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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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

Pac-12 Best Week 1 Record Vs. SOS

The Pac-12 survived upset bids 4,694 miles apart, and Cal went to the Midwest to help match the SEC's 5-2 mark in Week 1 and take Week 1 honors, while CUSA went 5-5 to finish as the 6th best Week 1 conference behind the Big 5. Breitbart's preseason projection showed the SEC going 1199-397 (75%) against all other FBS opponents to 1003-389 (72%) for the Pac-12, but in Week 1 the Pac-12's 5-2 mark came against tougher competition. Aug 31, 2014 12:22 PM PT

Projections of All 7,406 Match-ups & How They Were Calculated

The following are the projected NON-CONFERENCE records for all 129 FBS teams assuming they played every other team except those in their conference (a total of 7,406 total non-conference games). The projected conference record is the starting basis for the Method 1 weekly ratings. The following are the basic components of how these are calculated: Aug 31, 2014 1:28 AM PT


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