The Global Warming of College Football
You've heard the argument before: The power in college football has shifted to schools in warmer climates. They have a built in recruiting advantage in the weather and, outside the football realm, more desirable locations that attract more residents which then result in bigger recruiting bases and more players to choose from.
As a Nebraska fan this is a familiar and potentially frightening theory, but is it true? I finally heard it one too many times the other day to simply take at face value so I decided to at least take a cursory look.
The idea was simple: 1) Take all the NCAA recognized national champions since 1940 (AP Poll started in '36) from this list, 2) Look up the average yearly temperature for the school's respective cities using Weatherbase, and 3) Average the "temperature of...