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?
No. 12 Georgia at No. 23 Ole Miss (-7) (Noon ET, ESPN)
Georgia’s top-rated players: RB Nick Chubb (97 overall), OG Greg Pyke (90), S Dominick Sanders (90)
Ole Miss’ top-rated players: QB Chad Kelly (92), TE Evan Engram (91), DB Tony Conner (90)
Game recap: Georgia fans may want to shield their eyes if this is the case on Saturday. Ole Miss jumped out to a 20-0 halftime lead after Chad Kelly hooked up with Quincy Adeboyejo for a 6-yard touchdown pass with 41 seconds to go in the first half.
The Bulldogs struggled in the first half against Ole Miss’ defense, as freshman quarterback Jacob Eason went just 5 of 16 for 58 yards in the opening two quarters. The Bulldogs’ offensive line had another bad day, as Ole Miss held Nick Chubb to 19 rushing yards and sacked Eason 4 times.
The second half went much like the first, as the Bulldogs struggled to get anything going offensively. Kelly, who threw for 303 yards and a touchdown, engineered two long drives that netted Ole Miss two more field goals. Georgia had six first downs the entire game and 125 yards of total offense.
Hopefully the real-life version of this game can be much more exciting than this one.
Final: Ole Miss 26, Georgia 0
No. 19 Florida at No. 14 Tennessee (-6.5) (3:30 p.m., CBS)
Florida’s top-rated players: CB Teez Tabor (96), LB Jarrad Davis (93), S Marcus Maye (93)
Tennessee’s top-rated players: DE Derek Barnett (97), RB Jalen Hurd 93, LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (93)
The first half of the game saw the good and the bad Josh Dobbs show up. Dobbs got off to a great start as he led the Volunteers to a touchdown on the opening drive, connecting with Josh Malone for a 21-yard touchdown.
But Dobbs threw an interception in the second quarter to give the Gators a short field. Austin Appleby was able to take advantage of an injured Tennessee defense, and hit DeAndre Goolsby.
The two teams went back and forth, with Tennessee clinging to a 23-17 lead with just over a minute to go. Appleby quickly moved the Gators into Tennessee territory. Florida running back Jordan Cronkrite scored on 7-yard touchdown run with 30 seconds remaining. Kicker Eddy Pineiro converted his extra point to give the Gators a 24-23 lead.
After a long kick return by Evan Berry, Tennessee had the ball on the Florida 33-yard line with 8 seconds to go. That gave Aaron Medley enough time to nail a 50-yarder in the waning seconds.
The Volunteers end their 11-game losing streak to Florida in thrilling fashion.
Final: Tennessee 26, Florida 24
No. 18 LSU (-3.5) at Auburn (6 p.m., ESPN)
LSU’s top-rated players: RB Leonard Fournette (99), S Jamal Adams (97), DE Arden Key (96)
Auburn’s top-rated players: DE Carl Lawson (92), K Daniel Carlson (90), DT Montravius Adams (88)
Danny Etling makes up for an early interception as he finds Malachi Dupre for a 22-yard touchdown pass. Auburn’s Carlson would connect on two field goals, one from 57 yards and one from 38, to trail LSU 7-6 at halftime.
The second half gets off to a sloppy start, as LSU is held without a first down for the entire third quarter, and Auburn misses two field goals on its first two possessions. The first points of the second half were scored with 2:16 remaining in the game, as Carlson connected on a 47-yard field goal.
The LSU offense responded by putting together its only drive of substance in second half. Etling connects with Travin Dural multiple times before an 18-yard run by Fournette gives LSU a first and goal. LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye connects on a 26-yard field goal with 8 seconds remaining.
LSU squeaks out a 10-9 victory over Auburn, raising even more questions about Gus Malzahn’s job security.
Final score: LSU 10, Auburn 9
South Carolina at Kentucky (-2.5) (7:30 p.m., SEC Network)
South Carolina’s top-rated players: K Elliott Fry (84), OL Cory Helms (84), DB Jamarcus King (83)
Kentucky’s top-rated players: C Jon Toth (89), RB Stanley “Boom” Williams (88), DT Matt Elam (82)
The two teams traded long touchdown passes in the first half but South Carolina was able to take a 17-7 lead into halftime thanks to a 4-yard touchdown run by David Williams.
Williams got South Carolina off to a great start in the second as he scored an 80-yard touchdown on the Gamecocks’ first play of the second half. After South Carolina blocked a field-goal try, freshman quarterback Brandon McIlwain rushed for a 7-yard touchdown of his own to put the Gamecocks up 31-7.
Final: South Carolina 34, Kentucky 7
No. 17 Arkansas vs. No. 10 Texas A&M (-5.5) at Arlington, Texas (9 p.m., ESPN)
Texas A&M’s top-rated players: DE Myles Garrett (98), WR Christian Kirk (95), DB Armani Watts (89)
Arkansas’ top-rated players: WR Drew Morgan (90), OT Dan Skipper (90), LB Brooks Ellis (90)
After a dull start to the contest, the Razorbacks scored the first points of the game thanks to a 10-yard touchdown pass from Austin Allen to Morgan with less than two minutes to go in the first half.
The Aggies even the score on their first drive of the second half after Trevor Knight hooked up with Ricky Seals-Jones for 9-yard touchdown pass.
A safety and field goal from Texas A&M gave the Aggies a 12-7 lead late in the fourth quarter. Then the game went off the rails.
Allen and Co. swiftly retook the lead they completed a 72-yard drive that was capped off by a 9-yard touchdown catch from Rawleigh Williams III . The Razorbacks converted the 2-point try to take a 15-12 lead with 59 seconds remaining. But that left just enough time for Knight and Josh Reynolds to hook up for a 48-yard touchdown pass with 10 seconds remaining.
The Aggies knock off the Razorbacks in heartbreaking fashion for the third year in a row. Maybe Bret Bielema will actually punch Kevin Sumlin this time.
FINAL: Texas A&M 19, Arkansas 15
We also simulated the nonconference games featuring SEC teams.
Alabama 56, Kent State 7
Western Kentucky 33, Vanderbilt 7
Mississippi State 31, UMass 6
Missouri 45, Delaware State 3