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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Rose Bowl: Wisconsin 30, Stanford 27
Synopsis: Stepfan Taylor’s five-yard touchdown run with 1:21 remaining looked to be enough to win the game for Stanford, but a Curt Phillips-led offense drove down the field and scored with just :13 on the clock. This secured the Badgers’ second Rose Bowl win in three years.
Phillips, who made his fourth start of the season, threw for 370 yards and three touchdowns off 47 pass attempts. Montee Ball ended his collegiate career with a 97-yard performance. Taylor had 95 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Cardinal, while QB Kevin Hogan combined for 260 yards and two scores.
The Badger mascot revealed himself as Bret Bielema, who was calling the plays from a wireless headset within the costume. And oddly enough, all is right in the world.
Fiesta Bowl: Oregon 29, Kansas State 26
Synopsis: Following a Collin Klein touchdown with 2:07 left in the fourth quarter, Marcus Mariota connected with tight end Colt Lyerla for the game-winning score, leaving just 33 seconds on the clock and giving Oregon its second straight BCS bowl win.
Kansas State kicker Anthony Cartele misses two field goals over 50 yards, including a 56-yarder with two seconds left in the game. Mariota combined for 297 yards and two touchdowns, while Klein – a Heisman finalist – threw for 203 yards and three scores, and also added 54 yards on the ground.
During the post-game press conference, Chip Kelly asked a member of the media to pick a card out of a deck. When it came out to be a Cleveland Browns logo, he shuddered and demanded a re-do until the Philadelphia Eagles' card appeared.
New Mexico Bowl: Nevada 47, Arizona 21
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Toledo 27, Utah State 20
Poinsettia Bowl: BYU 34, San Diego State 31
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl: Ball State 27, UCF 20
New Orleans Bowl: ECU 27, LA-Lafayette 21
Las Vegas Bowl: Washington 28, Boise State 27
Hawaii Bowl: SMU 38, Fresno State 35
Little Caesars Bowl: Central Michigan 45, Western Kentucky 17 [Let the Petrino era begin!]
Military Bowl: Bowling Green 27, San Jose State 20 (2OT)
Belk Bowl: Cincinnati 17, Duke 10
Holiday Bowl: UCLA 20, Baylor 16 [Hope you bet the under…]
Independence Bowl: LA-Monroe 27, Ohio 24
Russell Athletic Bowl: Virginia Tech 17, Rutgers 13
Meineke Car Care Bowl: Texas Tech 27, Minnesota 17
Armed Forces Bowl: Air Force 17, Rice 7
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: Arizona State 28, Navy 14
Pinstripe Bowl: West Virginia 31, Syracuse 21
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: TCU 35, Michigan State 19
Alamo Bowl: Texas 34, Oregon State 17
Music City Bowl: Vanderbilt 28, North Carolina State 25
Sun Bowl: Georgia Tech 28, USC 14 [Good bye, Lane Kiffin]
Liberty Bowl: Iowa State 31, Tulsa 10
Chick-fil-A Bowl: LSU 35, Clemson 21
Heart of Dallas Bowl: Purdue 24, Oklahoma State [Darrell Hazell FTW]
Gator Bowl: Northwestern 17, Mississippi State 14
Outback Bowl: South Carolina 17, Michigan 7
Capital One Bowl: Georgia 31, Nebraska 24
Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma 27, Texas A&M 20 [Landry Jones for Heisman!]
BBVA Compass Bowl: Pittsburgh 38, Ole Miss 20
GoDaddy.com Bowl: Arkansas State 21, Kent State 14
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