NCAA 14 Simulation: Buckeyes Fall Short

By Jordan Wagner on July 11, 2013 at 7:00p
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You tackled the wrong guy

Oklahoma vs Ohio State in the National Championship game isn't too hard to believe. It may not be your first prediction, but it seems possible. How Ohio State made it into the National Championship game might be a little bit harder to believe. 

Ohio State fans (or maybe just me?) hold their breath every time they see Braxton take a big hit. Many realize that Braxton is crucial to Ohio State's success. Yes, Kenny Guiton did an amazing job leading us back to victory against Purdue, but can he lead this team for multiple games?

In our NCAA 14 video game simulation, the answer to that question is yes. Braxton suffered an injury to his knee during the Iowa game and Kenny Guiton was forced into action for the rest of the season, minus what turned out to be the National Championship game. 

While the Buckeyes lost the National Championship in the simulation, many have to consider ourselves lucky to have made it that far. Our Heisman candidate QB missed half the year and a starting WR, Corey Brown, misses the entire year, but a new Heisman candidate for the Buckeyes was born. The Buckeyes continued to find a way to win in our simulation, but ultimately fell short in the title game. 

Continue reading for more details from our simulation of Ohio State's schedule in the newest NCAA 14 video game. We have you covered from game by game stats, season stats, awards, early departures, coaching movement, and more pictures of your Buckeyes in NCAA 14. 

In our one unedited, untouched simulation of a season of college football in NCAA 14, we saw the Buckeyes overcome numerous obstacles to win the Big Ten title against Michigan State and ultimately get the chance to be crowned champions against Bob Stoops and Oklahoma. Braxton Miller was playing well and was considered a Heisman front runner before suffering a knee injury against Iowa. Kenny Guiton was forced into action and stepped up. His performance would earn him second team All-Big Ten honors, despite missing two complete Big Ten games. 

With our Heisman hopeful out until the bowl game, new players were forced to step up. Guiton came in and threw for 588 yards in his second career start. But, one player stepped up to become a Heisman contender of his own. Carlos Hyde. Most don't consider Hyde to be a legitimate contender for the Heisman trophy, but he was able to step up following the injury to Miller. Not only was Hyde a threat running the ball, but he was also a big threat catching passes out of the backfield. Hyde would finish fourth in the Heisman voting to Boise State RB Jay Ajayi, Oklahoma QB Blake Bell, and Texas A&M QB Johnny "Football" Manziel. 

Coach Urban Meyer and staff were forced with a very difficult decision when it came to the National Championship game. Braxton was ready to play after missing several weeks, but Kenny Guiton was on a roll. He just finished up leading Ohio State to a Big Ten Championship by beating Michigan State in a shootout. The week prior he beat Michigan in The Game 45-21, although Michigan finished with a disappointing 5-7 record. Coach Urban Meyer decided to insert Braxton Miller into the starting lineup over the hot Kenny G. Braxton struggled, especially down the stretch, finishing a disappointing 17-40 passing in a 48-38 loss to Oklahoma. The Buckeyes trailed 23-21 at the half and would never get closer after Oklahoma outscored Ohio State 15-3 in the third quarter. 

Questions concerning Ohio State's poor schedule held true in the video game simulation. Ohio State would only play one ranked opponent in the regular season, Wisconsin. Michigan State and Oklahoma in the Championship games were also ranked. Ohio State's loss in the title game pushed their ranking to fourth in the polls after entering the game as the number one team in the nation. 

Ohio State 36 Buffalo 10

Passing: Braxton Miller - 15-19, 163 yards, 2 TDs
Rushing: Miller - 24 carries, 110 yards, 1 TD
Carlos Hyde - 13 carries, 84 yards
Receiving: Hyde - 4 rec, 38 yards, 1 TD
Devin Smith - 3 rec, 44 yards, 1 TD

Tackles: Ryan Shazier - 10
INT: Bradley Roby - 1
Sacks: Adolphus Washington - 2.0

Record: 8-5

Run Braxton!

