Episode 126 - Football 101: Advanced Football Stats with Bill Connelly

In what is (hopefully) the first of many installments, Rich and Max are joined by Bill Connelly of SBNation and Football Study Hall Fame to get a crash course in advanced stats and talk about his newest book project. They close the show with some listener mail and talk the hire of Jim Leonhard - something neither of them saw coming. 

 

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BACK BILL'S BOOK!! 

 

SHOW NOTES:

  • 4:00 Welcome SBNation's Bill Connelly
  • 5:00 Least valuable stats?
  • 6:15 Which stats should be used less?
  • 8:00 The 5 factors of S&P+
  • 9:30 How did Bill get involved with advanced stats?
  • 13:15 Defining success rate
  • 15:00 The randomness of being... And the randomness of turnovers
  • 17:15 How F/+ combines two systems
  • 18:45 Preseason rankings
  • 23:00 Accounting for coaching turnover... Or not
  • 26:45 A statistical look at Stave
  • 28:15 A brief history of Wilcox
  • 30:00 Andy in Chicago and the limitations of football stats
  • 32:15 Dan in DC and why the NFL is more pass heavy
  • 34:15 THE BOOK! BUY IT!
  • 43:00 Brin from Madison corrects Rich and Max on QB depth
  • 49:00 Keelon Brookins moving back to safety
  • 49:45 The Badger coaching all stars
  • 52:00 Max went to Cornell? Yet denies his FCS heritage? For shame