About Champion

Based out of Eugene, Oregon I have spent my work and free time covering the great world of sports.  I worked in a sports memorabilia store on the Las Vegas strip for over two years meeting athletes and celebrities frequently.  I spent a little too much time placing wagers and researching sports to support my love for sports gambling.  I have been fortunate to have access to Oregon football season tickets since the late 1980’s and I rebelled and graduated from Oregon State early in the millennium. My views are biased and slanted towards west coast teams, specifically those in the Northwest.  Please enjoy and feel free to comment and disagree.

2 Responses to “About Champion”

  1. Philip,
    I’m constructing a college football predicting model, and maybe you can help with one elusive piece of data (your article on productive running backs got me here). Do you have stats, or an educated feel, for how much college football starters play? Ideally, it would be broken down among 3 categories — offensive line, skill players, and defenders. For instance, “the average starting offensive lineman plays 65% of his team’s snaps” (number made up). At the very least, I was hoping that your research on running backs might at least give me a ballpark number to use – for instance, “the average starting running back makes 65% of his team’s rushes”. Thanks for any help.

    • Without watching every game it would be tough to determine how many snaps each player is on the field. This isn’t my specialty but most box scores will show the number of plays each team runs in a game and you could also use the number of reception and rushes a running back receives during the game. I would say a starting running back is in on 70% of the offensive plays, a quarterback 100%, offensive line 75-80% of offensive snaps. Linebackers are 85%, defensive line starters are 70-75%, safeties are 85%, and cornerbacks about 80%. You would also have to account for the schemes a team uses and situational formations such as goaline, dime, nickel, or a spread offense. Don’t know if that helped at all. Thanks for the read.

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