NCAA Football 12 Simulates the 2011 Season

Will Chizik be gazing into the crystal ball again in 2011? NCAA Football 12 seems to think so.

In the interest of seeing yet another ridiculous Big East prediction for the upcoming football season, I went ahead and simulated the 2011 season on NCAA Football 12. Blame the results on the named roster glitch I guess. The 2012 simulations are in as well, but you'll have to check back for those so click here to see it.


Here's how things shook out in the Big East:

 

2011 Big East Regular Season Standings
Team Overall Conference
West Virginia 10-2 6-1
Pittsburgh 7-5 5-2
Cincinnati 7-5 4-3
South Florida 7-5 4-3
Rutgers 6-6 4-3
Syracuse 6-6 3-4
Connecticut 6-6 1-6
Louisville 4-8 1-6

 

The loss against LSU didn't necessarily knock the Mountaineers out of the BCS National Championship picture. In fact, going into that last game of the season West Virginia was ranked #3 by the BCS and had a great chance to move up to #2 with a win. Instead, they blew it and lost to USF and got stomped by Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

Pitt went on a good run from starting the season 3-4 to finishing in second place in the league once Tino Sunseri came back from injury. Connecticut had a season they'd rather forget. After winning their first five games, they only beat Louisville in stumbling to a .500 finish and missing out on the postseason. After a season-ending shoulder injury to Will Stein, Louisville dropped their last five games to end the season 4-8. The league had a disappointing 2-3 showing in bowl games. Only South Florida and Pittsburgh won. Auburn won the national title for the second straight season. They beat Oklahoma in the championship game...consider me very skeptical about the possibility of that matchup occurring.

Geno Smith was the only Big East quarterback to hit the 3,000 yard passing mark but Isaiah Pead of Cincinnati, Ray Graham of Pittsburgh and Antwon Bailey of Syracuse all topped 1,000 yards on the ground.


Awards:

Quarterback Case Keenum of Houston won the Heisman Trophy. He put up 5,282 passing yards and 67 TDs for the Cougars in an undefeated season.

West Virginia's Tavon Austin won the best returner award for racking up 1,100 combined punt and kick return yards.

West Virginia punter Corey Smith won the Ray Guy Award for best punter. He had a net yard average of 34.6 and put 29 punts inside the 20 yard line.


All-Americans (All First-Team):

Cornerback: Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut (how he didn't win the Thorpe Award with an NCAA-leading 12 INTs is beyond me)

Free Safety: Harris Agbor, Connecticut (7 INTs, 2 forced fumbles)

Punter: Corey Smith, West Virginia

 

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