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College Football's Q & A
By Tex Noel

Ever been stumped on where to find an answer to a college football question? Or maybe you would just like to know when ... happened!

If so, then your wait and search is over. SEC SportsFan.com proudly presents this forum for fans looking for the answer to any college football question -- anything from the most obvious to the hardest. If that's you; you've come to the right place. I'm Tex Noel. I love college football and I'll be happy to help you out -- if I can.

I don't claim to know all that has taken place over the past 140 years; but with 27 years of statresearch and college football analysis experience under my belt, I will surely give it "The Old College Try". You can read some of the college football statistics I have compiled at SEC Football Statistics. I also have an awesome back of other researchers that I can call on or search their sites for your answers.

Speaking of which, if you are interested in college football history, then you should be receiving The College Football Historian — a monthly newsletter on the history of our great game — as written by subscribers.

Check out College Football Historian to subscribe for free.

Here's some interesting stats about AP No. 3's (besides 2012 Ok. State with more first place votes than the #2 team); Pre-BCS National Championship Bowl Game Stats and Conference Teams in the AP Pre-Season Poll.

OK, before getting started, please note the following types of question will not be answered:

  • Anything relating to any pro league (#1 draft choices of a respective college is accepted);
  • No info on Vegas or any other source as it relates to pre-game odds;
  • A question that I deem in questionable or not related to the college game.

Also, from time-to-time, I may insert here what I call a StatSearch—where I have found something that I think y'all would be interested in reading.

You can use the form below to submit a question directly to me.

Here's the first question:

Alabama is ranked #1 in the 2010 preseason polls. So, how accurate of a predictor are the pre-season college football polls?

The answer to that question is in this pdf: Accuracy of Pre-Season College Football Poll Rankings and Alabama First National Champion to Lose to a Number 1.

Here's some interesting stats about CFRA National Champion Press Release 2011; QPRS 2011 American College Football Rankings and Teams Ranked By Ap in 2011.

If you have a question relating to College Football, especially College Football Statistics, -- use the form below to ask Tex.

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NCAA Pass Interference Rule 
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why did Notre Dame go 40+ yrs w/o playing in a bowl game?

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Was ND the only NC to play and defeat 4 teams in the Top 7 final AP Poll? Not rated yet
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NCAA 1A Coaches with the Most Wins in his First Season Not rated yet
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