UCLA has done it

Here is what the run looked like midway through Big Game on Saturday once the UCLA/USC game was decided:

San José State 28 at USC 56 on Aug 26, 2023
UCLA 35 at San Diego State 10 on Sep 09, 2023
Stanford 10 at USC 56 on Sep 09, 2023
UCLA 42 at Stanford 7 on Oct 21, 2023
USC 50 at California 49 on Oct 28, 2023
Fresno State 18 at San José State 42 on Nov 11, 2023
UCLA 38 at USC 20 on Nov 18, 2023
California None at Stanford None on Nov 18, 2023
San Diego State at San José State on Nov 18, 2023
Fresno State at San Diego State on Nov 24, 2023
California at UCLA on Nov 25, 2023

Full Enumeration Simulation:
UCLA 16 [100%]

Monte Carlo [Sampled Home Margin Predictor] Simulation:
UCLA 10000 [100%]

Monte Carlo [Elo Predictor] Simulation:
UCLA 10000 [100%]

UCLA                    3-0
USC                     3-1
San José State          1-1
California              0-1
San Diego State         0-1
Fresno State            0-1
Stanford                0-2
2023, 11, ,

That’s a clinch. With several games left to be decided there is no doubt that UCLA will win the title. (Even if they lose to Cal to drop to 3-1 they will have the head-to-head tiebreaker with USC.) Nice little real world test for the prediction systems.

UCLA triumphant. Midjourney prompt: “triumphant Grizzly Bear brandishes giant golden cup. Pulp illustration by Mort Kunstler. The dominant colors in the picture are yellow and baby blue.”

Congratulations UCLA. As we noted earlier this ends a 25 year Mythical California Cup drought. Even San Jose State has won a title in the interim. (But not San Diego State.) It’s sad that they’re leaving and blowing up the Pac-12 but at least they prevented USC from having anything redeeming about this season.

For what it’s worth, UCLA is a 9 point favorite over Cal to complete their perfect MCC season. Is it too late to put that on Chip’s resume? You can’t fire the man who brought the state’s most coveted hardware home for the first time in a quarter century… can you?

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