Picking The SEC West Out Of a Hat—Seriously
If there is one thing that the writers at bleacher report struggle with, it's the art of being unbiased. It really is a tough thing to do. We all love sports and if you are writing on this website, then you really love them. There's even a section for your "favorite" teams.
As we all know, college football is fast approaching and all the predictions are coming out! We love predictions. There's not a better feeling than seeing your team at the top before the season has started.
I have found though that writers on this website struggle with not putting their team at the top. So, when making my own predictions I decided to conduct a science experiment. Would my predictions out of a hat defeat the predictions of many on this site? There's only one way to find out!
So I put all of the SEC West teams in a hat. I didn't stop there though—I also put every final record possible in the hat (I stopped at 3-9...surely we can all win at least three games this season).
So here are the rules: To make everything purely chance, I will draw a team name and then immediately draw a record. That will be that team's final record. Everyone on the same page? Good.
Without further adieu: My "unbiased" prediction
The SEC West Standings
1. Auburn 11-2
2. Ole Miss 10-3
3. Arkansas 9-4
4. LSU 7-6
5. Miss St. 6-6
6. Alabama 5-7
Ok, now I have some explaining to do. Wouldn't you know it...my "unbiased" experiment turned out to look like the most biased thing I could have done as Auburn is in first and Alabama is in last. Unreal. I am going to do this again to make sure that this is the correct prediction.
Second Attempt at the SEC West Standings
1. Auburn 13-0
2. Miss St 10-3
3. Alabama 9-4
4. Ole Miss 7-6
5. LSU 6-6
6. Arkansas 3-9
SIGH...I swear that I am honestly drawing them out of a hat! You can't even look unbiased by pulling teams and records out of a hat! Ok, last time and then I will take the average.
Third and Final Attempt at the SEC West Standings
1. Miss St. 13-0
2. Arkansas 12-1
3. Alabama 9-4
4. Ole Miss 8-5
5. Auburn 6-6
6. LSU 4-8
That's more like it. Ok, now to take an average and this will be my final SEC West Prediction!
The SEC WEST FINAL STANDINGS
1. Auburn - 10-3
1. Miss St - 10-3
3. Arkansas - 8-5
3. Alabama - 8-5
3. Ole Miss - 8-5
6. LSU - 6-7
My hat apparently didn't like LSU. My hat apparently didn't watch last season. My point of this article was to show that you can find bias in anything. I am sure some of you are doubting how Auburn ended up No. 1 and I am an Auburn fan.
Oh well, there's your predictions. I wouldn't take them to the bank.
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