After a long, painful offseason filled with sanctions, firings and expansion mania 2.0, actual college football is nearly here. To celebrate this joyous time, we’re getting in-season activities back up and running. Sure it’s a little early, but we’re growing uncomfortably impatient.
Enter: Virtual Simulation Stimulation
Using NCAA ’12, we simulate each week of the college football season and report the findings. Rosters have been adjust accordingly and we simulate only one time to get the true results. We then break down the top five games of the week along with some other “notable” scores and do it all over again the following week. This started up last season and we also previewed the entire 2011 season when the game was released back in July.
Although week one isn’t jam-packed with brilliant showdown, the Saturday night showcases of LSU/Oregon and Boise/Georgia should make for quality television. Here is the full rundown of outcomes in our first Virtual Simulation Stimulation of 2011.
It’s good to be back.
5. Boston College 17, Northwestern 14
Dan Persa’s first game back from his torn Achilles is not one of his finest efforts. Persa finishes 13 of 31 in the air and only 10 yards rushing. Boston College QB Chase Rettig finishes with a touchdown and 139 yards passing, which is good enough here. BC gets a late field goal in the 4th corner to seal the deal at home, and media members mail their “Persa Strong” Heisman dumbbells back to Northwestern the following Monday.
4. USF 38, Notre Dame 35 (OT)
The most exciting game of the week is decided in extra time. Notre Dame, who was up 28-0 in this one, gives up 21 points in the 3rd quarter and lets this one slip away. Although B. J. Daniels completes less than 50% of his passes, USF upsets the Irish in somewhat stunning fashion. Notre Dame finishes with just 65 total rushing yards despite putting points on the board, and Brian Kelly decides he will start his backup quarterback at defensive line in week two to send a message.
3. Baylor 49, TCU 21
More than 1,000 yards of total offense later, Baylor gets a huge opening win as TCU comes out of the gates slow. Robert Griffin leads the charge with a monster game, throwing for 266 yards and 5 touchdowns. His favorite target was senior Kendall Wright who caught ALL FIVE (yes, really) of Griffin’s touchdowns and finished with 196 yards. “We’ll find a red-haired quarterback for week two,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said to reporters after the game. “That’s for damn sure.”
2. Boise State 35, Georgia 28
Boise does it again. Although Aaron Murray puts together a solid showing with 250 yards and 3 touchdowns, Kellen Moore goes for 354 passing yards and 5 TDs – three of which go to Tyler Shoemaker. While UGA put together a late comeback to tie the game, Boise State’s late touchdown was the difference. Immediately following the game, Georgia officials deny the claim that Mark Richt is on the hot seat while treating Urban Meyer to a steak dinner at a local Atlanta steakhouse.
1. LSU 35, Oregon 21
LSU accumulates nearly 500 yards of total offense and takes the first week’s biggest game by two touchdowns. Jordan Jefferson did indeed play in our simulated version and played quite well. He finished up with 153 yards passing, 109 yards rushing and four total touchdowns. LaMichael James gets 95 yards on the ground and scores a TD in the loss. After the game, Jordan Jefferson tries to fight Darron Thomas, but Thomas stays out of trouble by sleeping through the whole thing.
Oklahoma 34, Tulsa 14
South Carolina 34, East Carolina 14
Houston 28, UCLA 10
BYU 33, Ole Miss 27
USC 17, Minnesota 13
Fresno State 33, Cal 13
Auburn 49, Utah State 17
Michigan 38, Western Michigan 13
West Virginia 33, Marshall 7
Texas A&M 38, SMU 7
Clemson 17, Troy 7
Miami 35, Maryland 28