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Here is Nate Silver's prediction for the Super Bowl

ESPN's statistician shared his insights on "The Colbert Report"


Prachi Gupta
January 28, 2014 8:29PM (UTC)

Thirty-four-year-old statistician Nate Silver, described by the AP as an "unabashed numbers geek," stopped by "The Colbert Report" to share his predictions for the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Silver, who accurately predicted the presidential winner in all 50 states on his blog in 2012, FiveThirtyEight, has moved from covering politics with the New York Times to covering sports at ESPN.

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Of the move, Silver told Colbert: "There's a lot of coverage you see in politics that's really just gossip about a serious subject, and we want to take a fun subject and be overly serious about it at times."

But Silver's analysis of this year's Super Bowl winner is tough, admits Silver, because both teams are "really good."

"This is only the eighth time that the two best teams have met in the Super Bowl," he said. "Usually someone gets upset along the way, so that makes my job really tough."

Although "the numbers say it's going to be a tie," Silver is betting on the Seattle Seahawks, because their numbers were great last year, too.

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Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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