Feelings, nothing more than feelings

Barry Alvarez believes stats serve a purpose in his role as a member of the selection committee.  They exist to help support his personal feelings about a team.

“We found that the statistical and analytic side of the stats that we were charting supported what he was seeing, that yep, [Mississippi State] is a really productive team and a team that’s going to win a lot of games and beat good teams,” he said. “It was very validating for him to come up with his opinion of a team early on and then have the statistical and empirical data match that or validate that.”

How fortunate for the statistics – and Barry.  Because nobody wants to walk into the room armed with little more than a smile and a ‘Well, here’s what I’m seeing, these are my opinions,’ line for the others.

That being said, you think Alvarez would have come to a different conclusion if he couldn’t find any stats in support for it?  Me neither.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Stats Geek!

3 responses to “Feelings, nothing more than feelings

  1. Tommy

    Reminds me of a quote by Jim Barksdale, former CEO of Netscape:
    “If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine.”


  2. Post Hoc, ergo Propter Hoc.


  3. paul

    Well, at lest he’s giving lip service to stats. That’s more than most other committee members, many of whom seem to be going out of their way to say they will specifically and intentionally ignore statistics and rely solely on their own good judgement.