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Projecting UK’s season through NCAA Football ’13

I purchased the popular NCAA Football ’13 video game when it was released almost two weeks ago and I’ve been looking for a way to write it off as a business expense ever since. Then I remembered TJ having the same dilemma last year, when he used the game to simulate Kentucky’s season. So I did the same thing for 2012.

Here are three simulations to project UK football’s 2012 season, directly from the EA Sports football game.

(Don’t take it too seriously. It’s just for fun, people.)


1st Simulation (4-8)


at Louisville, L 24-41
vs. Kent State, L 16-20
vs. Western Kentucky, W 31-20
at Florida, L 3-35
vs. South Carolina, L 21-33
vs. Mississippi State, W 31-19
at Arkansas, L 7-33
vs. Georgia, L 21-35
at Missouri, L 3-27
vs. Vanderbilt, W 52-21
vs. Samford, W 56-7
at Tennessee, L 13-20


Maxwell Smith: 166-358, 2072 yds, 20 TDs, 15 INTs


Coshik Williams: 153 att, 810 yds, 3 TDs
Raymond Sanders III: 110 att., 605 yds, 4 TDs


La’Rod King: 58 rec, 810 yds, 6 TDs
Tyler Robinson: 45 rec, 471 yds, 9 TDs


2nd Simulation (4-8)


at Louisville, L 34-45
vs. Kent State, W 28-14
vs. Western Kentucky, W 40-16
at Florida, L 13-14
vs. South Carolina, L 19-23
vs. Mississippi State, L 10-37
at Arkansas, L 31-38
vs. Georgia, L 17-24
at Missouri, L 24-27
vs. Vanderbilt, W 49-28
vs. Samford, W 34-17
at Tennessee, L 17-23


Maxwell Smith: 102-226, 1334 yds, 9 TDs, 6 INTs


Coshik Williams: 140 att, 722 yds, 6 TDs
Raymond Sanders III: 104 att., 585 yds, 5 TDs


La’Rod King: 65 rec, 1077 yds, 6 TDs
Anthony Kendrick: 44 rec, 490 yds, 4 TDs


3rd Simulation (5-7)


at Louisville, L 21-35
vs. Kent State, W 34-7
vs. Western Kentucky, W 41-21
at Florida, W 41-31
vs. South Carolina, L 7-51
vs. Mississippi State, L 14-52
at Arkansas, L 17-27
vs. Georgia, L 7-41
at Missouri, W 34-22
vs. Vanderbilt, L 21-33
vs. Samford, W 41-10
at Tennessee, L 14-41


Maxwell Smith: 169-346, 2126 yds, 19 TDs, 9 INTs


Raymond Sanders III: 150 att., 790 yds, 9 TDs
Josh Clemons: 81 att, 413 yds, 3 TDs


La’Rod King: 62 rec, 846 yds, 8 TDs
Tyler Robinson: 47 rec, 478 yds, 3 TDs


No bowl games. A loss to Kent State.

Please be wrong.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

41 Comments for Projecting UK’s season through NCAA Football ’13

  1. Scott in Tally
    3:06 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    Does the simulation in with Joker being fired? I know it is early but is it really that early to start calling for Joker’s head?

  2. Scott in Tally
    3:07 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry that should be END not IN with

  3. kk
    3:08 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    Winning AT FLorida? That would be worth finish 5 and 7.

  4. CatFan9
    3:15 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll take the road win over Florida with a 5-7 record all day. lol

  5. The Outlaw Josey Wales
    3:17 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    That seems pretty accurate Drew… btw La’rod King and Coshik Williams are the Sheeznit on the game.

  6. Amen
    3:27 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    So true #4, I’d take 5-7 and ending the Florida streak and run with it!!

  7. Toothless Temp
    3:27 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    I just finished a season and our Cats went 1-11 with the only win being Samford. It was depressing.

  8. St. Paul Raiders
    3:27 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    1- Start? That’s been going on for a LONG time…

  9. #Rise
    3:28 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    The second simulation seems legit. I still see us winning 5 games though. Maybe a win against Vandy or Mississippi St.

  10. Mark Liptak
    3:30 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    If UK wins four games this year they’ll be dancing in the streets.

    Mark Liptak

  11. Sally O
    3:31 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    I am currently playing our season and I’m 4-0… CoShik is boss. Wish it were real life.

  12. Common Sense
    3:33 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    Well those records are obtainable this season. I still think Joker deserves at least 4 years.

  13. john
    3:34 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    That USC game looks like a trap game after beating Florida. We just didn’t show up for that game… SMH

  14. Greg
    3:42 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    It’s with mixed emotions that the Cats beat Samford (as a ’77 Samford Pharmacy Grad). But the silver lining is that Joker is gone. So much for the ‘continuity’ of ‘the Coach in Waiting’ experiment. Mike Leach….’come on down!’ .

  15. Quickdraw
    3:46 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll take the 2nd one. We are in every game but one and would probably be around 9-3 against the spread. That would be an exciting year.

  16. Big E
    3:50 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    If you simulated U of L’s schedule three times before the 2011 season they would not have made it to a bowl game. Stay positive!

  17. monstermash
    3:56 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    #12 – Use some of that ‘Common Sense’. So tired of hearing Joker deserves this, Joker deserves that, Joker deserves at least 3 to 4 years. WTH? These were his recruits. He doesn’t deserve anything. It’s not like he came in and inherited someone elses players. I’m a Joker fan, but he is constantly out coached on the field.