Ohio State 27 SDSU 10

Passing: Braxton Miller - 20-30, 216 yards, 3 TDs
Rushing: Carlos Hyde - 18 carries, 98 yards, 1 TD
Miller - 14 carries, 61 yards
Receiving: Devin Smith - 6 rec, 61 yards, 1 TD
Evan Spencer - 5 rec, 69 yards, 2 TD

Tackles: Josh Perry - 9
INT: Christian Bryant, Doran Grant - 1
Sacks: Adolphus Washington - 2.0

Record: 7-6

Ohio State 35 Cal 21

Passing: Braxton Miller - 27-38, 341 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INT
Rushing: Jordan Hall - 17 carries, 65 yards, 1 TD
Miller - 10 carries, 53 yards
Receiving: Devin Smith - 12 rec, 137 yards, 2 TDs
Hall - 7 rec, 95 yards, 1 TD

Tackles: Adolphus Washington - 9
INT: Armani Reeves - 1
Sacks: Michael Bennett - 1.0

Record: 4-8

Ohio State 56 Florida A&M 0

Passing: Braxton Miller - 15-18, 212 yards, 2 TDs
Rushing: Jordan Hall - 20 carries, 109 yards, 1 TD
Carlos Hyde - 18 carries, 111 yards, 2 TDs
Receiving: Evan Spencer - 6 rec, 88 yards, 1 TD
Devin Smith - 4 rec, 54 yards 

Tackles: Josh Perry - 6
INT: Curtis Grant - 1
Sacks: Noah Spence - 1.0

Record: N/A

Ohio State 44 Wisconsin 34

Passing: Braxton Miller - 20-33, 349 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Rushing: Carlos Hyde - 14 carries, 71 yards 
Miller - 13 carries, 42 yards, 1 TD
Receiving: Chris Fields - 4 rec, 136 yards 1 TD
Devin Smith - 3 rec, 56 yards 

Tackles: Michael Bennett - 7
INT: Ryan Shazier, Armani Reeves - 1
Sacks: Michael Bennett, Josh Perry - 1.0

Record: 10-3

The Shoe is beautiful at nightChris Fields with a big catch against ranked opponent, Wisconsin.

Ohio State 49 Northwestern 17

Passing: Braxton Miller - 20-29, 254 yards, 4 TDs
Rushing: Carlos Hyde - 18 carries, 128 yards, 1 TD
Jordan Hall - 11 carries, 56 yards
Receiving: Devin Smith - 7 rec, 111 yards, 1 TD
Evan Spencer - 5 rec, 82 yards 

Tackles: Josh Perry - 7
INT: Bradley Roby - 1
Sacks: Ryan Shazier, Joel Hale - 1.0

Record: 6-7

Ohio State 31 Iowa 14

Passing: Braxton Miller - 15-23, 167 yards, 3 TDs
Rushing: Carlos Hyde - 20 carries, 101 yards 1 TD
Jordan Hall - 6 carries, 38 yards
Receiving: Devin Smith - 11 rec, 87 yards, 1 TD
Nick Vannett - 4 rec, 46 yards 

Tackles: Josh Perry - 13
INT: 0
Sacks: Noah Spence, Michael Bennett - 1.5

Record: 9-4

Ohio State 45 Penn State 20

Passing: Kenny Guiton - 20-29, 274 yards, 4 TDs
Rushing: Carlos Hyde - 16 carries, 113 yards, 1 TD
Jordan Hall - 13 carries, 61 yards
Receiving: Devin Smith - 7 rec, 132 yards, 2 TD
Hyde - 4 rec, 54 yards, 1 TD

Tackles: Ryan Shazier - 8
INT: 0
Sacks: Adolphus Washington, Ryan Shazier, Tommy Schutt - 1.0

Record: 5-7

Urban Meyer's 1st 1,000 yard rusherHeisman finalist, Carlos Hyde, with a rushing touchdown in a win over Penn State.

Ohio State 48 Purdue 17

Passing: Kenny Guiton - 28-41, 588 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT
Rushing: Carlos Hyde - 10 carries, 65 yards, 
Guiton - 13 carries, 65 yards, 1 TD
Receiving: Devin Smith - 8 rec, 147 yards, 1 TD
Evan Spencer - 5 rec, 161 yards, 1 TD

Tackles: Ryan Shazier, Josh Perry - 6
INT: Christian Bryant - 1
Sacks: Josh Perry - 1.5

Record: 6-7

Ohio State 34 Illinois 13

Passing: Kenny Guiton - 21-37, 308 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Rushing: Carlos Hyde - 10 carries, 66 yards, 
Jordan Hall - 13 carries, 64 yards, 1 TD
Receiving: Devin Smith - 6 rec, 87 yards, 2 TD
Hall - 4 rec, 88 yards

Tackles: Ryan Shazier, Christian Bryant - 6
INT: Josh Perry, Camren Williams - 1
Sacks: Trey Johnson* - 2.0

Record: 4-8

*Supposed to be David Perkins. 

