2010 Notre Dame Football Preview: EA Sports NCAA Football 11 Simulation

Collin O'Connor@@BarkofhinklehhrCorrespondent IAugust 22, 2010

2010 Notre Dame Football Preview: EA Sports NCAA Football 11 Simulation

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    Yes, I have way too much time on my hands. It's a Sunday and there's no NFL, no highlights from yesterday's college football games, and I don't have any work to do.

    So, I was thinking about playing EA Sports' new college football game, and this idea popped in my head.

    I'm very excited for the football season, obviously, and when the only thing on ESPN is the Little League World Series, there's nothing else that has to do with football that sounded like a good idea.

    Take what you want from this, but I started a season with Notre Dame and simulated all the games to see how well they will do.

    Here are the results.


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    Notre Dame 23, Purdue 0

    In his first career start, Dayne Crist went 14-of-38 with 138 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.

    The offensive line held up pretty well, allowing Armando Allen to rush for 97 yards on 23 attempts, despite giving up three sacks.

    Michael Floyd led the way on the receiving end with six receptions and 74 yards. Duval Kamara added 20 yards of his own.

    Kyle Rudolph didn't get that many looks but did have two catches for 30 yards.

    The defense, though, really stepped up in a shutout. Manti Te'o led the way with 15 tackles and 1.5 sacks.


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    Notre Dame 20, Michigan 13

    Crist threw a lot of passes, going 19-of-42 with 269 yards. He continued to turn the ball over with two more interceptions but did add two touchdowns.

    He was sacked six times.

    Allen rushed for 83 yards on 22 attempts.

    Kamara led the way with 115 receiving yards and a touchdown. Robert Hughes, though, was in the passing game a lot, catching six passes for 74 yards and a touchdown.

    On the defensive side of the ball, Te'o again led the way with eight tackles and a sack.

Michigan State

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    Notre Dame 32, Michigan State 20

    Again Crist came out with a decent performance, going 17-of-41 for exactly 200 yards. He threw for two touchdowns and two interceptions again as well.

    Allen added 88 yards on 21 attempts while catching four passes for 29 yards.

    Floyd grabbed six passes for 71 yards, but Shaq Evans and Kamara were the ones who caught them in the end zone.

    Brian Smith and Ian Williams both led the team with six tackles. Robert Blanton had two interceptions.


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    Notre Dame 26, Stanford 10

    The Irish stay undefeated after a fantastic performance from Dayne Crist. He threw for 22 completions on 40 attempts with 328 yards, two touchdowns, and finally no interceptions.

    His favorite target on this day was Michael Floyd, who caught 10 balls for 209—yes, 209—yards and a touchdown. Kyle Rudolph also caught a touchdown and had 47 yards.

    Armando Allen had his slowest game of the season, but it was still solid. He had 72 yards on 22 attempts and two catches for 23 yards.

    The defense played a great game in allowing Andrew Luck to only throw for 226 yards and two interceptions.

    The interceptions were made by Darrin Walls and Darius Fleming. Ethan Johnson also added 3.5 sacks.

Boston College

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    Notre Dame 31, Boston College 3

    It looks as if Crist is finally starting to get things going, as he threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns.

    He and Kyle Rudolph connected a lot against the Eagles, as Rudolph grabbed nine balls for 131 yards and 2 touchdowns.

    Allen returned to what he's been doing all season by running for 92 yards and a touchdown, and Hughes turned in a decent game with 24 yards on six carries.

    Defensively, the Irish were led by Darius Fleming, who had 10 tackles and a sack.


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    Notre Dame 26, Pittsburgh 23 (Overtime)

    At halftime, the Irish were down 17-3, but a great effort allowed them to come back and stay undefeated at 6-0.

    The first half struggles related directly to Dayne Crist, who threw three interceptions, and if Pittsburgh had capitalized on them, they would have won easily.

    There was absolutely no run game either, as Armando Allen had 20 attempts for 31 yards. He did have seven catches for 91 receiving yards, though.

    If it weren't for the defense stepping up, Notre Dame would not be undefeated anymore. They were led by Ian Williams with 11 tackles and Manti Te'o with 10.

    Te'o was also the one who scooped up the fumble in overtime that led to the Irish win.

Western Michigan

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    Notre Dame 47, Western Michigan 14

    The now 24th-ranked Fighting Irish showed off plenty of offense as they cruised to a blowout win.

