The 128 Team Playoff, Day 97: Iowa vs. Appalachian State

Photo courtesy of Appalachian State 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:

Match 98

(4) Iowa vs. (5) Appalachian State

How Iowa Got Here: 30-17 win over (13) Colorado State

How Appalachian Got Here: 24-13 win over (12) North Texas

We’ve reached the final matchup of the second round!

Iowa quarterback Spencer Petras set a new personal record for completion percentage and passing yards in a game. He was 20-for-28 passing with 317 yards and three touchdowns.

Running back Tyler Goodson also added a rushing touchdown and 77 yards on 16 carries.

Appalachian State quarterback Chase Brice really struggled in this one against the tough Hawkeye defense.

Brice was 18-for-33 with 167 yards and an interception.

Running back Camerun Peoples averaged 4.8 yards per carry.

Appalachian State could not find the end zone in a contest where Petras had a career day. Iowa wins easily, 34-6.

In 100 simulations, Appalachian State actually won a majority of them — 55 — by an average margin of 23.1-22.4. When the opposing quarterback has a career day however, it’s a lot tougher to win. It’s even tougher when that’s compounded with a bad quarterback performance.

Winner’s Next Matchup: (1) Georgia

Tomorrow’s Matchup: (1) Georgia vs. (4) Iowa

In the next round, there will be a total of 16 matchups. Only four of those contests will be between teams that were favorites for both of the first two rounds.

Updated Bracket

Teams Lost, In Order:


Massachusetts, Connecticut


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 (OH), Indiana, Louisville, Georgia Tech, East Carolina, West Virginia, Central Michigan, Missouri, Syracuse, Tulsa, Western Michigan, Utah State, Liberty, UTSA, Boston College, Nevada, South Carolina, Army, Washington, Air Force, Virginia Tech


Toledo, Alabama, Illinois, TCU, UAB, Marshall, USC, San Diego State, California, UCF, Washington State, Pittsburgh, Oregon State, Florida State, BaylorNC State, Louisiana, Ole MissMichigan State, Auburn, SMU, Wake Forest, Miami, Western Kentucky, Purdue, Arizona State, Hawaii, Kentucky, Kent State, Kansas State, UCLA, Appalachian State


American: 3/11 (highest remaining: 2. Cincinnati)

ACC: 3/14 (highest remaining: 1. Clemson)

Big 12: 5/10 (highest remaining: 1. Oklahoma, 1. Oklahoma State)

Big Ten: 6/14 (highest remaining: 1. Ohio State, 1. Michigan)

Conference USA: 0/14 (last remaining was No. 6 Western Kentucky, eliminated Day 89)

Independents: 2/7 (highest remaining: 1. Notre Dame)

Mid-American: 0/12 (last remaining was No. 13 Kent State, eliminated Day 94)

Mountain West: 2/12 (highest remaining: 5. Boise State)

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

SEC: 7/14 (highest remaining: 1. Georgia)

Sun Belt: 2/10 (highest remaining: 6. Coastal Carolina)