NCAA Football 14 told you that Ohio State was going to destroy Penn State, and I hope you were paying attention. The world’s greatest simulation device predicted a final score of 59-17, and the 63-14 actual score wasn’t far off.
For the weekend, NCAA Football 14 bounced back with an impressive 4-1 record in spotlight games. That’s enough kudos, however. It’s time to pick more winners.
If you’re tuning in for the first time, a) welcome and b) here’s the rundown: Using EA’s final college football video game—and this is heartbreaking to write—we simulate all games from the weekend in college football.
The results are then reported here without being doctored, and more times than not the outcomes play out. This game has powers, and we will prove it yet again.
Updated Record Through Week 9: 28-17
Oregon State stages a late comeback, scoring 17 points in the fourth quarter to walk away with the victory.
Quarterback Sean Mannion throws for 337 yards and two touchdowns, continuing his ridiculous 2013 season that no one is talking about. On the ground, running back Storm Woods is solid, running for 78 yards on just 11 carries.
For USC, the offensive output isn’t pretty. Multiple quarterbacks see the field, and they combine to throw for 178 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions. USC running backs finish with 162 yards rushing on 22 carries.
Because Lane Kiffin is still technically the coach in NCAA Football 14, feel free to blame this one on him. Wait, never mind. I see you already did. Move along.
Georgia jumps out to a 14-0 lead, although the Gators score the next 28 points and never lose control of the game.
The Gators pass for 178 yards and two scores—using three QBs, which somehow feels appropriate. Will Muschamp’s group does a good chunk of the damage on the ground, however, running for 199 yards and two scores on 38 carries.
Aaron Murray does not have his best game for the Bulldogs, turning the ball over three times. On the positive side, Murray does finish with two scores and throws for 245 yards. Running back Todd Gurley is solid in his return, rushing for 110 yards on only 16 carries.
And we’ve reached the “fire Mark Richt” portion of the season, a message board-driven moment that arrives on time better than most yearly physicals.
Like the score, the total yardage is close: Michigan 432, Michigan State 430. It also tells the story.
Quarterback Devin Gardner does not turn the ball over—that’s a victory right there—and he also throws for 288 yards, runs for 68 more and scores touchdowns. Michigan running backs add just 67 yards rushing on 20 carries.
Michigan State’s running game is basically the entire offense—your surprised face goes here—and four Spartan backs rush for 297 yards on a hefty 47 carries. That is about as Big Ten of a stat line as you can imagine.
“One-loss Michigan” is still a thing you can say to someone and not be wrong. It looks and sounds weird—and it sort of is weird—but it’s also strange truth.
The Pokes get a key win thanks to the defense, which forces four Texas Tech turnovers.
Offensively, Oklahoma State struggles yet again and multiple quarterbacks log snaps. Neither play well, completing a combined 15 of 45 passes (yikes) for 275 yards. Wideout Josh Stewart is a beast per usual, hauling in seven balls for 125 yards and a score.
Multiple quarterbacks see the field for Texas Tech as well, and the results are slightly more favorable…if you take away the interceptions. The QBs combine to throw for 310 yards and two touchdowns, but they also add three turnovers.
The postgame handshake between Mike Gundy and Kliff Kingsbury has to be a top 10 “coaches with real quality hair meeting in the middle of the field” moment. It has to be.
The Seminoles defense limits Miami to just 288 yards overall, and Florida State cruises in a Top 10 matchup that doesn’t at all feel like a Top 10 matchup.
Quarterback Jameis Winston throws for 210 yards, runs for 65 more and totals three touchdowns. He spreads the ball around plenty, as seven FSU targets catch at least two passes. Now, that’s fun with video-game distribution.
Miami’s Stephen Morris has a game that we’ve seen plenty of in the past month. The quarterback throws for just 163 yards and adds three interceptions. Hurricanes running back Duke Johnson adds 68 yards on the ground on 16 carries.
That sound you hear in the distance is NCAA President Mark Emmert doing fist pumps in his living room. And...he just tore his hamstring, which feels about right.
Tennessee 28, Missouri 7—Not just an upset, but a blowout upset. Meltdown forecast has arrived.
UCLA 30, Colorado 13
Auburn 21, Arkansas 14
Virginia Tech 33, Boston College 10
Wisconsin 17, Iowa 12
Virginia 44, Clemson 28—Oh, Clemson. You're the Clemsonist.
Texas 41, Kansas 14
Ohio State 38, Purdue 14
Cal 42, Arizona 26
Nebraska 42, Northwestern 27
Texas A&M 49, UTEP 10—Fun fact: Johnny Manziel scored all seven touchdowns in this game.
South Carolina 17, Mississippi State 3
Washington State 33, Arizona State 22
Notre Dame 34, Navy 10
North Carolina 19, NC State 18
Fresno State 31, Nevada 26—Fresno State is going to be the most hilarious BCS bowl team ever.