National Title Game Might Surprise You, According to EA Sports' Silicon Ball
EA Sports has announced the results of their college football simulation for the 2009 season. While some of the bowl predictions might surprise you, their choice for national champion absolutely will not.
At least, not the team winning.
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It may surprise you that EA has Penn State playing for the national title. The Nittany Lions aren't even picked by many "experts" to win the Big Ten this season.
Their opponent in that simulated national championship game is Florida. That the Gators are gaining many preseason accolades should come as a shock to absolutely no one. This team appears to be loaded, and while they did win the national championship last season, it doesn't sound like they're all that satisfied with just winning one.
EA's simulation has the Gators pounding Penn State 45-14 in the final. Tim Tebow -- er, QB No. 15 -- is projected to throw for 39 touchdowns while running for 11 more over a 14-0 season for the Gators.
The BCS buster, according to EA Sports, will be Boise State. The Broncos are placed in the Fiesta Bowl, where they lose to Oklahoma, 37-30. While it seems kind of odd to see Boise State in a BCS bowl over candidates like BYU and Utah, and even darkhorses like Southern Mississippi and TCU, the real strange part of this simulation is Oklahoma winning the Big 12. While Sam Bradford -- er, QB No. 14 -- figures to keep his team in games thanks to his arm and knowledge of the OU offense, Texas is arguably the favorite in the Big 12.
Other BCS bowls -- as simulated by EA Sports -- had Virginia Tech edging Georgia 28-21 in the Orange Bowl, West Virginia beating Oklahoma State 31-25 in the Sugar Bowl, and USC a 24-10 winner over Ohio State in the Rose Bowl.
EA Sports predicts that Florida will be the nation's lone unbeaten team when the smoke clears in January. Only USC, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Penn State are predicted to be one-loss teams.