The good from last week was that NCAA Football 14 accurately predicted that Virginia Tech would upset Miami. The bad? It picked the wrong marquee upset, and the LSU victory never came to fruition.
As they say in the video game simulation world, time to reboot. (I have no idea if they say this or what the simulation world is. Just go with it.)
For those unfamiliar with the weekly ritual, here’s the rundown: Using the video game NCAA Football 14—the last of the magnificent series—all games from the college football weekend are simulated. The results are not doctored and are reported here, and then many of you usually get overly upset that a video game (albeit one with a brain) doesn’t like your team.
Your passion is appreciated. Now, let’s simulate some Week 12 football and upset many of you once again.
Updated Record Through Week 11: 32-23
South Carolina jumps out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead, and the defense does the rest.
Quarterback Connor Shaw completes just 11 of 31 passes, but he does throw for 191 yards and two touchdowns. Human bowling ball Mike Davis runs for 88 yards on 16 carries and finds the end zone twice.
Offensively, the Gators total 310 yards of total offense. The stable of Florida backs run for 207 yards and three scores on 29 carries. The Florida passing offense is, well, you get the point.
South Carolina trolling professional head coach Steve Spurrier laughs at the Gators offense praises Florida's effort following the game. "They tried out there, that's for sure," he said while laughing not laughing at all.
The Michigan State defense scores two first-half touchdowns, which proves once and for all that these simulations are pretty darn accurate.
Sparty is not superb offensively despite the points put on the scoreboard, finishing with 272 total yards of offense. Wide receiver Bennie Fowler does eclipse the 100-yard mark, however, and also finds the end zone.
Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah is held in check against the solid defense. Abdullah runs for just 74 yards on 22 carries. Multiple quarterbacks see the field and each throw pick-sixes. Hey, at least they're consistent.
Please note: I love you NCAA Football 14, and I'm gonna let you finish, but if these two teams score 77 combined points I will eat a football and post the video to YouTube.
Mack Brown’s ‘Horns rack up 510 yards of total offense, and Oklahoma State simply doesn’t have an answer for one of the hottest teams in college football. Weird, but true.
The Texas running game is sensational, and Malcolm Brown goes absolutely nuts. Brown finishes with only 15 carries, but he turns those carries into 165 yards and two touchdowns.
Multiple Oklahoma State QBs see playing time, and they combine to throw for 277 yards and two scores. Wideout Josh Stewart plays in this sim, and he hauls in eight catches for 143 yards and both touchdowns. Goodness he is good in the real world and the sim world.
There are no Brown jokes here. With his backup quarterback, Brown is doing some pretty outstanding things. And he's certainly earning that 45-year contract extension he's about to get. (OK, maybe just one joke.)
Auburn racks up 576 yards of offense (!!!), and the Georgia defense…looks like 2013 Georgia defense.
Tre Mason has a monster game for the Tigers, running for 176 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries. Multiple Auburn QBs see the field, and they combine to throw for 320 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
For Georgia, Aaron Murray plays solid—as he usually does. Murray throws for 244 yards and two scores. Todd Gurley also plays well—as he usually does. Gurley runs for 97 yards on 18 carries. The defense? Well, not so much.
Gus Malzahn is a wizard. That is all.
USC jumps out to a 17-0 lead, although Stanford battles back with a strong third quarter. The Trojans get a field goal with two minutes remaining, however, and it turns out to be the difference.
Wideout Marqise Lee has a monster game, hauling in 11 catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns. USC running backs are also outstanding, and the solid stable rushes for 191 yards on 35 carries.
Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan accounts for three of the team’s scores. Hogan also throws for 281 yards in the loss. Running back Tyler Gaffney finishes with 87 yards on 18 carries.
Ed Orgeron is named mayor of Los Angeles after the game. Given the job he's done, removing the interim tag simply wasn't good enough.
Ball State 31, Northern Illinois 21—#MACtion strikes again.
Baylor 38, Texas Tech 30
Louisville 42, Houston 10
Alabama 38, Mississippi State 7
Purdue 34, Penn State 17—The parade will be held Friday. Please bring your friends and family.
Northwestern 24, Michigan 21 (OT)
Oregon 34, Utah 24
Miami 41, Duke 32
UCLA 45, Washington 38
Oregon State 41, Arizona State 10
Georgia Tech 52, Clemson 10—NCAA 14's Clemson vendetta continues.
Louisville 42, Houston 10
Kansas State 24, TCU 13
Florida State 24, Syracuse 13
Oklahoma 24, Iowa State 10
Wisconsin 30, Indiana 14
Troy 27, Ole Miss 20—Oh. Well, hello.