Ohio State 35 Indiana 6

Passing: Kenny Guiton - 23-33, 227 yards, 1 TDs
Rushing: Carlos Hyde - 17 carries, 73 yards, 1 TD
Guiton - 17 carries, 66 yards, 2 TDs
Receiving: Evan Spencer - 7 rec, 84 yards
Devin Smith - 2 rec, 36 yards

Tackles: Bradley Roby - 7
INT: Corey Brown - 1
Sacks: Adolphus Washington - 1.5

Record: 5-7

Ohio State 45 Michigan 21

Passing: Kenny Guiton - 20-30, 346 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT
Rushing: Guiton - 19 carries, 74 yards, 2 TD
Carlos Hyde - 11 carries, 60 yards
Receiving: Chris Fields - 10 rec, 189 yards, 1 TD
Nick Vannett - 4 rec, 95 yards, 1 TD

Tackles: Noah Spence - 9
INT: C.J. Barnett, Josh Perry - 1
Sacks: Noah Spence - 2.5

Record: 5-7

Michigan fans don't even show up in video gamesTightend Nick Vannett with a touchdown.

B1g Championship: Ohio State 45 Michigan State 41

Passing: Kenny Guiton - 39-58, 473 yards, 3 TDs, 3 INT
Rushing: Carlos Hyde - 24 carries, 83 yards, 1 TD
Guiton - 9 carries, 24 yards, 2 TDs
Receiving: Devin Smith - 11 rec, 154 yards
Hyde - 6 rec, 82 yards

Tackles: Camren Williams - 13
INT: Bradley Roby - 1
Sacks: Noah Spence - 2.0

Record: 11-3

National Championship: Oklahoma 48 Ohio State 38

Passing: Braxton Miller - 17-40, 393 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Carlos Hyde - 28 carries, 124 yards 1 TD
Miller - 20 carries, 75 yards, 2 TDs
Receiving: Evan Spencer - 7 rec, 82 yards, 1 TD
Hyde - 5 rec, 79 yards

Tackles: Camren Williams - 12
INT: 0
Sacks: Adolphus Washington - 2.0

Record: 13-0

DA BULLETSAll-American Joel Hale leads the Silver Bullet defense. 

Season Stats/Awards

QB Stats/Awards:

Braxton Miller: 159-240, 2095 yards, 21 TDs. 113 carries for 439 yards, 6 TDs.
Kenny Guiton: 164-252, 2395 yards, 18 TDs, 95 carries for 401 yards, 8 TDs.

Kenny Guiton would be awarded 2nd Team All-Big Ten. Braxton missed most of the Big Ten season, so it's no surprise that he was beat out by Guiton. An interesting observation is that Braxton's season long run was only 12 yards. One would think that will be quite different during the real season. Braxton was a finalist for the Maxwell and O'Brien awards, despite missing half the season.

RB Stats/Awards:

Carlos Hyde: 219 carries for 1190 yards, 10 TDs. 36 receptions for 494 yards, 5 TDs. 
Jordan Hall: 115 carries for 538 yards, 8 TDs. 24 receptions for 310 yards, 2 TDs. 

Hyde's performance helped him finish 4th in the Heisman voting while being named 1st team All-Big Ten and 2nd team All-American. He also was a finalist for the Walter Camp and Doak Walker awards.  Hall proved to be a multi-purpose threat for Tom Herman. Carlos Hyde was Urban Meyer's first 1,000 yard rusher. 

Receiver Stats/Awards:

Devin Smith: 84 receptions for 1162 yards, 11 TDs. 2 carries for 12 yards. 
Evan Spencer: 55 receptions for 740 yards, 5 TDs. 
Chris Fields: 43 receptions for 708 yards, 5 TDs.
Nick Vannett: 40 receptions for 546 yards, 5 TDs.
Michael Thomas: 22 receptions for 292 yards, 5 TDs. 
Marcus Baugh: 9 receptions for 120 yards. 
Dontre Wilson: 3 receptions for 26 yards. 
Corey Brown: 2 receptions for 56 yards. 

