2012-2013 Bowl Blitz Invitational: Top 10 Players in 33 Statistical Categories

With this entry, we come to the end of the 2012-2013 Bowl Blitz Invitational.  As with the Top 10 Team article, this entry is short on words but gives you the Top 10 Player results in 33 different statistical categories which were tracked over the course of this year’s project.  Read on to see which players performed at the highest (and lowest, in terms of statistics like turnovers) level over this year’s 35 Bowl Games!


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2012-2013 Bowl Blitz Invitational: Top 10 Teams in 30 Statistical Categories

On this, the final day of entries for the 2012-2013 Bowl Blitz Invitational, we’re going out with few words but plenty of statistical reporting to consume.  This entry gives you the Top 10 Team results in 30 different statistical categories which were tracked over the course of this year’s project.  Read on to see which teams performed at the highest (and lowest, in terms of statistics like turnovers) level over this year’s 35 Bowl Games!


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2012-2013 Bowl Blitz Invitational Final Results & Bowl Blitz Invitational Champion

With the conclusion of Bowl Season last night and the Alabama Crimson Tide’s victory over Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship Game, the game article portion of the 2012-2013 Bowl Blitz Invitational has finally come to a close.  That said, the project continues on this week, and we will be sharing multiple articles recounting all of the statistical data that has been collected over the 35 Bowl Games played over the past month.

The first matter of business, however, is to analyze the “game within a game” here at the Bowl Blitz Invitational; each game is given a “Game Score” based on how close the NCAA Football 13 playthrough score came to the actual real-life result.  The person responsible for playing the game with the lowest “Game Score”—the lower the score, the closer the game came to matching the real-life final—is crowned “Bowl Blitz Invitational Champion,” a largely ceremonial title to recognize whoever managed to most closely replicate reality in the wholly unscientific process of playing a video game.

Last year, Eric Veneziano became the inaugural “Bowl Blitz Invitational Champion” with a Gator Bowl result that earned a “Game Score” of 2; read on to find out who emerged victorious this year!


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2013 Rose Bowl presented by Vizio: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Stanford Cardinal

The 2012-2013 Bowl Blitz Invitational presented by STAT BOX STORIES continues with the Rose Bowl, which matches up the Wisconsin Badgers (8-5, 4-4 Big Ten) and the #6 Stanford Cardinal (11-2, 8-1 Pac-12).  Eric Veneziano of The Gaming Tailgate community took control of the Badgers as they seek to score an upset Rose Bowl victory over Stanford.


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Welcome to the 2012-2013 Bowl Blitz Invitational


Almost exactly one year ago, a wild idea was hatched here at STAT BOX STORIES to get people to volunteer to play EA SPORTS NCAA Football 12 and report on every match-up of the college Bowl Season.  When that project started, there were no guarantees that it would be successful; when the BCS National Championship Game was played on January 9th, 2012 between Alabama and LSU and all 35 Bowl Games had been successfully completed, it was an unexpected achievement.  The efforts of so many people who had nothing to gain from their participation but to say that they were part of something helped the Bowl Blitz Invitational become a project worth repeating, and it is now just about time for the sophomore year to start.

This year, the core goals remain the same: volunteers have been gathered, Bowl Games have been claimed, and gaming consoles around the country are booting up NCAA Football 13 to play the games and report the results.  Game statistics are being tracked in real-time, and as the real-life games are contested every play-through on the site will be matched up against those results to see which participant was able to most closely mirror reality.

One difference readers will notice is an emphasis on reporting each game as though it were an actual football game being contested; not just a video game played on an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.  Volunteers have been encouraged to report even more statistical tidbits than last year, building from the editorial template of ESPN.com’s college football game summaries to bring about a more consistent theme in the writing across this year’s 35 entries.  Along with this new format, the familiar box scores, scoring summaries, team statistics, and player statistics will be present, along with screenshot and video highlights captured both using the in-game tools offered by NCAA Football 13 as well as through more sophisticated avenues such as HD video recorders.

With increased development in the ability to track statistics as the games are played this year, readers can look forward to an even more robust series of entries after the BCS National Championship Game is played between Alabama and Notre Dame on January 7th, 2013.  With statistics and statistical analysis such a large part of what inspired the creation of STAT BOX STORIES in the first place, the goal for the 2012-2013 Bowl Blitz Invitational is to improve upon every aspect of the statistical breakdowns offered in last year’s project.  For the next month and a half (and beyond), you won’t want to miss a single day of content as we celebrate college football and the 70 teams which have been invited to play a part in writing the story of the 2012-2013 Bowl Season.

