Playoff Simulation predicts Clemson-LSU in title game


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PredictionMachine.com has crunched the data for 50,000 computer simulations of the most likely teams in the four-team college football playoff (Ohio State, Baylor, LSU and Clemson).

The Predictalator uses current rosters and strength-of-schedule and efficiency-adjusted team and player statistics, to play every game 50,000 times before it's actually played.

"Don't mess with Clemson," USA Today said. "The Tigers will destroy you, see Miami: 58-0 and the firing of Al Golden. Dabo Swinney has Clemson rolling. The Tigers are 41% likely to win out and 68% likely to win the ACC."

In the playoff semifinals, the simulation has Clemson (#4 seed) facing off against Ohio State (#1 seed) and has Clemson winning 65.5% of the time by an average score of 26-22.

LSU (#3 seed) wins 51.4% of the time against Baylor (#2 seed) with an average score of 43-42.

Tigers vs. Tigers in the college football championship and LSU wins 71.3% of the time against Clemson by an average score of 33-26 according to the simulations.

The probabilities for each team to win the championship according to the simulation analysis is LSU (39%), Baylor (34%), Clemson (20.8%) and Ohio State (6.2%).

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