Projected 2018 NFL draft order: Race for No. 1 pick all but over
The winless Browns are on the verge of clinching their second straight year of picking No. 1 overall. And they might have another top-10 pick in next April's draft, too.
The craziest win-probability swings of Week 14
A potential game-winning field goal miss. An overtime interception. A pair of late picks. These are the plays that swung Week 14 in the NFL.
Can the Browns mimic the (now-good) Sixers?
The Cleveland Browns fired GM Sashi Brown amid an analytics-focused approach that has yet to produce results. The Browns are following a similar path to the NBA Philadelphia 76ers -- right down to the deposed GM who figures to eventually deserve credit.
Who will win Week 14's biggest games?
Carson Wentz and Jared Goff meet for the first time since being selected with the top two picks in 2016. Jacksonville's upstart defensive unit takes on Seattle's traditionally stout group. And the Steelers and Ravens renew their AFC North rivalry.
Hot seat watch: Projecting which NFL coaches will get fired
The Giants made Ben McAdoo the first head-coaching casualty of the 2017 season earlier this week. Which remaining coaches are most likely to receive a pink slip at the conclusion of this campaign, if not sooner?
FPI ranks best games of NFL Week 14
Jared Goff and the Rams host Carson Wentz and the Eagles this week, as the top two picks in the same draft face off as opposing QBs for just the eighth time in the Super Bowl era. That event also claims FPI top billing for matchup quality in Week 14.
Best and worst QBs of Week 13: Smith bounces back, Siemian falls flat
Alex Smith responded to calls for his benching with the top performance, while Trevor Siemian turned in another poor mark for Broncos QBs.
Updated NFL OTD leaderboard for Week 14
Our opportunity-adjusted touchdowns rankings tell you not only who's scoring, but who's getting the opportunities to score. Here we reveal our updated OTD table heading into Week 14.
By the numbers, committee made right call taking Alabama
Entering Sunday, 11 of 12 past College Football Playoff entries could boast a top-four showing in Strength of Record metrics. Make that 15 of 16, as the committee continued its preference for accomplishment over mere quality.
Ranking strength of remaining schedule for NFL playoff contenders
With everything riding on the final four weeks of the season, the schedule makes a huge difference. Here are the toughest and easiest slates in both conferences, for all teams with at least a 5 percent chance of making the playoffs.
The craziest win-probability swings of Week 13
A deep pass to set up a game-winning field goal. A fumble returned for a touchdown. A pass intercepted in the end zone. These are the plays that swung Week 13 in the NFL.
What's wrong with the Thunder? Problems start with offense
The Oklahoma City Thunder were thought by some to be a legitimate challenger in the West. Instead, they're on the fringes of the playoff race. The issues start with their offense -- and the specific failings of their three biggest stars.
Don't assume CFP committee will favor 'best' over 'most deserving'
The College Football Playoff selection committee has an explicit charge to select the four best teams for its field. But the line between "best" and "most deserving" is blurry, and the committee has historically crossed it -- frequently.
FPI ranks best games of NFL Week 13
The Eagles carry a nine-game winning streak to the Pacific Northwest on Sunday night, when they face a Seahawks team trying to bolster its playoff position. Football Power Index matchup quality metrics ID Philly/Seattle as Week 13's best contest.
Projected 2018 NFL draft order: Browns inch closer to top pick
Winless Cleveland has a better than 75-percent chance of getting the first overall pick in next year's draft, but 1-10 San Francisco still has a shot. Here's the projected top 10.
Talk Nerdy: How SOR Ranks The Top 4
Brad Edwards and Matt Morris discuss how strength of record would rank the top-4 going into championship week.
Best and worst QBs of Week 12: Keenum, Rivers feast
Thanksgiving Day belonged to Case Keenum and Philip Rivers, who owned the top performances of the week.
Is Julio Teheran any good? WAR says yes, no ... and maybe
There are three ways to calculate a player's WAR. Sometimes they match up relatively well. Other times, well, you have the curious case of the Atlanta Braves' 26-year-old righty.
The craziest win-probability swings of Week 12
A costly fumble. A back-and-forth final quarter in Phoenix. A game-winning field goal. These are the plays that swung Week 12 in the NFL.
College football's best quarterbacks in Week 13
Baker Mayfield didn't start against West Virginia, but he still dominated with 281 yards and 3 TDs to lead Oklahoma and become the top Power 5 quarterback for Week 13.
The plays that changed college football in Week 13
From last-second wins to plays that will go down in rivalry lore, these are some of the biggest win-probability swings from another wild week in college football.
Big 12 defense isn't as bad as you think
The Big 12's marquee games this fall have finished with scores like 62-52, 50-39 and 49-42, with critics of the league's defensive aptitude coming out in force as a result. A deeper look inside the numbers suggests the criticism is overblown.
