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TORONTO — If you’ve watched the Calgary Stampeders roll through the second half of the regular-season and wonder what they might be capable of, you’re not alone.
While the CFL Simulation is incapable of things like emotion, it does sense when a team is hot and it’s zeroed in on Bo Levi Mitchell and the Stamps.
It wasn’t always this way, though. Back on Sept. 10, when the Stamps were 1-4 heading into Week 6 of the season, they were projected to be the worst team in the league. The Simulation pegged them at the time to finish 5-9 and gave them a 17.21 per cent chance of making the playoffs; it gave them a 2.44 per cent chance of making it to the Grey Cup game.
Calgary will go on the road this weekend to face the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Western Semi-Final, but they do so as a rare travelling favourite.
The Simulation gives the Stamps a 16.48 per cent chance of making it to the Grey Cup, while the Riders have a 3.77 per cent chance. While Winnipeg is still the overwhelming favourite to win the Grey Cup (62.60 per cent chance), the Stamps are the next-best team behind them, at 12.48 per cent.
Of course, the games still have to be played and whoever triumphs out West on Sunday will no doubt be underdogs a week later in the Western Final against a Bombers team that finished 11-3, with their place in the league never in question this season. Check out where all six playoff teams stack up in this week’s CFL Simulation.
ODDS TO APPEAR IN 108TH GREY CUP
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||79.75%|
ODDS TO WIN 108TH GREY CUP
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||62.60%|
MOST LIKELY 108TH GREY CUP MATCHUPS
The model considers the following:
The model calculates each team’s probability of victory in each remaining game. It then simulates 100,000 replications of the remaining regular season schedule and resulting playoff bracket (including the possibility of a playoff crossover team). For each replication, the model keeps track of a number of performance metrics (for example, which teams earned home playoff games, which teams appeared in the Grey Cup, etc.).
For instance, if Winnipeg won the Grey Cup in 20,190 of the 100,000 replications, then its Grey Cup victory probability would be 20,190 / 100,000 = 20.19%.
The model is updated weekly based on the results of games played that week.