You’re smarter than the average sports fan and know that numbers can help. However, “sports analytics” often seems arcane and inaccessible.
I can help.
My name is Ed Feng, founder of The Power Rank. On this site, I use data and my own algorithm to make accurate football and March Madness predictions.
During the 2015 season, the college football predictions posted here predicted the winner in 76.1% of games (570-179, doesn’t include cupcakte FBS vs FCS games). From 2002 through 2015, my pre-tournament numbers predicted the winner of 71.4% of March Madness games (650-261).
Won a couple bowl pick’em tourneys this year with help from your predictions. The pools I entered were confidence point based and were also against the spread picks. TCU sealed the deal for me in both pools .. I’m a happy member!
Anthony, member of The Power Rank, 2015 season.
— Dan St.Pierre (@DanStPierre9) December 31, 2014
I also produce content that takes the mystery out of sports analytics. For example, check out my Essential Guide to Predictive College Football Rankings or the introduction to my book How to win your NCAA Tournament Pool.
— Ryan Peters (@ryapeters) April 5, 2015
A decade ago, I was just a curious sports fan like yourself. I enjoyed books like Moneyball and Basketball on Paper but never put the ideas to use for winning a pool.
That changed in 2008. After reading an academic paper on Google’s technology, I got inspired to apply my Stanford Ph.D. to rankings sports teams. My friends liked the resulting NFL rankings and encouraged me to do more.
In 2012, SB Nation made a video on my March Madness analytics. Later that year, my story predicting Alabama’s win over Notre Dame in the college football title game appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Now, I have contributed articles to Bleacher Report, the Detroit News, Grantland and Deadspin. Media outlets such as Business Week, CNBC and Pando Daily have featured my numbers and predictions.
In 2016, I spoke at a SXSW panel based on my baseball cluster luck calculations. A study by FiveThirtyEight found that my 2015 NCAA tournament predictions were the most accurate.
In my spare time, I like running, IPA and using blackjack to teach math and probability at the Summers-Knoll School in Ann Arbor.
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