NCAA 13 First Glance: How Do The Wolverines Fare?

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Today is launch day of the highly anticipated college football video game we see every year, NCAA Football 13. Any football fan who appreciates the video game series starts to see an increase in excitement as football season is right around the corner.

The new features and additions are nice. But, what Wolverine fans are really looking for is how exactly do they shape up to the rest of the teams? And how do the Wolverines 2012-2013 football season pan out under a simple simulation? Let’s break it down.

By starting a simple “Play Now” exhibition match up, I inspected the three rankings by which a team is judged upon, which are as follows:

  • Overall: A+
  • Offense: A
  • Defense: B+

Not a bad set of rankings there, especially for a team that is ranked number nine in the country.

I also checked out the top five players on the Michigan roster, they are broken down as follows:

  • Denard Robinson: 93 Overall (96 speed, 99 agility and 90 acceleration. Might I add)
  • Taylor Lewan: 93 Overall
  • Kenny Demens: 91 Overall
  • Fitzgerald Touissaint: 89 Overall
  • Roy Roundtree: 89 Overall (surprisingly still holding the number 12 jersey)

With the team briefly broken down, I did a basic simulation (5 minutes, All-American difficulty) of the entire season just to see how Michigan would do. The results, in a lack for a better word, are downright disappointing.

Michigan finished the season with a 9-4 record (4-4 in the B1G). Not a very good season by the new standards instilled by Brady Hoke. The season would start on an electrifying high note as Michigan beats Alabama to start the season 34-31. It would also beat Notre Dame under the lights the next week. Michigan would suffer it’s first blemish against Purdue, losing 25-17. They would also lose to Michigan State, Iowa, and Ohio State.

Michigan would face Oklahoma State in the Meineke Car Care Bowl and come away victorious.

Wisconsin would eventually go on to win the B1G division by defeating Iowa in the conference championship. They finished the year at 11-3 losing in the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (yes, I said it) to Alabama (Bama finished the season with two losses, with the other loss to a conference opponent). Wisconsin was lead by eventual Heisman winner, Montee Ball. Denard Robinson would not finish amongst the finalists.

The top five of the B1G conference breaks down as follows:

  1. Wisconsin: 11-3
  2. Iowa: 11-3
  3. Michigan State: 10-3
  4. Ohio State: 9-4
  5. Purdue: 9-4

With Bama repeating as National Champions (and the National Championship STILL hasn’t left the state of Alabama) the game also shows that there were no undefeated teams in the Top 25 this year. You had teams like Tulsa boasting a 13-1 record, and FIU (yes, I said it again) finishing SEVENTH with a 12-1 record. Pure insanity. The Top 5 finish as follows:

  1. Alabama: 12-2
  2. South Carolina: 11-2
  3. Florida State: 11-2
  4. Oklahoma: 10-3
  5. Georgia: 12-2 

To cap the season off, J.T. Floyd was graced with some hardware. As he was rewarded the Chuck Bednarik (best defensive collegiate player) and Jim Thorpe (best defensive back in college football) Awards.  Floyd would break the single season Michigan record of interceptions in a season with 11. Breaking Tom Curtis’ record of 10 set back in 1968.

Anything can happen in college football, this simulation goes to show you that the game of football is one whacky sport.

Derek Devine
Institutional voice of Alma College during the day, Michigan fanatic at night. Taking TBHR to the next level one post at a time.