Photo courtesy of Texas A&M athletics
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:
(2) Texas A&M vs. (15) Ohio
This one stayed close for the first couple of drives. An early Zach Calzada interception set up an Ohio score with De’Montre Tuggle rushing for the touchdown.
Texas A&M took a few drives before responding with an Isaiah Spiller rushing touchdown.
Tuggle would go on to rush for 50 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Spiller would have 112 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries.
Early on in the second half, Texas A&M began to pull away. Calzada finally came alive, throwing a pair of touchdowns. He would finish with 415 passing yards, two touchdowns, and the aforementioned interception on 28-for-43 passing.
By the end of this one, Texas A&M had found itself as the victors, 40-10.
In 100 simulations, Texas A&M won 97 of them by an average score of 36.3-11.8.
Winner’s Next Matchup: Winner of (7) Florida State vs. (10) Missouri
Tomorrow’s Matchup: (2) Baylor vs. (15) Kansas
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
REMAINING TEAMS BY CONFERENCE:
American: 10/11 (highest remaining: 2. Cincinnati)
ACC: 14/14 (highest remaining: 1. Clemson)
Big 12: 10/10 (highest remaining: 1. Oklahoma, 1. Oklahoma State)
Big Ten: 14/14 (highest remaining: 1. Ohio State, 1. Michigan)
Conference USA: 10/14 (highest remaining: 6. Western Kentucky)
Independents: 4/7 (highest remaining: 1. Notre Dame)
MAC: 9/12 (highest remaining: 9. Toledo)
Mountain West: 11/12 (highest remaining: 5. Boise State)
Pac-12: 12/12 (highest remaining: 2. Utah)
SEC: 13/14 (highest remaining: 1. Georgia, 1. Alabama)
Sun Belt: 7/10 (highest remaining: 5. Appalachian State)