A familiar foe

I’m referring to timezone bugs, of course. Looking at the verbose run for the 2021 schedule I see what I didn’t before about today’s one MCC game: San José State 7 at USC 30 on Sep 04, 2021 Stanford 42 at USC 28 on Sep 12, 2021 Fresno State at UCLA on Sep 19, 2021… Continue reading A familiar foe

FCS shouldn’t count?

Doing a project as pointless as this lets me really examine some of the pitfalls of how software projects get hung up. Let’s take a look at a verbose run for 2007 under the current codebase: UCLA 45 at Stanford 17 on Sep 01, 2007 Sacramento State 3 at Fresno State 24 on Sep 02,… Continue reading FCS shouldn’t count?

USC Stanford

What a great game, made all the sweeter by its extraordinary MCC ramifications. USC will have a hard time winning the cup. But it is possible if they beat UCLA and get some help. Perhaps this early dashing of MCC hopes will be the final straw for Clay Helton’s coaching job. (Update: It was!) Stanford… Continue reading USC Stanford

Bad punts bad punts

Watching David Shaw and Stanford make some more sadly predictably terrible punt decisions last Saturday it occurred to me that we can use the cfbd data to figure out exactly how bad they were. The surrender index was first described by Jon Bois in this video, and now there’s an excellent twitter bot that tracks… Continue reading Bad punts bad punts

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Week 1 results

After yesterday’s action we can all take comfort in the MCC, where some California team will definitely win something. Actually, UCLA might be good. But Stanford and Cal both lost brutal games and USC didn’t inspire any confidence. Fresno State has an outside shot to run the table in the cup games based on how… Continue reading Week 1 results

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I added support for games that end in a tie with this commit. With my recency bias I had left that out and marked it “hard” in my head but it doesn’t seem like it takes much. It changes a couple of 1970s results. I had credited San Diego State with one too many titles.… Continue reading Ties

Categorized as code, results


I did a github. The initial commit separates out the “California” parts into a client of an team-agnostic “virtual conference” API. Next up is fixing the FCS stuff and ties.

2021 schedule

College football season is here. What’s on the calendar for its most prestigious corner, the Mythical California Cup? Fortunately CollegeFootballData API includes scheduled future games, so with slight modification to our results finder to gracefully handle outcomes in the future we can print it out. Here’s the run for 2021: San José State at USC… Continue reading 2021 schedule

What’s on the big board?

Come on, write some code. Big stuff: generalize to virtual conference implement optional FCS check for every team start a github or some repo (is there hg-hub yet?) Small stuff: handle tie games in the data model visually pad the standings properly catch the datestrings and parse into datetime objects earlier and manipulate entirely as… Continue reading What’s on the big board?