Devin Smith stepped up big time for the Buckeyes after Corey Brown missed almost the entire season with an ACL injury. Devin Smith would be named 2nd team All-American and 1st team All-Big Ten. He was a finalist for the Bilentnikoff and Best Returner awards. Chris Fields earned 2nd team All-Big Ten. Nick Vannett was a finalist for the Mackey award. 

Offensive Lineman Stats/Awards:

Taylor Decker: 42 pancakes. 3 sacks allowed. 
Jack Mewhort: 43 pancakes. 3 sacks allowed. 
Andrew Norwell: 34 pancakes. 6 sacks allowed.
Corey Linsley: 29 pancakes. 5 sacks allowed. 
Marcus Hall: 21 pancakes. 5 sacks allowed. 

Mewhort, Norwell, and Linsley were all 1st team All-American and Big Ten. Decker and Hall both made 2nd team All-Big Ten. All five of the lineman were finalists for all of the offensive lineman awards, but failed to win one. Very impressive for a group that was once considered the weak spot of the team.

Defensive Stats/Awards

Josh Perry: 81 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 2 INT
Ryan Shazier: 78 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 1 INT - 1st team All-Big Ten.
Noah Spence: 69 tackles, 8.5 sacks. - 1st team All-American and Big Ten.
Adolphus Washington: 66 tackles, 8.5 sacks.
Camren Williams: 64 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT - 2nd Team All American and All-Big Ten.
Bradley Roby: 53 tackles, 1.0 sacks, 3 INT - 2nd team All-Big Ten
Christian Bryant: 44 tackles, 2 INT - 1st team All-Big Ten
Michael Bennett: 37 tackles, 5.5 sacks. - 1st team All-Big Ten
Joel Hale: 35 tackles, 2.5 sacks. - 1st team All-American and All-Big Ten
Vonn Bell: 5 tackles - Freshman All-American

Some players were left of this list because of the quantity of players and stats. I mentioned everyone that won an award or was one of the statistical leaders. Appears to me that Josh Perry and Adolphus Washington were snubbed. The Buckeyes were fourth in the nation in sacks. This would definitely be something that Buckeye fans would love to see out of the Buckeyes this fall. Ohio State did allow the second most yards in the conference, only edging out Purdue, however, the scoring defense was second in the Big Ten behind Nebraska.  

Offseason

Coming off a 13-1 season, Urban Meyer was given a seven year contract extension after being named Coach of the Year. Tom Herman and Luke Fickell had other plans,  both leaving the Buckeyes for head coaching jobs. Luke Fickell would leave his DC post to take over at Kent State, while Tom Herman would be the next head coach at Central Michigan. To replace Tom Herman, Urban Meyer hired UNC OC Blake Anderson. Anderson helped UNC to a second place finish in the ACC by averaging 29.6 PPG, good for 26th in the nation. James Willis, formerly DC of UL Lafayette, was hired to replace Luke Fickell. UL Lafayette had the 17th-best scoring defense in the nation under Willis. 

The Buckeyes only lost one player due to early departure. RB Warren Ball decided to follow Luke Fickell to Kent State due to lack of playing time at Ohio State. Bradley Roby and Ryan Shazier did not consider leaving early. 

Ohio State had seven seniors drafted into the NFL. Christian Bryant was selected in the first round. OL Jack Mewhort and Andrew Norwell both were 2nd round picks along with WR Corey Brown and RB Carlos Hyde. Kenny Guiton's impressive performance resulted in being picked in the 4th round along with OL Corey Linsley. 

Overall, would you be happy with a 13-1 finish if Braxton Miller was forced to miss half the season and Corey Brown missed the entire season? 

Is it time for some real college football yet? Enough with the hypotheticals, lets play some football!

63 Comments

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Urban Nation Army's picture

Northwestern 6-7??
Shazier 78 tackles??
TTUN 5-7??
All of these seem hard to believe. Unfortunately, Braxton getting hurt is all too real of a possibility.
Roby staying would be hard to believe too

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Walrusball dropping 41 on OSU?  Also very hard to believe.

Class of 2010.

cabanaboy925's picture

can't see much of an argument that if #5 goes down, so do the National Title chances....
i also believe the weaponry surrounding the qb is improved enough that he won't feel the pressure to carry the load as much as in the past.   that offensive line will be the key to the season.

it's Miller time....

