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NCAA Football ’14: Five-year dynasty

Welcome back video game fans, I have another simulation series to share today — this time it deals with how EA Sports projects the Kentucky football program to advance over the next five years. We have already looked at one individual season in detail, and we have seen a ten-season simulation of the 2013 year, but this post will look at a five-year dynasty mode that moved the program through the year 2017.

Obviously the further you get from this season and what is baked into the game by default, the further away from reality the program becomes. I want to preface by saying this is a complete and total simulation by the game’s engine. However, the only interference by me was inserting a number of the 2014 recruits, and adjusting their ranking to be in line with Rivals star-ratings. These players started at the bottom of the depth chart and worked their way up naturally through the course of several years.

Of course, the 2014 class is not finished yet; namely a big target named Matt Elam was not included — and there is a good chance he will be when it’s all said and done. So again, this isn’t 100 percent accurate to real life. But it is close. It is mostly for fun, enjoy it, and treat it lightly. I think you will like where the program is headed in the near future…


YEAR ONE (2013)

vs. WKU  —  L 23-9
vs. Miami  —  W 28-10
[Max Smith suffers season-ending injury]
vs. Louisville (No. 8)  —  L 30-18
vs. Florida (No. 11)  —  L 43-13
at S. Carolina (No. 5)  —  L 41-21
vs. Alabama (No. 1)  —  48-14
at Mississippi St. —   W 38-31
vs. Alabama St. —  W 35-14
vs. Missouri  —  L 21-13
at Vanderbilt  —  L 27-10
at Georgia  —  L 38-10
vs. Tennessee  —  L 35-28


Season notes

— Patrick Towles: 133-for-339, 1,983 yds, 10 TD
— Jonathan George: 132 att, 614 yds, 6 TD
— Raymond Sanders: 109 att, 380 yds, 5 TD
— Demarco Robinson: 44 rec, 732 yds, 4 TD
— Tyler Robinson: 36 rec, 609 yds, 3 TD

Dyshawn Mobley transfers to East Carolina due to playing time concerns.

We all know year one of the Mark Stoops era is going to be rough. We just have to take the good with the bad… And in this simulation, the bad came early when Max Smith suffered a season-ending injury in game two of the campaign.


YEAR TWO (2014)

vs. Ohio  —  W 40-17
at Louisville (No. 10)  —  L 45-14
vs. UT-Martin  —  W 38-3
at Florida (No. 6)  —  L 28-14
vs. S. Carolina (No. 12)  —  W 28-24
at Alabama  (No. 10)  —  L 45-21
vs. FAU  —  W 49-6
vs. Mississippi St. (No. 25)  —  L 38-19
at Missouri  —  W 35-28
vs. Vanderbilt  —  W 31-24
vs. Georgia  —  W 29-17
at Tennessee  —  L 37-34 OT
Gator Bowl: Kentucky vs. No. 19 Penn State (9-3)  —  W 38-27


Season notes

— Max Smith: 215-for-409, 2,963 yds [19th nationally], 25 TD.
— Josh Clemons: 165 att, 990 yds, 7 TD
— Jojo Kemp: 29 att, 131yds, 3 TD
— Demarco Robinson: 61 rec, 1,055 yds [17th nationally], 9 TD
— Ryan Timmons: 44 rec, 605 yds, 5 TD
— Khalid Henderson: 83 tack, 4.5 sack
— Cody Quinn: 6 int [11th nationally]

D.J. Eliot leaves Kentucky to take defensive coordinator position at his alma mater Wyoming.

— D.J. Warren selected in the 3rd round of the NFL Draft [86 overall]
— Bud Dupree selected in the 6th round of the NFL Draft [89 overall]
— Miles Simpson selected in the 7th round of the NFL Draft [86 overall]

Massive improvements can be seen already. The offense is clicking with Max Smith and Demarco Robinson leading the team as veterans, and surely the fan base is in full support of a Gator Bowl victory. Can’t ask for a much better turnaround then we’ve gotten so far.



