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Andrew Crafton

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Andrew is an ND faculty brat who grew up in South Bend and has attended his fair share of Notre Dame football games. He served in the Air Force for four years and is now currently residing in Minneapolis, finishing his degree in Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. Andrew enjoys unique avenues of analysis, including trying to apply ideas from sabermetrics, economics, and other related areas towards college football.

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Miscellany, Off-Season, Staff, Statistics »

September 4th, 2010 · 2,657 views
A Theory on College Football Performance: Part 3 – Game Day Performance

Part 3 of this series of articles will cover the effects that performance in close games and game day management, preparation, and execution have on a program, and how these areas have affected Notre Dame. Part 2 focused on scheduling and the benefit that playing home games while Part 1 focused on recruiting and player development. This article covers the tactical element of the program: …

Miscellany, Off-Season, Statistics, University »

August 28th, 2010 · 6,904 views
A Theory on College Football Performance: Part 2 – Institutional Factors

Part 2 of this series of articles will cover the effects of scheduling and the benefit that playing home games have on a program, and how these areas have affected Notre Dame. While Part 1 focused on the player impact on a program, recruiting and development—something the coach and his staff have greater control over—this article specifically looks at factors that tend to be tied …

Miscellany, Off-Season, Personnel, Recruiting, Statistics »

August 24th, 2010 · 6,871 views
A Theory on College Football Performance: Part 1 – The Players

I originally came up with the idea of creating “five-year profiles” because I wanted to evaluate the entire Charlie Weis period at Notre Dame on a scale relative to the rest of college football. The thought was that if we could create a snapshot of what the last five seasons (2005-2009) looked like at ND  in comparison to what that same period looked like for …

Off-Season, Staff, Statistics »

June 19th, 2010 · 6,405 views
Clutch or Luck? Brian Kelly’s Performance the Past Five Seasons

The Pythagorean expectation—brought into the sports vernacular by baseball statistician Bill James—in its most simplest form is a tool used to describe how “lucky” a baseball team was in a given season. By comparing runs scored versus runs allowed, James was able to derive a relationship between winning and scoring margin, and thus could show a team to be performing above or below expectation. For …