Calling Football Stats People - Download Box Score Data

Calling Football Stats People - Download Box Score Data

Submitted by stbowie on September 17th, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Does anyone know a good free source for downloading box score data? Primarily interested in this year's games, but somewhat interested in previous years as well. I'm looking to put together some statistical summaries of B1G games and would love to not have to enter data by hand if it's already out there (and free).

Thanks and Go Blue!

Progress, Quantified

Progress, Quantified

Submitted by Swayze Howell Sheen on November 14th, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Introduction

Now that we're seriously into the season, I thought it might be time to see how we're doing as compared to last year. Some people around here like tables (called "charts"), but methinks charts are hard to read. In fact, that's why last year I started plotting the Hennegraphs and other related graphical views of data B. Cook has put together.

The Graph

And hence, a graph of some key offensive statistics across the first ten games of the year, for both 2009 and 2010:

Click here for the full-sized graph, which is much easier to read.

The graph plots a number of statistics across each game of the season. On the left are all the number for 2009, and on the right the numbers for 2010. The bottom-most graph shows points scored in each game; the next graph up shows point differential (how many points we scored minus how many points the opposition scored); a similar set of graphs for how many yards our offense accumulated and yard differential (yards gained minus yards given up) are shown above those.

I also took some liberty of moving the 2009 Delaware St. game to before the Big Ten Season so that the comparable games are in the same part of the season.

Analysis

These graphs I believe allow one to make a few observations about how much the team has progressed since last season. And so I do:

  • In 2009, we were outgained in yardage, often significantly, in virtually every game against serious competition (the Big Ten team and Notre Dame). I think it is reasonable to make the case, and the record indeed shows, that we were just a bad Big Ten team.
  • In 2010, there is only one game like this: the MSU game. We have thus made a jump, at least to the middle of the pack, and possible higher (which the next two weeks will play a significant role in determining).
  • In 2009, a number of Big Ten games were quite close despite the yardage differentials. Is this a testimony to the fact that the team is actually pretty tough mentally, never quitting in games even though they were getting pushed around? It is pretty amazing how close the team was to having a pretty good seasonin 2009.
  • In 2010, in many ways our record is worse than our yardage numbers. This has a lot to do with turnovers undoubtedly, and is a great sign for the 2011 season.
  • Your observations go here.

A lot of this is well known and obvious for those who follow the team (i.e. mgoblog fanatics like myself), but I thought the visualization was a nice way to see the differences between 2009 and 2010. Certainly, it can be shown to any idiot who claims we haven't made much progress. 

Enjoy! And please do suggest other items to include on said graphs; it is not hard to scrape the data from the espn box scores.

UM Athletic Department 2nd Most Profitable in US in '08

UM Athletic Department 2nd Most Profitable in US in '08

Submitted by colin on March 23rd, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Not that this couldn't have been done by everyone else, but I figure this might be of some use to the board. I took that database mentioned in UV today as found here:

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/01/19/subsidy

And google doc'd it so I could give it out and do some easy sorting. If you want to check it out yourself, here's the link:

http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AhBxILsMcvIMdGMyTUdKQlpOb0cxM3N…

In case you were wondering, here's the top 25:

