The 128 Team Playoff, Day 56: UCF vs. Utah State

by | Mar 27, 2022 | Football, G5, MW, The American, UCF, Utah State

Photo courtesy of UCF athletics

Introduction

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:

Match 57

(7) UCF vs. (10) Utah State

Quarterback Mikey Keene did a great job in this one to put UCF in a position to win.

With a young quarterback, that’s all that a team can ask for.

Keene was 29-for-44 with 405 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception.

Utah State quarterback Logan Bonner did his part for the Aggies. He was 24-for-37 with 276 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.

We also had a bit of a receiver battle on our hands.

UCF receiver Jaylon “Flash” Robinson had 135 yards and a touchdown on four receptions.

Not to be outdone, Utah State receiver Deven Thompkins finished with 164 yards and a touchdown on nine receptions.

Ultimately, Keene and the Knights gave itself more opportunities to succeed in this one. UCF wins, 41-24.

After 100 simulations, UCF won 73 of them by an average margin of 29.2-20.2

Winner’s Next Matchup: (2) Cincinnati

Tomorrow’s Matchup: (7) Liberty vs. (10) California

Updated Bracket

Teams Lost, In Order:

PLAY-IN

Massachusetts, Connecticut

ROUND 1

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, Troy, Colorado State, North Texas, Eastern Michigan, Northwestern, Northern Illinois, Florida Atlantic, Stanford, Tulane, Colorado, Wyoming, Middle Tennessee, Rutgers, Miami University, Indiana, Louisville, Georgia Tech, East Carolina, West Virginia, Central Michigan, Missouri, Syracuse, Tulsa, Western Michigan, Utah State

REMAINING TEAMS BY CONFERENCE:

American: 5/11 (highest remaining: 2. Cincinnati)

ACC: 10/14 (highest remaining: 1. Clemson)

Big 12: 8/10 (highest remaining: 1. Oklahoma, 1. Oklahoma State)

Big Ten: 9/14 (highest remaining: 1. Ohio State, 1. Michigan)

Conference USA: 4/14 (highest remaining: 6. Western Kentucky)

Independents: 4/7 (highest remaining: 1. Notre Dame)

MAC: 2/12 (highest remaining: 9. Toledo)

Mountain West: 5/12 (highest remaining: 5. Boise State)

Pac-12: 9/12 (highest remaining: 2. Utah)

SEC: 12/14 (highest remaining: 1. Georgia, 1. Alabama)

Sun Belt: 5/10 (highest remaining: 5. Appalachian State)

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