College Football Virtual Simulation Stimulation: Week 7
You’ve outdone yourself, NCAA ’13. I have said this for the past four weeks now, but your excellence is worth celebrating.
In Week 6, NCAA ’13 went 4-1 in highlighted simulations, and it also predicted that NC State would upset Florida State. You laughed when it predicted that South Carolina would beat Georgia by the score of 40-7, and the game was indeed off. The drubbing was only 35-7.
We are on quite the little roll. In fact, the world's greatest football predictor is 17-3 in the past month.
For those of you just visiting for the first time, here’s the rundown.
We simulate every game in college football using NCAA ’13, and it accurately predicts the outcome. Please note, none of these results are at all doctored with. We appreciate video-game integrity and wouldn't dare disrespect these immaculate powers.
Here are picks and important box scores of note for Week 7.
Season Spotlight Prediction Record Heading into Week 7: 23-7
5. Texas A&M 38, Louisiana Tech 21
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Now, this simulation actually took place back in Week 1 because NCAA ’13 can’t account for hurricane delays… YET. Regardless, A&M continues their solid season with an impressive road victory in this one.
Johnny “Football” Manziel completes 23-of-45 passes for 354 yards, 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Running back Ben Malena runs for 95 yards and also catches 6 passes for 105 yards and 2 of Manziel’s touchdowns.
La. Tech is limited to only 316 yards (compared to Texas A&M’s 562), and Senior QB Colby Cameron nets most of those. He finishes this one with 266 yards passing, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.
Ah, nothing like a good ol’ fashioned “S-E-C” chant to kick off the simulations because those never get old for those of us living in Big Ten country. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go cry into my “Indiana Football” T-shirt for a little while.
4. Texas Tech 59, West Virginia 42
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1,025 yards, 101 total points, and a Texas Tech victory.
Red Raiders’ QB Seth Doege is superb in this one, and he finishes with a Geno Smith-esque 481 yards and 6 touchdowns. Three Texas Tech wideouts hit the 100-yard mark and 4 different targets catch touchdowns.
On the other side, Geno Smith completes 22-of-36 passes for 345 and 2 touchdowns. Oh, and he adds 47 rushing yards and 3 more scores. He does finally throw his first interception, however.
And that’s how the “Simulate How Many Dumpster Fires Will Take Place in a City” feature was originated for NCAA ’14. Morgantown, W.Va., home of important inventions. And, well, impressive fires.
3. Oklahoma 31, Texas 3
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The Red River Shootout isn’t much of one, and the Sooners absolutely cruise in this one.
Landry Jones is nearly perfect for Oklahoma, completing 20-of-26 passes for 288 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Oklahoma defense is also stout, and they sack quarterback David Ash 5 times.
When he’s not getting sacked, Ash is, well, not doing much of anything else. The Longhorns’ QB completes just 13-of-29 passes for 123 yards and adds an interception. The solid stable of running backs go for a combined 131 yards on 34 carries.
With the beatdown, Oklahoma is in superb position to win the Big 12, and they absolutely will not lose a game they’re not supposed to going forward because that never happens.
2. Notre Dame 32, Stanford 27
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Despite the anticipation of a defensive showdown, points and yards are aplenty. Stanford actually jumps out to a 14-point lead, although the Irish battle back in the third quarter and leave victorious.
Everett Golson gets all of Notre Dame’s snaps at QB, and he is very solid. He finishes with 280 yards passing, 74 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns. In total, Notre Dame runs for 194 yards on 32 carries.
Stanford quarterback Josh Nunes has his best collegiate game, throwing for 230 yards and 3 touchdowns. His lone interception, however, is taken back for a touchdown and he is brought down in the end zone for a safety.
Lou Holtz handles this win on ESPN with much less anticipated on-air homer celebrations than usu- wait, never mind. He’s actually dressed as the Notre Dame mascot on national television and has much better calves than you think.
1. LSU 35, South Carolina 31
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Hello, points. NCAA ’13 is feeling frisky, apparently, but I’m just along for the ride. A 15-point fourth quarter for LSU is the difference in this one, and the Tigers bounce back to take out the undefeated Gamecocks at home.
LSU QB Zach Mettenberger completes 16-of-28 passes for 173 yards and 2 scores, including the go-ahead touchdown late. The running backs are also very solid here, finishing with 215 yards rushing on 38 carries.
Marcus Lattimore rushes for 89 yards on 15 carries and also catches 4 balls for 36 yards. Wide receiver/sparkplug Ace Sanders is the big weapon in this one, however, and he catches 6 passes for 177 yards and 2 scores. It’s not enough, though.
Les Miles does exactly what he does after every big home win. He takes the live tiger mascot out for dinner at his favorite steak joint and orders raw bone-in ribeyes all evening. He, of course, shares some of his raw meat with the animal.
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Alabama 41, Missouri 27 - [insert your weekly "ROLL TIDE" scream here]
Michigan 31, Illinois 14
Ohio State 45, Indiana 17
Florida 34, Vanderbilt 27
Washington 42, USC 17 - Week 7's biggest upset. Oh, Lane.
Pitt 35, Louisville 21
Utah 45, UCLA 21
Kansas State 41, Iowa State 13
Miami 31, North Carolina 17
Tennessee 34, Mississippi State 24
Virginia Tech 23, Duke 20 - So, so close.
Syracuse 23, Rutgers 20
BYU 62, Oregon State 35
Cal 56, Washington State 37
Iowa 28, Michigan State 19 - The Big Ten has officially reached "not getting invited to any of the cool parties" status. GO HAWKS.
Wisconsin 31, Purdue 24
TCU 52, Baylor 14
Florida State 33, Boston College 9
Auburn 28, Ole Miss 20 - Take THAT, hot seat. Well, sorta.