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Answers To Your Questions – 09/10/2011

We wanted to take a moment and address a few questions we had from users, pertaining to how and why certain data is displayed on our site.

Several people have inquired about all three topics we will address here.

1. Why are we indicating that the New Mexico vs Arkansas is on a Neutral Site, when they are playing at War Memorial Stadium, Arkansas’s other home venue? 

Arkansas is unusual, in that you can make the argument that they have two home fields.   They play most of their home games at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, and a few games a year at their alternate home, War Memorial Stadium.

In situations like this, and they are rare, the system selects a main home facility for that team, in Arkansas’s case,  Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. It then considers any other “home game”  not played at that main facility as a Neutral Site game, due to any interruption perceived or real, to the routine of a normal home game.

The California Golden Bears football team will be in this situation, throughout the 2011/2012 season.

Their normal home stadium, California Memorial Stadium, is under going renovations and will be closed all year.  The Golden Bears will play all of their “home games” at AT&T Park, in San Francisco, and each game will be classified as a Neutral Site contest in our system.

Additionally, at some point near the end of the 2011/2012 season, the Washington Huskie’s home stadium, Husky Stadium, will close for renovations.  They will play one game against Washington State at Century Link Field in Seattle, which will be classified as a Neutral Site game.

2. Why are teams such as Rutgers and North Carolina that played last week, showing “First Game Of  The Season” on the Game Snapshot?

In football, when a FBS team plays a FCS team, then for the purposes of our archive and our forward looking projection methodology, that game never occurred.

Rutgers played North Carolina Central, and the Tar Heels played James Madison.  Since both opponents were FCS schools, the outcomes of those games are not included in our system.

We recognize, that more and more these types of games are main stream, especially in Week 1.  We just feel, having looked at the data, that including these contests cause more harm than good.  Using a 13 game schedule, one of these games would drive roughly 8% of the data that defines how we forecast a team, not only for the current season, but also for 5 years into the future.

3. In some cases, say for example today’s Central Michigan vs Kentucky game, why, on the Current Games\Detail View\Head to Head History tab, are you displaying “NO HISTORY FOR SELECTED TIME FRAME”,  when there is a game being shown in the Results History section below?

In the case of this game, if you look closely at the one archival record, you will see that Central Michigan was the home team in the one contest of record, from 2006.  This current game has Kentucky at home, therefore we do not show an average points for and against, since there is no history with Kentucky at home.

If you were to look at a game with more history, such as Mississippi State at Auburn, you will see that the average score displayed for Mississippi State is specific to their road games against Auburn, and Auburn’s average score displayed is specific to their home games against the Bulldogs.

It is worth noting, that some of the functionality of this section is much more useful in Basketball or Baseball where in addition to the history, in many cases teams will play each other home and away in the course of the same season.  In such cases, the use of the time frame filters Current Season, Previous Season, and Current 30 Days hold more value.

It is probably a good time to emphasize to our baseball users, that in the Head to Head section for MLB, in addition to the team level data, we also provide information driven by the scheduled starter.  Just as we do at the team level, the scheduled starter’s average runs for and against are calculated from their history versus the current opponent, at either home or on the road.

History in their current role, whether home or away, against their opponent is what is displayed as the average runs for and against.

An example from MLB:

We really appreciate your comments and feedback.

If you have a questions you would like us to answer, please reach out to us via the comments section, by emailing us, or on Twitter.

Best of luck.

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  1. September 13, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Louie,

    Thank you for the feedback. We’ll definitely add you on Twitter.

  2. September 13, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    hello grey Matter Stats
    I follow you via twitter and now will follow this site also.

    Please look me up at GambLou.com and on twitter@GambLou

    would appreciate the follow

    Thank You

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