Saturday, September 27, 2014

Free College Football Statistics Now Available on Dr. Wag Picks


This week I added a statistics page which are the statistics I use for my picks.

Initially, this season I used stats from the Sunshine Forcast, but the page owner Walter Repole has not updated his projections or stats in a while. Last Sunday, I decided to write an program to collect my own stats and spreads. To collect the data, I wrote a computer program called a web crawler, a web crawler traverses a web site and retrieves information, I wrote one that gets publicly available stats from espn.com and the spreads are from www.bettorsworld.com.

In the past seasons, I used stats from CFBStats which used to be free to access current week stats and archived stats, but the site began charging for them this season under the domain http://coachesbythenumbers.com. CFBStats had tons of stats from not only team game performance but individual drive and play-by-play stats as well as stuff like game attendance, and it looks like the pay site has the same data. The packages range from $500/yr to $2000/yr based on how in depth you want the statistics. They had tons of stats so I do not blame them for charging. They did the work, and they should be compensated. My statistics are not as in-depth and only include basic statistics you can get from a regular box score.

I will add stats for additional sports throughout the year.

If you have any other data you would like to see list them in the comments.

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