ODEEZ330's picture

If this played out in real life id be cool after I got over the huge heart ache of losing the ncg. 2nd string qb leads us to the ncg? That's a good TEAM. Looks like our defense sucks in the game. It'd also mean brax is 100% back for his sr. Yr.

O'Deez330
stark county football

UrbanCulture's picture

They also have up 41 points to Msu who probably won't get that many points vs any team all year 

JoeinCbus's picture

Yeah, I don't get that one, either.

Buckeye06's picture

In the simulation our QBs have 4000+ yards..that's the most amazing stat of all haha.  I would die for 3K

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Of course, we'd want to win them all.  If OSU did have those types of injuries it would be a huge accomplishment to go the rest of the regular season undefeated and make it to the NC game.  Here's hoping that the real season will be a much healthier one for all Buckeyes! 
Go Bucks!!

WhySoSerious's picture

This is hilarious.

Rare&Uncommon

Like the ball in the stands, we balls out

JoeinCbus's picture

I appreciate the rundown, but the game is on crack.  MSU at 11-3?  TTUN at 5-7?  I agree that TTUN's defense couldn't stop a drain, but... come on.
I'm glad I don't play video games.  I remember having a baseball game on my Commodore 64, in which Pete Incaviglia won the batting title.  I was done.
To answer the question, I'd be delighted with a one-loss season if #5 went down.  That said, I get a feeling Ohio State's a 10-2 or 9-3 team this year.  I can't defend that, but call it a hunch.  Don't know why.

BierStube's picture

Well hell, cancel the season.  No point in even playing the games now.  Well just to be safe, lets just play them any way.

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

Stinson's picture

I love how realistic the graphics are with Beaver Stadium and Out House Big House being all scarlet in the stands.

"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium." -Wayne Woodrow Hayes

BierStube's picture

Also, do we always wear our home jerseys???

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

Stinson's picture

He must have put OSU as the home team, but changed the stadium to PSU and scUM. 

"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium." -Wayne Woodrow Hayes

Jordan Wagner's picture

There were a few glitches in the EA Season Ticket version of the game, which was out three or so days prior. One of them was apparently making your team the home team in every game.  Haven't started a new dynasty since getting the disc. Another glitch early (which I'm not sure if it had an effect on the simulated game) was if you threw an INT in the endzone, it was a automatic TD for the other team when it should have been a touchback. A lot of these bugs are fixed by the time of the real release. 

dbit's picture

Wait....the Penn State game is at home this year 
???? Did they mess up the schedule?

harleymanjax's picture

Ohio State 31 Iowa 14
Passing: Braxton Miller - 15-23, 167 yards, 3 TDs
Rushing: Carlos Hyde - 20 carries, 101 yards 1 TD
Jordan Hall - 6 carries, 38 yards
Receiving: Devin Smith - 11 rec, 87 yards, 1 TD
Nick Vannett - 4 rec, 46 yards

Tackles: Josh Perry - 13
INT: 0
Sacks: Noah Spence, Michael Bennett - 1.5

Record: 9-4
YOU LOST ME AFTER THEY PREDICTED 9 WINS FOR IOWA!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

UrbanBuckeye's picture

I simulated a season and we beat Texas in the championship. Lol. Not a perfect season though. We lost to Iowa...

In Urban We Trust!

Toilrt Paper's picture

Ohio State lost to Iowa and played in the BCS Title game???? Proof of an unintelligent kids game.

Bucks's picture

I remember a few days ago a sim was mentioned where our only loss was to Iowa. This one has Braxton going down in that game.
Time for the tin foil hats!

Hovenaut's picture

Simulation?

Contemplation.....

Braxton, lost for half the season? Ohio State not the champion?

Abomination!

Jordan.....

Cajun Man

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

M Man's picture

The screen-capture of Michigan at home, wearing away jerseys and playing OSU in what appears to be a night game...
Well, it just makes me want to call for much stricter Congressional oversight of the video game industry.

BME_Buckeye's picture

Interesting

  • Right Tackle-If Taylor Decker had that type of performance after our uncertainly at that position, I would be more than happy with that. 
  • The return of Greg Robinson- Michigan at 5-7 and giving up 45 points to OSU makes me think that Robinson took the place of Mattison for the season. 

I doubt Michigan finishes under .500

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

OSUNeedles's picture

You missed the least realistic part...
Urban Meyer, as an OSU coach, is not aloud to win B1G Coach of the year.

