September 5th, 2013
Infographic: College Football Credit Score Matchups— Week 1
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It’s that time of year again— football season. And that means people are spending their weekends tailgating, brushing up on their school’s fight song, and digging out their lucky team shirt. As an avid college football fan myself, from September to December you’ll find me wearing garnet and gold and cheering on my Seminoles.
We at Credit Karma didn’t want to be left out, so we combined our love of data and competition and found our own way to join the football madness. Just for fun, we took a look to see whether credit scores could predict the winners of some major games. Turns out that in 4 out of the 5 matchups we looked at, the school with the higher credit scores ended up winning.
This week kicks off our fall blog series: College Football Credit Score Matchups. During the season, we’ll look at some of the top 25 teams playing each week and see if we can predict the winner based on their average credit score.
Check out this week’s infographic!
Take a look at the matchup between Georgia and South Carolina. In 2012, Georgia’s average credit score was 663, compared to South Carolina’s 681. Georgia also took a hurting on the field, losing to South Carolina 35-7. But this year we are switching up our prediction… we have Georgia with the edge. Maybe home field advantage will help the bulldogs.
So is there really a connection between the winning teams and their average credit score? We certainly wouldn’t bet any money on it, but the correlation is still fun to look at. It’s also a great way to get people talking about credit scores and their impact on your overall financial health at your tailgate parties. Follow us throughout football season and see how well our predictions fare.
Do you agree with our picks for this weekend’s battles on the gridiron?
Amy Leone is the Public Relations Coordinator at Credit Karma. Before joining the team in June 2012 she spent most of her career as a TV news producer. When she’s not helping promote Credit Karma on a variety of media outlets, she’s probably out running or exploring her new state of California.
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