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2012 Air Force Analysis: A Statistical Review

(Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE)

More completions, more yardage, more success – right? Lee Corso offers a word of caution: "Not so fast, my friend." Passing yards are one of the more overrated statistics in football, and in this week's statistical review of 2012, we offer a timely reminder of that pigskin truth.

It's so easy for the casual football fan to be wowed by 300- or 400-yard passing performances. Huge numbers capture the human brain's attention, making it instinctive to admire any feat that looks very snappy in a box score. For a service-academy football team, a 235-yard passing performance might as well rate as a 350-yard game for a Big Ten school, or a 450-yard performance for a Conference USA...

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