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TORONTO — As teams start to surge in this second half of the regular season, we’re seeing their playoff possibilities grow in the CFL Simulation.
Last week, we looked at how the Hamilton Tiger-Cats had less playoff probability than the Montreal Alouettes — who hold the season series and are in front of them in the standings — but had a greater shot at playoff success, if they could get there. The Ticats’ win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last week has increased their Grey Cup aspirations in this week’s edition of the Simulation. The same can be said for the BC Lions, who gained ground on the West-leading Bombers with their last-second comeback win over the Ottawa REDBLACKS.
Despite the loss to the Ticats, the Bombers remain a favourite to be the last West team standing in November and it’ll come as no surprise that the team that the Simulation picks to meet them in Hamilton for the 110th Grey Cup is the 11-1 Toronto Argonauts.
Check out the latest CFL Simulation to see where your team stands.
*C: Clinched a particular outcome
*E: Eliminated from achieving a particular outcome
|ODDS TO MAKE PLAYOFFS|
|Team (Projected record)||Projection|
|Toronto Argonauts (15-3)||C|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers (13-5)||C|
|BC Lions (11-7)||99.99%|
|Hamilton Tiger-Cats (9-9)||98.83%|
|Montreal Alouettes (8-10)||91.68%|
|Saskatchewan Roughriders (7-11)||52.71%|
|Calgary Stampeders (7-11)||40.78%|
|Edmonton Elks (6-12)||8.17%|
|Ottawa REDBLACKS (5-13)||7.83%|
|ODDS TO HOST PLAYOFF GAME|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||>99.99%|
|ODDS TO WIN EAST|
|ODDS TO WIN WEST|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||73.06%|
|ODDS TO APPEAR IN 110TH GREY CUP|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||81.33%|
|ODDS TO WIN 110TH GREY CUP|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||54.01%|
|MOST LIKELY 110TH 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 Toronto 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.