2019-20 Big Data Bowl

Recap of the NFL's second annual Big Data Bowl.

The second annual Big Data Bowl, powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS), gathered analytically-minded fans across the world to predict the outcomes of rushing plays during the 2019 season.

Next Gen Stats data — which includes location, speed, acceleration, and velocity for all players on the field — was one of several data sets that are available to participants.

More than 2,000 data scientists from all over the world competed on Kaggle to predict rushing play outcomes during Weeks 13 through 17 of the 2019 regular season. Submissions to the 2019-20 contest were tracked using a leaderboard that updated weekly, with the participants who most accurately predicted how many yards rushers would gain winning the competition. 

2019-20 BIG DATA BOWL Winner

2019-20 Big Data Bowl winner Dmitry Gordeev speaking in Indianapolis.

2019-20 Big Data Bowl winner Dmitry Gordeev speaking in Indianapolis.

Data scientists Philipp Singer and Dmitry Gordeev from Austria captured the top prize of $50,000 with their highly technical approach in the NFL’s second annual Big Data Bowl.

  • Singer and Gordeev comprise The Zoo, a data science team based in Austria. Singer studied software engineering and economics in Austria, where he finished a Ph.D. in computer science. Gordeev studied at Moscow State University and graduated as a specialist in applied math/data mining. Both work at UNIQA Insurance Group in Vienna and have teamed up to win six gold medals on Kaggle.

2019-20 BIG DATA BOWL Finalists 

For the 2019-20 competition, the top submissions shared $75,000 in prizes, and top contestants presented their work to NFL club analytics staff at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Below is a summary of each presentation and a link to the complete entry.


Matt Ploenzke, Harvard


Kellin Rumsey, Brandon DeFlon, University of New Mexico

Graham Pash, Walker Powell, NC State

Namrata Ray, Jugal Marfatia, Washington State University

Alex Stern, University of Virginia

Caio Brighenti, Colgate University