Tag:College Football
Posted on: June 26, 2009 4:46 pm
Edited on: June 26, 2009 4:47 pm

College Fantasy Football...We've Come a Long Way!

The road towards making College Fantasy Football a true 'viable' fantasy sport has been a long and, at times, painful one.  From concept to execution it has taken nearly 4 years just to get it to a point where it is up to par with our other Fantasy products.  We started from some very humble beginnings.  So, I'd like to lay out for you where we started and where this product is now, just to illustrate the commitment we have to College Fantasy Football


Where we started...
The first year we rolled this product out, the concept of College Fantasy Football was so new that we had a difficult time just finding someone to provide stats for the game. The stats were inconsistent all season long at best.  You could check out one source for college football stats and find one number and check out another source and see another number.  The problem is that there is no one set official stat provider for College Football. 

Where we are now...
We've spent the last few years working with our stat provider for this game to really solidify the feed.  We've both gotten better at getting the accurate stats up in a timeframe that CBSSports.com Fantasy players are used to.  I think you'll find that this year's statistics will be the best yet and at a level that we can all be proud of. 

Player Pool

Where we started...
When we launch this game (typically Late June/Early July), we have no idea of who is going to make a College roster.  There are incoming freshman, 5th (and 6th and 7th) year seniors, redshirts, transfers, and other anomolies to deal with that just don't exist in other sports.  And again, there is no one set official source for college rosters.  In the past this has led to some really good players not being available in the player pool for the draft and sometimes to start the season.

Another issue is the fact that until last year we had to use 'Team Units' rather than individual players.  So, I would have to select 'Florida QB' rather than Tim Tebow and I'd get stats for any Florida player that was listed on the roster as a QB.  The same went for Running Backs, Wide Receivers, and Tight Ends.  It's hard to root for a player when you're looking at a screen that says 'Team RB' and it's just not the same experience as rooting for a specific player.

Where we are now...
We have continued to work with our provider on getting the rosters as early as possibile.  They have done a tremendous job getting the information from the schools earlier and earlier each season.  We currently feel like we have a great player pool and it is being updated daily with all of the new information get this summer. 

We've pushed the envelope in terms of using individual player names.  You can now select the players you want rather than the 'Team Units'.  It makes for a much better user experience and makes it so much more fun to watch College Football. 

Live Scoring

Where we started...
Live Scoring was another problem.  Anyone who is familiar with our products knows that our Live Scoring is second to none.  For many of you, it is the reason you come back here year after year.  So, not having Live Scoring for College Fantasy Football was very troublesome to us. The first year, we had to show stats the next day after games were played.  The next year we added links to the GameCenter pages so at least you could follow your player's game.  But still, stats didn't appear in your GameCenter until the next day. 

Where we are now...
This is the first year we are trying Live Scoring for this game.  We have a live scoring feed for the following conferences and teams: ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, PAC 10, Conference USA, Notre Dame, and all teams in the AP Top 25. You can still use anoy of the other conferences in Division I, but only those listed will score live.


Where we started...
The sheer volume of teams and players in Division I College Football is so great that it makes providing valuable fantasy content and updates very difficult. The player updates and outlooks were at times sparse and often outdated. 

Where we are now...
We've gotten better each season and this season will be no different.  We've really beefed up the content for this product this year.  You'll find exponentially more player updates.  The news and analysis will be both plentiful and timely.  It will be more in line with what you've come to expectt from other CBSSports.com Fantasy products. 

My favorite part of this game is the fact that I can select which conferences I want to use in my player pool.  The whacky WAC league I play in every year is the most fun.  You never know what is going to happen in those games. 

Basically what I'm saying is that I'm really happy with where this product is now.  I'm sure it is the best College Fantasy product on the web and I'm proud to have it in the CBSSports.com Fantasy suite of products.

Check it out and let me know how it can be improved. 

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com