New User? Sign Up / Forgot Your Password?
All Live
    All Live Projections

    College Football Playoffs (11/6/13)

    John Ewing, Director of Research and Analytics, @johnewing
    By John Ewing
    A look at what the College Football Playoffs could look like through 50,000 simulations of FootballFour’s most recent four-team Playoff Projection

    There are currently five undefeated teams in the BCS-AQ: Alabama, Florida State, Oregon, Ohio State and Baylor. I will continue to update the odds for the members of the four-team playoff to run the table. For odds on every team check out’s Undefeated Odds article.
    The Tide’s odds of going undefeated, 49.7%, have remained relatively unchanged after sitting out last weekend on a bye. If Alabama can take care of business at home against LSU they should see a significant jump in their odds to finish the season unblemished.
    Note: Chances Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, Baylor and Ohio State are undefeated on December 8: 1.15% (or 1-in-87).
    The Ducks, just like the Tide were idle last weekend, did not see a meaningful change in their odds to remain unbeaten, 40.4%. That will change Thursday night when Oregon faces Stanford. The Cardinals are the only team to defeat Marcus Mariota as a starter.
    Note: Chances that Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, Baylor, and Ohio State all have at least one loss on December 8: 5.88% (or 1-in-17).
    Florida State
    The Seminoles odds of remaining undefeated jumped from 40.3% to 53.0% after annihilating Miami last Saturday. Florida State is the most likely BCS-AQ team to finish unbeaten.
    Note: Chances that there are no undefeated teams in FBS on December 8: 1.7% (or 1-in-59).
    Ohio State
    The Buckeye thrashed Purdue but sometimes taking care of business is not enough. Ohio State’s odds of remaining undefeated only increased from 44.7% to 45.9% with Michigan and a potential B1G Championship game in the future.
    Note: Estimated chances of a one-loss team in the BCS Championship Game: 35.7%.
    How this works
    The Predictalator uses current rosters and strength-of-schedule and efficiency-adjusted team and player stats (weighted slightly more toward recent games), to play every game 50,000 times before it's actually played. For this analysis, we are tracking how likely a team is to make it to any level of the College Football Playoffs, if it were to go into effect this season.
    Football Four Playoff Projection Simulation
    In the first semifinal, Alabama continues to vanquish Ohio State winning 61.3% of the time by an average score of 34-25. This is not surprising after a dominating five game stretch, albeit against weaker competition, Alabama boasts the nation's best scoring defense allowing 9.8 points per game while the offense is No. 10 in scoring.
    The second semifinal would be the most thrilling as the gap between Oregon and Florida State continues to shrink. The Ducks would win this game 53.5% of the time by an average score of 38-36. There is a 16.2% (or 1-in-6) chance that we actually get to see this matchup in a potential (undefeated vs. undefeated) BCS Championship Game.
    After 50,000 simulations of the Football Four Playoff Projection, the most likely National Champion is the Oregon Ducks winning 31.7% of all simulated tournaments. In the most likely National Championship game Oregon defeats Alabama 52.7% of the time by an average score of 38-35. There is a 20.1% (or 1-in-5) chance that we get an Alabama vs. Oregon (undefeated vs. undefeated) BCS Championship Game.
    Based on the analysis, here is the projected College Football bracket.
    1 Alabama vs. 4 Ohio State
    Alabama wins 61.3% of the time by an average score of 34-25.
    2 Oregon vs. 3 Florida State
    Oregon wins 53.5% of the time by an average score of 38-36.
    National Championship
    Alabama vs. Oregon
    Oregon wins 52.7% of the time by an average score of 38-35.
    Odds for each team to advance to and win the championship.

    Team Semifinal Championship
    Alabama 61.3% 28.0%
    Ohio State 38.7% 14.8%
    Oregon 53.5% 31.7%
    Florida State 46.5% 25.5%’s Playoffs
    The Thursday night schedule features two of the biggest games of the weekend. The outcomes of these games will have heavy impact on the national landscape in college football. With the teams in the marquee games on Thursday night ranking in the top 10 of the BCS this very well could be the national semifinals in next year’s College Football Playoff. Which team would win if Thursday’s slate of games comprised the Final Four?
    The first semifinal matchup features No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 5 Stanford. Stanford is the only team to have defeated Marcus Mariota as a starter. However, historical trends would suggest that Oregon would win this matchup as the Ducks have won 15 straight games away from home including neutral site games in the Pac-12 Championship and bowl games. On a neutral field, Oregon defeats Stanford 68.0% of the time by an average score of 42-28.
    The second semifinal matchup pits Big 12 rivals No. 6 Baylor vs. No. 10 Oklahoma. Rivals may be a misleading term as the Sooners are a staggering 21-1 all-time versus Baylor. History can be deceiving, this year’s Baylor squad averages 63.9 points and 718.4 yards per game, both are tops in the nation. The Bears have beaten their opponents by an average of 48 points this season. We would not expect Baylor to do the same to Oklahoma, but on a neutral field the Bears do win convincingly 68.8% of the time by an average score of 43-30.
    Better offense, Oregon or Baylor? Our most likely championship game would answer this question. After 50,000 simulations the Ducks win 56.1% of the time by an average score of 49-44. Oregon wins 42.1% of all simulated tournaments.
    Odds for each team to advance to and win the championship. 

    Team Semifinal Championship
    Oregon 68.0% 42.1%
    Stanford 32.0% 14.7%
    Oklahoma 31.2% 9.1%
    Baylor 68.8% 34.1%

    Print This Article
    Undefeated Update (11/11/2013)
    3 Up 3 Down (College Week 10)
    Want More Tips and Information? Click To Register!





    The Predictalator

    06/04/2017 Highlight: With the NHL Stanley Cup Finals nearing its conclusion, we can leverage our ResultsFinder tool to profile our playoffs-to-date numbers. Since the start of May, the Predictalator is an incredible 25-9 (73.5%) on all NHL selections, including money line sides, totals, and puck lines. An average $50 bettor would have profited $242; six times more than the cost of the full NHL Playoffs package.

    The NBA Playoffs have featured more ups-and-downs than the NHL postseason; however, totals continue to produce at a solid clip for the Predictalator. Dating back to the beginning of April, the Predictalator has posted a stellar 53-41 (56.4%) record on all playable NBA totals, producing $351 in total profit for a $50 bettor.

    Check out the Shop now to learn more.

    Recommended Features



    Comparing the Best Teams in NBA History
    We use advanced statistical methods to rank past great championship teams against the most recent NBA championship and powerhouse teams.

    MLB Risers & Fallers - Power Rankings
    Mark Dankenbring discusses the biggest risers and fallers in our MLB Power Rankings over the course of the past week.



    All registered accounts are subject to our General Terms Of Service. Content is intended for informational purposes only. This is not a gambling website.

    FSTA Member 2015
    Home | The Predictalator | Blog | Privacy |  Media Contact |  B2B Solutions |  Sitemap |  Customer Support | 
    © 2010-2015, LLC. All rights reserved. | Site Designed by