Podcast: How to win your 2018 bowl pool

You want to win your 2018 bowl pool.  But you probably don’t have the time to research all 41 games that ESPN has in its contest.

I can help.  In this episode of The Football Analytics Show, I discuss 3 tips for winning your bowl pool.

To explain the first tip, I use Steph Curry as an example.  The second tip relates whether you want to enter a pool with confidence points or not.

The third tip asks you to think contrarian.  I offer Virginia Tech versus Cincinnati as an example, and argue that you must consider context in making these selections.

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Special podcast episode: The Curse of Small Sample Size

I’m testing a hypothesis this week.

I believe the power of audio is hearing authentic voices.

And not just the voices of experts and professionals, the folks I usually interview on the podcast. The voices of fans.

In this special, story telling episode of The Football Analytics Show, we feature the following folks in discussing small sample size:

  • long suffering Washington Redskins fans
  • a Nebraska fan after their 0-6 start
  • a sports bettor

Humans have an amazing tendency to create a story based on small sample size. One factor makes this worse, and I’m in no way immune from the effects. I tell my story at the end.

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Podcast: Bud Elliott on college football analytics and betting

On this episode of The Football Analytics Show, I’m joined by Bud Elliott of SB Nation. He’s also the founder of Tomahawk Nation and hosts The Nolecast podcast.

Among other topics, we discuss:

  • How Bud made a name for himself through a Florida State prediction (5:28)
  • How to make success rate an even better efficiency metric (12:15)
  • His process for picking games for his college football betting column (13:45)
  • How a simple metric identifies national title contenders 3 months ago (20:18)
  • The Malcolm Gladwell book that informs his coverage of recruiting (37:00)

With such a wide range of college football knowledge, Bud was a must listen guest.

At the end, I give my own book recommendations.  I forgot to mention that both books are relatively easy reads, good for sneaking in quality literature during busy times.

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Podcast: 3 college football predictions for Thanksgiving week, 2018

On this short solo episode, I dig 3 fascinating college football stories:

  • The great Alabama versus Michigan debate, and why it’s not much of a debate (0:41)
  • How the markets split a difference in Michigan at Ohio State (5:19)
  • The hilarity in making predictions for Oklahoma at West Virginia (9:06)

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Podcast: Jake Williams on sports data and betting

On this episode of The Football Analytics Show, I talk with Jake Williams, head of legal at Sportradar and host of the Business of Betting podcast.

Among other topics, we talk about:

  • the legal landscape for sports betting in the United States
  • how legalization will impact DFS
  • the new frontiers for sports data, both in media and for sports books
  • the primary lesson from interviewing guests on his Business of Betting podcast

Jake was an awesome guest with wide knowledge inside and outside sports.

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