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Numbers offer new perspective on upcoming matchups

Updated: September 1, 2006, 3:07 AM ET
By Dave Revsine | Special to ESPN.com

When it comes to sports, I'm a numbers guy. But, I'm a numbers guy with an asterisk. Next to the asterisk would read something along the lines of: "numbers must actually tell you something."

We get inundated with numbers at ESPN. Stuff like: "Texas is 29-0 all-time in games in which it scores more than 60 points." Great. It's accurate, but it tells me absolutely nothing. Find me a team that doesn't win when it scores 60, and then you might be onto something.

And yet, in my job as a studio ...

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