College Football Virtual Simulation: Week 9
Over the past month and a half, NCAA ’13 has made you a believer.
“How could a video game possibly pick games more accurate than I can?” you asked, while rubbing your imaginary beard. Don’t fight it, friend. It’ll only make this all-knowing simulation device more powerful.
A 26-4 record over the past six weeks is not something we normally see, and NCAA ’13 had a stellar 4-1 record in week eight to keep the hot streak alive and well. The lone miss came with picking South Carolina to upset Florida, and I blame the Ol’ Ball Coach for having the ability to manipulate these games results with his Visor Magic.
For those new to this weirdness, here’s the rundown. Using a football video game, we simulate all college football games in a given week and report the findings. We do not manipulate these findings in any way, and then a few days later everything—or at least almost everything—goes as predicted.
Let’s get right to it. Here are simulated results from week nine.
Season Spotlight Prediction Record Heading into Week 9: 32-8
5. Michigan 28, Nebraska 21
Nebraska scores 14 points in the first six minutes, and the Michigan offensive is dormant until a massive 21-point fourth quarter leads them to victory.
Denard Robinson showcases the good and the bad, throwing for 300 yards and a touchdown but also adding three interceptions. Fitz Toussaint does the damage on the ground for the Wolverines, running for 133 yards and two scores on 22 carries.
Taylor Martinez showcases…the bad. He completes just 8 of 28 passes (oof) for 129 yards and adds two interceptions. Rex Burkhead finds the end zone for the Cornhuskers but finishes with just 51 yards on 20 carries.
And that completes your most important Big Ten game of the season. Wasn’t that fun? Hey, some folks think visits to the dentists are fun, too.
4. Alabama 35, Mississippi State 10
A 28-point first quarter for Alabama pretty much does it in this one, and Nick Saban puts it in neutral after that.
AJ McCarron is ridiculous, throwing for five touchdowns—including four in the first quarter—against one of the best secondaries in the nation. Wideout Kenny Bell hauls in 3 of these scores and finishes with 107 yards receiving.
On the other side, Tyler Russell does not have his best game. He completes just 16 of his 34 passes for 161 yards and an interception. Running back LaDarius Perkins is also held in check and totals just 57 yards on 21 carries.
When asked if his team could beat the Kansas City Chiefs in his press conference, Nick Saban responded in a calm, warm tone shortly before spearing this gentleman through a cement pillar.
3. Kansas State 56, Texas Tech 49
One hundred and three points and 1,087 yards later, Kansas State comes out victorious in this one. I hope you bet the over.
Collin Klein is absolutely brilliant once again. He completes 20 of 24 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns and also adds 82 yards and two more scores on the ground. As good as he is in the win, however, he does not have the best performance in this game.
Texas Tech QB Seth Doege completes 30 of 50 passes for 438 yards and…wait for it…seven touchdowns. Even Geno Smith is impressed. So is Klein. Three of those TDs are actually thrown to running back Eric Stephens Jr. who goes over 100 yards receiving and finishes with 77 yards on the ground.
NCAA ’13 knows better than to pick against Bill Snyder at this point, who is a huge fan of Dance Dance Revolution we’re told. He would absolutely destroy you in it so don’t even bother asking for a match.
2. Florida 20, Georgia 17
The World’s Largest Outdoor [NAME REDACTED] is a good one, and Georgia is unable to pull out the ultimate comeback after falling behind early.
Gator QB Jeff Driskel completes 16 of 28 passes for 210 yards and a score and he also racks up another touchdown on the ground. Mike Gillislee does not find much success against the Georgia front and he goes for only 51 yards on 19 carries.
Aaron Murray also completes 16 passes and does so on 22 throws. He totals up 210 yards and a touchdown. The talented Georgia backs combine to rush for 153 yards on 22 carries overall, but it is not enough.
Dust off your “Is Mark Richt on the hot seat?” message board posts, folks. And please keep them handy for the next 14 seasons as well.
1. Oklahoma 34, Notre Dame 20
Oklahoma jumps out 14-0, although Notre Dame responds by scoring the next 13. In the end, however, the Sooners are too much.
Landry Jones completes 77 percent of his passes thrown en route to a 271-yard, three touchdown day. His favorite target, Kenny Stills, is on the other end of two of those touchdowns, which are the only passes he catches in this one.
Multiple Notre Dame QBs see action in this one, and both are somewhat effective. They finish throwing for a combined 243 yards and a score. Cierre Wood has a monster game, and he catches 6 balls for 109 yards and a score and runs for another 117 on 15 carries.
Following the loss, Notre Dame actually jumps Oregon and Alabama in the BCS. Recently appointed BCS official Lou Holtz says he has his best employees looking into it, and he’ll report back sometime after January 10th.
Texas 35, Kansas 20—Mack Brown prevails in the "Meh" Bowl.
Michigan State 40, Wisconsin 35
South Carolina 34, Tennessee 20
USC 27, Arizona 10
Utah 38, Cal 10
Arkansas 45, Ole Miss 0—SMILE.
Iowa State 28, Baylor 24
Louisville 45, Cincinnati 6
Arizona State 21, UCLA 14 (OT)
TCU 52, Oklahoma State 43—Hello, points. The Big 12 knows how to party.
Texas A&M 17, Auburn 9
NC State 42, UNC 21
Washington 45, Oregon State 16—In-N-Out Burger is put on hold. Players are given unfortunate turkey burgers instead.
Iowa 34, Northwestern 10
Georgia Tech 27, BYU 0
Kent State 20, Rutgers 14—Well, I'll be.
Ohio State 21, Penn State 14
Stanford 41, Washington State 38 (OT)