Beware, Celtics and Cavs? Here's who could surprise the East
Boston's stunning win streak is at 16, and Cleveland has started a modest streak of its own. But according to ESPN's Basketball Power Index, they aren't the only threats in the Eastern Conference.
FPI ranks best games of NFL Week 12
A possible early playoff preview tops the matchup quality list this week, with the Saints-Rams battle ranking first on the Week 12 list, according to Football Power Index (FPI) metrics.
Virginia/Virginia Tech among FPI and Vegas line disagreements
Virginia Tech/Virginia and Vanderbilt/Tennessee are among the rivalry games with Vegas lines that conflict with Football Power Index expectations.
Best and worst QBs of Week 11: Rotten days for Peterman, Prescott
Nathan Peterman had one of the worst first starts in NFL history while Dak Prescott had his worst game yet.
The craziest win-probability swings of Week 11
A deep pass to set up a game-winning field goal. A 101-yard interception return. A fourth-quarter comeback capped by a two-point conversion. These are the plays that swung Week 11 in the NFL.
Updated NFL OTD leaderboard for Week 12
Our opportunity-adjusted touchdowns rankings tell you not only who's scoring, but who's getting the opportunities to score. Here we reveal our updated OTD table heading into Week 12.
Even though they already held the No. 1 spot in FPI's rankings, the Eagles improved their FPI rating more than anyone else this week after blowing out the Cowboys. The ratings for the Chargers, Ravens, Vikings and Patriots also were upgraded by more than a point following their respective performances yesterday. Remember, FPI isn't describing what has happened but is rating team strength going forward.
College football's best quarterbacks in Week 12
Lamar Jackson passed for two TDs and ran for two more to lead Louisville over Syracuse and be the top Power 5 QB for Week 12.
Talk Nerdy To Me: Best vs Most Deserving
Brad Edwards and Matt Morris discuss the potential scenario of a 2-loss Ohio State team vs a 1-loss Miami team trying to get into the CFP.
The top four teams in last week's CFP Selection Committee Rankings remain the four most likely teams to finish with a top-4 Strength of Record.
The plays that changed everything on Saturday
From goal-line stands to pick-sixes to amazing TD receptions, these are some of the biggest win-probability swings from another wild Saturday in college football.
FPI, Vegas disagree lines including Washington, Oklahoma State in Week 12
Washington and Oklahoma State are clinging to life in the College Football Playoff race, and FPI disagrees with the Vegas lines involving both the Huskies and Cowboys this week.
Campus Conversation: Talk Nerdy To Me
Brad Edwards and Seth Walder share their thoughts on the latest CFP rankings and which teams can move up or down going forward.
FPI ranks best games of NFL Week 11
The first 2017 meeting between the NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles and division-rival Dallas Cowboys tops the watchability list for Week 11, per ESPN Football Power Index's matchup quality metrics.
Poor shooting could be talented Duke's glaring weakness
Duke's mega-talented seven-man recruiting class has the Blue Devils ranked No. 1 and thinking national title. But the group will have to prove it can shoot the ball consistently when the opponents get stronger.
Best and worst QBs of Week 10: Keenum, Beathard make their cases
Quarterbacks at risk of being benched played their best games of the season for two of the top performances.
Updated NFL OTD leaderboard for Week 11
Our opportunity-adjusted touchdowns rankings tell you not only who's scoring, but who's getting the opportunities to score. Here we reveal our updated OTD table heading into Week 11.
The craziest win-probability swings of Week 10
A late game-winning touchdown. A critical turnover in OT. A deep TD pass to end a long losing streak. These are the plays that swung Week 10 in the NFL.
College football's best quarterbacks in Week 11
Minnesota's Demry Croft ran for three TDs and 183 yards to roll past Nebraska and become the top Power 5 quarterback of Week 11.
Talk Nerdy: Could Two Teams From The Same Conference Make The CFP?
Brad Edwards and Matt Morris discuss how realistic of a possibility it's become to see two teams from the same conference make the Playoff after Week 11's results.
The plays that changed everything on Saturday
From defensive gems to last-minute thrillers, these were some of the biggest win-probability swings from an upset-filled Saturday in college football.
Overall NBA standings: Front-office look, from best to worst
What happens when you combine NBA standings with analytics, the salary cap and the draft? The standings start to look a whole lot different.
Which top rookies will deliver bigger things in 2018?
As good as Cody Bellinger was this year, he's just getting started. While some elite first-year players will use 2017 as a springboard for more, some will have a hard time topping last season.
Just how good is Shohei Ohtani, anyway?
One of the most fascinating players in the world is set to make the jump from Japan to the major leagues for the 2018 season. We break down just how much he's worth as a pitcher, a hitter -- and both -- as he makes a difficult transition across the world.
FPI, Vegas disagree on lines -- including Michigan, Ohio State -- in Week 11
FPI has multiple quarrels with the Las Vegas lines in this Saturday's Big Ten East matchups. Will Michigan State-Ohio State and Michigan-Maryland go according to script?