PredictionMachine.com simulates Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Alabama

PredictionMachine.com simulated Alabama-Jacksonville 50,000 times to settle the debate. (US Presswire)

Ah, yes. The seemingly annual debate of, "Would [REALLY, REALLY GOOD COLLEGE TEAM] beat [REALLY, REALLY BAD PROFESSIONAL TEAM]" added a new chapter in 2012 with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the undefeated Alabama Crimson Tide .

My normal instinct is to dismiss the notion entirely. There are easily 10-20 future professionals on Alabama's roster. But the Jacksonville Jaguars -- as poorly as they have played this season -- are made up 53 professionals. Despite the opposite results for team success, there is too big a gap in talent level and experience for even Alabama to overcome.

Luckily, our friends at PredictionMachine.com (@predictmachine) have crunched the numbers with their Predictalator -- a machine that simulates every possible outcome 50,000 times to determine probabilities -- and the results support traditional thinking.

Paul Bessire, GM of PredictionMachine.com and creator of the Predictalator, wrote about the simulation on his blog. Check out an excerpt of his post below.

Alabama vs. Jaguars
Alabama's Offense Jaguars' Defense
LT: Cyrus Kouandjio, 6-6, 311 DE: Jeremy Mincey, 6-4, 265
LG: Chance Warmack, 6-3, 320 DT: Tyson Alualu, 6-3, 295
C: Barrett Jones, 6-5, 302 DT: C.J. Mosley, 6-2, 310
RG: Anthony Steen, 6-3, 303 RDE: Austen Lane, 6-6, 265
RT: D.J. Fluker, 6-6, 335 OLB: Julian Stanford, 6-1, 230
TE: Michael Williams, 6-6, 269 MLB: Paul Posluszny, 6-2, 242
QB: AJ McCarron, 6-4, 210 OLB: Russell Allen, 6-3, 238
RB: Eddie Lacy, 6-0, 220 LCB: Rashean Mathis, 6-1, 195
WR: Amari Cooper, 6-1, 198 RCB: Derek Cox, 6-1, 195
WR: Kevin Norwood, 6-2, 195 SS: Dawan Landry, 6-1, 212
HB: Christion Jones, 5-11, 185 FS: Dwight Lowery, 5-11, 212
Alabama's Defense Jaguars' Offense
DE: Ed Stinson, 6-4, 282 LT: Eugene Monroe, 6-5, 306
NG: Jesse Williams, 6-4, 320 LG: Mike Brewster, 6-4, 305
DE: Damion Square, 6-3, 286 C: Brad Meester, 6-3, 292
SAM: Adrian Hubbard, 6-6, 248 RG: Uche Nwaneri, 6-3, 310
MIKE: Trey DePriest, 6-2, 245 RT: Cameron Bradfield, 6-4, 308
WILL: Nico Johnson, 6-3, 245 TE: Marcedes Lewis, 6-6, 272
JACK: Xzavier Dickson, 6-3, 262 QB: Blaine Gabbert, 6-4, 235
CB: Deion Belue, 5-11, 179 RB: Maurice Jones-Drew, 5-7, 210
CB: Dee Milliner, 6-1, 199 WR: Cecil Shorts, 6-0, 202
S: Robert Lester, 6-2, 210 WR: Justin Blackmon, 6-1, 210
S: HaHa Clinton-Dix, 6-1, 209 FB: Greg Jones, 6-1, 265
NFL players represent the best of the best and there are 11 players for each team on the field at all times. As good as Alabama has been recently, they are not responsible for one-thirty second of the league’s players. And even if they were, players improve over time with experience, coaching and physical maturation.

After the 2011 season, Alabama had 11 starters who could be drafted into the NFL. Eight of them were – including an impressive four in the first round. Of those eight NFL players, only four have been active for more than one game this season. Only two Alabama players – Trent Richardson and Mark Barron - from last year’s superior team are starting for their NFL teams right now. And NOT ONE of the 2012 NFL Draft picks from Alabama is playing at an above average level in the league in his rookie season.

Some other quick hitters:
Jacksonville’s Blaine Gabbert just completed 71% of his 38 passes for 220 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions against a Lions’ defense that includes ridiculously good college players like Ndamukong Suh (Nebraska, All-American), Nick Fairley (Auburn, All-American – who dominated on the interior over Alabama two years ago), Cliff Avril (Purdue, All Big Ten), Kyle Vanden Bosch (Nebraska, All Big 12), Travis Lewis (Oklahoma, All Big 12 and Freshman All-American), DeAndre Levy (Wisconsin, All Big Ten), Lawrence Jackson (USC, All-American), Ronnell Lewis (Oklahoma, All-American), Alphonso Smith (Wake Forest, All-American) and Chris Houston (Arkansas, All SEC).

To the best of my research, Jacksonville’s current active roster includes 28 former first team all-conference players and 13 former first team All-Americans (at their respective collegiate levels).

LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger had 1,511 total passing yards on 120 of 209 passing (57.4% completions, 7.22 yards-per-attempt) before Saturday. Against BCS-AQ opponents, he was 61-for-124 for 767 yards (49.2%, 6.2). Against Alabama, Mettenberger completed 24 of 35 passes for 298 yards (68.6%, 8.5). Alabama is not invincible.

There are not any major weaknesses on this Alabama team, but I don’t see anywhere in the numbers where the Crimson Tide roster currently has a matchup advantage over any NFL roster.

Again, in 50,000 simulations Jacksonville wins 94% of the time and by an average score of 33-9.


I do encourage you to go check out the full post, which includes comparison's to the 2011 Alabama roster -- which Paul argues could have kept the Jacksonville game within 20 points -- and a breakdown of the best college football team of all time: the 2001 Miami Hurricanes.

Recently, Paul joined me on the podcast to discuss the probabilities of Alabama, Kansas State, Oregon, and Notre Dame all going undefeated. He updates those odds in his blog, and you can click here to listen to his explanation on the podcast.

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