College Football 2013 Week 14 Simulation
This might be it.
With the regular season coming to a close, and with EA’s NCAA Football franchise taking a hiatus for the foreseeable future, this will likely be the final regular-season simulation.
We’ll be back for conference championship week and the bowl season, of course, but Week 14 marks the beginning of the end. Given the slate of games on tap, this is a fitting way to go out.
For those stopping by for the first time, here’s the rundown: Using NCAA Football 14, all games from the college football weekend are simulated. These results are not doctored in any way, and they are reported here.
Last weekend, the world’s greatest video game went 4-1 in spotlight games, headlined by the prediction of an Oklahoma State victory. This weekend, it plans to top such efforts, and it’s convinced that some of the weekend’s biggest games won’t be close at all.
Let's get to it.
Updated Record Through Week 13: 41-25
Texas A&M 34, Missouri 27
The Texas A&M Aggies are outgained in total yards, but a Johnny Manziel touchdown with just over a minute left proves to be the game-winner.
Manziel is "Manziel-ish," throwing for 278 yards, rushing for 83 more and finishing with four total touchdowns. Wideout Mike Evans catches seven balls for 86 yards and two scores.
Missouri quarterback James Franklin can’t match Manziel, but he has a terrific game. Franklin throws for 278 yards and accounts for all three Missouri Tiger touchdowns. Running back Henry Josey adds 78 yards on the ground on all 15 carries.
With that, South Carolina will play in the SEC championship game. Steve Spurrier will respond by sending Kevin Sumlin one dozen Titleist Pro V1s with "Ol' Ball Coach" written on each. (They're from his basement and out of his "putting" stash, but Sumlin doesn't need to know that.)
UCLA 27, USC 19
UCLA totals 481 yards of offense, and the USC Trojans simply cannot match the production.
Brett Hundley has a monster game for the Bruins, throwing for 301 yards, rushing for 66 and adding three scores. Linebacker Anthony Barr is also a monster, finishing with 2.5 sacks, four tackles for loss and a forced fumble.
Cody Kessler isn’t great, but he’s not terrible either. Kessler completes only 16 of 35 throws, but he does add 221 yards and a score. USC running backs finish with 155 yards on 35 carries.
Regardless of the loss, Ed Orgeron is given a 20-year contract immediately following the game. Do it, Pat Haden. For USC and for America.
Ohio State 31, Michigan 3
A game many predicted to be a blowout…turns out to be a blowout. Michigan finishes with just 220 yards of offense, and the Buckeyes cruise.
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller turns it over twice, but he also adds 226 yards passing, 96 yards rushing and three scores. Running back Carlos Hyde runs for 97 yards on 16 carries.
Devin Gardner does not deliver nearly the same production in the loss. The Michigan QB completes just eight passes for 98 yards and an interception. Gardner does add 77 yards rushing, although the running backs add very little to the stat sheet.
Oh no, that Michigan message board is on fire. And so is that one. And so is that one. Save yourself.
South Carolina 31, Clemson 9
The South Carolina Gamecocks finish with 489 yards of offense, and the defense completely shuts down Clemson from doing anything at all.
Connor Shaw is solid at quarterback, throwing for 289 yards and two scores. He adds 64 yards and a rushing touchdown on the ground. Human bowling ball Mike Davis also gets in on the action, rushing for 72 yards on just 15 carries.
Tajh Boyd does not have his best game, completing 18 of 35 throws for 218 yards and an interception. Wideout Sammy Watkins is his primary target—shocking, I know—and Watkins hauls in eight catches for 110 yards.
Thus the best day for Steve Spurrier since "the last time I played Augusta" ends on a high note. And he shot an 84 that day with two late double bogeys, so this probably gets the edge.
Alabama 49, Auburn 3
Alabama outscores Auburn 42-3 in the first half, and Cam Newton doesn't walk through that door.
Quarterback AJ McCarron throws for 252 yards and four touchdowns, connecting with wideout Amari Cooper twice. T.J. Yeldon also has a big day, rushing for 141 yards and a score.
Multiple Auburn quarterbacks log snaps, and none of them go well. Tiger QBs combine to complete just 11 of 35 throws for 201 yards and...wait for it...five interceptions. Running back Tre Mason goes for 85 yards on the ground.
I'm sure football fans from the state of Alabama will handle this result reasonably and appreciate the rival—HAHAHA. Oh, who are we kidding. Take cover.
Florida State 31, Florida 21—This would be the greatest loss in the history of Florida football.
Nebraska 34, Iowa 3
Ole Miss 36, Mississippi State 24
Georgia 38, Georgia Tech 27
North Carolina 30, Duke 7
Notre Dame 24, Stanford 21—Without question, this is Tommy Rees' best win in 24 years in college.
Virginia Tech 37, Virginia 14
Arizona State 45, Arizona 24
Wisconsin 31, Penn State 17
Pitt 38, Miami 24—Al Golden went through 17 ties in this game, a new Miami record.
Texas 21, Texas Tech 10
Tennessee 20, Kentucky 14
Michigan State 28, Minnesota 18
TCU 34, Baylor 27—And we've reached full-meltdown mode.
LSU 35, Arkansas 28
Washington 40, Washington State 23
USF 35, UCF 12
Oregon 43, Oregon State 17
Kansas State 52, Kansas 23