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.