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Friday, February 2 • 10:00am - 10:30am
Opponent Field Goal Percentage in the NFL

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Clearly, the universe has a curse on the Minnesota Vikings. For example, the last time a kicker missed a field goal against the Vikings was 1963. Okay, that statement is not true. However, as a Vikings fan, that is how I feel. While the Vikings have had some historic field goal misses, I cannot remember one historic miss by an opposing kicker. This study is an attempt to quantify the curse or reveal the depth of my self-delusion. In particular, we explore the field goal percentage of opposing kickers for each NFL team in a number of game situations.

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Eric Rawdon

Professor of Mathematics, University of St. Thomas
Eric Rawdon grew up in Richfield, MN.  He received his B.A. in Mathematics from St. Olaf College and his Ph.D. in Mathematics fromthe University of Iowa, specializing in Physical Knot Theory. Afterstints at Chatham College and Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, hemoved to the University... Read More →

Friday February 2, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am CST
Room 8