As a fan of EA Sports NCAA Football 13 and simulations of all kind, I thought it might be interesting to simulate Miami’s football season on the fly. Plus, the Category 6 computer programmers were starting to twiddle their collective thumbs.
In the first game of the Category 6 Simulated Season, ACC football rivals took to the gridiron. Miami trounced BC 45-14. The simulated game saw Stephen Morris go 7-18 for 101-yards and 2 touchdown strikes, one to Allen Hurns and a 47-yard strike to Cleveland down the seam. Morris was knocked out of the game with a shoulder contusion and is listed as probable for the match-up against Kansas State next week.
Miami’s offensive line proved to be the dominating force in the game as Mike James powered for 106-yards on 23 carries. Freshman Duke Johnson strained his quad turning the corner and is listed as doubtful for next week’s big game. In limited action, Johnson ran the ball 4 times for 15-yards. Eduardo Clements filled in admirably, picking up 88-yards on a very efficient 16 carries. Morris showed off his legs on 7 runs for 38-yards.
With such a dominant performance by their offensive line, Miami didn’t need to attack BC’s defense through the air too often. Hurns led Miami with 6 catches for 51-yards. Kendall Thompkins caught 2 passes for 20-yards. Before leaving the game, Johnson was the recipient of a screen pass for 13-yards.
Miami’s young and speedy defense made life a living hell for BC QB Chase Rettig. Rettig completed 9 of 24 for 147-yards and two touchdown strikes. However, he also completed 3 passes to Miami defenders. Denzel Perryman, A.J. Highsmith, and Vaughn Telemaque each had a pick. Telemaque added insult to injury with his as he jumped a skinny post and took it to the house with a convoy of linebackers and lineman leading the way.
Personally, I don’t think the game will be this lopsided, but I’m still going with Miami to get the win on the road. Miami’s offensive line is one of the ‘Canes biggest strengths and that advantage should allow the ‘Canes to beat up on teams with average to weak defenses consistently.