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  • Series: USA Today College Football Encyclopedia
  • Paperback: 1392 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; Original edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602396779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602396777
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 2.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,164,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bob Boyles is the president and CEO of Sideline Communications. He has worked in sports marketing and publicity since 1972. He currently manages publicity and entertainment for the motorsports program of MBNA America Bank. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

Paul Guido is the chief operating officer of Sideline Communications. He has worked in sports journalism and marketing for more than fifteen years, holding editorial, research, and directorship positions for numerous national companies. He is the co-author of The USA Today College Football Encyclopedia. He lives in New York City.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bryan J. Sverchek on October 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
...the USA Today College Football Encyclopedia replaces the weathered Baseball Prospectus on my coffee table.

As it's the most comprehensive and up-to-date college football encyclopedia commonly available, it's great that it's so well done. The writing is solid and the information is well-organized and easy to use, whether you are reading for hours at a time or just grabbing it to quickly settle a bet. This year, Boyles and Guido have even developed an advanced statistic called the College Football Performance Formula, providing a useful tool for comparing teams across different eras.

Starting with the 1953 season, each chapter contains a brief summary of the season as a whole, followed by "milestones" such as rule changes, conference reconfigurations, and coaching changes. Next comes a week-by-week analysis of the season (focusing on 10 or 12 games each week), including poll results and BCS standings as applicable, followed by the final standings of the major conferences, summaries of the major bowl games, and year-end stats leaders. Finally there are profiles of a few of the most interesting college football "personalities" of each year, a list of award winners, and the first seven rounds of the NFL draft. After the "Year" chapters comes nearly 600 pages of individual team profiles, including all-time stats leaders, historical records, and scores and lineups for each season.

Whether you're a sabermetrics-loving stats geek or just an old school fan, no college football book belongs on your shelf more than this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GopherGuy75 on October 6, 2009
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This is an awesome reference book if you are a stats Junkie like me. I love going back and looking at how different college teams did way back when. Baylor and Vanderbilt's futility and Michigan's dominance. What is truly great about this reference source is that they list all the starters by position and take you back to some of the best games college football had to offer. It's like a "little" time machine. A must have for any Saturday afternoon football watcher; and the price can't be beat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Gilbert on July 26, 2010
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Beautifully done and exciting!
Very good action-packed format.
Easy reading and digesting of the facts.
GREAT item for a college football fan.
Steve Gilbert
Denver
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eugene Woodard on November 22, 2009
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The book starts out with inaccurate statistics. This has to be on the part of the authors. It is easy to find the winningest teams of all time the list should be accurate. Coverage of the selected teams is poor. For 15 years of research this is garbage. The selection of teams is poor. The top teams are included as they should be. Some of the teams included should rarely be mentioned in the discussion of college football; while some of the of the teams that have been at the heart of the college football discussions over the last ten years are excluded. If you need kindling here you go. If you are interested in college football DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!
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