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 4-2 in predicting games, and is 28-12 this season.
Rankings are from the College Football Playoff committee:
No. 4 Texas A&M at Mississippi State (Noon ET, SEC Network)
After an October slate that featured two top-10 matchups, the Aggies have gotten to the easy part of their schedule. They blew out New Mexico State last week, and now take on a Mississippi State team that hasn’t been the same since Dak Prescott graduated.
The Aggies jump out to an early lead against the Bulldogs and surrender zero second-half points. It’s not a spectacular day from the offense, but the Aggies do just enough to win comfortably. Christian Kirk has another big week, as he hauls in 7 catches for 108 yards and the game’s final touchdown.
Final: Texas A&M 31, Mississippi State 14
Vanderbilt at No. 9 Auburn (Noon ET, ESPN)
Since squeaking past LSU, Auburn has been one of the best teams in the country. The Tigers won all four of their games since by double digits, and NCAA 14 predicts it will be five straight.
The Vanderbilt defense does a good job of limiting the Auburn running game, but the Commodores defense has no answer for Sean White. The Auburn quarterback throws for more than 200 yards and 3 touchdowns while also adding a score on the ground. Carl Lawson has 2 sacks for the Auburn defense and Vanderbilt’s offense is held in check for the majority of the game.
Final: Auburn 35, Vanderbilt 20
No. 11 Florida at Arkansas (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS)
The concerns about the Florida offense only continue to grow after another shaky Luke Del Rio performance. Del Rio and the Gators struggle to get anything going, with the only early points coming off an Austin Allen interception. Del Rio only completes 54 percent of his passes and his longest is 19 yards.
The teams go to overtime tied at 13 and Allen and the Razorbacks get a touchdown on their first drive. On Florida’s second fourth down of the overtime, Del Rio is intercepted. The Gators’ chances of winning the SEC East take a hit, considering they still have to play at LSU.
Final: Arkansas 20, Florida 13 (OT)
Missouri at South Carolina (4 p.m. ET, SEC Network)
Based on the two teams’ records, this game has the least amount of intrigue of the six SEC games. But NCAA 14 says this game will be the most exciting.
The lead changes four times in the fourth quarter. Freshman quarterback Jake Bentley gives the Gamecocks a 31-28 lead with 40 seconds left. Missouri quarterback Drew Lock converts a fourth-and-10 and, on the next play, hooks up with Chris Black for a touchdown. The Tigers had the ball last and won.
Final: Missouri 35, South Carolina 31
Georgia at Kentucky (7:30 ET, SEC Network)
NCAA 14 has a lot of faith in the Georgia offense. A week after saying the Bulldogs would score 45 against Florida, the video game predicts another high-scoring effort.
Jacob Eason throws for more than 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. Nick Chubb and Sony Michel both add scores of their own and combine for 204 rushing yards. The Bulldogs haven’t scored more than 33 points in a game all season, but against Kentucky they top that.
Final: Georgia 38, Kentucky 21
No. 1 Alabama at No. 13 LSU (8 p.m. ET, CBS)
The last two times this game has been played in Baton Rouge they’ve been one-score thrillers. But this year’s game will be a lot more like last year’s game.
Leonard Fournette has another tough day against the Alabama defense, rushing for just 35 yards on 10 carries. The Alabama offense has no problem moving the ball against the LSU defense. The Crimson Tide rack up 542 yards and Jalen Hurts adds 2 passing touchdowns and 2 rushing touchdowns. The Crimson Tide continue to be the most dominant team in the country, both in real life and in video games.
Final: Alabama 41, LSU 10
We also simulated the non-SEC games this week:
Tennessee 45, Tennessee Tech 3
Ole Miss 52, Georgia Southern 21
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