College Football Simulated Playoff: Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Stanford Cardinal

Jake WestrichSenior Writer IJanuary 3, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal warms up against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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With Stanford and Arkansas given at-large bids into December Madness, both needed solid showings to validate their worth in this tournament of champions.

It's safe to say this endeavor was accomplished, as Stanford took down BCS Championship aspirant Oklahoma State, while Arkansas disposed of Pac-12 champion Oregon.

Unfortunately, only one can survive.

The Cardinal marched out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, thanks to a 45-yard boot form Jordan Williamson and a 13-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Luck to Ty Montgomery. The second quarter, however, would be owned by Arkansas. The Razorbacks posted 28 points in the period, the last three touchdowns coming from the arm of Tyler Wilson.

Stanford was able to manage a Stepfan Taylor touchdown, but the Razorbacks held a 28-17 advantage going into halftime.

Alas, Arkansas would not be heard from again in the second half. The Cardinal impeded the Razorback assault.

An Anthony Wilkerson touchdown run and three field goals from Williamson proved to be enough ammo to overtake Arkansas and give Stanford the 34-28 victory, clinching their spot in the December Madness title game.

For the third round in a row, Andrew Luck failed to wow, hitting just 16-of-31 targets. Luckily, the ground game was able to bail out the projected No. 1 overall pick, as Taylor totaled 110 yards rushing. Luck did pass for over 300 yards and had a touchdown to his credit, but one would expect more from a leader of his stature.

In the losing effort, Tyler Wilson closes out a solid tournament with 276 yards and three touchdowns. Ronnie Wingo also added 91 rushing yards and two scores for the Razorbacks.

Player of the game: Andrew Luck (301 passing yards, one TD)

Winning Percentage of 1,001 Simulations: Stanford 51.1 percent vs. Arkansas 48.9 percent

For the eighth consecutive season, is proud to present the ultimate college football playoff in a tournament we refer to as December Madness 2011.

Over the next three weeks, the Top 16 college football teams (11 conference champions and five at-large programs based on BCS rating) will compete for the December Madness title.

Utilizing our award-winning college football simulation engine, we "play" each matchup 1,001 times.

View the December Madness playoff bracket and complete box score here.