In all likelihood, this will be the final NCAA Football simulation ever created.
Typing such things creates a sinking feeling, and the void is taking shape before it actually exists. I’ve grown to love this nerdy football ritual over the past few years, and I hope you have as well. With EA Sports putting the kibosh on the series, however, NCAA Football 14 will likely be the last installment we have to work with for a while.
There will be roster updates and attempts to keep things alive and well, of course, but it won’t be the same. This is likely the end.
Instead of diving deep into the sorrows of the lost series, however, we’re celebrating the end of an era the only way we know how: by simulating the entire bowl season and getting our nerd on once more.
For those of you tuning in to the end of this ritual, here’s the rundown: Using the video game NCAA Football 14, all games from the bowl season have been simulated. Because these bowl games weren’t predetermined, all 35 games were set up independently.
How long did this all take to do, you ask? More time than one should spend on a video game simulation, but it was all worth it.
All BCS games have been showcased, and results for all other bowl games are included as well.
It’s been a pleasure, folks.
The quarterback battle works in Central Florida’s favor, and UCF delivers a massive BCS upset.
Blake Bortles is brilliant for Central Florida, accounting for all three of the team’s touchdowns and throwing for 347 yards. The running game is held in check, and Knights runners total just 45 yards on 21 carries. It works, though.
For Baylor, Bryce Petty is so-so. Petty throws for 246 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Running back Lache Seastrunk delivers a monster game in a loss, running for 144 yards and two touchdowns on just 16 carries.
Don’t worry, Art Briles. Your consolation prize is a chance to coach the Washington Redskins. Oh goodness, that sounds awful. RUN, good sir. RUN.
Will motivation factor here? Apparently so, according to a video game.
Multiple Oklahoma quarterbacks see the field—a fitting way to end the year—and they deliver. The QBs combine to throw for 255 yards and all three Sooner touchdowns. Brennan Clay runs for 87 yards on 22 carries.
AJ McCarron doesn’t exactly finish off his college career on a high note. The Crimson Tide quarterback throws for 177 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Running back T.J. Yeldon goes for 94 yards and two touchdowns.
You know who didn't lose to Oklahoma as more than a two-touchdown favorite? Texas.
The Rose Bowl delivers the incredible shootout you were expecting. Please stop laughing.
Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook is outstanding, throwing for 314 yards and two touchdowns on just 24 throws. Running back Jeremy Langford also excels, finishing with 159 yards on the ground and two scores.
In a losing effort, Kevin Hogan delivers one of the best performances of the bowl season. The Stanford QB throws for 367 yards and four touchdowns. Tyler Gaffney totals 73 yards and finds the end zone once on 23 carries.
And now, more Vines of Mark Dantonio dancing to Rich Homie Quan. We all win.
The Buckeyes turn it over twice, but cannot get going on offense. The result is an Orange Bowl win for the Tigers.
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd ends his college career in style. Boyd throws for 321 yards, runs for 27 more and scores three rushing touchdowns. Although wideout Sammy Watkins is held out of the end zone, he does catch 10 balls for 172 yards.
For Ohio State, the offensive ineptitude boils down to this: Carlos Hyde finishes with just 16 yards on eight carries. Although Braxton Miller does pick up the slack some, throwing for 321 yards and two scores, it is not enough.
Urban Meyer reacts to defeat the only way he knows how: by eating pizza alone in a golf cart with Otto the Orange, who at least brought defeat snacks. It's the only way to sulk.
The Seminoles score 14 points in the first eight minutes, and they don’t look back.
Heisman winner Jameis Winston delivers one of the biggest performances in BCS history. Winston throws for 455 yards and three touchdowns. Running back James Wilder also adds a score, and he goes for 80 yards on the ground.
Auburn’s running game has been its bread and butter, although the Tigers run for just 43 yards on 19 carries. Quarterback Nick Marshall completes just 13 of 31 passes. He also turns the ball over twice.
That sound you hear in the distance is Jimbo Fisher’s two-week paycheck making cash register sounds. It's just practicing.
Gildan New Mexico Bowl: Washington State 41, Colorado State 7
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl: USC 37, Fresno State 30—Congratulations to USC on an NCAA record! This is the 39th coach to win a game for the Trojans this season!
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: San Diego State 42, Buffalo 21
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: LA-Lafayette 38, Tulane 10
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl: Ohio 34, East Carolina 27
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl: Boise State 27, Oregon State 21
Little Caesars Bowl: Pitt 27, Bowling Green 0
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl: Northern Illinois 30, Utah State 7—I believe this bowl game needs a few more sponsors in it, then it will be the ultimate bowl game name.
Military Bowl: Marshall 31, Maryland 23
Texas Bowl: Syracuse 27, Minnesota 14
Fight Hunger Bowl: Washington 44, BYU 14
New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Notre Dame 24, Rutgers 14 —And with that, Rutgers is officially in the Big Ten! (Jim Delany feverishly searches for a receipt)
Belk Bowl: North Carolina 28, Cincinnati 13
Russell Athletic Bowl: Louisville 34, Miami 20
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: Michigan 28, Kansas State 18
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl: Middle Tennessee State 44, Navy 38 (3OT)
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Ole Miss 22, Georgia Tech 19
Valero Alamo Bowl: Texas 30, Oregon 17—It's not too late, Texas. You can still offer up that 12-year contract extension you've been holding out on.
National University Holiday Bowl: Arizona State 37, Texas Tech 24
AdvoCare V100 Bowl: Boston College 21, Arizona 20
Hyundai Sun Bowl: UCLA 28, Virginia Tech 21
AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Mississippi State 41, Rice 38 (2OT)
Chick-fil-A Bowl: Texas A&M 54, Duke 20—Johnny Manziel scored seven touchdowns in this game.
Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl: Georgia 38, Nebraska 35
Heart of Dallas Bowl: North Texas 41, UNLV 24
Capital One Bowl: South Carolina 24, Wisconsin 20—Steve Spurrier workout video. This is completely unrelated but also important.
Outback Bowl: LSU 27, Iowa 21
Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma State 42, Missouri 38
BBVA Compass Bowl: Vanderbilt 31, Houston 21
GoDaddy Bowl: Ball State 45, Arkansas State 34