at Georgia  —  L 44-35
vs. Grambling St.  —  W 34-3
vs. Louisville (No. 9)  —  W 45-28
vs. UAB  —  W 42-20
vs. Florida (No. 2)  —  L 49-27
at S. Carolina  —  W 38-10
vs. Alabama (No. 15)  —  W 41-34
at Mississippi St. (No. 16)  —  W 41-38 OT
vs. Idaho  —  W 41-14
at Vanderbilt  —  L 42-15
vs. Missouri  —  W 41-10
vs. Tennessee  —  W 52-32
Cotton Bowl: No. 20 Kentucky vs. No. 22 Oklahoma  —  L 49-43


Season notes

— Max Smith: 259-for-388, 3,717 yds [3rd nationally], 33 TD
— Jojo Kemp: 125 att, 704 yds, 7 TD
— Josh Clemons: 122 att, 671 yds, 9 TD
— Ryan Timmons: 76 rec, 1,175 yds [3rd nationally], 8 TD
— Daryl Collins: 55 rec, 767 yds, 7 TD
— Thaddeus Snodgrass: 42 rec, 664 yds, 6 TD
— Farrington Huguenin: 7.5 sack [13th nationally]

— Max Smith selected in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft [97 overall]
— Daryl Collins selected in the 7th round of the NFL Draft [90 overall]

Wow. A nine-win season and a Cotton Bowl appearance? Is this real life? You consider the team dropped a huge turd in the Vanderbilt game (I have no idea where that came from when you look at the rest of the results) and this 2015 team could have completely blown the doors off reasonable expectations. And in case you missed it, the Max Smith to Ryan Timmons tandem is one of the most lethal combos in the country.


YEAR FOUR (2016)

[Pre-season ranked No. 24]
at Ole Miss (No. 19)  —  W 38-31 OT
at Louisville (No. 9)  —  L 33-30
vs. Sacramento St.  —  W 42-35
at Florida (No. 5)  —  L 38-37
vs. S. Carolina (No. 24)  —  L 41-26
vs. Georgia  —  W 47-17
at New Mexico St.  —  W 44-14
vs. Mississippi St. (No. 17)  —  L 35-28
vs. Vanderbilt  —  L 48-34
vs. Old Dominion  —  W 49-17
at Missouri  —  L 45-33
at Tennessee  —  L 38-31


Season notes

— Jalen Whitlow: 222-for-358, 3,180 yds [9th nationally], 28 TD
— Jalen Whitlow: 191 att, 859 yds, 9 TD
— Jojo Kemp: 125 att, 767 yds, 9 TD
— Mikel Horton: 79 att, 414 yds, 3 TD
— Ryan Timmons: 63 att, 1,158 yds [7th nationally], 9 TD
— Thaddeus Snodgrass: 39 rec, 535 yds, 7 TD
— Jason Hatcher: 52 tack, 4.5 sack
— Jaleel Hytchye: 37 tack, 3 int

Ryan Timmons selected in the 1st round of the NFL Draft [95 overall]
— Thaddeus Snodgrass declares as a junior, selected in the 4th round of the NFL Draft [91 overall]
— Jalen Whitlow selected in the 7th round of the NFL Draft [95 overall]

Yeesh. Not exactly what you hoped to see following a Cotton Bowl appearance. Jalen Whitlow replaces Max Smith wonderfully, and Thaddeus Snodgrass emerges as a stud behind Timmons in the Air Raid offense. But the end result is no good… A three-point loss to Louisville, a one-point loss to Florida, and seven-point losses to Mississippi State and Tennessee were the difference between another huge season and massive disappointment.


YEAR FIVE (2017)

vs. Ball St.  —  W 33-24
vs. Louisville (No. 11)  —  L 35-32
at Georgia  —  L 42-35
vs. Florida (No. 3)  —  L 45-10
at S. Carolina  —  W 34-28
at Notre Dame (No. 5)  —  L 44-24
at Mississippi St.  —  L 34-31
vs. Ole Miss  —  L 38-17
vs. Old Dominion  —  W 42-28
at Vanderbilt (No. 19)  —  W 30-23
vs. Missouri  —  L 31-30
vs. Tennessee (No. 24)  — W 45-13


Season notes

— Drew Barker: 154-for-238, 2,403 yds [17th nationally], 19 TD
— Jojo Kemp: 116 att, 663 yds, 10 TD
— Boom Williams: 83 att, 445 yds, 1 TD
— Jeff Badet: 65 rec, 1,109 yds [11th nationally], 10 TD
— T.V. Williams: 39 rec, 580 yds, 9 TD
— Denzel Ware: 69 tack, 5.5 sack
— Jaleel Hytchye: 59 tack, 5 int
— Marcus McWilson: 59 tack, 3 int

— Jojo Kemp breaks a school record for most career rushing touchdowns with 29. Tops Moe Williams’ record of 26 from 1993-95.

