Posts by Ed Feng
The Contrarian Choice: Why Picking Arizona Is Your Best Bet to Win Your NCAA Tournament Pool
You probably want to pick Kentucky to win this year’s NCAA Tournament. But you know what? So does everyone else. Give the other Wildcats some consideration, and you’ll be counting your winnings come April 6.
Why History Won’t Be on Chris Petersen’s Side at Washington
In December, following years of speculation regarding a possible move, Chris Petersen finally left Boise State. Given Petersen’s historic success with the Broncos and the turnaround Washington enjoyed last season, he seems destined for great success in the Pac-12. But history isn’t on his side.
A B1G Prediction for the 2014 Wisconsin Badgers
Winning close games isn’t a bankable factor when assessing a team. Strength of schedule is. Combine those two realities, and Wisconsin suddenly looks like a sexy Big Ten sleeper pick.
Tiger, Tough: How Luck and the SEC Schedule Could Hurt Auburn in 2014
Auburn staged the biggest turnaround in college football history last season, going from a winless SEC campaign in 2012 to a national title game berth in 2013. But luck and the schedule both worked in the Tigers’ favor then. Will they now?
Q&A With John Urschel, 2014 NFL Draft Prospect … and Math Genius!
John Urschel isn’t a typical mathematician. He’s a 6-foot-3, 313-pound man who lines up across from defenders and hits them, hard. Urschel, a former All-Big Ten lineman and a 2014 NFL draft hopeful, sat down with Grantland to discuss football, math, and his future in both fields.
The Doomed NCAA Tournament Dreams of 3-Point-Reliant Teams
“Live by the 3, die by the 3,” might be a lame sports saying, but when it comes to March Madness, it’s also true. Only one of the last 12 NCAA champions attempted more than 33 percent of its shots from beyond the arc. So what does that tell us about this year’s field? Well, nothing good for Villanova.
Fool’s Gold: Why You Have No Shot of Winning Warren Buffett’s Billion-Dollar Bracket Challenge
Warren Buffett will give you $1 billion if you can pick a perfect bracket. The problem? The odds of you doing so are worse than the odds that a basketball dropped at random on the United States will land in Butler’s half of the court at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
If the College Football Playoff Began This Season, Which Four Teams Would Be in the Mix?
Michigan State brought tranquility to this year’s championship race by eliminating Ohio State from the ranks of the undefeateds and paving the way for a Florida State–Auburn title game matchup devoid of the chaos and controversy that has so often defined the BCS era. But it’s in our nature as sports fans to create controversy […]
A Modest Proposal: NFL Teams Should Stop Running the Football
Today’s Grantland Channel video spotlights Pulaski Academy’s Kevin Kelley, the high school football coach who never punts and almost always onside kicks. While Kelley’s approach, which he calls both a strategy and a philosophy, has yet to catch on in college or the pros, Kelley has became the poster boy for savvy, statistically driven football […]
Seven Predictions for College Football’s Second Half Based on One Telling Metric: Yards Per Play
We’ve hit college football’s midway mark, but what do we really know? At this point last season, Oregon and Kansas State looked like legitimate BCS championship contenders, Geno Smith looked like a stronger Heisman candidate than Johnny Manziel, and Oregon State looked like a Rose Bowl Cinderella. College football’s short season makes every week a […]