In the Sweat Barometer -- which uses analytics to determine the safest bets in college basketball -- Chad Millman explains how the Gonzaga Bulldogs have become the top team in a wild season and introduces his son to poker.
The deep pass is one of the most efficient weapons in an NFL offensive arsenal, one that has spurred the Colts and Buccaneers to surprisingly strong records. Meanwhile, an absence of long strikes may be costing the Cowboys this season.
Alok Pattani uses the expected points added (EPA) metric to identify the Saints' and Packers' issues to start the season, and predict the likelihood that the two teams will turn things around the rest of the way.
Dean Oliver explains the effects of pass pressure on NFL quarterbacks and how Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos have performed against such pressure. The Texans, however, present a whole new challenge.
Limiting an opponent's yards and points is only part of a defense's true task. Albert Larcada explains why a new stat better illustrates a defense's true strength, and why the Houston Texans could flex their muscles in Week 2.
ESPN Insider KC Joyner writes that although the New Orleans Saints are favored in San Francisco this weekend, the 49ers could have an advantage because of Drew Brees' propensity to take risks with the football.