John Pudner

John Pudner

John Pudner wrote his first statistical analysis for the New York Post more than 20 years ago, ranking pitchers on opposite Sundays from when Bill James ranked batters, and he was named as the top sports news writer in his newspaper class in Virginia by the Virginia Press Association. 

Since then he has run more than 200 political campaigns for candidates or ballot issues while continuing to write statistical analysis for sports and developing a database of thousands of basketball players at and writing for He met with and advised several NBA teams to advice on the future performance of potential draft picks this year. His work for the Alabama Farmers Federation in 2010 included helping to coordinating door-to-door efforts that reached the homes of 170,000 voters, and his more recent statistical work was featured by CNN/Sports Illustrated.

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Big Ten Shocks with 9 Straight Wins

Things could not have gotten any worse for the Big Ten. The conference's teams were projected to barely break .500 with a 7-6 record on Saturday. Instead, the conference erupted with one upset after another to shoot out to a 9-0 start Saturday with a +146 margin of victory. Sep 21, 2014 12:30 AM PT

Pythagorean Ratings, Opponents for All 128 FBS Teams

The BCS trophy was a few seconds away from staying in the state of Alabama for a fifth straight year in January, but now the game between the Oklahoma rivals could be just as big as the Iron Bowl. Sep 20, 2014 6:33 AM PT

Start Times, Projections for All Saturday Games

The Big Ten has one last day to impress, the Big 12 just missed when K-State blew what should have been a win over the SEC but Oklahoma still passed Alabama for second, and BYU gets a surprise chance to boost national title hopes Saturday. Sep 20, 2014 6:27 AM PT

Conference Ratings: ACC, Big 12 Pass Pac-12; Big Ten, Sun Belt in Freefall

The ACC and Big 12 both had better records and better victory margins than expected to pass the Pac-12 and the second and third best conferences through Week 3. The Big Ten had another terrible week, barely staying in fifth place ahead of CUSA and the American as Indiana and Iowa were upset and Maryland lost at home. Sep 14, 2014 5:50 AM PT

Week 3 Ratings: BYU, ND, VA Tech, USC Jump

After destroying Texas in Week 2, BYU was one of six Top 25 teams to jump at least nine spots in the Pythagorean Ratings. USC (#6), Notre Dame (#8), Virginia Tech (#18), Clemson (#20) and Pitt (#24) joined BYU with the big jumps as the ACC, SEC, and Independents had great Week 2 results. Sep 12, 2014 5:31 AM PT

Big Ten, Big 12 Struggle Without Star QBs

The two biggest programs in the country, Ohio State and Texas, found playing without their starting quarterbacks very difficult, and the ACC took advantage to pass both of their conferences. Conference USA moved into 6th place and not far behind the Big Ten in the updated ranking of the 10 FBS conferences. QBs Sep 7, 2014 6:07 AM PT

Playoff Projections: Florida State, Stanford, Michigan State, Alabama

Stanford would be the surprise team in the first college playoff if their No. 2 spot in the Breitbart Sports Pythagorean Rankings held up at the end of the season. While Oregon would project to have a wider average margin of victory (47-21) than Stanford (36-14) if each team played the other 127, the Cardinal would project to go 119-8 to earn a spot against Michigan State (118-9) while Florida State (121-6) would face Alabama (117-10). The following are the new rankings of all 128 teams. Sep 2, 2014 7:39 AM PT


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