The game was simulated using five minute quarters on the Heisman difficulty setting.
Pictured above is the box score and scoring summary of the simulation. The final score came out to 20-17 in favor of the Crimson Tide. This is a very realistic score for the two teams playing. I imagine on Monday night we will see something similar to this.
I think the game will show us a hard fought, low scoring game, with a final score of less than a touchdown.
First, we will take a look at Notre Dame’s performance in the simulation, then move to Alabama to see if this video game can tell us anything about the actual game on Monday night.
Manti Te’o highlighted the Irish’s defensive performance, leading the team in tackles. This shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone, as Te’o has been all over the field for the Irish all season. Look for him to have another outstanding game on Monday night.
Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson had a solid performance in the simulation, but his two interceptions could have cost him the game. This could be something to watch for in the real National Championship, as Alabama’s defense will be looking to force a number of turnovers.
The simulation had the Irish’s receivers cost them the game. Look at the drops column in the picture above. T.J. Jones had three drops on his own, plus a drop a piece for two other receivers. Hopefully in the real game ND will be able to hold on to the ball, because it wont have much room for mistakes against a nasty Alabama defense.
Irish halfback Cierre Wood had an impressive game in the simulation, running for over 100 yards and a touchdown. It will be interesting to see if he will have as big of a game against the toughest defense in the country. I’d say he won’t.
Now we’ll take a look at the Crimson Tide.
Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron led his team to victory in the virtual world, but can he do it in real life? He didn’t throw an interception in the simulation, and that will be important for him to avoid on Monday night as well. If he can take care of the ball, Alabama may be able to win.
In the simulation, Alabama running back Eddie Lacy was kept in check for the entire game. Notre Dame will hope to do this on Monday night to win the game.
I hope you enjoyed reading this and it gave you a different way to think about the big game.