**Abstract**

**The****The objective of my project was to determine if odds-makers# predictions about sporting events were accurate and if they improved throughout the season.**

*objective:*** Methods/Materials**

The published scoreboard from the Union Tribune was used to develop a data table where I tracked fourteen through sixteen games per week the predicted point spread, and the predicted point total. After the games were played I recorded the actual point spread and the actual point total. With this information I computed the difference between predicted point spread and actual point spread and the difference between the predicted point total and actual point total. At the end of my experiment I analyzed the data so I could draw conclusions about the accuracy of the predictions.

** Results**

The winners were correctly predicted approximately 63% of the time. There was not a pattern with predicting total points throughout the season.

** Conclusions/Discussion**

The predictions improved slightly, though not significantly, over the course of the season.

This Mathematical project is about the predicted odds and how it compares to what actually happens.

**Science Fair Project done By Alexandra E. Stone **