The wildly popular NCAA Football video game is back. Well, sort of back.
So with those updated rosters featuring the likes of Leonard Fournette and Jalen Hurts, why not simulate this weekend’s batch of SEC games to see which teams come out on top? Last week NCAA 14 went 3-2 in predicting games, and is now 18-5 on the season.
Vanderbilt @ Georgia Noon, SEC Network
Vanderbilt’s top-rated players: LB Zach Cunningham (95 overall), RB Ralph Webb (88), CB Torren McGaster (87)
Georgia’s top-rated players: RB Nick Chubb (97), OG Greg Pyke (90), S Dominick Sanders (90)
It’s another day of growing pains for Jacob Eason and the Georgia Bulldogs. In the first half, Eason looks like the 5-star quarterback everyone thought he would be. He’s throwing the ball well. Georgia is able to run the ball, setting Eason up to make two first half touchdown throws.
But in the second half, he looks like a freshman again. He throws two third quarter interceptions and lets Vanderbilt make it a game. The Commodores are able to tie the game thanks to a big day from Ralph Webb. But as he’s shown against Missouri and Tennessee, Eason plays his best at the end of the fourth quarter. He leads Georgia on another late touchdown drive and hooks up with Reggie Davis for an 11-yard touchdown with 12 seconds remaining.
FINAL: Georgia 31 Vanderbilt 24
Alabama @ Tennessee 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS
Alabama’s top-rated players: LT Cam Robinson(98), DE Jonathan Allen(98), Calvin Ridley(95)
Tennessee’s top-rated players: DE Derek Barnett (97), RB Jalen Hurd (93), QB Joshua Dobbs (90)
This game begins like every other Tennessee game. The Volunteers fall behind 17-0 to start the game thanks to three first-half turnovers. Jalen Hurts has no problem throwing on a banged up Tennessee defense. Of course, the Vols make a run at the end of the half, and make it a 17-14 game.
But in the second half, Tennessee just runs out of gas. After the Volunteers took the lead, Alabama scored the final 28 points of the game. The Crimson Tide forced four more turnovers to finish with seven for the game. Alabama got its ground game going, as Damien Harris ran for over 100 yards and 3 touchdowns. To finish the Volunteers off, Hurts found Calvin Ridley in the end zone. Alabama and Nick Saban run their streak against Tennessee to 10-straight wins.
Final: Alabama 45 Tennessee 21
Missouri @ Florida 4 p.m. ET, SEC Network
Missouri’s top-rated players: RE Charles Harris (93), RB Alex Ross (85), CB Aarion Penton(84)
Florida’s top-rated players: CB Teez Tabor (96), LB Jarrad Davis (93), S Marcus Maye (93)
The Gators sure were glad to have Luke Del Rio back under center. It wasn’t always pretty, but the Florida offense played much better than it did against Vanderbilt. Del Rio led the Gators to a touchdown on the game’s opening drive. It wasn’t a flawless performance by Del Rio, as he threw 2 interceptions that kept Missouri in the game.
Florida got a big boost to start the second half as Jordan Scarlett returned a kickoff 100 yards right after Missouri tied the game. Del Rio added another touchdown pass to DeAndre Goolsby, which gave the Florida defense more than enough room to operate.
FINAL: Florida 31 Missouri 24
Ole Miss @ Arkansas 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Ole Miss’ Top Players: Chad Kelly(92), Evan Engram(91), Tony Conner (90)
Arkansas’ Top Players: Drew Morgan (90), Dan Skipper (90), Brooks Ellis (90)
Both teams got off to a bad start offensively. Chad Kelly threw two first half interceptions while Arkansas and Austin Allen struggled to move the ball. In a game that figures to be high scoring, the halftime score was 3-0 Ole Miss.
But whatever Hugh Freeze said at halftime worked. The Ole Miss offense finally shows up as Kelly and company begin to tear up the Arkansas defense. Kelly throws for over 200 yards in the second half alone and has 3 touchdown passes, including a 30-yarder to Quincy Adeboyejo. The Arkansas offense continues to sputter, and Ole Miss is able to cruise to victory.
FINAL: Ole Miss 38 Arkansas 10
We also went ahead and simulated the SEC’s nonconference games this week.
BYU 14, Mississippi State 10
LSU 21, Southern Miss 14
Auburn, Kentucky, South Carolina and Texas A&M all have byes.