Badgers earn Sugar Bowl berth in EA Sports’ simulated season

Less than 48 hours have passed since the release of EA Sports’ NCAA Football 12 and already we’ve wrapped up a full-blown simulated season. According to Adam Rittenberg of of ESPN’s Big Ten Blog, EA’s simulation of the entire 2011 season and 2012 Bowl season landed the Badgers in the Sugar Bowl, squaring off against the LSU Tigers. Unfortunately, the Badgers don’t come away with a win, as the Tigers overcome at least one Russell Wilson-lookalike touchdown pass (caught by a Nick Toon-lookalike), plus 126 rushing yards from a James White-lookalike, to prevail 24-21.

EA’s simulation also lands Nebraska in the Rose Bowl in their first year of Big Ten membership. But that early success is tempered in a simulated beatdown by Oregon in Pasadena, where the Cornhuskers fall 42-23. Nebraska’s spot in the simulated Rose Bowl would seem to indicate their winning the inaugural simulated Big Ten Championship Game, presumably over the Badgers, who would likely have to win the simulated Leaders division in order to earn an at-large BCS bid. No word on who emerged victorious in the simulated October 1st game.

Of course, it’s only a simulation, and while EA is certain this is their most realistic and immersive college football game ever, there were a few hitches in the simulation that suggest it might not be totally reliable:

  • The simulated Wisconsin student section is packed into their seats well before opening kickoff.
  • “J” wins the simulated Student Section race an incredible 5 consecutive weeks, which, as those of you who have seen the state “J” is in during those races know full well, is highly unlikely.
  • “Build Me Up Buttercup” is met with a chorus of boos in week 7, as the simulated crowd shouts out “You play this every stinkin’ time!”
  • Nobody brings simulated keys to shake.
  • Despite LSU’s proximity to the simulated Superdome, the fan mix at the Sugar Bowl is about 50-50 between Badger and Tiger fans. That’s ludicrous. Anything less than 72% simulated Wisconsin fans is just unheard of.
  • Les Miles eats a simulated hot dog during the simulated game.
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