FBS Statistics

Career and Season
Statistical Records and Leaders

fbsstatistics.com History

Welcome to fbsstatistics.com. This website was started in October 2009 to provide college football fans with statistics that aren't available anywhere else online (at least in as large a quantity). The website began with just a simple 6 pages (national FBS career and season passing, rushing, and receiving yardage records). Shortly after, I added in Conference Leaders based on the same stats. I started accumulating the list in 2007 when I bought a copy of the College Football Encyclopedia. For the first year fbsstatistics.com was online, the listed stats were the stats reported by each school. The problem was that some schools (the Big-10 in particular) counted all bowl games as official stats, the NCAA did not count bowls until 2002. Thus, the method was not consistent throughout all 120 schools.

In the summer of 2010, I reviewed all the lists I had and worked extensively to convert all stats according to the official NCAA rules. This involved determining which schools had counted bowl games before 2002 and going back through old bowl game box scores and subtracting the yards from these games from those listed by the school, hence you may have discovered a player listed in 2009 that was no longer listed in 2010. That summer I also went through schools that are no longer in FBS, but were at one point. I took the stats from these school during the time they were in FBS (formerly 1-A) and added those schools’ players to the list. Some of these schools were Pacific, Appalachian State, The Citadel, etc. Other pages were added intermittently, such as attendance statistics and a home field advantage formula that I developed.

During the summer of 2010, I also added REC and RES numbers, which are the player's rank at the end of his career and the season for which he is listed, respectively.

I also added a blog that summer. I began using the blog to make predictions on games involving 2 top 25 teams, as well as a weekly upset pick. At the end of the year I had a recap where I chose award winners and did bowl game predictions. 

During the 2010-11 winter, I decided to expand into some college basketball. As a Big-10 fan I decided (for now at least) to just add Big-10 stats. I created lists of career and season points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. I also used the same formula as I did with football to determine the schools with the best home court advantage.

The next and biggest change to the website occured in the summer of 2011, when touchdown and defensive records were added. The problem here was the same as the offensive problem (bowl games being counted by some schools), but it was also more challenging (if not impossible) as the method I used to convert the offensive records to the NCAA accepted stats, was not feasible for defense, as records on bowl game offensive stats are able to be found, but defensive stats are not. I was not able to find these stats (apart from a few) so I was forced to estimate the defensive statistics from the schools that counted bowl games prior to 2002. This was done by subtracting the player's per game averages for each bowl game played (in a season in which the player started and had significant statistics). All the players that are approximated are marked with an asterisk (*). Some schools do not include tackles for a loss in their record book so for these schools, players' records are approximated based on stats available and the player is marked with two asterisks (**).

As of early August 2011, touchdown statistics were included for passing, rushing, and receiving. Also, RTC and RTS were added, which is the player's rank within his graduating class and the player's rank for the season for which he is listed, respectively. The RTC and RTS were added to all statistics.

In mid-August 2011, all defensive stats were added to the website. I added interceptions, tackles, sacks, and tackles for a loss according to the previously stated rules. The interception lists go back to 1937 when stats became official, there are two sets of list for the others with all having the leaders since 2000, as this was the year the NCAA began keeping tackle, sack, and TFL records. These stats were able to be found without relying on the estimation method and should be accurate. For Tackles there is also a list since 1975 (1980 for Sacks and TFL's) as these were the years most schools began recording these stats. These list however, are not completely accurate do to the inclusion of bowl games for some teams and the lack of some data (particularly TFL's) provided by some schools.

After the statistical updates in the summer of 2011, I added a page for every team. These pages list all players from that school to appear anywhere on the site along with their actual stat and ranking. However, these pages are only updated after each year.

I then also included a page that list which school has the most players for each category.

Following the 2011 season, I changed the basis for the conference leaders and made them the NCAA official version of the conference leaders. This means that the Big Ten stats still do not include bowl games before 2002, so the Big Ten Record book differs from this site. I also began listing each player in the conference he actually played, so Barry Sanders is listed on the Big Eight page.

The summer of 2012, the site underwent a big upgrade in terms of design. The color scheme became a white, gray, and black theme, but with a school logo and color background on team pages and the NCAA blue on the national leaders with conference colors on those pages as well.

By the completion of the 2012 regular season, Total Offense, All-Purpose Yards, and Scoring leaders were added. Currently these stats are only listed in regards to national listing, but when the team and conference pages are updated following bowl season, these stats can be found on those pages as well.