About Versus Sports Simulator

Steve Pugh is the designer, creator, and owner of Versus Sports Simulator, a suite of software products that use advanced proprietary mathematical models to rate sports teams and produce computer-generated game predictions.

Pugh holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Mathematics from Virginia Tech and is a member of the Pi Mu Epsilon National Honorary Mathematical Society. Following a 25-year career at Capital One, where he was employed as Director of Software Engineering, Pugh retired in 2023 to take on the leadership and development of Versus Sports Simulator full time.

Pugh's research in the field of mathematics began in 1994 when he worked as a Research Assistant at the Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Mathematics in Blacksburg, Virginia. Under the direction of Dr. John Burns and funded by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Pugh published Finite Element Approximations of Burgers' Equation in September, 1995.

Pugh's interest in computer-generated sports ratings began in 2005 as a culmination of hobbies: sports, mathematical modeling, and computer programming. The initial objective was simply to gain insight into the mathematical techniques utilized to rate the past performance of college football teams. In early 2006, Pugh began leveraging the generous expertise of Kenneth Massey (www.masseyratings.com) to help shape his ideas and sharpen his techniques. Mr. Massey is also a graduate of the Mathematics Department at Virginia Tech and his computer ratings model was used in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) during its entirety.

The “Versus Sports Simulator” results for NCAA College Football were first published nationally on Massey's College Football Ranking Comparison site in December, 2007.

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