‘Staturdays’: Brothers analyze data behind college football in weekly podcast – Penn State News

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — With the return of Penn State football this weekend, two brothers are poised and ready to help fans learn more about the science behind the game.

Drew Bennison, a senior in data sciences in the College of Information Sciences and Technology; and his brother Kyle, who earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing through the Smeal College of Business in 2018, co-founded and co-host Staturdays, a weekly podcast focused on the data behind college football. The podcast blends the siblings’ passion for data analysis, writing and sports through a unique weekly family reunion.

“During my freshman year, we decided that we should do a podcast and talk about college football stats and the analytics side of things,” said Drew. “If nothing else, it would be a way for us to talk every week about something we would talk about anyway.”

Every Tuesday, the brothers connect via Skype – Drew from University Park and Kyle from Hopewell, New Jersey — to record their weekly podcast, which airs the following day. They discuss everything related to statistics in college football, from the best and worst teams at achieving first downs, win probabilities, predictions for playoff rankings and whether data says it’s better to pass or run the ball. Simply put, they aim to visualize college football data in a user-friendly way.

“…You can learn something new about Penn State football, and college football in general, that will have you watching and thinking about the games differently on
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