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Bearcats Football 2014 Season In Review

It has been almost two months since the Bearcats season ended with a Military Bowl defeat to the Virginia Tech Hokies. Signing day has come, and gone and still we haven't really reviewed the 2014 season in any meaningful way. That changes starting this week.

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In the past these posts have tended to be over long on stats, and short on context and nuance so this year we will be doing things a little bit differently. Gone is the emphasis on individual stats, those still matter, but I have (belatedly) come to the realization that it is not that difficult to put up great stats in the context of a bad offense. With that in mind I have begun to place more emphasis on team based measures of efficiency.

To that end readers will be seeing much more reference to SB Nation's own Bill Connelly and his S&P+ ratings (found here) than I have used in the pass. The reason I like the S&P ratings more than FEI system (found here) is that I think the play by play data on which the S&P ratings are built on play by play data.

I have always been a big proponent on per play numbers, be it yards per pass attempt for a quarterback, or yards per play allowed for a defense. Per play numbers are all about efficiency and explosiveness. My belated buy into the world of advanced analytics for football is just the natural progression of my intellectual curiosity. I always want to know more, and these ratings systems tell you more.

I can't wait to really dig into the data with you guys and gals as we take a deep dive into every aspect of this 2014 Bearcats season.