Virtual Simulation Stimulation: Week 4
NCAA '13 is on an absolute roll.
NCAA pegged Alabama, Utah, Florida, Notre Dame, and yes, Stanford to win their games outright last week, which is much more than any talking head had to contribute. Four of these five picks were underdogs, and I believe it's time to purchase a first-class, one-way ticket to Vegas and put these skills to work.
For those new to these parts, here’s the deal: using NCAA ’13, we simulate the week’s top games–not doctoring with any of the results whatsoever–and report the findings. You, then, spend the early parts of the next week mocking your friends for not being able to out-pick a video game.
As for Week 4, we have a handful of very fascinating matchups, and once again, upsets appear to be on tap. Let’s get right to it.
Season Spotlight Prediction Record Heading into Week 4: 11-4
5. Oregon 26, Arizona 21
Perhaps, NCAA ’13 didn’t take its caffeine here because this one feels light in the points department. Still, the Ducks edge out RichRod’s crew thanks to a touchdown with only 36 seconds remaining in regulation.
Kenjon Barner goes for 124 yards and a touchdown on only 16 carries, while De’Anthony Thomas finishes with 66 yards rushing, 33 yards receiving and a score as well. Wideout Rahsaan Vaughn also catches nine balls for 114 yards in the win.
Arizona QB Matt Scott has himself a good ballgame, throwing for 245 yards and two touchdowns on only 22 passes. He also rushes for 31 yards and adds a score on the ground. The rest of the Arizona running game is nowhere to be found as a stable of backs combine for just 39 yards on 20 carries.
Oregon debuts helmets in this game that are capable of giving players Mario Kart-like speed boosts every time they cross the 50-yard line. Each helmet also has a "drop banana peel" button directly under the left earhole, which is soon outlawed one hour after the game ends.
4. Missouri 45, South Carolina 24
Welcome to the SEC, Mizzou. After the Gamecocks score first with a field goal, the Tigers respond by scoring 35 unanswered points.
James Franklin plays QB in this one and throws for only 174 yards but scores four times. The Missouri running game is very good in this one, and a stable of backs combine to rush for 173 yards on 33 carries.
Multiple South Carolina QBs see action in this one—apparently NCAA ’13 knows injury statues as well—and they put up good numbers. The QBs throw for a combined 199 yards and three scores, one of which goes to Marcus Lattimore. Lattimore also runs for 156 yards on 23 touches in a losing effort.
Steve Spurrier updates his SEC hate list following the game, and it looks as follows: 1-17). Georgia, 18) Missouri, 19) Georgia
3. Notre Dame 23, Michigan 21
Another year of Notre Dame-Michigan, another thrilling game. ND outgains Michigan by 192 yards of total offense, although the Wolverines score two touchdowns late and almost pull off another comeback.
A slew of Irish running backs combine for only 71 yards on 20 carries, but Everett Golson has his best game yet. Golson completes 23-of-35 passes for 345 yards and two touchdowns. TJ Jones hauls in nine of these passes for 135 yards and a score.
As for Michigan, well, Denard Robinson does not have his best day. He completes only 10 of 28 passes for 104 yards a TD and an interception while adding 41 yards on the ground. Fitz Toussaint is the entire offense in this game, and he catches Robinson’s lone TD pass and adds two others on the ground.
After the game, Notre Dame informs the ACC that the deal's off unless each team sports the Irish a 14-point lead at the start of each game and agrees that ND will play zero road games.
The ACC agrees immediately.
2. Kansas State 48, Oklahoma 21
A furious 28-point second quarter propels Kansas State over Oklahoma in this one rather comfortably, and the Wildcats finish with 505 yards of total offense.
The catalyst of this offense turns in, perhaps, the performance of the weekend, and Collin Klein throws for 355 yards and three touchdowns and runs for 83 yards and another score. Goodness gracious. Wideout Tramaine Thompson hauls in 11 catches for 99 yards and catches one of his scores.
On the other side, Landry Jones struggles. He finishes the day with only 220 yards passing, two touchdowns and turns it over twice. Kenny Still has a very productive game at wide receiver for Oklahoma, catching nine passes for 155 yards and a touchdown. Other than that, however, there isn’t many Sooner smiles in their own building.
Oklahoma's crushing loss as a double-digit favorite is a surprise to fans who have never se...—I can't even finish the rest of this sentence without laughing.
1. Florida State 32, Clemson 24
Florida State kicks this game off by sacking Clemson in their own end zone. After this safety, the two teams go back and forth in the second and third quarters although the Seminoles are too much late.
E.J. Manuel struggles mightily completing only 14-of-44 passes. Running back Devonta Freeman, however, does much of damage on the ground running for 115 yards on 16 carries and finding the end zone twice overall.
Clemson actually outgains FSU in total offense by nearly 100 yards in the loss, and Tajh Boyd is very solid. He finishes the day with 291 yards and three touchdowns and also rushes for 20 yards. Andre Ellington is held in check, gaining only 30 yards on the ground on 13 carries.
The Tigers dominate the game in all areas and loses to a quarterback who completes only one-third of his passes. If you had any doubts that NCAA '13 doesn't know these teams perfectly, those doubts have likely been answered here.
Baylor 45, UL Monroe 17; The UL-Monroe trains has officially broken down. Heck of a run, though.
BYU 31, Boise State 24
Georgia 44, Vanderbilt 14
USC 68, Cal 21
Temple 28, Penn State 21
Duke 33, Memphis 3; Memphis really struggles from the three-point line, and Duke dominates on fast breaks.
Alabama 58, FAU 14
Virginia Tech 27, Bowling Green 13
Georgia Tech 48, Miami 17
Washington State 31, Colorado 10
Ohio State 37, UAB 7
FIU 17, Louisville 10; 2011 all over again. Upset special.
Illinois 38, Louisiana Tech 10
Auburn 38, LSU 36 - Uh, NCAA '13 why don't you take a break. You don't look so good...
North Carolina 27, ECU 20
UCLA 35, Oregon State 25
Kansas 35, Northern Illinois 13; Charlie Weis is signed to a 23-year extension following the game.
Syracuse 30, Minnesota 0
West Virginia 35, Maryland 14
Wisconsin 28, UTEP 14
Arkansas 38, Rutgers 17; Smile, John L.
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