When my eight year old daughter wanted to play sports, I was delighted. I knew she had what it took to be good in any sport she chose. The fact that she wanted to play basketball was even better because that was my sport. I had played high school basketball in Oregon and coached at … Continue reading From ten crying girls to a Nike grant
She was 10, she was tough, and she was trouble. We were in our third year of producing a Summer basketball league for fifth-through-seventh grade girls. In May of each year, we conducted a week-long skills clinic that preceded the Summer league. We had high school players lead drills for our younger girls so our … Continue reading Tales of youth basketball: Brittany
Yesterday, we posted a Savvy Index list of FCS teams ranked from 31st to 128th. Today, we are taking a look at the top 30 FCS teams and discussing in more detail the top 20. Some of these projections will change as teams begin practice and we gain additional information. 1. North Dakota State The … Continue reading FCS rankings for the top 30 teams
The Big Sky Conference often produces teams that do well in the FCS national playoff. The problem is that in the last decade only Eastern Washington made it to the final. Will that change in 2020? Let's preview each Big Sky team to get a better idea. 1. Montana State (national rank: 4) In 2017, … Continue reading FCS 2020: Who will win the Big Sky Conference?
The Savvy Index uses a review of coaches, returning production of players, and trends for college football programs to project preseason rankings for all FCS college football teams. Preseason rankings are the basis for the Index to predict the results of football games in the early season, so accuracy is vital. Today, we are listing … Continue reading FCS team rankings: 31st-128th
Washington Husky fans have been through a lot this off-season. They lost their starting quarterback, starting running back, three potent offensive linemen, and their legendary head coach. Alas, it is in the worst of times that we humans prove what we are made of and, for Husky nation, that consists of a whole lot of … Continue reading Even if you don’t love the Washington Huskies, you gotta love their fans
Have you grown weary of the many rumors that have linked former Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer to every Power Five head coaching job in the country? So have I. But, what if there is one that has an actual, traceable path? Of course, it would be foolhardy to predict Meyer to UCLA based … Continue reading Connecting the dots from Urban Meyer to UCLA
Did you know that nearly one-in-five teams in the FBS changed coaches in the past year? Several had three coaches in one season and Colorado had three in less than two months. We published a preview of all 130 coaches two months ago and you can see that preview here. Today my goal is to … Continue reading 2020 College Football: who gained and who lost in FBS coaching changes?
Last year, quarterback Joe Burrow of LSU had such overwhelming stats that it was easy for Heisman Committee voters to name him the winner of the Heisman Trophy. But usually, there are no canaries in the coal mine and Heisman members must sort through dozens of statistics and factors to separate one candidate from another. … Continue reading The 2020 Heisman: predicting the winner
A while back, I studied a college football prediction system that based itself primarily on how each team recruited over the prior four years. The premise was that the team with the strongest roster wins. That sounded like a good approach and it proved to be quite accurate for the elite programs that have … Continue reading College football recruiting and the dilemma of 3000 three-stars