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 this weekend’s SEC games to see which teams come out on top? Last week NCAA 14 went 3-2 in predicting games, and is now 21-7 this season.
No. 6 Texas A&M at No. 1 Alabama (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS)
Texas A&M’s top-rated players: DE Myles Garrett (98 overall), WR Christian Kirk (97), DB Armani Watts (91)
Alabama’s top-rated players: LT Cam Robinson (98), DE Jonathan Allen (98), Calvin Ridley (95)
Something about playing Alabama turns Trevor Knight into the best quarterback in the country. Knight has the best game of his Texas A&M career against the Crimson Tide, as he throws for a stunning 345 yards and 2 touchdowns, while rushing for another. Alabama couldn’t guard Christian Kirk, as he racked up 140 receiving yards.
As for the Alabama offense, turnovers were the story of the game. Jalen Hurts turned over the ball three times, including an interception in the fourth quarter that set up Knight’s touchdown run and clinched one of the more improbable upsets on the season.
Final: Texas A&M 30, Alabama 24
No. 17 Arkansas at No. 21 Auburn (6 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Arkansas’ top-rated players: Drew Morgan (90), Dan Skipper (90), Brooks Ellis (90)
Auburn’s top-rated players: DE Carl Lawson (92), DT Montravius Adams (88), FS Rudy Ford (87)
This game was a disaster for Gus Malzahn and Sean White. The Auburn offense had 175 yards. White threw three interceptions, including one in the end zone. Auburn was 1 for 12 on third down as well. The Auburn defense kept the Tigers in the game.
But Austin Allen had a huge second half. He wasn’t perfect but he threw two fourth-quarter touchdowns, including a 10-yard pass to Jeremy Sprinkle to pick up a huge road win.
Final: Arkansas 24, Auburn 0
Mississippi State at Kentucky (7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network)
Mississippi State’s top-rated players: WR Fred Ross (91), MLB Richie Brown (91), C Jamaal Clayborn (87)
Kentucky’s top-rated players: C Jon Toth (89), RB Stanley “Boom” Williams (88), DT Matt Elam (82)
Kentucky had every chance to win this game. Mississippi State couldn’t do anything in the second half and the Wildcats had four drives start in Bulldog territory and could get only one touchdown. Stanley Williams had a great game but didn’t get enough carries again.
As for Mississippi State, it did just enough to hold on to the game. The Bulldogs had four first-half drives in the red zone and came away with only 16 points. Nick Fitzgerald put together a fourth-quarter touchdown drive to give the Bulldogs their third win of the year.
Final: Mississippi State 24, Kentucky 17
No. 23 Ole Miss at No. 25 LSU (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Ole Miss’ top-rated players: Chad Kelly (92), Evan Engram (91), Tony Conner (90)
LSU’s top-rated players: Leonard Fournette (99), Jamal Adams (97), Arden Key (96)
Chad Kelly might be the SEC’s best video-game quarterback. He threw for 333 yards and 4 touchdowns against the vaunted LSU defense, while also adding 36 rushing yards and another score. Kelly led the Rebels to a huge first-half lead, as his touchdown pass to Quincy Adeboyejo capped a 31-0 first half.
For LSU, early turnovers killed any shot the Tigers had. The Tigers fumbled twice and Danny Etling added an interception, all coming in the first quarter. Trailing for most of the game, LSU had to throw the ball 39 times. That is a recipe for disaster for Ed Orgeron and company, which is what this game was.
Final: Ole Miss 41, LSU 22
We also simulated the non-SEC games of the week:
South Carolina 28, UMass 25
Vanderbilt 37, Tennessee State 14
Middle Tennessee State 31, Missouri 7
Note: Tennessee, Georgia and Florida are on byes this week.