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We’ve created a 130-team bracket using ESPN’s FPI as our ranking system.
“But, anyone can create a bracket, how will the games be simulated?” Great question; NCAA Game Sim was used.
For each game on the bracket, the matchup was simulated once and every day a write-up will be done.
For the matchup, player statistics will be simulated and included in the write-ups.
Finally, thanks to the NCAA Game Sim premium membership, we’ll show the results of doing 100 simulations all at once. This is to see if a given result was more towards the expected side or if a given result was more towards the upset or luckier side.
All of the results have been simulated and tabulated, so at the time of writing the introduction, the results are already in.
This is designed to be fun, so please enjoy.
From Georgia to Massachusetts, here’s the 130-team bracket:
(4) Oregon vs. (13) Buffalo
Oregon was just alright on offense, but it’s more than Buffalo could say.
Buffalo quarterback Kyle Vantrease struggled to move the ball down the field. He was 13-for-27 with 116 passing yards and an interception.
Running back Dylan McDuffie didn’t fair much better. On 16 carries, he was only able to manage 43 yards.
Oregon quarterback Anthony Brown had a solid day. He led the game in both passing and rushing with 298 and 122 yards, respectively.
This one was never really a contest. Oregon smothered Buffalo for 60 minutes. Oregon 44, Buffalo 6.
After 100 simulations, it didn’t seem to get better for Buffalo. The Bulls won one game and lost by an average margin of 52.4-10.1.
Winner’s Next Matchup: Winner of (5) Kansas State vs. (12) Northwestern
Tomorrow’s Matchup: (4) UCLA vs. (13) Troy
Teams Lost, In Order:
Akron, New Mexico State, Florida International, Temple, New Mexico, Bowling Green, Rice, Vanderbilt, Louisiana-Monroe, Texas State, Arkansas State, Charlotte, Southern Mississippi, Ohio, Kansas, Duke, UNLV, Georgia Southern, UTEP, South Alabama, San Jose State, South Florida, Arizona, Old Dominion, Louisiana Tech, Ball State, Minnesota, Navy, Nebraska, Buffalo
REMAINING TEAMS BY CONFERENCE:
American: 8/11 (highest remaining: 2. Cincinnati)
ACC: 13/14 (highest remaining: 1. Clemson)
Big 12: 9/10 (highest remaining: 1. Oklahoma, 1. Oklahoma State)
Big Ten: 12/14 (highest remaining: 1. Ohio State, 1. Michigan)
Conference USA: 7/14 (highest remaining: 6. Western Kentucky)
Independents: 4/7 (highest remaining: 1. Notre Dame)
MAC: 7/12 (highest remaining: 9. Toledo)
Mountain West: 9/12 (highest remaining: 5. Boise State)
Pac-12: 11/12 (highest remaining: 2. Utah)
SEC: 13/14 (highest remaining: 1. Georgia, 1. Alabama)
Sun Belt: 6/10 (highest remaining: 5. Appalachian State)