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The Wild, Wild West of Analytics will introduce college football into the analytics conversation, discussing how college football differs from its pro counterpart and where we’ve come thus far in the exploration of college football stats and analysis. The sport is a strange combination: It’s huge (either the second- or third-most popular sport in the country, depending on the survey), and it’s relatively untapped from a data perspective.
Despite the randomness inherent in a sport with a pointy ball, the college football analytics community as a whole has made progress, both in terms of scope and size. This presentation will discuss the work that has been done thus far and the direction research can and should go moving forward.