So as I've intimated several times in posts over the last month, I actually purchased EA Sports' latest iteration of their take on college football. We won't go into the O'Bannon case or discuss the pay-for-play debate in college football here. We'll have plenty of time for that when they finally come to a decision.
Instead, let's do a customary season simulation because what else would we do?
Important note: I don't usually actually play with Nebraska for a lack of desire for gut-punches that follow when I lose because I'm terrible at video games. Thus all of the following was done by simulating. I simulated the season (Varsity difficulty) until the conference championships first.
This is unaltered, amazingly enough. What you see is what I saw with my first simulation.
Here are your 2013 regular season Nebraska Cornhuskers:
WELL HOW ABOUT THAT. If you must know, Nebraska is currently ranked #1 in the BCS.
Scoring explosion? Yessir. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, HOW 'BOUT THAT DEFENSE. DEPLOY THOSE BLACKSHIRTS.
And here's the top 10 in the Big 10:
(Purdue (4-8) and Minnesota (2-10) round out the Big Ten.)
Please bear with me. I see Iowa too.
For shits and giggles, here's the SEC:
Not shown: Mizzou (7-6); Kentucky (5-7); Florida (5-7); Vandy (1-11)
I guess there will be some roster turnover at Alabama. (Their losses? Mississippi State and Texas A&M.)
A&M was the eventual champ! (More on that later.)
And here are some stats!
Important note: Kenny Bell did NOT hit his 1000 yard goal.
I mean, that's pretty darn effective!
Yes, this is where I started worrying my XBox had become self-aware.
/Checks Nebraska column
//spits drink on "TAKE"
Yes, my XBox is clearly testing the bourbon.
By now you may be asking yourself, "wait, Nebraska has only played 12 games!"
You're right. Let's get to that champ game!
First, a little trolling from EA Sport's canned headlines:
Anyways, here's the matchup!
That looks oddly familiar...
Oh, before I forget, let's look at Ohio State's season!
Alright. Let's do this!
I'd go to that game!
What? Oh, you wanted to see the results? FINE.
And boom! Back to reality we come. Taylor Martinez managed THREE INTERCEPTIONS and there was a fumble in there. This is the Cornhuskers we know and love! (Also, that has to be some sort of record - taking a team to FOUR conference championships in FIVE years and never winning.)
Anyways, so now that the GUT PUNCH of the year has been delivered, let's head to bowl season.
BUT WAIT. WHAT'S THIS?
And let's do a pre-bowl BCS poll:
BOOM. Takin' down the SEC CHAMPS.
Oh, and let's look at the top bowls and their results:
And reviewing the B1G's bowl season:
3-1 vs SEC (Nebraska, Michigan State and Iowa with wins, Wisconsin with a loss.)
0-1 vs Big 12 (Northwestern...)
1-0 vs MAC (WAY TO GO INDIANA!)
1-0 Pac-12 (BUCKEYES WIN THE ROSE BOWL!)
*PSU popped up into a bowl game. They lost to K-State.
What's that? I'm missing a loss? Oh.
AH, found it!
And here are some final polls. Prepare to vomit, as Texas was your eventual national champion:
So to recap:
Nebraska went undefeated through their regular season but once again came up short in the conference title game. As a source of optimism, however, Nebraska beat the eventual SEC champion Texas A&M pretty handily on the backs of the youthful Blackshirts.
Oh, and Taylor Martinez won just about every piece of hardware a QB can win.
What say you, Cornhusker faithful? What do you think about 13-1 but no conference championship? Does Taylor Martinez earn your respect and a place among the Nebraska legends?
This is not an endorsement, paid or otherwise. But if you do/did buy it and you're in the XBOX environment, perhaps you'd be interested in setting up an online dynasty league? Respond below! PlayStation users are also welcome to form their own CN league.