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 3-3 in predicting games, and is 24-10 this season.
Kentucky at Missouri: Noon, SEC Network
Kentucky’s top-rated players: C Jon Toth (89), RB Stanley “Boom” Williams (88), DT Matt Elam (82)
Missouri’s top-rated players: RE Charles Harris (93), RB Alex Ross (85), CB Aarion Penton (84)
The Wildcats continue to play tight games. Kentucky outgained Missouri by more than 150 yards, but Kentucky’s Austin MacGinnis missed three 50-plus-yard field goals to let the Tigers hang around. Quarterback Drew Lock was leading Missouri down the field in the fourth quarter in an attempt to take the lead, but the Kentucky defense stepped up.
Senior defensive back J.D. Harmon picked off Lock and returned the ball 32 yards to give Kentucky great field position. The offense then set up MacGinnis for a 23-yard field goal. The Wildcats pick up their fifth win of the year, and move one game closer to bowl eligibility.
Final: Kentucky 20, Missouri 17
No. 14 Florida vs. Georgia: 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS (Game is played in Jacksonville, Fla.)
Florida’s top-rated players: CB Teez Tabor (96), LB Jarrad Davis (93), S Marcus Maye (93)
Georgia’s top-rated players: RB Nick Chubb (97 overall), OT Greg Pyke (90), S Dominick Sanders (90)
In a rivalry that is as unpredictable as any, few could see the result that NCAA 14 predicted. Not even the most optimistic Georgia fan. Jacob Eason looked NFL ready right now as he shredded the Florida defense for 332 passing yards and 5 touchdown passes. Two of those touchdown passes went to Nick Chubb, who also added a kick return for a touchdown.
Chubb finished the game with 277 all-purpose yards as the Florida defense struggled to make plays all game. The Gators finished with no sacks and no forced turnovers. The Florida offense couldn’t keep pace with Georgia, leading to another upset in rivalry full of them.
Final: Georgia 45, Florida 24
No. 15 Auburn at Ole Miss: 7:15 p.m. ET, SEC Network
Auburn’s top players: DE Carl Lawson (92 overall), DT Montravius Adams (88), FS Rudy Ford (87)
Ole Miss’ Top Players: QB Chad Kelly (92), TE Evan Engram (91), DB Tony Conner (90)
Kamryn Pettway continues his strong season and saves Auburn’s winning streak. The sophomore tailback returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. But the Auburn offense struggled to do much of anything through the first three quarters (Disclaimer: Last week NCAA 14 had Auburn getting shut out by Arkansas. In real life, the Tigers scored 56 points and ran for over 500 yards).
It wasn’t until a Sean White injury in the fourth quarter forced Auburn to turn to John Franklin III. Franklin engineered back-to-back touchdown drives to give Auburn the lead. The second score was capped off by Pettway, whose score gave Auburn the lead with less than a minute to go.
Final Auburn 21, Ole Miss 17
No. 18 Tennessee at South Carolina: 7:15 p.m., ET ESPN2
Tennessee’s top players: DE Derek Barnett (97), RB Jalen Hurd (93), QB Josh Dobbs (90)
South Carolina’s top players: K Elliott Fry (84), OL Cory Helms (84), DB Jamarcus King (83)
The injuries to Tennessee on offense have a bigger effect than on defense. Tennessee struggles to move the ball for large chunks of the game and is actually outgained by the Gamecocks. Fortunately, the Vols still have Dobbs, who uses his legs to rush for two scores.
As for Jake Bentley and the South Carolina offense, he has a freshman-type game. He throws 2 interceptions and has a drive that comes up short in the red zone. But Bentley throws for 2 touchdown passes and has South Carolina in place for a last-second Hail Mary. Unfortunately, Tennessee knows how to defend a Hail Mary.
Final: Tennessee 17, South Carolina 14
We also simmed the non SEC games this week.
Mississippi State 27, Samford 6
Texas A&M 27, New Mexico State 0
Alabama, LSU, Arkansas and Vanderbilt are all on byes this week