Category Archives: Football

BCS Series: Review of Wolfe ratings

Continuing with my review of BCS computer rating systems, the 4th of the 6 systems in my series is Dr. Peter Wolfe’s ratings. On his site, Wolfe only gives a brief explanation: We rate all varsity teams of four year … Continue reading

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BCS Series: Review of Anderson & Hester ratings

In the third installment of my review of the BCS computer rankings, I will take a look at the ratings of Anderson and Hester. For starters, they have a great tagline on their website: “showing which teams have accomplished the … Continue reading

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BCS Series: Review of Billingsley ratings

Next up in my review of the computer ranking systems in the BCS is Richard Billingsley. He gives a much more detailed explanation of his ratings on his website: read them here. I will pull out pertinent parts of his … Continue reading

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BCS Series: Review of Sagarin ratings

Jeff Sagarin produces some of the most respected ratings, not just for college football but for the NBA, NFL, college basketball, and others. His ratings, found here, include both a Predictor and an Elo Chess rating. The Predictor rating includes … Continue reading

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To Knee or Not To Knee

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard that the NFL moved the kickoff line forward 5 yards to the 35 yard line. The hope is that this will result in more touchbacks and, therefore, fewer injuries due to … Continue reading

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Fighting for the Extra Yard

Our first big day of football is under our belt, and one of the storylines from yesterday was turnovers, specifically fumbles. Oregon lost 3 fumbles in their loss to #4 Georgia. Two of Notre Dame’s 5 turnovers were lost fumbles, … Continue reading

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Expected Points – College Football

Football is finally back as college football kicks off its season tomorrow. As an early present, I’m unveiling an expected points model for the collegiate game. First, due respects need to be paid. This is heavily influenced by the work … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of a Decision

4th and 2. Up 6. 2:08 remaining. Ball on your own 28. As a head coach, what do you do? More importantly, what process do you go through in order to make a decision. Many of you will recognize the … Continue reading

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Quick Slant: QBR versus Current Metrics

Neil Paine over at the PFR blog wrote basically what I was going to follow up with  (albeit much better than I would have). I just wanted to add in a couple other correlations with current metrics that I looked … Continue reading

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An Assessment of Total Quarterback Rating

Earlier today, ESPN released (some) details of their brand new rating system for quarterbacks dubbed Total Quarterback Rating, or Total QBR (or even further abbreviated, just QBR), aimed at replacing the popular yet flawed Passer Rating. So what is it? … Continue reading

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