Welcome to the 2013 kickoff of College Football Season for the CFBMatrix. It’s been a great off season for me with visits to several AQ schools to talk stats and creating better or new pro-active analytics in their football and athletic programs. These adventures has spawned a ton of new ideas and metrics for tracking and predicting college football. I see the CFBMatrix as a ‘Art of War’ disciple where it’s over before it’s over.
Let start by thanking the over 5 million pages read last season on this site. All the followers on twitter @CFBMatrix and everyone that starts a conversation, gives an idea or asks a question. In addition to adding more unique stat angles and predictions, I am going to try out video articles to get a better understanding of where I am coming from and my thinking. Plus, I am hoping it cuts down on all my damn typing I have to do to make this bird fly.
I love this article as it was the first one I ever wrote for a CFB season and it what started my path done down college football stats. I started with the National Championship Game as I wanted to see if there was a pattern to team making the big game.
5 years of stats and millions of data points later, the answer, at the time, was looked pretty good. 12 years later…oh hell yeah there is; only Virginia Tech has bested the formula. 24 teams, one wrong. Good night. it’s over before it’s over.
In the past I would just post the group without notes or cut lines but a lot of fans of the Matrix via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), twitter or texts have asked for more breakdowns of my process.