Want to know how the SEC will turn out week-by-week before it happens? Don't we all. So we hooked up the closest thing college football fans have to a time machine and will simulate each week of the season using EA's NCAA Football '13. Please keep in mind that it's all in good fun and we're not saying this is how it actually will happen. Though that would be pretty cool and a little bit eery.
It seems like Texas A&M might be ready for the SEC after all -- at least in our imaginary version. The Aggies are on the verge of winning the SEC West and basically making the system go bonkers. Meanwhile, Georgia just keeps on winning and getting itself ready for a trip to South Florida.
GEORGIA 38, AUBURN 31
Georgia keeps its undefeated season alive by rallying for 17 points in the final 10 minutes of the game to edge Auburn and move on. The state sheet is lopsided, with the Dawgs rushing for 389 yards and gaining 548 overall. But a fumble and a pair of interceptions keep the Tigers in the game late. Georgia is now 10-0 on the season.
TEXAS A&M 20, ALABAMA 17 (OT)
The Tide has now lost to both of the SEC newcomers, this time after an 11-point fourth quarter by the Aggies to tie things up and a field goal in overtime to win it. Once again, turnovers are the key -- and by turnovers, I mean four interceptions thrown by Alabama. The Tide's hopes of anything more than a New Year's Day bowl are all but out the window, and the Aggies are in the driver's seat in the West.
ARKANSAS 42, SOUTH CAROLINA 41
But then, the Hogs have a winning record when the two teams meet, so you pretty much knew how this one was going to end. The Razorbacks score 21 points in the fourth quarter to narrowly defeat the Gamecocks after 978 yards of combined total offense. Not Connor Shaw has a great day, throwing for 449 yards and four touchdowns while going 30-of-44. But the running game is just mediocre, and the defense collapses.
LSU 24, MISSISSIPPI STATE 13
The Bayou Bengals crank out 479 yards of total offense en route to the victory, while limiting Mississippi State to 292. Dan Mullen still no doubt sees this as a sign that the Western Division Bulldogs are on the cusp of a national championship. Both of these teams already have four losses, though, so neither of them is playing in Miami at the end of the year.
TENNESSEE 31, MISSOURI 27
The first SEC meeting of these could-be SEC rivals goes to the Vols. Tennessee runs for 202 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 46 carries to overcome two fumbles and win the game. The Volunteers also complete half their third-down attempts, which is a pretty good way to win a football game.
VANDERBILT 41, OLE MISS 7
Despite some surprise earlier in the season, it turns out that the Rebels are who we thought they were. And Vanderbilt is not interested in letting them off the hook. Especially not when Ole Miss throws five interceptions in the loss.
Florida 35, Lousiana-Lafayette 25
*Denotes clinched division
5 Kansas State
10 Texas A&M
24 South Carolina