Jordan Wagner's picture

I don't remember him winning Big Ten COY. I'm not even sure they give this award in Dynasty. He won National Coach of the Year. 

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Now THIS I can believe would happen in real life.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

weimerad's picture

That was the most ridiculous, unrealistic and stupidest thing I've ever seen/read.

onetwentyeight's picture

Alright everybody LET'S BE HONEST. 
IF we make it to the NCG vs CHOKELAHOMA from the BIG12 with BIG GAME BOB STOOPS (sorry, going outside to laugh my ass off) we will win. Urban > Tressel as a coach. Stoops is a POOR MAN'S TRESSEL. ERGO, URBAN >>>>>> STOOPS. 
#SCIENCE ^
I could see us running into the Nick Saban Death Star War Machine and falling just short, yes. That's realistic. But not to freaking OKLAHOMA ROFLFLFLLF

NoVA Buckeye's picture

SB Nation did 10 simulations, 2 of which had the Buckeyes winning it all, 4 with the Buckeyes in the title game, and 8 with the Bucks winning the B1G.
There were some odd simulations that resulted in a Texas-TAMU NCG, a 10-2 Michigan State playing in the NCG despite not playing for the B1G title, all the service academies and Georgia Tech being surprisingly hard to beat, and Illinois winning the Big Ten title once. I'm not even making this up.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

Jordan Wagner's picture

I went ahead and changed the two Michigan game pictures and Penn State pictures. Due to a glitch in the early release of the game, Ohio State was the "home" team on the road and therefore had the wrong jerseys. I tried to reenact the photos in play now to the best of my ability while making sure the right jerseys were being worn. 

 

PaulRobertson's picture

Hey Jordan, you suck!

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Hopefully this comment gets you what you're looking for. 

Read my entire screen name....

Bucks's picture

User gone, let's all move along!

ColerainBuckeye33's picture

Well seems if the service acadamies and GT are doing way better then expected then they have maken the option a little too hard to defend even for the AI.Wait a couple months then a website will run 10,000 simulations after the bugs are fixed and I would bet the house we are concensusly in the title game at a minimum.Probably Champs around 20%-30% of the total simulations.Im not making this up just dont remember the website that runs the large number of simulations but they do it for alot of big games and it is pretty accurate people even use it to bet off of.

A wise man once said "success is not final and failure is not fatal"

Jordan Wagner's picture

Hypothetical question for anyone that wants to share: Lets assume that Braxton Miller gets hurt in the Iowa game and has to miss the rest of the regular season and also assume that Corey Brown misses the entire season (I'm simply taking the scenario from this dynasty). How would you predict that we would finish? (Note: Assume we are undefeated prior to injury)

Penn State: W or L
Purdue: W or L
Illinois: W or L
Indiana: W or L
Michigan: W or L
B1G Championship game (if applicable): W or L

Bucks's picture

Penn State: L
Purdue: W
Illinois: W
Indiana: W
Michigan: W
B1G CG: W
I think Kenny G would lead us to a win with Iowa but facing a very good PSU team (sanctions not quite taking hold yet), would hit us hard.
TTUN hurts to type the above but I'll give the deer tick state up north some credit. I keep seeing some .500 area predictions by some. Unless injuries on both sides are to blame, I can't really envision this not being the one and only rematch year.
 
(Edit: If Braxton does get hurt in the Iowa game, I'm going to implode on 11w and absolutely blame you, tin cap in hand)
 

BKshepherd's picture

Man, if Josh Perry steps up to match the simulation, I'll be very pleased.  I have to believe that Deisel and Noah will have more sacks than predicted.  I think they have not given Roby what he will take this season.  I think that Vonn Bell will get more than 5 tackles to win Freshman All American honors.  Fun stuff to think about....

dubjayfootball90's picture

Kenny G be all up on BEAST MODE!

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

hit_the_couch's picture

Ohio State versus OU would be the battle of "we've lost too many combined MNC games."

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

IBleedSandG's picture

Better than 1/2 a NC in the last 65 years.

