College Football 2013 Week 15 Simulation
Rivalry games, conference championships and a video game telling you exactly what will happen before it happens: If the world’s greatest simulation device is correct—it often is, by the way—then we’re all in for an enormous Week 15 treat.
NCAA Football 14 is back to predict one of the greatest college football weekends of the year. The slate of games is abbreviated, but it is also spectacular.
For those only pulling up a chair just now, here’s the rundown: Using the video game NCAA Football 14, all college football games from the weekend are simulated. Because this week featured some unique matchups that were not originally on the docket, some extra simulation efforts needed to be made. Matchups were generated—playing on neutral field—and they have been included.
With that said, none of the results has been altered. What you see in the slides to follow is exactly what the game said would happen. We have standards that we take very seriously.
Let’s get to it.
Updated Record Through Week 14: 44-27
Oklahoma State 51, Oklahoma 20
Oklahoma State racks up more than 500 yards of offense and the Sooners, well, do not.
The OK State defense forces four turnovers, one of which is returned for a touchdown. Quarterback Clint Chelf goes over the 400-yard mark and also finishes with four touchdowns.
For Oklahoma, multiple quarterbacks see the field. Blake Bell runs for 77 yards and a score, although neither QB is able to do much through the air. Running back Brennan Clay runs for 66 yards on 19 carries.
Mike Gundy dance party? Mike Gundy dance party. I hope it's techno this time.
Arizona State 38, Stanford 35
Arizona State kicks a game-winning field goal as time expires to win the Pac-12 title.
Quarterback Taylor Kelly has an enormous game, finishing with 422 yards passing and three touchdowns. Tight end Chris Coyle is on the end of a lot of this, and he finishes with 10 catches for 152 yards and a touchdown.
For Stanford, quarterback Kevin Hogan plays well in the loss. Hogan finishes with 312 yards passing. And in perhaps the strangest stat line of the season, running back Tyler Gaffney finishes with only 31 yards on 22 carries but finds the end zone four times. Weird.
As far as we know, this is the first head coach to get to a Rose Bowl wearing a headset he purchased at The Sharper Image.
Florida State 27, Duke 7
It’s not all bad news for Duke. The Blue Devils indeed cover the spread. The good news pretty much ends there, though.
Jameis Winston isn’t superb, but he’s good enough. The FSU quarterback throws for 228 yards and a score. Devonta Freeman does the heavy lifting for the Seminoles, running for 122 yards and two touchdowns.
Duke QB Anthony Boone puts together a solid performance, throwing for 328 yards. The problem, however, is that the Blue Devils rush for just 12 yards. They do this on 22 carries, and that's just not solid production.
And with that, Florida State is headed to the BCS National Championship. Unfortunately, the team will only have 38 weeks to prepare.
Ohio State 28, Michigan State 27
Despite a feverish rally from Michigan State, Ohio State holds on to stay unbeaten and win the Big 10 Championship.
Braxton Miller does Braxton Miller things, as you might expect. The Ohio State QB finishes with 207 yards passing, 67 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Running back Carlos Hyde finishes with 95 yards rushing and two scores.
Michigan State does muster up ample offense in this one, although it simply isn't enough. Quarterback Connor Cook throws for 281 yards and a score. Nick Hill is solid on the ground for Sparty, running for 113 yards and three touchdowns.
Urban Meyer begins chanting “S-E-C” following the game, unlocking some sort of troll portal to another universe. Nicely done, coach.
Missouri 37, Auburn 34 (3 OT)
After a relatively uneventful start, Auburn and Missouri score 37 points (!!!) in overtime. A Mizzou touchdown in the third OT, however, proves to be the final one.
Quarterback James Franklin throws for 360 yards and three touchdowns and also adds three interceptions. Running back Henry Josey adds 65 yards and a score on the ground.
Nick Marshall continues his superb play for Auburn, throwing for 201 yards, rushing for 42 and finishing with four scores. Running back Tre Mason carries the ball 16 times for 84 yards.
I am shocked that the game did not freeze when deciding to pick against Auburn. When I turn on the television next time and it explodes, however, I will know why.
We have limited notable scores this week, although there are a handful.
Northern Illinois 31, Bowling Green 10 - Northern Illinois is going to the BCS. My response.
Louisville 45, Cincinnati 14
UCF 33, SMU 20
Texas 16, Baylor 14 - Contract extension, anyone?
Connecticut 59, Memphis 13
Rutgers 31, USF 10