NCAA Football 14 believes that chaos is at the bottom of your driveway, going through mail, ready to mess up your normal routine.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise. The world’s most impressive simulation device has made a name for itself forecasting chaos over the past few years, and some of these bold predictions have come in. If these Week 11 predictions come to fruition, however, “chaos” won’t quite suffice.
For those new to this incredibly important exercise, here’s the rundown: Using the video game NCAA Football 14—a moment of silence for the last game in the series—all games from the college football weekend are simulated.
These results are not doctored with in anyway, and you’ll learn this once you see the “Notable Scores” section of this week’s sim. And truthfully, you’ll probably realize this well before then.
Let’s get to it.
Updated Record Through Week 10: 30-20
BYU only musters up 257 total yards, and Wisconsin scores the game’s final 27 points to cruise with a key out-of-conference win.
Running backs James White and Melvin Gordon comes close to matching the other’s production. White finishes with 84 yards rushing and a score, while Gordon finishes with 81 yards rushing and also finds the end zone once.
BYU quarterback Taysom Hill accounts for the team’s lone touchdown. Hill also throws for 183 yards. The running game, however, is nowhere to be found. The Cougars run for just 65 yards on 30 carries.
Look on the bright side, Bret Bielema. Even if your former team is looking fabulous right now and your current team is not, having slightly more money is pretty cool, too.
After a hot start, Miami is outscored 27-7 in the second half—thanks to four turnovers—and the Hokies prevail on the road.
Logan Thomas delivers a Logan Thomas-esque stat line, completing just nine of 24 passes for 159 yards and an interception. He does, however, run for 70 yards and two touchdowns.
Miami’s Stephen Morris throws for 231 and two touchdowns. He also adds three interceptions to the box score. The Hurricanes gets absolutely nothing going on the ground, finishing with 86 yards rushing on 35 carries.
Al Golden is so upset following his team’s second consecutive loss that he finally takes off his tie for this first time in a 11 years. Another tie (basically the same one) magically appears around his neck moments later. Bless his magic ties.
The Sooners total 507 yards of offense and their 21-point second quarter proves to be the difference in the upset.
Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell throws for 241 yards, runs for 64 yards and finishes with three touchdowns. Running back Brennan Clay carries the ball 26 times for 142 yards and a score.
For Baylor, Bryce Petty is solid, although maybe not by the incredible standards that have been set. Petty throws for 301 yards and two scores. Running back Lache Seastrunk carries it only 12 times but finishes with 71 yards rushing.
This is what happens when you upset the football tarp gods, Baylor.
The Oregon defense limits Stanford to just 219 yards offense, and the Ducks prevail despite six—yes, six—turnovers.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota throws three interceptions, but he adds 272 yards passing, 55 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Oregon’s do-everything man, De’Anthony Thomas, runs for 120 yards on only 12 carries.
Stanford QB Kevin Hogan only throws for 118 yards on 10 completions, but he does throw for three touchdowns. Running back Tyler Gaffney totals 72 yards on 18 carries.
I’m sorry, Florida State fans. Trust me when I say the news gets better and then immediately worse.
The game heads into the third quarter tied, although two late touchdowns seal the deal for the Tigers in the upset.
Quarterback Zach Mettenberger throws for 229 yards and three scores. He also scores on a rushing touchdown. Jeremy Hill doesn’t get a ton of carries, but he makes the most of them. The LSU back runs for 78 yards on just 11 touches.
Alabama’s offensive success is mainly done on the ground. Running backs T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake rush for 171 yards and two scores combined. AJ McCarron throws for just 155 yards and one touchdown.
[pours gasoline on Internet]
[generates “Nick Saban’s wife was looking for houses in Austin earlier this week” message board post]
[watches the Internet burn]
Also, congratulations to Florida State... for now.
NC State 27, Duke 7 - This is actually a massive upset, which feels a little weird to write.
Nebraska 26, Michigan 14
Arizona State 27, Utah 20
Ole Miss 24, Arkansas 17
Wake Forest 42, Florida State 35 – Please note: if this happens, I am taking my video game, moving to Vegas and living by a pool/sportsbook for the foreseeable future.
Notre Dame 31, Pitt 3
Houston 17, UCF 14
Penn State 48, Minnesota 14
USC 30, Cal 6
Tennessee 27, Auburn 10 – Okay, sure. Let's get weird and stay weird.
West Virginia 34, Texas 10
Fresno State 33, Wyoming 0
Missouri 38, Kentucky 13
Kansas State 41, Texas Tech 34
Mississippi State 45, Texas A&M 24 - (See: Comment Above)
Florida 27, Vanderbilt 7
Arizona 18, UCLA 14
Maryland 46, Syracuse 42 – Warming up for basketball, I see