It took until Week 12, but NCAA Football 14 hit its stride.
Last week the world’s greatest simulator went 4-1 picking games. It predicted that USC would upset Stanford by a field goal—which it did—and it also called that Michigan State would score 42 points. Sparty came one point short of this aggressive forecast, although its effort was noted.
Not bad, video game. Not bad at all.
For those new to this strange routine, here’s the rundown: Using NCAA Football 14, all games from the college football weekend are simulated. These results are not altered whatsoever, and the games are recorded accordingly.
You then disagree with the results in the comments despite knowing the following will almost certainly happen.
Updated Record Through Week 12: 36-24
Yes, this is a marquee game, and there’s absolutely nothing you can say otherwise. Oh, and Wisconsin scores 12 fourth-quarter points to rally and win.
Wisconsin finishes with just 242 yards of offense, although it proves to be good enough. Quarterback Joel Stave throws for 92 yards and two scores, and the Badger running game does the rest. Running back James White finishes with 16 carries for 91 yards and a touchdown.
Minnesota finishes with 315 yards of offense, although three turnovers do the damage. Running back David Cobb goes for 122 yards and two scores, but it is not enough.
Wisconsin grabs hold of Paul Bunyan's Axe, this rivalry game's trophy, in pretty much the most Big Ten thing you could possibly imagine.
The Tigers rack up more than 400 yards of offense, and the defense forces three Ole Miss turnovers that prove to be the difference.
James Franklin plays in this sim for Mizzou, and he is solid. The quarterback throws for 197 yards and three touchdowns on only 11 completions. Wideout Dorial Green-Beckham hauls in four of those completions, and two of them are for scores.
Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace doesn’t quite match Franklin. Wallace throws for 189 yards and two interceptions, yet he does find the end zone on a rushing touchdown. Running back Jeff Scott adds another touchdown on the ground and finishes with 68 yards rushing.
And Missouri will head into its final game with just one loss, just like we all anticipated.
Despite being outgained by 98 yards of total offense, Arizona State walks away a winner with a big second half.
ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly throws for 295 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Per usual, however, the Sun Devils running backs deliver. Marion Grice runs for 94 yards, catches four passes for 77 yards and totals two touchdowns.
Quarterback Brett Hundley completes just 15 of 33 passes for UCLA, but he does throw for 240 yards and a score. Seven UCLA players carry the ball at least once, and they combine for 243 yards on the ground.
Unfortunately, linebacker/running back/cheat code Myles Jack did not log a carry in this game. The video game will be running wind sprints because of it.
Texas A&M outscores LSU 33-9 in the first half, and the Aggies defense holds tough. Yes, really.
Johnny Manziel—perhaps you’ve heard of him—delivers a 2013-esque stat line in this one. The Heisman winner throws for 294 yards, runs for 77 more, adds six touchdowns and throws in three interceptions. Wideout Mike Evan also delivers a 2013-esque stat line, catching eight passes for 130 yards and three touchdowns.
Zach Mettenberger struggles for LSU, completing just 11 passes for 123 yards and two interceptions. Running back Jeremy Hill picks up the slack by rushing for 167 yards and two touchdowns in a losing effort.
I want Les Miles and Johnny Manziel to rent a beach house together and film it. This has absolutely zero to do with football and everything to do with being amazing.
The Pokes rack up 522 yards of offense—a normal Baylor first half—and OK State knocks off the unbeaten Bears.
Quarterback Clint Chelf throws for 417 yards and three touchdowns. Oh, and Chelf also adds two touchdowns on the ground. Wide receiver Josh Stewart catches five passes for 162 yards and a score.
Bryce Petty is not nearly as productive for Baylor, throwing for 202 yards and an interception in the loss. The running backs are also held in check, running for just 137 yards on 35 carries.
Following the win, Mike Gundy dances for the next 48 hours. He only shows off one move, but it doesn’t matter. He just wants to dance, man.
Ohio State 42, Indiana 28 - Ohio State will now drop to 17th in the BCS Standings because the BCS enjoys trolling Buckeye fans just as much as everyone else.
USC 31, Colorado 12
Stanford 41, Cal 17
Oregon 28, Arizona 14
Rutgers 36, UCF 31
Northern Illinois 42, Toledo 39 - Say it with me... #MACtion.
Notre Dame 45, BYU 33
Nebraska 34, Penn State 3
Tennessee 35, Vanderbilt 14
Northwestern 44, Michigan State 13 - No, Northwestern's points didn't all come on pick-sixes. That's Sparty's thing.
Georgia 41, Kentucky 14
Arkansas 35, Mississippi State 20
Oklahoma 41, Kansas State 20
Washington 38, Oregon State 10
Florida State 48, Idaho 0 - The Seminoles can't even cover a 57-point spread? Sheesh.