Ranking the Players in the NFL Playoffs

The NFL Playoffs begin on Saturday after a wild final week of the season. Using a variety of stats, the players at each position can be ranked, allowing us to look for mismatches and big matchups. Offense Quarterbacks To rank the quarterbacks in the NFL, I used a combination of four advanced stats. Three of … Continue reading Ranking the Players in the NFL Playoffs

Ranking College Football Teams by Strength of Record

The College Football Playoff has been controversial since its conception. By including only the top four teams in the entire FBS (just 3% of 130 teams), several deserving and skilled teams are left out annually. Furthermore, the seemingly inconsistent approach of the CFP Committee has left college football fans confused. Just earlier this year, the … Continue reading Ranking College Football Teams by Strength of Record

How Deandre Ayton Went From Disappointment to Domination

On draft night in 2018, the Phoenix Suns picked Deandre Ayton with first overall, making the former Arizona Wildcats center their new franchise cornerstone in addition to Devin Booker. However, just two picks later, the Dallas Mavericks picked Luka Doncic 3rd overall. Doncic went on to win Rookie of the Year in 2019. The very … Continue reading How Deandre Ayton Went From Disappointment to Domination

How the Jazz Blew a Chance to Force a Game 7 vs the Clippers

The Western Conference Semi Finals between the 1 seed Utah Jazz and the 4 seed Los Angeles Clippers was set up to be an entertaining series. The Jazz had the best record and net rating during the regular season, ranking in the top 4 of both offensive and defensive efficiency, while the Clippers were looking … Continue reading How the Jazz Blew a Chance to Force a Game 7 vs the Clippers

NFL Offensive and Defensive Ratings

Analytics in football have not progressed as far as analytics in basketball. The NBA's primary advanced metric that people use to assess overall team performance is net rating. More specifically, net rating is found by subtracting a team's defensive rating, the points allowed per 100 possessions, from their offensive rating, the points scored per 100 … Continue reading NFL Offensive and Defensive Ratings

How Each Player in the Finals Really Performed

The NBA Finals concluded this past week, with the Los Angeles Lakers taking down the Miami Heat in six games to secure their 17th all time championship, tying them for the most in the NBA with their longtime rivals, the Boston Celtics. The Heat, the surprise team in the playoffs, became the first 5 seed … Continue reading How Each Player in the Finals Really Performed