— Marcus McWilson selected in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft [94 overall]

Another disappointing season with a handful of close loses that really changed the way the season was headed: Three-point losses to Louisville and Mississippi State, and a one-point loss to Missouri turned a potential eight-win season into back-to-back years without a bowl berth. However, the results are there. Drew Barker and Jeff Badet step up and lead the Air Raid, and Jojo Kemp breaks a 22 year-old record.

In his first five years, Mark Stoops and his Kentucky program posts a 30-32 record, going 5-10 versus rivals, and 5-16 versus the top-25.

While the 5-7 years are disappointing coming off eight- and nine-win seasons prior, you have to like the overall direction EA Sports thinks the program is headed.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

41 Comments for NCAA Football ’14: Five-year dynasty

  1. Pak
    3:09 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    Please stop – this is so dumb. And no – it is not real life.

  2. EA rigged
    3:11 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    There has to be a ul connection on the EA team. We only beat them 1 time in the 5 years?!! Call my glasses tinted, but I see us beating loserville consistently for the foreseeable future. They better hope they get the win in this year because chawle and the cross dresser are gone.

  3. Pak is not a gamer
    3:19 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    OMG this aint real life are you serious!!!! I didnt know that! I enjouyed reading this these sims are done for fun.

  4. Grits n' Gravy
    3:20 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    This is definately fantasy. Were the Penn State charges overturned so we could play them in a bowl in 2014. I’m sure the Penn State fans are happy in this fantasy world also!

  5. DoubleZeroMostel
    3:29 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    Why are we scheduling Notre Dame for non-conference? FAAAR Barnhart!

  6. the Big Dog
    3:32 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    D J Elliot leaves to take an assistant’s job at Wyoming? Who think up this crap? I don’t think you have any business talking about players transferring.

    3:37 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    6, It’s a simulation on the NCAA football game. No on thinks up this “crap.” It’s all done by a program for fun.

  8. Sin The'
    3:39 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    STOP this nonsense. I’m sure you thought it was a good idea when you thought it up Suart but it is moronic and its really getting old.

  9. Dwoos
    3:39 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    This was alot of fun to read. Can we do one for basketball too?

  10. IndyCat644
    3:40 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    It is a video game…players and coaches leave in the game. Get a grip people.

  11. Roll tide cat
    3:41 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    This is great. Even if only fantasy. Go Cayts

  12. Awaiting Moderation
    3:41 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    We should accept no less.

  13. Musehobo
    3:46 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    @12)As they said on the radio today, A&M spent over 300 million on that. Our budget is like 110.

  14. Sweet Tea MOB
    3:49 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    You guys need to chill lol.. its all just for shits and giggles. Relax people

  15. stig1115
    3:50 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    How is Barker on the game? He wouldn’t be on the roster for this year’s game? Also, I’m pretty sure the game left Ryan Timmons off as well? If you made fake players (Timmons/Barker) then obviously its not even an actual simulation for the game.

  16. Steve Fitts
    3:50 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    And Stoops gets fired at the end of year 5 on the heels of back-to-back losing seasons!

  17. cats26
    3:52 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    Oh my go people, freakin’ chill out. This is done for fun. If you’re not interested, THEN DON’T READ IT!

  18. Bobbum man
    3:52 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    I enjoy reading this and think it was a good idea and a lot better than a lot of the things posted on here. I would much rather read this than a ridiculously long post about some UK fan in Canada and their life story

  19. Brent
    3:54 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    A basketball one would be cool, but they quit making the NCAA basketball games a few years back.

  20. Bobbum man
    3:54 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    15- people spend a lot of time creating their own rosters that are up to date which u can then download an use as ur own, has all the players that transferred, takes off players no longer on the team, uses real names for every player etc.

  21. NL
    3:55 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    13- We don’t need all those fancy statues and grounds around the stadium, but I really like what they did to the stadium. Hopefully they will make it louder like A&M is trying to do. I’d like to see a little better environment on game day

  22. the Big Dog
    4:00 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    #7- Of course it’s a game that was programmed by some idiot. That’s who “thinks up this crap.”