  18. jaxcats8503
    4:05 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    The second simulation looks spot on.

  19. BBN
    4:17 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    ill take simulation 3 all day……… BEAT LOSERVILLE!!!!!

  20. Bart in Henderson
    4:28 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    Sim 2

    6 losses are by 7 or fewer points. I would take that.

  21. hoorah
    4:29 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    why are we playing maryland in the screen shot? you just made all this up and didnt even simulate it did you? very sneaky drew

  22. Common Sense
    4:32 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    Yes they are basically his recruits. But the Offense took so many hits last season and its a miracle that we won 5 games. He still has to learn to become a HC as he has never been one before and I think he is doing a great job with what he has. HE BEAT UT WITH A WR AT QB!!!!!!!!!! Tell me what other coach could do that.

  23. sum'b!tch
    4:32 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    I absolutely love our fanbase and how we have come to expect so little from our football program. Good job, Mitch! If we have fans that are happy with a losing season, just so we can get 1 win over a team that has historically owned us – then we are truly a poor group. So what, does Joker get a contract extention if we beat Florida? Damn, people! UK is the definition of mediocre. Let’s start paying Joker on a per game basis – if the guys play well, Joker gets some cash, if we actually win that game he gets a bonus.

    Congrats UK football fans, you are a prime example of what is wrong with this country – let’s give every kid that participates a trophy and pat on the back (and by Gawd, don’t tell Junior how bad he truly sucks).

  24. sum'b!tch
    4:40 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    Common – is that you, Joker. Damn, you make more excuses for this guy! Did you just say he “has to still learn to be HC?” WOW!!! And who’s fault is that??? UK should not have a coach learn on the job – we should have a guy that has been a HC before. Hell, we didn’t even get a top notch assistant from a winning program. We got Joker.

    And injuries? Every football team has injuries. I hope Joker pulls a hammy and has to “coach” from the box – then I wont have to look at his silly azz when he continues to get outsmarted.

  25. Rex Chapmans Calves
    4:41 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    14.. You go Greg! Leach, Leach, Leach, Leach!!!!! Leave that dreaded rainy cold northwestern wasteland and come home!!!!!! Free Mike Leach!!!

  26. UK fandb
    4:44 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    Great stuff. I purchased the 2012 version of the Wigi board. It said the picture of your game has a Maryland player with #44 in your picture. Glitch in your game. Did you save your receipt. Also Loserville should never be posted ever with a victory over UK. My Wigi boards started burning over that.

  27. UK fandb
    4:47 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    Oh and #42 is a punter on UK, not a DB. EA sports, get into the game!

  28. Larry Whiteside
    5:08 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    You can get the tight assed law dog(Matt)to pay for the game. As for the game simulations sounds to me you are pretty much right on the money. I hate it that all 3 times those filthy Cards are beating us. I can take most anything but not losing to those damned filthy Cards

  29. Beavis
    5:10 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    2 and 10

  30. Common Sense
    5:15 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    Every coach has to start somewhere!!! Joker is respected around the league but not by our own fan base, that is SAD! Every football team has injuries, yes, but we had injuries to KEY players and we lost Cobb to the NFL, what did you expect!? Let Joker prove you wrong as he goes to a bowl game in year 4 of his career.

  31. Matt's barber
    5:24 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    Drew,you just used the game for your job, now you can write it off your taxes.

  32. Isaac in Long Beach
    6:13 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    27, maybe we just gave up a punt return for a touchdown… smh.

  33. East Kentucky Infidel
    6:54 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    Excuses don’t pay the bills.
    Joker needs to start winning if he wants to see year four.

  34. interesting
    7:15 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    Common – 1) When was the last time UK had a first time HC? 2) Who exactly respects Joker around the SEC? Why did none of them snatch up ‘The Great Joker’ before Mitch got us all involved in this experiment? Why does Joker need 4 years to “get the job done?” HE RECRUITED EVERY ONE OF THESE KIDS! Will Joker man up and and not accept a salary next year if we don’t finish 7-5? Cause 6-6 and some B.S. bowl doesn’t count!!! Dude is a loser, period.

  35. Kneel
    7:47 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    hahaha at florida

  36. CatGrad7072
    7:51 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    Common Sense, common BS. Give Joker 10 years; that way he will been on the UK dole to the tune of 15 mil or so. By then he may have learned.

  37. okolona max
    8:45 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    i played a season already and ran the table with the cats and won the bcs national title! easy peasy lemon squeezy! back to back? will let ya know

  38. mashburnfan1
    11:35 pm July 20, 2012 Permalink

    The simulations, especially #2, look kind to me. Lets just skip the season and put those numbers in the record books. No way we lose to UF by just 1, Mizzou, UGA, ARK and SC by less than 7.

  39. Jw
    12:46 am July 21, 2012 Permalink

    Josh Clemons is not even in the game

  40. Beavis
    7:56 am July 21, 2012 Permalink

    Respected around the league ??? For what???? His sterling coaching abilities,,,his record,,,,his ability to bring in top recruits,,,,his ability to fill the stands at CWS????? I am surprised that his last job was not as a Community Organizer. We can waste time and money for years on Joker or we can move on and stop this lame experiment. I can accept some measure of mediocrity but this impending disaster,,I don’t have to support. What will you say when we finish 2 and 10,,,,give him another year or two ???

  41. Mel
    9:38 am July 21, 2012 Permalink

    14- McWhorter school of Pharmacy, class of 2000 here.