOO!!

Huskers Fall at Northwestern -

Tear'a Laudermill scored a career-high 18 points, but No. 21 Nebraska was outscored 6-2 in the final 1:30 to drop a 63-59 decision at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Sunday. With the loss, Nebraska slipped to 13-5 overall and 3-3 in the Big Ten, while Northwestern improved to 13-7 and 3-4 in the conference.

This is not a good loss for the women. They're in danger of falling out of the Top 25, and they're falling in the Big Ten conference race. There's plenty of games left, but the margin for error for winning the conference is very thin now.

Steven M. Sipple: Ex-NU slugger Harvey carries clout as 'student manager' : Latest Husker News
Ken Harvey, the former Nebraska consensus All-America first baseman and major-league All-Star, is uncertain of his official title with the 2014 Husker baseball team. Never mind the particulars. He has credibility, regardless of his title as student manager.

Michigan Takes The Lead, But Who Will Win The Big Ten? - BT Powerhouse

With Michigan's win over MSU last night, the Wolverines have taken the outright lead in the conference race, but who is in the best position to win going forward?

Can you believe this? The Wolverines lead the conference. This is the same team that's responsible for Nebraska's only home loss this season, and that was by one point, and included a half court buzzer beater at the half for Michigan.

State of the Union: Big Ten Recruiting Roundup 1.25.14 - Black Shoe Diaries
Who's ready for signing day? Well, it looks like some of the Big Ten may or may not be.

2014's way-too-early college bowl (and Playoff!) projections: FSU, Alabama top seeds -

Gone are the days of only having a mere 35 college football bowl games. Starting in 2014, we'll have 39, counting two Playoff semifinals and the new National Championship. So let's take a very, very early look at how this thing could shape up.

Nebraska projected to the Fight Hunger Bowl. I doubt any of us are going to take this very seriously, and, really, we shouldn't.

Defense By The Numbers - Off Tackle Empire

Was Sparty's defense really that good? Was Ohio State's really that bad? It depends on how you measure them. Here's a look at one really simple and mostly wrong way to size up defenses.

I have a lot of respect for people like Bill Connelly who are coming up with statistics to better describe football, but I will disagree with the idea that YPG isn't a good way to measure a team. Also, ESPN doesn't use simple measurements because they're easy, they use them because they realize that 90% of humans don't care beyond that.

The five factors: College football's most important stats - Football Study Hall

Explosiveness, efficiency, field position, finishing drives, and turnovers are the five factors most directly correlated to winning football games. Check out the numbers.

If you're interested in stats, read this. If you're not interested in stats, you should read this so you can talk to people who are interested in stats. If you are a cat or dog, you shouldn't bother, other cats and dogs probably aren't all that interested.

Vox is our next | The Verge

Early last year, Melissa Bell, Matt Yglesias and I began wrestling with a question that had bugged all of us for a long time: why hadn't the Internet made the news better at delivering crucial context alongside new information? This year, we're founding a new publication at Vox Media in order to do something about it.

Here's how this works. Vox Media is the parent company of separate media entities, including "The Verge", Polygon, and SBNation. is the Nebraska site within the SBNation network.

What they're doing here is announcing that Vox will be creating some sort of new media for current events, new, etc. What I'm doing is letting you know.

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