TORONTO — While the top two teams in the West Division were closely matched when it came to the CFL Simulation a week ago, one team received a big-time boost to its odds with a win in Week 19.
After dropping their last game to the Calgary Stampeders, the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ odds to win the West went down ahead of Week 19. However, their victory over BC pushed their chances to take the division crown back up to nearly 67 percent. The Stamps also won, but they have just a 33 percent shot of finishing first.
Saskatchewan boosted both the odds to appear in and win the 107th Grey Cup presented by Shaw by over 20 percent. They also feature in three of the five most likely matchups in the Grey Cup game.
As per usual, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats also improved their odds with their team-record 13th win of the campaign.
The Tabbies, Riders, and Stamps hold down the best odds to be in the Grey Cup, leaving the likes of Winnipeg, Montreal, and Edmonton with under a 10 percent chance to appear, according to the sim.
While their chances aren’t the highest to appear or win the championship, the Edmonton Eskimos featured in the fifth most likely championship game showdown, clashing with the Riders 2 percent of the time. That would be the first occasion in which the championship would feature two West Division teams going head to head.
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The model considers the following:
- Each team’s current win-loss record.
- Opponents already played (including whether it was a home or away game).
- The margin of victory (or loss) in games previously played in the season.
- Remaining opponents to be played (including whether those games are home or away).
- Most recent results (a recent win is weighted more heavily than a win back in Week 1, for example)
The model calculates each team’s probability of victory in each remaining game. It then simulates 10,000 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 1,990 of the 10,000 replications, then its Grey Cup victory probability would be 1,990/10,000 = 19.90%.
The model is updated weekly based on the results of games played that week.
Here’s a look at how all the teams stack up:
|Odds to make playoffs|
|Team (Projected 2019 record)||Projection|
|Hamilton Tiger-Cats (15-3)||Clinched|
|Saskatchewan Roughriders (13-5)||Clinched|
|Calgary Stampeders (12-6)||Clinched|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers (11-7)||Clinched|
|Montreal Alouettes (10-8)||Clinched|
|Edmonton Eskimos (8-10)||Clinched|
|BC Lions (5-13)||Eliminated|
|Toronto Argonauts (4-14)||Eliminated|
|Ottawa REDBLACKS (3-15)||Eliminated|
|Odds to host playoff game|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||22.99%|
|Odds to win East|
|Odds to win West|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||Eliminated|
|Odds to appear in 107th Grey Cup|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||6.19%|
|Odds to Win the 107th Grey Cup|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||2.52%|
|Most likely matchups in 107th Grey Cup|