"You pick up the rifle and go as hard as you can possibly go."
-UFM

Nkohl13's picture

Yeah I've been playing the dynasty and I get really annoyed with the way they simulate all these games. I'm through 6 weeks and there are still about 15 undefeated teams. Alabama lost their season opener. USC is undefeated and only ranked 15 while there are one and two loss SEC and B12 teams ranked ahead of them. Wisconsin, Northwestern, and Penn State all suck. Iowa, Purdue and Nebraska are really good. Nebraska is actually undefeated, but are ranked low. Carlos Hyde leads for the Heisman averaging about 40 yards per game, but with around 13 touchdowns. Josh Perry and Michael Bennett are absolute beasts. Bennett averages about 4 sacks per game.

clogan1032's picture

And Curtis Grant is nowhere to be found...

Colorado Johnny's picture

No, this is the year. For cereal this time. No joke, this is his year.
 
 
ok, probably not

Toilrt Paper's picture

And Josh Perry has better stats than Shazier? This game is a joke.

FitzBuck's picture

I was playing last night and Shazier missed 3 tackles in one half.  This in itself is bs.  
I will say spence = beast 

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

unholy bucknut's picture

My dynasty is shaping up quite different but that was pretty sweet article good stuff.

brandonbauer87's picture

I edited the roster to make Rod Smith an RB and made Nick Vannett FB and OSU won it all first try. The change of position makes Rod Smith better than Jordan Hall. 

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Not surprised by that at all. Rod Smith could be something special.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

sloopy88's picture

I know this is made up out of thin air but my stomach still hurts. 

Toilrt Paper's picture

4500 yards passing and 39 TD passes?? Not in an Urban Meyer offense. Tebow and Smith never had close to those stats.

Gametime's picture

Not so fast my friend, Alex Smith when he was #1 OVR pick passed for 2,952yds 32TDs and 4INTs while completing 67%.  and Tebow's Heisman season had him pass for 3,286yds 32TDs 6INTs while completing 67% of his passes.
So we can't say it's entirely out the question!

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

FROMTHE18's picture

Im a bit superstitious and these things can somehow adjust my feelings on the season, but I think Michigan will at least be bowl bound...kind of found it interesting that Ball transfers, because I think thats a good possibility following this year. 

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

When I think of video game simulations I think of the time I played Tecmo Super Bowl and had Babe Laufenberg throw for 4,000 yards for the Cowboys in leading them to the title...the very same season they really finished  1-15. Insert your own "Don't make me Laufenberg" joke here.
Eh, give Jordan a break, this was meant for fun. The question I have about this game is whether the game's programming causes the CPU team (in this case Sparty in the B1G title game and OU in the NCG) to automatically become exponentially stronger in the championship rounds. It looks like we're totally dominant up until those games and then all of a sudden Bollman's offense almost beats us. Even at that level, it seems unnatural.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

Buckin-J's picture

I'm just going with the hope neither Braxton Miller or Corey Brown get injured.  They are both key players to the teams success. We almost need Corey Brown as much as Braxton because of our relatively inexperienced receiver corps unless a few others step up huge this year (which I'm still hoping for regardless). 

Go Bucks or go home. 

Bolt's picture

My favorite game of the season without a doubt was Kenny's 650 yards of total offense against Purdue. Once again those yankers from West Lafayette have to bask in the misery of that sweet sweet jazz.

Bucksfan's picture

There is no way Oklahoma under Bob Stoops scores more than 25 points in a bowl game, particularly a national championship.  "Your theories are the worst kind of popular tripe, your methods are sloppy, and your conclusions are highly questionable. You are a poor scientist, Dr. Venkman!"
Go Buckeyes.

buckeyes33's picture

How can you support the purchase of this game when the enemy is on the cover? Am I overreacting?

raki's picture

This is all... you know what, Real games would stat in 50 Games..... Can I get An O.H..

OSUs12-OH's picture

Love the enthusiasm of the gamers and what not.  But these simulations prove very little besides the computer doesn't play much defense.  I think that OSU's defense will be #1 in tB1G and probably #5 overall.  It's finally going to get back to the Silver Bullets of old...like we used to see from 2003-2010.    

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

Idaho Helga's picture

They lost me at the start with the Buffalo game where Brax360 has 24 carries yet Carlos Hyde only has 13.  These numbers should be reversed.   The Buffalo game is going to be a scrimmage where the coaches want Brax to further hone the passing skills and get the receivers additional confidence.  
Anybody here think the opponent is going to stop slow down Carlos?  

Idaho Helga's picture

The only thing missing in the awards section was that Kirk Ferentz was again the Big 10 coach of the year.

sir rickithda3rd's picture

mike mitchell turns into an absolute stud

mark may wins douchebag of the year... again