I was bored at work today and while messing around on dynasty wire I sparked a curiousity regarding redshirts. My question was how often do users redshirt players and is it comparable to the rate the CPU redshirts players. So using the data downloads from the wire I threw together a quick study. I picked all user teams that have been controlled for majority of the dynast and compared them with 8 randomly selected cpu teams. I wrote a lovely macro in excel to count the number of players redshirted and total number of players per team to produce a percentage of players redshirted. Pretty interesting stuff. Here's the results: Team Redshirts Total Players % UVA 40 70 57.14% Ala 33 66 50.00% Clem 38 70 54.29% UF 38 67 56.72% FSU 45 70 64.29% GT 41 68 60.29% UofM 28 60 46.67% MSU 35 67 52.24% PSU 51 70 72.86% OSU 29 59 49.15% Totals 378 667 56.67% For the CPU: Team Redshirts Total Players % VT 37 70 52.86% Ala 25 70 35.71% Clem 44 70 62.86% Iowa 30 70 42.86% ND 31 70 44.29% OSU 33 70 47.14% TCU 37 70 52.86% USC 30 70 42.86% Totals 267 560 47.68% So it's pretty interesting to see that we redshirt a few more players on average than the CPU does (granted I don't know what the hell happened at Clemson!). If I remove Clemson from the data it drops the CPU redshirt % to 45% I'm not sure if it's a big difference, but I'd imagine a redshirted vs non redshirted player is approx +5 overall. So that's a pretty decent margin in favor of user controlled teams just from redshirting more players than the cpu does. What do you guys think? If anything else this can spark some debate for possible rule modifications for the `12 launch. My initial thought is that one of the rule modifications we make for `12 is to put a cap on redshirts every year, say 50% of your incoming class. This could hopefully keep the talent on our teams more in line with the CPU's and keep them more competitive over the course of the dynasty.