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 5-2 in predicting games, and is 33-14 this season.
Rankings are from the College Football Playoff committee:
Mississippi State @ Alabama, Noon ET on ESPN
The Crimson Tide show some signs of a hangover against Mississippi State. The Bulldogs jump out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Then Alabama wakes up. The Crimson Tide rattle off 42 consecutive points to pound Mississippi State.
Jalen Hurts throws for 328 yards and 5 touchdowns. Alabama’s defense, which gave up 134 yards in the first quarter, holds Mississippi State to just 189 total yards for the game.
Final: No. 1 Alabama 42, Mississippi State 14
South Carolina @ Florida, Noon ET on CBS
In Will Muschamp’s return to Florida, he gets a fitting game. A defensive struggle with some very sloppy offense. The two teams combined for 7 turnovers and neither team put many points on the board.
South Carolina had a chance to tie the game late, but freshman quarterback Jake Bentley made a freshman mistake and tossed an end zone interception. Florida keeps its SEC East title hopes alive.
Final: Florida 20, South Carolina 13
Kentucky at Tennessee, Noon ET on SEC Network
This one is close throughout as neither team is able to build anything consistently. Kentucky actually ends up having a better offensive day than Tennessee but four Stephen Johnson interceptions give Tennessee a short field.
The Volunteers miss two red zone field goals and give Kentucky a late chance to tie the game. But a Todd Kelly Jr. interception helps seal the Tennessee win and ends any hope the Wildcats have of winning the East.
Final: Tennessee 21, Kentucky 14
No. 9 Auburn @ Georgia, 3:30 ET on CBS
Another classic installment in the “Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry.” It’s not the prettiest of games, as quarterbacks Jacob Eason and Sean White both throw multiple interceptions, but it’s compelling as the game goes to overtime.
On Georgia’s possession, Eason channels his inner Cam Newton and plows over an Auburn defender for a touchdown. On the ensuing possession, White is intercepted, sealing a huge upset for the Bulldogs.
Final: 27 Georgia, No. 9 Auburn 20 (OT)
Vanderbilt at Missouri, 3:30 ET SEC Network
When these two teams met last year, Vanderbilt came out with a 10-3 win. NCAA 14 only gave the two teams slightly more points. The two teams traded interceptions and missed field goals in the second half.
The game goes to overtime and the offensive struggles continue. Missouri misses a 24-yard field goal and Vanderbilt makes its field goal to mercifully end this game.
Final: Vanderbilt 13, Missouri 10
No. 24 LSU @ No. 25 Arkansas, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN
We mentioned earlier that Alabama experienced a little bit of a hangover. Well LSU had the full blown version of that. The Tigers fall behind 21-0 in the first quarter and never get back into it.
While the offense struggles again, the defense really has a let down against the Razorbacks. Austin Allen throws for 319 yards and 3 touchdowns and leads the Razorbacks to a third consecutive win over LSU.
Final: No. 25 Arkansas 45, No. 24 LSU
Ole Miss @ No. 8 Texas A&M, 7:30 p.m ET SEC Network
Both of these teams will be starting backup quarterbacks. For Ole Miss things go very well. Freshman quarterback Shea Patterson throws for 234 yards and ran for another 89 yards. He finished the game with 3 total touchdowns.
As for A&M, Jake Hubenak fails to replicate Trevor Knight’s success. The Aggies struggle to run the ball, as they finish with just 61 total rushing yards. With the inability to slow down Patterson, Texas A&M loses a second consecutive game.
Ole Miss 34, Texas A&M 14