Although this week’s slate o’ games doesn’t quite matchup with what we’ve seen in the past few weeks, there are still plenty of fascinating possibilities on the card.
Welcome back to Virtual Simulation Stimulation, where we let technology – and more specifically NCAA ’12 – do our work for us. Using this game, we simulate all the weekend’s biggest showdows and report the findings. It’s obviously really important and necessary that you read this.
We’ve neared the halfway point of the college football season, which means it’s time to tally up just how our simulations have done thus far. In our feature games, NCAA ’12 is 16-9 in picking winners. Not too shabby, but we’re hoping to even improve that number in the second half of the season.
Week six features a handful of intriguing games including the highly anticipated Red River Shootout. Here’s what NCAA ’12 predicts will happen.
Missouri 23, Kansas State 10
Undefeated no more. Missouri heads to Manhattan and takes down undefeated K-State with ease. Mizzou quarterback James Franklin isn’t sharp, finishing 13 of 36 for 201 yards. Kicker Grant Ressell picks up the slack, however, and kicks 4 field goals, 3 of which are over 40 yards. Kansas State turns the ball over five times and only finds the endzone once in this one. After the game, Bill Snyder is so upset about the loss he stays up until 8:30 p.m. to stew about it.
Arkansas 24, Auburn 17
After two weeks of absolute punishment, Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson finally feels the effects and throws for just 176 yards an a touchdown. Not terrible, but the stable of backs lead the way here and combine for 177 yards and two touchdowns to lead the team. Michael Dyer gets 105 yards and 2 TDs for the Tigers in the Auburn loss. Bobby Petrino celebrates by providing his quarterback with some legitimate protection the next game. A stunning development indeed.
Georgia 21, Tennessee 12
Not nearly the amount of offense that many are anticipating, but UGA will take it either way. Quarterback Aaron Murray only completes 11 passes but 3 of those find the endzone. On the other side, Tennessee running back Tauren Poole provides the lone TD for the Vols and finishes the game with 90 yards on the ground. Mark Richt Hot Seat Alert Update: We’re now at OW THAT BURNS, a significant downgrade from GOOD LORD EVERYTHING IS IN FLAMES.
LSU 34, Florida 10
The LSU offense goes HAM, and they get 508 yards on a solid Gator defense. Tiger wide receiver Ruben Randle catches 10 balls for 205 yards and 2 touchdowns to blow this game wide open. Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps give Florida a solid showing on the ground, rushing for a score and 143 yards combined. Will Muschamp declares himself the starting quarterback for the following week, but quickly changes his mind after Les Miles trades him Jordan Jefferson for the first season of Dexter.
Oklahoma 31, Texas 24
Ah, the Red River Shootout and Texas jumps out early on. While the Longhorns grab a 13-0 lead, Oklahoma storms back to score 20 unanswered points. Landry Jones throws for 345 yards and 3 touchdowns, 2 of which go to his favorite target Ryan Broyles. Texas freshmen Malcolm Brown rushes for 95 yards and a touchdown, but a late OU touchdown seals this one. You can catch all the highlights of the Longhorn’s big win on the Longhorn Network at six o’clock. Perhaps you didn’t hear me, I SAID ‘WIN.’
Ohio State 17, Nebraska 14
Oregon 35, Cal 31
Virginia Tech 30, Miami 29
Boise State 30, Fresno State 3
Penn State 24, Iowa 12
Iowa State 28, Baylor 21
Utah 38, Arizona State 22
West Virginia 30, UConn 27 OT
Notre Dame 44, Air Force 10
Boston College 30, Clemson 23 – The Most Clemson game to ever Clemson.
Alabama 62, Vanderbilt 7
Florida State 31, Wake Forest 21
South Carolina 35, Kentucky 14
Maryland 27, Georgia Tech 16
Northwestern 31, Michigan 26
Stanford 41, Colorado 0
Texas A&M 41, Texas Tech 6
Oklahoma State 30, Kansas 3