If you want to take a closer statistical look at what Auburn does this fall, why not contribute by charting some games? Contact me by email or twitter, or just comment here. War Eagle!
[not that long; guess i'll read it]
If you've seen anything I've written before, it was probably an X&O breakdown of an Auburn game or maybe one of my offense explainers. If you've read everything I've written, then you know that I have also dabbled in game charting.
By game charting, I mean watching a football game and tracking different things like formations, run directions, and pass distances. It's something that Bill Connelly of footballstudyhall.com started in 2012 and expanded in 2013 and 2014, the two years I contributed. With lots of information on lots of games, Bill and his friends were able to share some really neat information.
Meanwhile I was able to write several posts on College and Magnolia with a more statistical flavor. Nothing too in depth, but stuff I found interesting anyway. For example...
- Tracking how Tre Mason, Corey Grant, and Cameron Artis-Payne were used in early 2013.
- Preparing for the different ways 2013 Florida State used its top four receivers.
- Determining whether or not Nick Marshall had improved as a passer in the first few games of 2014.
Now, I really enjoy contributing to the so-called "Auburn interwebz" but real-life and sanity have required me to cut back. During the 2013 football season, I wrote two posts nearly every week and I was able to chart about 10 of Auburn's 14 games. Last season, I cut back to one post a week and charted only 4 or 5 games (thereby contributing to Bill scaling back his charting project).
That's right. Bill isn't heading up a large scale charting project this year and he outlines several reasons in the last few paragraphs of that link above. The thing is, I had already planned on not contributing this year and finding someone else to fill in instead. Especially if that someone could write a post a week or so and dig up interesting things from the charting.
So that's where you come in. Even though the big charting project is mostly dead, that doesn't mean you can't chart the games anyway. I have the template we used. I have the numbers of the last two seasons. (Somewhere. I think.) And though we won't be able to see trends across the sport, I still have an interest in the things charting can tell us about Auburn football itself. I just don't have the time. Maybe you do.