Simulating every bowl game with NCAA '14
Last season, NCAA ’13 fell far below expectations, picking just 17-of-35 bowl games correctly. It was shameful and embarrassing, but ’14 is cracking its knuckles and is ready to make up for lost cause.
Here’s a projection for every bowl game based off NCAA ’14 simulation, where all rosters were updated and ready for action.
BCS National Championship: Auburn 21, Florida State 14
Player of the game: LB Jake Holland (7 tackles, 1.5 sacks, FF, FR)
Quick hit: Senior linebacker Jake Holland forces a Jameis Winston (15-of-38, 187 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs) fumble and recovers it at the Florida State 15-yard line with 4:09 to play in the fourth quarter. Auburn scores a touchdown on the ensuing possession to bring the SEC its eighth straight BCS title.
Orange: Clemson 35, Ohio State 25
Player of the game: QB Tajh Boyd (19-of-23, 269 yards, 4 TDs)
Quick hit: Ohio State’s offense is held to 3-of-11 on third down, 4-of-7 in the red zone and just 85 rushing
yards as Clemson rolls to its 11th win of the season.
Sugar: Alabama 45, Oklahoma 35
Player of the game: QB A.J. McCarron (24-of-34, 346 yards, 2 TDs)
Quick hit: Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon scampers into the end zone on a 3-yard rush to make it 45-28 with :52 seconds left in the game as Nick Saban earns his sixth career BCS game.
Fiesta: Baylor 34, Central Florida 24
Player of the game: RB Lache Seakstrunk (20 carries, 139 yards, 2 TDs; 3 receptions, 39 yards, TD)
Quick hit: Baylor enters the fourth quarter with a 31-7 lead as it cruises to its first BCS win in school history.
Rose: Michigan State 36, Stanford 33
Player of the game: QB Connor Cook (21-of-34, 314 yards, 3 TD)
Quick hit: Michigan State connects on a game-winning 41-yard field goal as time expires following Stanford’s efforts to tie the game at 33 with 1:39 to go. Who needs defense, anyway?