  23. TrinityPills
    4:04 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    I actually kind of like these posts. When I was a kid, I used to put RBI baseball through seasons like this. I quit playing these games before the dynasty mode came around but it is still interesting to me to read about things like this.

  24. bleaker
    4:11 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    Stuuuuuupid post.

  25. niaps
    4:16 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    For the life of me I cannot understand why anyone thinks we lose to WKU. This game will be over before halftime. Cats dominate and win by 20.

  26. Dakari Stoops
    4:33 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    It is hilarious that people are legitimately mad over this post. Who does that Stuart Hammer think he is posting video game simulations in an attempt to provide something interesting for his readers.

  27. Awaiting Moderation
    4:37 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    13 and 21-

    Im not saying so all of it, just like what they did to the stadium. You cant tell me you couldnt get some big donors to contribute whether it be businesses or what. Plus the SEC network revenue. It wouldn’t be as hard as people think to get 200-250 million if you exhausted all resources. This is a chance for UK to close the 25 year gap…closing it from 25-10 wont do. Look at the expansions MSU and Mizzou are planning. They cant do a little work to be surpassed in a matter of a couple years and remain at the bottom of the SEC. If you go, you go big because after the recruiting room and weight room UK will have less than 100 million to do renovations on CWS. Im glad we are finally doing something, but lloking around at what vandy is doing as well as Ole Miss (290 million renovation), Miss St. (300 million renovation), and Mizzou (350 million dollar renovation) it makes us look like we are putting a band-aid on a cut that needs stiches.

  28. KyJake
    4:43 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    The KSR comment section, where fun goes to die…

  29. Bluecat
    4:48 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    The loserville scores are way off, infact, we are going to BEAT them in Commonwealth on September 14th, 28-24! GO CATS!

  30. 9-asty
    5:12 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    Looks like EA doesn’t factor in the proves recruiting that Stoops has been doing which is seen in the drop off after year 3.

  31. Do whut?
    5:23 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    In season three KSR finds a host that knows how to clear his throat and ratings triple leading to a national gig for said host and by season four BBN is left once again to wallow in phlegm.

  32. CoachNotPlayer
    5:31 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    6 – DJ Elliot is a coach, not a player.

  33. Wildcatsteeler
    5:45 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    @17 If you’re not interested in peoples comments then don’t read them. See how that works both ways?

  34. old man
    5:47 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    I want to know what happened to Bama in year 2. Ranked 10, then 15 in year 3? I guess Saban must have retired or something.

  35. If you don't like it don't read it
    5:48 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    Look at all the people saying these posts are moronic and idiotic and hating on it…yet you log on every day and take the time out to read it. It’s interesting stuff. We’re in the middle of July folks and for anyone who’s ever covered sports knows this time of the year is thin for material. This is a fun interesting post to change things up and give us something to read. If there weren’t posts like this all we would be reading is more recruiting updates with 150 words posts. Just enjoy it and hang on, this is summer sports coverage. August is quickly coming and they’ll be plenty to talk about. Great job Stu, I love the post. And by the way, if you’re going to insult a post, make sure you spell everything correctly.

  36. Latino Heat
    5:56 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    The only thing accurate about this is that we lose to Florida every year. I agree that these can be fun to look at, but you have to do more than one simulation and aggregate them. The results can sway a lot from sim to sim, especially 5 years out.

  37. These people aren't gamers
    6:20 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    #15 Drew Barker still has his SR year to play in high school, why in the world would he be in this year’s edition? I’m gonna chalk these dumb comments up to old people who aren’t gamers, but really, I don’t see how some of you get through life.

  38. ZombieLibrarian
    7:08 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    If I took these comments and divided them into two categories, those being ‘Older than 40′ and Younger Than 40’, I bet I could have about a 95% accuracy rate.

  39. the Big Dog
    7:52 pm July 24, 2013 Permalink

    #32: Sorry- the reference to transfer related to Mobley. An assistant coach (Elliot) making a lateral move to a lesser school would not be a transfer. It would be stupid unless he fails at UK which I hope will not happen.

  40. Tampa Satchel
    10:18 pm July 25, 2013 Permalink

    The douche bag radar is blowing up here.

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    11:00 pm July 26, 2013 Permalink

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