NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Whoa, Nellie! Empirical Tests of College Football's Conventional Wisdom

Trevon D. Logan

NBER Working Paper No. 13596
Issued in November 2007

---- Acknowledgements -----

I thank Rodney Andrews, Lisa D. Cook, Travis D. Logan, Thomas Logan, Jr., Anthony T. Logan, Vu Nguyen, Michael Sinkey and Michael Stengel for numerous helpful conversations. Paul J. Healy, Dan Levin, Matthew S. Lewis and James Peck provided helpful suggestions. I am greatly indebted to my team of superb undergraduate research assistants who did the heavy lifting of raw data collection: Gregory Barson, Donald Butler, Mark Byrnes, Megan Collins, Collin Davis, Matthew Dodovich, Ashley Higgins, Michael Kuch, Patrick Sprinkle, and John Taylor. Jun Nakabayashi provided excellent assistance in auditing the data based upon an algorithm suggested by Travis D. Logan. The usual disclaimer applies. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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