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 6-3 in predicting games.
No. 23 Florida (-9 1/2) at Vanderbilt (Noon, SEC Network)
Vanderbilt’s top-rated players: LB Zach Cunningham (95), RB Ralph Webb (88), CB Torren McGaster (87)
Florida’s top-rated players: CB Teez Tabor (96), LB Jarrad Davis (93), S Marcus Maye (93)
The Gators get into the red zone on their first two drives but get only 3 points thanks to an interception in the end zone by Vanderbilt’s Zach Cunningham. Jordan Cronkrite finally gets the Gators into the end zone with a 17-yard touchdown run. The Gators added another score to make it 17-0 at the half.
Florida built on its lead in the second half as Austin Appleby scrambled for a 2-yard touchdown run to give the Gators a 24-0 lead. That would be more than enough for the Florida defense, which picked off Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur twice.
Vanderbilt scored 21 straight points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough.
Final: Florida 34, Vanderbilt 21
No. 11 Tennessee (-3.5) at No. 25 Georgia (3:30 p.m., CBS)
Tennessee’s top-rated players: DE Derek Barnett (97), RB Jalen Hurd 93, LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (93)
Georgia’s top-rated players: RB Nick Chubb (97 overall), OG Greg Pyke (90), S Dominick Sanders (90)
The first half was a sloppy one for both squads. The Bulldogs trimmed the Vols’ lead to 10-7 just before the half thanks to a Jacob Eason touchdown pass to Jeb Blazevich.
Tennessee added 2 third-quarter touchdowns to extend its lead to 24-7. Georgia added another touchdown, but the Volunteers recovered an onside kick. Josh Dobbs took advantage of the short field and scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to put away the game. Dobbs also threw for over 300 yards in the contest.
Final: Tennessee 31, Georgia 21
No. 9 Texas A&M (-17.5) at South Carolina (4 p.m., SEC Network)
Texas A&M’s top-rated players: DE Myles Garrett (98), WR Christian Kirk (95), DB Armani Watts (89)
South Carolina’s top-rated players: K Elliott Fry (84), OL Cory Helms (84), DB Jamarcus King (83)
Trevor Knight flashes his dual-threat ability as he scrambles for a 7-yard touchdown run to open the game. Myles Garrett picks up 2 sacks in the first half as the South Carolina offense was held scoreless in the opening 30 minutes. Knight added another rushing touchdown that let the Aggies take a 14-0 lead into halftime.
The Aggies extend the lead in the second half thanks to touchdown catches from Christian Kirk and Josh Reynolds. A&M eventually would lead 42-0. Should the Aggies continue to play like this, they may be an actual challenger to Alabama.
Final Texas A&M 42, South Carolina 7
Kentucky at No. 1 Alabama (-35) (7 p.m., ESPN)
Kentucky’s top-rated players: C Jon Toth (89), RB Stanley “Boom” Williams (88), DT Matt Elam (82)
Alabama’s top-rated players: LT Cam Robinson (98), DE Jonathan Allen (98), WR Calvin Ridley (95)
A week after being called perhaps the worst defense of all time by Lee Corso, the Kentucky defense comes out strong and holds Alabama to just 10 first-half points. The problem is the Wildcats offense struggled mightily, giving Alabama a 10-3 halftime lead.
Alabama doesn’t mess around to start the second half, as it forces a three-and-out on defense. Jalen Hurts then goes down and connects with O.J. Howard for 5-yard touchdown strike.
The Crimson Tide offense doesn’t do much for the rest of the game, but its defense holds Kentucky to just 175 yards of offense for the game. Nick Saban likely won’t be happy with his team if it performs like this on Saturday.
Final: Alabama 20, Kentucky 6
Missouri at LSU (-13) (7:30 p.m., SEC Network)
Missouri’s top-rated players: RE Charles Harris (93), RB Alex Ross (85), CB Aarion Penton(84)
LSU’s top-rated players: RB Leonard Fournette (99), S Jamal Adams (97), DE Arden Key (96)
The Ed Orgeron era gets off to a great start as the Tigers score on their first drive of the game on a Leonard Fournette touchdown run. But Missouri evens the score on a 47-yard touchdown pass to J’Mon Moore. LSU is able to execute a 2-minute offense and take a 14-7 lead into the second half thanks to a Danny Etling touchdown pass.
The LSU offense begins to open up in the second half as the Tigers feature a heavy mix of Fournette and a downfield passing offense. Fournette adds 2 more touchdowns and finishes with over 160 yards and 3 touchdowns on the game. The LSU defense surrenders only a field goal and picks off Drew Lock twice.
Final: LSU 34, Missouri 10
We also simulated this week’s nonconference games.
Auburn 42, Louisiana-Monroe 6
No. 16 Ole Miss 22, Memphis 19
No. 20 Arkansas 52, Alcorn State 6