    Crist threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns.

    Allen had a good game as he ran for 118 yards on 28 carries and a touchdown.

    Kyle Rudolph and Duval Kamara were the two receivers who stood out with 112 yards and 86 yards respectively.

    Jamoris Slaughter also had two interceptions.


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    Notre Dame 14, Navy 10

    In a close game between two ranked teams, 17th-ranked Notre Dame came out on top over 20th-ranked Navy.

    Crist turned in a decent performance, throwing two touchdowns despite only 12 completions and 124 yards.

    The Irish were led by Armando Allen, who had 123 yards on 26 carries and four receptions for 43 yards.

    Kyle Rudolph continued to play well with five receptions for 60 yards.

    Manti Te'o also played great with nine tackles, one sack, and an interception.


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    Notre Dame 37, Tulsa 20

    This game was a lot closer than I expected it to be; the score doesn't give it justice.

    Crist played a good game, throwing for 354 yards and two touchdowns.

    Let me tell you one thing though: If Armando Allen runs like this in the real season, Notre Dame could be 9-0 like they are right now. (If there are questions, I promise I did not edit anything.) Allen rushed for 121 yards on 24 carries with a touchdown.

    The leading receiver was was Michael Floyd, who had 161 yards on just five catches, including a 75-yard touchdown.


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    Notre Dame 13, Utah 25

    In a great battle between fifth-ranked Utah and seventh-ranked Notre Dame, the 9-0 Irish finally fell 10 games into their season.

    Like everyone has predicted, Irish success weighs heavily on the performance of Dayne Crist. Because of his four interceptions in this game, Notre Dame failed in its run at an undefeated season.

    Armando Allen, though, didn't play that well either, rushing for 44 yards on 24 carries.

    Michael Floyd was the leading receiver with 77 yards and a touchdown, but it wasn't enough.

    Notre Dame is now 9-1.


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    Notre Dame 36, Army 3

    The Irish bounced back from their loss with a convincing win over Army. Crist threw for 219 yards and a touchdown. 93 of those yards were to Rudolph, and 57 were to Floyd.

    Allen rushed for 142 yards and three touchdowns.


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    Notre Dame 41, USC 27

    On the video game, USC ended up going 6-5 on the season, so maybe that's just the game, or maybe USC is overrated heading into the new campaign.

    However, the Irish owned them on this day, especially Michael Floyd. He caught 10 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned a punt for a touchdown.

    Allen seemed a bit off, only running for 34 yards on 13 carries.

    The defense stood strong with two interceptions: one by Manti Te'o and one by Harrison Smith that was returned all the way for a touchdown.

Orange Bowl

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    Notre Dame 30, Miami 20

    In another game in this rivalry, which will be renewed in a few years, Notre Dame prevailed, finishing the season at 12-1.

    Dayne Crist played a decent game, going 26-of-56 for 263 yards. He threw just one interception but no touchdowns.

    Again, the Irish were led by running back Armando Allen. He ran for 79 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns.

    Kyle Rudolph and Michael Floyd had 70 and 54 yards receiving respectively.

    Manti Te'o, who had a terrific season, capped it off with an interception returned for a touchdown.

Season Recap

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    Brian Kelly's first season in South Bend proved to be a great one, leading the Irish to a 12-1 season, including an Orange Bowl victory.

    Here are some team postseason stats:

    Defensive MVP: Manti Te'o

    Offensive MVP: Armando Allen

    Dayne Crist had a pretty successful first season at starter, throwing for 3,236 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions.

    Like I said, Armando Allen proved to be the X-factor on the team, running for 982 yards and 12 touchdowns.

    Michael Floyd was the leading receiver with 1,032 yards, and Kyle Rudolph was second with 609.

    On the defensive side of the ball, Manti Te'o finished 10th in the country in sacks with 8.5 and 13th in tackles.


    Just for Fun

    Mark Ingram won the Heisman after rushing for 1,520 yards and 22 touchdowns.

    Jake Locker won the Maxwell and O'Brien awards.

    Ohio State beat Oklahoma in the national championship game 24-13.

    The Final Poll looked like this:

    10. Arkansas

    9. Virginia Tech

    8. Washington

    7. Miami

    6. TCU

    5. Oklahoma

    4. Notre Dame

    3. Alabama

    2. Boise State

    1. Ohio State

    All in all, this was just for fun as I await the start of the college football season. It's going to be a great one.