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    Maybe this is why KU and OU sucked...

    Was going through some old blog posts and stumbled upon an WSJ article linked to by Tim Griffin... A few excerpts:

    The Journal has a very underrated sports section and an emerging blog. Staff writer Darren Evenson had an intriguing post a few days back that detailed how experience in the offensive line usually is a pretty good indicator of a college football team's eventual success.

    The study indicates that eight of the teams that finished last season in The Associated Press' final 2008 top 10 poll had at least 65 combined offensive line starts at the beginning of the season.

    And three of the more notable disappointments last season -- Missouri, Clemson and Georgia -- all had fewer than 40 starts.
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    • Texas: 91
    • Oklahoma State: 86
    • Baylor: 66
    • Iowa State: 61
    • Nebraska: 61
    • Kansas State: 57
    • Missouri: 56
    • Texas A&M: 56
    • Texas Tech: 52
    • Colorado: 48
    • Oklahoma: 29
    • Kansas: 26



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    Re: Maybe this is why KU and OU sucked...

    Doesn't explain why Baylor was so bad.


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    Re: Maybe this is why KU and OU sucked...

    Interesting. Phil Steele also picked KU to have a poor year, and everyone thought he was crazy at the time.

    By my count, KU will be at 86 starts next year assuming no transfers.

    And I think QB injuries can explain for massive departures from this model in the OU and BU cases.



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    Re: Maybe this is why KU and OU sucked...

    I think with a few exceptions this represented this year pretty well for the most part though.



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    Re: Maybe this is why KU and OU sucked...

    Quote Originally Posted by kucyclone View Post
    Interesting. Phil Steele also picked KU to have a poor year, and everyone thought he was crazy at the time.

    By my count, KU will be at 86 starts next year assuming no transfers.

    And I think QB injuries can explain for massive departures from this model in the OU and BU cases.
    Both OU and KU struggled because of their lines.

    Say what you want about OU but Bradford gets hurt because his line could not pick up a blitz to save their lives. I have no doubt it would have continued as it did. Maybe they would have stole another win or two late in the year if Bradford was healthy and the line gelled. But the line definitely cost OU its season in the very first game.



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    Re: Maybe this is why KU and OU sucked...

    Quote Originally Posted by shadow View Post
    Was going through some old blog posts and stumbled upon an WSJ article linked to by Tim Griffin... A few excerpts:

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    Nebraska had to replace nearly their entire offensive line after the 1994 National Championship season.

    So there goes that theory.



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    Quote Originally Posted by sodakjoe View Post
    Doesn't explain why Baylor was so bad.
    That's easy to explain, though - when the entire success/failure of a team rests solely on one man, in this case Griffin (sp?), and that man gets hurt, well then your team goes straight into the toilet.



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    Re: Maybe this is why KU and OU sucked...

    Quote Originally Posted by CJDelmonico View Post
    Nebraska had to replace nearly their entire offensive line after the 1994 National Championship season.

    So there goes that theory.
    Yes because of one outlier, arguably the greatest team in NCAA football history, trend must be ignored.

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    Re: Maybe this is why KU and OU sucked...

    Quote Originally Posted by Bader View Post
    Yes because of one outlier, arguably the greatest team in NCAA football history, trend must be ignored.

    Hey it's snowing today, did you pull out your Starter jacket yet?
    Thanks bader i was ganna rip into him but you stole my thunder.


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    Re: Maybe this is why KU and OU sucked...

    Quote Originally Posted by sodakjoe View Post
    Doesn't explain why Baylor was so bad.
    No... but Robert Griffin blowing out his knee does.



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    Re: Maybe this is why KU and OU sucked...

    Great post and solid stats. To some extent, it's common sense - but not something many of us think about that often.

    Quote Originally Posted by sodakjoe View Post
    Doesn't explain why Baylor was so bad.
    No, but this explains it quite well.

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    That's easy to explain, though - when the entire success/failure of a team rests solely on one man, in this case Griffin (sp?), and that man gets hurt, well then your team goes straight into the toilet.



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