NCAA '13 Bowl Season Simulation
It’s postseason time in the college football world, which means 35 games remain in what’s already been a memorable year. Here you’ll find predictions from the EA Sports Gods themselves, as each roster has been updated and set for pinpoint accuracy.
And if they’re even remotely on par, this is set to be one of the most tightly contested bowl year in history – and will likely involve the number “7.”
Will they all be correct? No, probably not (although I do not wish to doubt the CFB Gods). But there is some intrigue to some of these simulations, starting and ending with the BCS National Championship.
BCS National Championship: Notre Dame 38, Alabama 28
Synopsis: Notre Dame freshman quarterback Everett Golson had the game of his life when it mattered the most, leading the Irish to the end zone on the opening drive and never looked back. Marked as the best offensive line in the nation, Alabama’s front five struggled mightily against the Irish front seven, allowing six sacks. This forced A.J. McCarron into some poor decisions – including an interception in the red zone that proved detrimental.
Golson finished 25-of-39 (64.1 percent) for 362 yards and threw all three of his touchdown passes to wide receiver T.J. Jones.
Following the game, Nick Saban abruptly left the press conference to enlist his entire roster as the 33rd team in the NFL. The Tide go on to win the Super Bowl in 2013, and Steve Spurrier learns how to say “I told you so” in seven different languages.
Orange Bowl: Florida State 23, Northern Illinois 17
Synopsis: Despite coach Dave Doeren leaving for N.C. State, Northern Illinois gave ACC powerhouse Florida State all it could handle. The Huskies took a 14-10 lead into the fourth quarter before Noles quarterback E.J. Manuel finally found a rhythm, pushing 13 points through in the final 10 minutes of the game.
NIU dual-threat quarterback Jordan Lynch threw for 197 yards, but was held to just 16 yards on the ground and threw two costly interceptions in the end zone. Manuel, on the other hand, finished with 240 yards passing and two touchdowns.
Kirk Herbstreit calls Jay Bilas a moron and says 64 teams are far too many to be in the NCAA tournament, but still asks for advice on his bracket.
Sugar Bowl: Louisville 38, Florida 17
Synopsis: NCAA ’13 is definitely feeling a little frisky here. In this simulation, Louisville – which had to share the Big East with three other teams – rides a 21-3 second half to blow out BCS at-large Florida.
The Cards outgained Florida 359 yards to 336 thanks to an outstanding performance by sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who completed 18-of-27 (66.7 percent) of his passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns. Gators QB Jeff Driskel never settled in, finishing 15-of-35 (42.9 percent) for 238 yards, one TD and an interception.
Once the final seconds tick off the clock, Louisville coach Charlie Strong proceeds to chant, “SEC – SEC!” before realizing he did NOT take the Tennessee job, and begins to chant “Big Easy – Big Easy.” He then remembers that the team is in fact joining the ACC, brushes it off, and rides into the sunset on a stallion.
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