We investigate the relationship between winning college football games and recruiting class success. Recruiting is important, but we attempted to find statistical evidence. We combined the results and statistics from the 2019 season with the 2017 recruiting classes for all major college football teams. We found that there is a statistically significant relationship between winning and recruiting. We controlled for average time of possession, average offensive yards per game, and red zone efficiency, as well, and found all three to be statistically significant. When examining individual conferences, we found recruiting is not a guarantee of winning, as some individual conferences underperformed compared to others.
Dr. Sam Schreyer
Economics, Finance, & Accounting
Copyright the Author(s)
Benyshek, Lynnae and Lalicker, Ryan
"Impact of Recruiting on College Football Success,"
SACAD: John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activity Days: Vol. 2022, Article 34.
Available at: https://scholars.fhsu.edu/sacad/vol2022/iss2022/34