Sunday, February 7, 2010

Congratulations New Orleans

And then there were the Saints.  The team that was #1 every week of the year since week 2 and the team that the computer picked to win the Super Bowl despite Vegas having the Colts by 6 won the Super Bowl to bring the first championship to New Orleans.

As can be seen in the final ratings/rankings, the win extends the Saints lead to over 2 ratings points over new #2 Minnesota.  Interestingly, the Colts fall all the way to #4 as the computer has to use the 31-17 final score even though that isn't indicative of how close the game was.  Had the game finished at 24-17 the Colts would have stayed #2 narrowly ahead of Minnesota.

For the post season, the computer did well going 6-4-1 against the spread and 8-3 picking winners.  Coupled with the 148-102-6 against the spread and 166-90 picking winners in the regular season, all in all a good year in the picking department.