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NCAA Football 12 Simulation: Is SU A Rising Star, Or Will Year 3 of HCDM Be A Tough One?

After unwrapping my copy of NCAA Football 12 that I got today, the first thing I did was run a simulation of the 2011-2012 Football Season for my fellow TNIAAM-ers. I attempted to photograph both some of the "new features" screens as well as the important results for the Orange. I couldn't fit the full player stats on-screen at once, so I will copy down the important stats.

And we're off...

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I can guarantee Doug Marrone will never be caught in this kind of awkward photograph

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What I found interesting is that you can start off as an Offensive/Defensive Coordinator, or as a Head Coach. Different contract goals and opportunities seem to arise based on your choice. 

For the sake of this simulation, I simply took over as the Head Coach at Syracuse University. Here are what the game predicts are Doug Marrone's "goals" for the year:

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Doesn't seem the expectations are too high. Now let's find out what happens once I hit "Simulate Season..."

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I'd say the loss to Toledo is kinda unlikely, and you'd hate to see another season-ending swoon, but this season will definitely be challenging. I don't think the losses themselves are all that unlikely, but I also don't think we'll lose 43-17 to Pittsburgh (Granted, I could easily be wrong.)

There were THREE Syracuse single season records broken as you can see below:

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Now here are some season stats for those of you who may be detail oriented:

Ryan Nassib: 191/328, 2,753 yards, 18 TD, 9 INT, 58% Completion pct, 21 sacks taken, 141.4 QB Rating, 3 rush TD
RGLCL: 50/106, 743, 6 TD, 1 INT, 47% Completion pct, sacked 8 times, 122.8 QB Rating

Antwon Bailey: 150 carries, 723 yards, 4.8 avg, 8 TD, 1 fumble, 18 catches, 363 yards, 3 TD
PTG: 130 carries, 611 yards, 4.7 avg, 3 TD, 6 fumbles, 20 catches, 289 yards, 1 TD

Van Chew: 81 catches, 1217 yards, 8 TD
Beckett Wales: 42 catches, 564 yards, 3 TD
Marcus Sales: 36 catches, 478 yards, 3 TD
Alec Lemon: 31 catches, 332 yards, 4 TD

Mikhail Marinovich: 84 tackles, 40 solo, 25 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 1 recovered (returned 80 yards for TD)
Chan "I Go Hard" Jones: 79 tackles, 37 solo, 21 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble
Marquis Spruill: 76 tackles, 32 solo, 14 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks
ROLB 20 (I can't for the life of me figure out who that would be): 5.0 sacks
SHAMARKO!: 54 tackles, 20 solo, 0.5 sacks, 3 INT, 2 forced fumbles, 3 recovered
Phil Thomas: 30 tackles, 12 solo, 3 INT

Ross Krautman: 21/31 FG, 1 FG Blocked, 36/36 PAT's

Ryan Lichtenstein: 67 punts, 2754 yards (41.1 avg), 2254 Net Yards (33.6 avg)

Overall, this season might feel a bit disappointing considering it has us going 7-6, and winning the BBVA Compass Bowl against another mediocre team (Kentucky). But I think at the end of the day, things are going to move slowly, and the game may have gotten this right. Computer recruiting also landed 10 3 star prospects in-season, but none higher.  

At the end of the season Doug Marrone's job security rating was 97%, 7th in the NCAA.

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