Hardcore college football fans are about to gain a really intriguing resource for player evaluation.

On Tuesday, 247Sports announced a partnership with Pro Football Focus that will result in a new microsite devoted to college player data. The site, which is currently online at 247sports.com/pffcollege, will offer number-driven coverage of college sports. Articles posted so far feature headlines such as “Ohio State the No. 2 team in football? Yep, per PFF College,” “How wide receiver blocking helped Iowa State pull off its upset” and “Michigan’s Maurice Hurst was CFB’s best player in Week 6.”

247Sports says it will offer its subscribers access to PFF’s game-by-game grades on every player at every FBS school, a massive trove of information. It will also utilize PFF statistics on its network of team-specific sites.

In a statement, 247Sports founder and CEO Shannon Terry pointed out that the site’s audience seems to enjoy cut and dried numeric rankings, making the PFF partnership a sensible fit:

“Based on the success of our data-driven products like 247Sports Composite and The Crystal Ball, we know our users have a voracious appetite for data and analytics, and want to go beyond the news of the day,” said Shannon Terry, founder and CEO of 247Sports. “We are big fans of PFF, and we’re thrilled to exclusively offer their deep college data to college football fans and 247Sports users.”

247Sports and PFF’s respective audiences make the two sites logical partners. Though 247Sports covers college football and basketball on the whole, it has always specialized in recruiting, attracting the types of diehards who care about which defensive tackle prospect might play for their team two years from now. Those hardcore fans are likely the same ones who would be drawn to the type of thorough play-by-play and player-by-player analysis PFF provides.

[247Sports]

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  • Karl

    So the same PFF that gets shit for churning out immediate grades on every play of a maximum of 16 NFL games per week is going to start grading dozens of college games per week? Where do they find the quantity of “experts” that can grade kids as young as 18 that have tremendous degrees of coaching quality differences?

    I’m sure the impact of fans/media using some joker’s arbitrary number to criticize an “amateur” college athlete’s performance is going to be a huge positive impact for college football too; can’t wait until Earl from Greenbo, Alabama call for benching the Tide’s Left Guard because PFF only ranks him as the 6th best in the SEC.