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Get the data you need to know about your team

There’s a lot more to the game than what you saw on TV. Bad losses weren’t so bad, and that big win might’ve been a bit lucky. Either way, we bring you the stats to ground your gut-feeling in reality. We help you be a smarter college football fan so you can be the ultimate couch coach.

College Football Elo Ratings

Back up your gut with stats. That last loss was painful, but was it predictable? Elo is our way of rating each team based on their wins and losses.

Each Power-5 team starts at 1500, and from there they gain and lose points based on their results. Win a game you are supposed to: your rating may go up a few points. But win a game you were a massive underdog in? You’ll shoot up the rankings.

Adjustments are made for home-field advantage, conference, and turnover in the offseason.

This allows us to give win-probabilities for each matchup based on each team’s Elo rating.

Read up more on it here.

Advanced Stats

I don’t know who needs to hear this, but simply having a lot of passing yards and rushing yards does not win you football games. That’s why we look a bit deeper at the stats that make a difference.

Here are some of the ones we use most often:

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New to Staturdays? Here are some good places to start.

Intro to Elo Ratings

College Football Stats Explained

Running vs. Passing

NFL Draft Position Analysis

The Best Teams in CFB at Getting First Downs

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