The wildly popular NCAA Football video game is back. Well, sort of.
So with those updated rosters featuring the likes of Leonard Fournette and Jalen Hurts, why not simulate the SEC games this weekend to see which teams come out on top? Last week, NCAA 14 went a 9-0 in predicting games, and is 15-3 this season.
Auburn at Mississippi State, noon ET on ESPN
Auburn’s top-rated players: DE Carl Lawson (92 overall), DT Montravius Adams (88), FS Rudy Ford (87)
Mississippi State’s top-rated players: WR Fred Ross (91), MLB Richie Brown (91), C Jamaal Clayborn (87)
Both teams got off to fast starts, as they each scored touchdowns on their first two drives of the half. Auburn was able to add a field goal before halftime to take a 17-14 lead. Sean White had perhaps his best half of the season, throwing for 180 yards and rushing for a touchdown.
The second half did not match the first half’s offensive production, as both offenses struggled. A Josh Holsey fumble recovery set up Auburn to tack on another field goal late in the fourth quarter.
Mississippi State got the ball back with less than two minutes to go, but Auburn’s DeShaun Davis intercepted a Nick Fitzgerald pass to seal the win.
Final: Auburn 20, Mississippi State 17
Tennessee at Texas A&M, 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS
Tennessee’s top players: DE Derek Barnett (97), LG Jashon Robertson (91), QB Josh Dobbs (90)
Texas A&M’s top players: DE Myles Garrett (98), WR Christian Kirk (97), DB Armani Watts (91)
Derek Barnett continues to play like the best defensive end in the country. He racked up 3.0 first-half sacks, which led to 16 straight Tennessee points to end the half, including this touchdown pass from Josh Dobbs to Preston Williams.
Texas A&M made some halftime adjustments and they worked as the Aggies scored touchdowns on their first two drives of the second half to take a 22-16 lead. But Dobbs answered late in the fourth quarter with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Josh Malone.
Final: Tennessee 23, Texas A&M 22
Vanderbilt at Kentucky, 4 p.m. ET on SEC Network
Vanderbilt’s top-rated players: LB Zach Cunningham (95), RB Ralph Webb (88), CB Torren McGaster (87)
Kentucky’s top-rated players: C Jon Toth (89), RB Stanley “Boom” Williams (88), DT Matt Elam (82)
Hopefully, there will be more offense in the real game than the simulation. The teams punted on eight consecutive possessions in the first half.
Vanderbilt got it going in the second half, as Kyle Shurmur led the Commodores to two consecutive touchdown drives. But Kentucky was able to tie it up later to force overtime.
After Kentucky missed a field goal on its first drive in OT, Shurmur found Darrius Sims for a touchdown to end the game.
Final: Vanderbilt 27, Kentucky 21
Alabama at Arkansas, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN
Alabama’s top-rated players: LT Cam Robinson (98), DE Jonathan Allen (98), WR Calvin Ridley (95)
Arkansas top-rated players: WR Drew Morgan (90), Jeremy Sprinkle (88), LB Brooks Reed (87)
One bad quarter ended up costing the Razorbacks. Arkansas jumped out to a 10-0 lead at halftime. But Alabama roared back to score 28 third-quarter points. The Tide did with a mix of deep passes and stifling defense, as Arkansas didn’t get a first down in the quarter.
Arkansas mounted a late comeback, but a Minkah Fitzpatrick interception handed the Crimson Tide another win.
Final: Alabama 31, Arkansas 25
Georgia at South Carolina, 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday on SEC Network
Georgia’s top-rated players: RB Nick Chubb (97), OG Greg Pyke (90), S Dominick Sanders (90)
South Carolina’s top-rated players: K Elliott Fry (84), OL Cory Helms (84), DB Jamarcus King (83)
If the real game plays out like the simulation, Georgia fans will be pretty happy. Nick Chubb looked like he was the old Chubb. The junior running back, who had just one carry last week, ran the ball 22 times for 163 yards against the South Carolina defense. After Georgia fell behind early, Chubb tied the score with a 7-yard touchdown run.
As for the rest of the Bulldogs, Jacob Eason was good but not great. He threw for 250 yards but also threw two interceptions. The South Carolina offense struggled to muster much of anything other than a 70-yard A.J. Turner touchdown. Georgia sacked Perry Orth and Brandon McIlwain five times to prevent the South Carolina offense from doing much damage.
Final: Georgia 23, South Carolina 16
Note: Missouri and Ole Miss are on byes this week. The Florida-LSU game was postponed.