College Football 2013 Week 3 Simulation
Guess who had USC losing as more than a two-touchdown favorite last week?
Why NCAA Football 14, that’s who.
The world’s most incredible simulation device went a mere 3-2 in feature games during Week 2—upping its record to 6-4—but it did nail a few predictions perfectly. Outside of pegging Mike Leach victorious, it also had the Georgia-South Carolina score almost exact.
NCAA Football 14 predicted Georgia would win 40-28. The final score turned out to be 41-30.
Not bad, video game. Not bad.
For those new to this very important exercise, here’s the rundown: Using the video game NCAA Football 14, all games from the college football weekend are simulated and the results are recorded. These simulations are not adjusted in any shape or form.
If you need any proof of this, just check the Oregon-Tennessee score on the final slide.
Before we get there, however, a winner will be crowned in the much-anticipated Alabama-Texas A&M matchup. And if the game goes as this game predicts, we’re in for one outstanding Saturday afternoon.
South Carolina 41, Vanderbilt 14
An underrated tussle in the SEC is, well, not rated highly for good reason. South Carolina totals 564 yards of total offense and cruises in this one.
The solid stable of South Carolina running backs are superb, rushing for 198 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries. Quarterback Connor Shaw also gets in on the fun, throwing for 340 yards and three touchdowns. And yes, Jadeveon Clowney is absolutely beastly. He finishes with two-and-half sacks and seven tackles for loss.
Vandy QB Austyn Carta-Samuels throws for 208 yards and the team’s two touchdowns, although the running game is held in check. The Commodores run for only 83 yards on 27 carries, which typically doesn't bode well.
Interestingly enough, Steve Spurrier didn’t bother coming out for the second half. He went to a nearby golf course playing under the alias “Mark Richt” and shot an 84. (He actually shot an 87, but don’t call him on it. He doesn’t like that).
Texas 42, Ole Miss 20
Hugh Freeze’s team jumps out to a 14-0 lead…and that about does it, really. Wait, no. Texas scores the last 35 points, and the early momentum amounts to little.
Longhorn QB David Ash plays in this particular sim (yes, the game has its limitations), and he plays well. Ash throws for 211 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground, running back Johnathan Gray is the difference, totaling 145 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
Ole Miss struggles to move the ball after finding early success, and the bad Bo Wallace shows up here. Wallace does throw two touchdowns—both of which go to Donte Moncrief—but he also finishes with only 116 yards passing and two interceptions on 31 attempts.
He does this against the Texas defense.
That's it, that's the joke.
Wisconsin 42, Arizona State 10
Although the Big Ten typically doesn’t travel out West efficiently, Wisconsin shifts that narrative. The Badgers shut out Arizona State in the second half, limiting the Sun Devils to just 288 yards of total offense in the game.
James White and Melvin Gordon takes their show on the road, and the two running backs are fabulous. Wisconsin finishes with 237 yards rushing and four touchdowns, and the Badgers control the tempo from the beginning.
Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly throws for 188 yards, one touchdown and an interception in the loss. Running back Marion Grice—one of the nation’s most undervalued talents—runs for 78 yards and catches four balls for 63 yards.
Stop it with your “Oh, Todd Graham is totally leaving Arizona State after this” jokes. They’re not even funny anymore. OK, they’re not funny all the time, at least. Well, maybe just tell one or two more and we’ll see if they’re funny.
Nebraska 21, UCLA 19
It’s not the high-scoring showdown many anticipate, but that’s no concern of Nebraska’s. Three UCLA turnovers—including two in the final eight minutes—decide this one late.
Taylor Martinez is solid at quarterback, throwing for 188 yards and two scores while adding 78 yards on the ground. Running back Ameer Abdullah also delivers a quality performance, running for 123 yards on only 16 carries.
For UCLA, quarterback Brett Hundley delivers the good and the bad. For the good, he throws for 223 yards and a touchdown. His three interceptions, however, serve as the bad, and they come at a bad time. The Bruins find some success on the ground, rushing for 201 total yards, but it is not enough.
NCAA Football 14 believes Nebraska will win this game with defense, which I had to double check to ensure that some sort of game error did not occur. Nope, it's legit. Well, video game simulation legit.
Texas A&M 45, Alabama 38 (2 OT)
What a game, and what a fascinating virtual stat: Texas A&M finishes with 439 yards of total offense, edging Alabama by one yard. And that pretty much sums up a masterpiece of a simulation.
Johnny Manziel is absolutely ridiculous, throwing for 309 yards and running for 75 more. More importantly, Johnny Football finishes with six (!!!) touchdowns. His favorite target is Mike Evans—surprise, surprise—who finishes with 10 catches for 182 yards and four (!!!) touchdowns. Goodness.
T.J. Yeldon certainly does his part for Alabama, running for 159 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback AJ McCarron is also on point, throwing for 244 yards and two scores. Wideout Amari Cooper hauls in seven catches for 91 yards and a score.
[Johnny Manziel signs Nick Saban's shirt per his request following the game]
[Manziel points at scoreboard while signing Saban's shirt, not per his request]
Some people just want to watch the Internet burn, and bless them for it.
TCU 59, Texas Tech 24
USC 31, Boston College 26 —Next stop: CHAMPIONSHIP
Mississippi State 37, Auburn 34 (OT)
Iowa 27, Iowa State 20
Oregon State 31, Utah 14
Tennessee 35, Oregon 28 —Well, uh, the video game has spoken. Be afraid, Ducks. Be sort of, not really afraid.
Oklahoma 52, Tulsa 14
UConn 24, Maryland 14
LSU 45, Kent State 20
Penn State 37, UCF 34 (OT)
Georgia Tech 31, Duke 28
Louisville 17, Kentucky 10 —Close, but not close enough for Kentucky
Stanford 34, Army 7
Washington 28, Illinois 21
Boise State 35, Air Force 28
Ohio State 48, Cal 7
Florida State 27, Nevada 10 —Jameis Winston completes only 17-of-24 passes, proving he is overrated. (Seriously, someone will actually write this).
Notre Dame 41, Purdue 13