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2014 NCAA Division One Playoff - Round of Sixteen (1 of 2) 
Posted on January 1, 2015 at 01:30 PM.
I have simulated all games based on the simulation engine at What If Sports. While I don't think that it is the best engine, we don't have NCAA Football XX anymore so it will have to do. I have simulated these games based on the weather history at Wunderground.com. Now, from the last post, the first four games of the playoff. (Link: http://www.operationsports.com/Perfe...n-one-playoff/)

#1 Alabama vs. #16 Marshall
Friday, December 12th - 12:00 pm - Clear - Light Wind - 50F
Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Marshall Thundering Herd at Alabama Crimson Tide
Dec 12, 20141ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
#16 Marshall Thundering Herd (12-1)03339
#1 Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1)101431037


In what turned out to be a curb-stompin', the Alabama Crimson Tide rolled over the Marshall Thundering Herd 37-9. Alabama scored 21 unanswered points with Blake Sims connecting with Amari Cooper all three times. Marshal could not keep up with the Crimson Tide, and had troubles against their defense giving up four sacks in the first half. While Marshall running back Devon Johnson was able to run for 113 yards in 23 attempts, quarterback Rakeem Cato was unable to be effective in the pocket. Alabama will roll on to take on the winner of Michigan State vs. Mississippi, while Marshall has recieved an automatic invite to play in the Gator Bowl on New Year's Day, which has joined the Holiday Bowl in the new eight bowl rotation.

Player of the Game: Amari Cooper, WR - Alabama: 8 receptions, 83 yards, 3 touchdowns

#7 Mississippi State vs. #10 Arizona
Friday, December 12th - 3:00 pm - Clear - Light Wind - 55F
Scott Field, Starkville, Mississippi

Arizona Wildcats at Mississippi State Bulldogs
Dec 12, 20141ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
#10 Arizona Wildcats (10-3)070714
#7 Mississippi State Bulldogs (10-2)037010


In what turned out to be a defensive matchup, the Arizona Wildcats marched into Starkville to defeat the Mississippi State Bulldogs 14-10. Both teams forced a scoreless first quarter with both defenses matching up to the task. Mississippi State was able to put three on the board early in the second quarter, but Arizona quarterback Anu Soloman was able to drive down the field and connect with receiver Devonte' Neal for a score with 0:11 left on the clock. In the second half, Mississippi State was able to go downfield with running back Josh Robinson breaking out a 35 yard run to make the game 10-7. However, late in the fourth quarter, Arizona running back Nick Wilson ran a 69 yard run down the field to make the game 14-10. Bulldogs quarterback Dak Prescott led his team late in the fourth quarter, but Arizona safety William Parks snagged an errant pass that sealed the fate for Mississippi State. Arizona will await the finish of the Oregon vs. Boise State game, while Mississippi State will go as a wildcard to one of the New Year's Eight bowls.

Player of the Game: William Parks, S - Arizona - One late interception that sealed the game.

#5 Baylor vs. #12 Georgia Tech
Friday, December 12th - 6:00 pm - Clear - Light Wind - 60F
McLane Stadium, Waco, Texas

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Baylor Bears
Dec 12, 20141ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
#12 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (10-3)077014
#5 Baylor Bears (11-1)20772155


In another no-contest battle, the Baylor Bears scored 20 unanswered points in the first quarter as they rolled over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 55-14. While Baylor has been an air raid team, it was Bears runningback Shock Linwood that scored four rushing touchdowns while accumulating 182 yards off of 25 carries. Georgia Tech was never really in the game, with Yellow Jackets quarterback Justin Thomas only getting 7 completions for 71 yards and no touchdowns. Michigan will go to one of the New Year's Eight bowls while Baylor will await the winner of the Ohio State vs. Georgia game on Saturday.

Player of the Game: Shock Linwood, RB - Baylor - 182 yards, 7.28 yards per carry, 4 touchdowns.

#2 Oregon vs. #15 Boise State
Friday, December 12th - 9:00 pm - Clear - Light Wind - 60F
Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Oregon
Boise State Broncos at Oregon Ducks
Dec 12, 20141ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
#15 Boise State Broncos (11-2)1077731
#2 Oregon Ducks (12-1)7072034


In what many considered the most exciting game of the day, the Boise State Bronchos gave up a 14 point lead with 8:22 left in the fourth quarter to lose to the Oregon Ducks 34-31. Oregon got off to a slow start, and Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota was unable to help his team down the field in the first half with only 71 yards and one touchdown pass. Boise State was firing on all cylinders, with runningback Jay Ajayi gaining 184 yards all game. However, Mariota lead his team late with two touchdowns in the last 7:21 of the fourth quarter. Boise State was unable to stop the onslaught, and with 0:16 left in the game, Oregon kicker Dan Goodale nailed a 41 yard field goal to put the Ducks on top 34-31. Oregon will host PAC-12 partners Arizona Wildcats in the third game between the two this season. Boise State will go on automatically to the Holiday Bowl where they will take on a wildcard team.

Player of the Game: Marcus Mariota, QB - Oregon - 22/30, 265 yards, 3 touchdowns.
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