One of the things I actually like about the off-season is the opportunity to answer any sort of question you can dream up. Doesn't matter how inane it might seem at the outset because it's all in the name of more football, and, when there isn't anymore football, that seems like a noble pursuit. Sometimes you confirm the notion, more often you don't but either way you learn something.

The question that got my gears turning today was the value of returning starters (RS). This is one of those stats that preseason publications love because it's constant across the board. It's fine for the purposes of comparing teams in July, but once the season starts returning starters is rendered nearly irrelevant by injury, promotion/demotion, dismissals and the other various campus hijinks that can keep...

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