University Total Subsidy, 2005 Total Subsidy, 2008 Total Operating Revenue, 2008 Subsidy as % of 2008 Total Operating Expenses, 2008 Profit/loss, pre-subsidy Profit/loss, counting subsidy
Auburn U. 982349 5195136 89311824 5.82% 69841200 19470624 14275488
U. of Michigan 0 58817 99027105 0.06% 85496004 13531101 13472284
U. of Kansas 3186282 3893956 82976047 4.69% 65748366 17227681 13333725
Texas A&M U. 839348 3264000 92476146 3.53% 77426317 15049829 11785829
U. of Georgia 3028878 3073606 85554395 3.59% 71993533 13560862 10487256
U. of Iowa 3632198 2287795 81515865 2.81% 71602594 9913271 7625476
U. of Texas at Austin 3027310 1832229 120288370 1.52% 110996365 9292005 7459776
Purdue U. 677093 0 64253784 0% 59217169 5036615 5036615
Indiana U. 1700460 1426911 57155333 2.5% 50920826 6234507 4807596
Kansas State U. 2949040 3189559 49113706 6.49% 41362747 7750959 4561400
Oklahoma State U. 4174287 4644017 98874092 4.7% 89801118 9072974 4428957
Louisiana State U. 0 0 85018205 0% 81150829 3867376 3867376
U. of Florida 3753327 4431187 106607895 4.16% 98775583 7832312 3401125
West Virginia U. 2780626 3652315 54262716 6.73% 49052709 5210007 1557692
Washington 1460173 1849894 60729016 3.05% 57330671 3398345 1548451
Ohio State U. 5429 0 115737022 0% 114264848 1472174 1472174
Florida State U. 4796773 6590629 73458494 8.97% 65583105 7875389 1284760
U. of Nebraska at Lincoln 0 0 75492884 0% 74981110 511774 511774
U. of Illinois 4708707 4202696 67818403 6.2% 63458807 4359596 156900
U. of Kentucky 639686 568996 71727243 0.79% 71079982 647261 78265
U. of South Carolina 854387 1987931 66545953 2.99% 64516437 2029516 41585
U. of Arkansas at Fayetteville 1429833 1518452 66174916 2.29% 64632499 1542417 23965
U. of Oklahoma 150000 150000 77098008 0.19% 76945882 152126 2126
U. of Oregon 1369845 1168411 56623901 2.06% 56259942 363959 -804452

And here's the bottom 25:

Rutgers U. 19881954 22237281 52012491 42.75% 51748813 263678 -21973603
Eastern Michigan U. 17135653 21396376 24971850 85.68% 25153393 -181543 -21577919
New Mexico State U. 8074837 16103229 25379586 63.45% 28298002 -2918416 -19021645
U. of Nevada at Las Vegas 9596488 19044324 38377947 49.62% 37934266 443681 -18600643
U. of Central Florida 13756337 18676064 39715730 47.02% 38825507 890223 -17785841
U. of Houston 12437318 17547745 30988450 56.63% 30988450 0 -17547745
U.S. Air Force Academy 8417045 16579598 30604249 54.17% 31174646 -570397 -17149995
State U. of New York at Buffalo 14397205 17001122 21859641 77.77% 21854374 5267 -16995855
Miami U. (Ohio) 14462096 16665051 23307295 71.5% 23320946 -13651 -16678702
San Diego State U. 11161382 16874292 32118251 52.54% 31405858 712393 -16161899
Ohio U. 10713478 14591522 19450560 75.02% 20297059 -846499 -15438021
Western Michigan U. 14201835 15478356 21990723 70.39% 21635009 355714 -15122642
U. of Cincinnati 5642852 10699504 32281546 33.14% 36369715 -4088169 -14787673
Middle Tennessee State U. 11386377 14737696 19656265 74.98% 19656265 0 -14737696
Northern Illinois U. 10634413 15435450 23342006 66.13% 22448970 893036 -14542414
Central Michigan U. 11841935 13824715 21103460 65.51% 21636204 -532744 -14357459
Kent State U. 12373580 13384016 18106791 73.92% 18891134 -784343 -14168359
U. of Akron 10272310 13813933 18711948 73.82% 18858092 -146144 -13960077
Florida International U. 12131586 15691580 20230654 77.56% 18475489 1755165 -13936415
Western Kentucky U. 10047994 13704025 19957909 68.66% 19957909 0 -13704025
U. of Wyoming 10638025 13233339 24547609 53.91% 24876915 -329306 -13562645
U. of Virginia 7973032 11119358 64396612 17.27% 65838543 -1441931 -12561289
U. of New Mexico 8107987 12010006 35979959 33.38% 36477159 -497200 -12507206
U. of Tennessee 7546536 13382629 101806196 13.15% 100507146 1299050 -12083579
U. of Texas at El Paso 10759894 11375111 25269243 45.02% 25707421 -438178 -11813289

Should we maybe look skeptically on the idea of adding Rutgers to the Big 10? Maybe? And that was 6 of 11 programs in the big 10 in the top 25 (aka "profitable") in 2008, with 0 in the bottom 25.