PredictionMachine.com has run the 2012 football season 50,000 times in its "Predictalator" (a fancy name for the Machine), predicting the USC Trojans to top the Alabama Crimson Tide in this year's BCS title game. Tell me something I don't know, machine. Let's get to the good stuff.
What did the Predictalator have to say about Boston College football's chances in 2012?
In the simulations, Boston College ends up with an average record of 5.6 - 6.4, which basically means all 50,000 simulations fluctuated between the Eagles finishing 6-6 and 5-7. Without having the exact data set, 6-6 seems to be the most common result however slight. Vegas agrees with the Predictalator, setting BC's over/under regular season win total at 5.5.
The prediction machine also spits out a set of power rankings, with the Eagles ranking 83rd nationally between ECU and Louisiana-Monroe.
Below are the predicted average win totals for each of BC's 2012 opponents. Seven of the Eagles' 11 Division I-A opponents this season are predicted to be bowl-eligible this season, with Wake Forest hovering right at the six win mark.
Miami Hurricanes - 5.5
@ Northwestern Wildcats - 4.2
Clemson Tigers - 8.7
@ Army Black Knights - 5.2
@ Florida St. Seminoles - 9.6
@ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets - 6.7
Maryland Terrapins - 4.5
@ Wake Forest Demon Deacons - 5.8
Notre Dame Fighting Irish - 7.5
Virginia Tech Hokies - 8.4
@ N.C. State Wolfpack - 6.8