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on October 6, 2013
Bill Connelly wrote a terrific book here. There's a lot of humor, interesting footnotes, and tremendous anecdotes. Mr. Connelly interviewed other sports writers, as well as athletes and coaches, to create a work that looks at college football from every angle. He thoroughly explains the advanced statistics that are a staple of the work he and others do at footballstudyhall.com and footballoutsiders.com.

The foreword by Jason Kirk and Spencer Hall (of SBNation.com and everydayshouldbesaturday.com) sets the tone for the personal nature of much of the book, where the many people interviewed help explain their own connection to college football, and why it matters so much to themselves and generally in this country. Definitely a must-read for lovers of college football, its stats, and its stories.
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on October 6, 2013
If you are even a casual football fan, you should read this book. First, there are few more insightful commentators in the sports world than Bill Connelly. He notices the little things that matter and is very good at exposing to the reader why they are important. Second, there are few writers who are as good at relating complicated subjects to unsophisticated readers. Yes, there is math, but he explains it in such a way that most people can understand. His writing is very engaging and the book truly is a "page turner."

But, above all, this book is a great celebration of College Football and not just stats. The book has great context built in to it where the stats are really just used to expose how great college football is - which, is the brilliance of Connelly and his overall point.
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on August 16, 2013
Bill C. is an absolute genius. The book observes college football from a sociological perspective to a deeply personal perspective: and that's all in the first 30 pages. For the stats nerd, he goes there as well, trying to explain what statistic is important to who and how they are valued. He covers many aspects of the personality of the sport in that unique writing style that he uses for SB Nation and Football Study Hall.
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on August 30, 2017
Must-read for anyone that's ever had a love affair with college football and wanted to pinpoint exactly just *why* it's so damn gripping. A great intro to advanced statistics as well with plenty of real-world examples.
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on January 31, 2014
This be pretty short, but I thought it was worth rating it. It gives a new perspective on the sport and many times throughout you'll stop and think about the things, concepts, and ideas he puts forward in this book.

Worth noting is that this is for the hardcore college football fans. Not that casual fans can't read it! But I feel, as a hardcore fan, there were times more casual fans would have issues understanding and really appriciate certain aspects of the book.

A must-read for college football fans!
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on May 30, 2014
Whether it's for the numerous stories interspersed in the text, or for the breakdown of what various statistics are (and more importantly, why they matter), this book draws you in. I can't wait for the season to start again; this book provides a fan the ability to see the game in a number of new lights, from deep statistics to interesting societal backgrounds present in some of the rivalries and conferences.

Money well spent!
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on October 6, 2013
Bill's book is warm, accessible, and helps decode the advanced stats movement in a way that just about any fan can understand. This book will make you way better at teasing out what really happened during a game outside of an imperfect box score, and brings great insights from coaches, and some of the smartest minds around the sport. A quick read, and a welcome addition to any fan's football library.
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on March 28, 2015
Bill does a terrific job explaining why some stats are more relevant than others, and how we can use advanced stats to better explain what we see happening on the field. I would describe it as a college football textbook, but the writing is so much more engaging. A great read for fans of the game and fans of stats.
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on June 19, 2017
Really good book even though it's a few years dated
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on February 8, 2014
I don't have much to say, but if you're a college football fan you need to read this book. Bill did an amazing job compiling both intriguing statistical information and ideas as well as providing multiple chapters dedicated to the good and bad sides of college football. Hands down, the best football-related book I've read.
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