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Help -- I need Historic NCAA stats

Postby fin7710 » Mon Nov 10, 2008 5:58 pm

I am a senior CS major at Union College and I am doing my senior thesis on stat prediction in the football. More specifically, I'm creating a program to predict the first 3 years of a player's NFL stats based on their college stats. The problem I am having is that it is very hard to find historic NCAA data for individual players.

So, does anyone know where I can find historic NCAA D-1 football data from before 1995? A database would be great, but even if its just a website I'm sure I can get the data off of it.
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Re: Help -- I need Historic NCAA stats

Postby ShoelessJoe » Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:51 pm

fin7710 wrote:I am a senior CS major at Union College and I am doing my senior thesis on stat prediction in the football. More specifically, I'm creating a program to predict the first 3 years of a player's NFL stats based on their college stats. The problem I am having is that it is very hard to find historic NCAA data for individual players.

So, does anyone know where I can find historic NCAA D-1 football data from before 1995? A database would be great, but even if its just a website I'm sure I can get the data off of it.



What statistics more specifically are you looking for?

And just out of curiosity, what is your hypothesis? What are you testing?
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Re: Help -- I need Historic NCAA stats

Postby fin7710 » Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:04 pm

I need individual player stats for running back and quarterbacks. Total yards, carries, touchdowns, etc... I got all the data I need back to 1995 from a program called Collegio Football.

To answer your second question, I'm trying to predict stats for RBs and QBs. For running backs, Rushing Yards, All-Purpose Yards, Rushing TDs, Yrds/Carry, and % of games started over 3 years, and Passing Yards, Passing TDs/Ints, Completion %, QB rating, and % of games started over 3 seasons for QBs. I'm building a program and using 3 different machine learning algorithms to train it and then testing to see which is the most accurate.

In reality, I don't expect this to work accurately. If it was this easy, someone would have done it a long time ago. Really, the process is more about building the program and learning rather than making an accurate prediction. But I love football, so it keeps me interested.
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