The games begin this Saturday, December 15th, with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Nevada versus Arizona) and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Toledo versus Utah State).  Our coverage here at STAT BOX STORIES for the Bowl Blitz Invitational begins Friday morning, December 14th, with the posting of the write-up for the 2012 Gildan New Mexico Bowl.  Here is the rest of the content schedule (all entries will be uploaded by 8:00AM ET on the date specified):

Saturday, December 15th

  • Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Toledo versus Utah State)

Thursday, December 20th

  • San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl (BYU versus San Diego State)

Friday, December 21st

  • Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl (UCF versus Ball State)

Saturday, December 22nd

  • R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (East Carolina versus Louisiana-Lafayette)
  • MAACO Bowl Las Vegas (Washington versus Boise State)

Monday, December 24th

  • Sheraton Hawai’I Bowl (Fresno State versus SMU)

Wednesday, December 26th

  • Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (Western Kentucky versus Central Michigan)

Thursday, December 27th

  • Military Bowl (San Jose State versus Bowling Green)
  • Belk Bowl (Cincinnati versus Duke)
  • Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl (Baylor versus UCLA)

Friday, December 28th

  • Advocare V100 Independence Bowl (Ohio versus Louisiana-Monroe)
  • Russell Athletic Bowl (Rutgers versus Virginia Tech)
  • Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (Minnesota versus Texas Tech)

Saturday, December 29th

  • Armed Forces Bowl (Rice versus Air Force)
  • Pinstripe Bowl (West Virginia versus Syracuse)
  • Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (Navy versus Arizona State)
  • Valero Alamo Bowl (Texas versus Oregon State)
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (TCU versus Michigan State)

Monday, December 31st

  • Music City Bowl (NC State versus Vanderbilt)
  • Hyundai Sun Bowl (USC versus Georgia Tech)
  • AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Iowa State versus Tulsa)
  • Chick-fil-A Bowl (LSU versus Clemson)

Tuesday, January 1st

  • TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl (Mississippi State versus Northwestern)
  • Heart of Dallas Bowl (Purdue versus Oklahoma State)
  • Outback Bowl (South Carolina versus Michigan)
  • Capital One Bowl (Georgia versus Nebraska)
  • Rose Bowl (Wisconsin versus Stanford)
  • Discover Orange Bowl (Northern Illinois versus Florida State)

Wednesday, January 2nd

  • Allstate Sugar Bowl (Louisville versus Florida)

Thursday, January 3rd

  • Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Oregon versus Kansas State)

Friday, January 4th

  • AT&T Cotton Bowl (Texas A&M versus Oklahoma)

Saturday, January 5th

  • BBVA Compass Bowl (Pittsburgh versus Ole Miss)

Sunday, January 6th

  • GoDaddy.com Bowl (Kent State versus Arkansas State)

Monday, January 7th

  • Discover BCS National Championship Game (Alabama versus Notre Dame)

We sincerely hope that you are as excited as we are here at STAT BOX STORIES for the start of Bowl Season and the 2012-2013 Bowl Blitz Invitational; be sure to visit the “official” discussion thread at The Gaming Tailgate (http://www.thegamingtailgate.com/forums/showthread.php?6217-Introducing-the-2012-2013-Bowl-Blitz-Invitational) to follow along with the results as they are made available, and be sure to keep coming back to STAT BOX STORIES as the games get played!

#40: 2012 Fiesta Bowl — Stanford @ Oklahoma State in NCAA Football 12

The 2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl will be the 41st installment of this current BCS Bowl, and will feature the Stanford Cardinal of the Pacific-12 Conference against the Big XII Conference Champions, the Oklahoma State Cowboys.  This will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools; it will be Oklahoma State’s second appearance in the Fiesta Bowl (their first came in a 16-6 win over BYU in 1974) while the Cardinal have never appeared in this Bowl Game.  It could also be considered a “3rd Place Game” of sorts for the 2011-2012 college football season, as the Cardinal come in ranked #4 in the BCS while the Cowboys hold the #3 ranking.

The teams are fairly evenly matched in NCAA Football 12, though Stanford holds the slightest of edges in terms of team ratings.  This—combined with the fact that I have been following the Cowboys all season in real-life as a new resident of Oklahoma—led me to suit up in the black and orange of the designated home team for the STAT BOX STORIES playthrough of the 2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

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Week 2 Recap & Vote for Week 3’s Madden NFL 12 Game

A second week of STAT BOX STORIES has now concluded; here are the links in case you missed anything:

Monday, November 7th: New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons in Madden NFL 12

Tuesday, November 8th: Phoenix Coyotes at Winnipeg Jets in NHL 12

Wednesday, November 9th: FC Barcelona hosts Real Madrid in FIFA 12

Thursday, November 10th: Oregon Ducks at Stanford Cardinal in NCAA Football 12

The next game up in the rotation for fan voting is Madden NFL 12; you as fans have the opportunity to select from four match-ups on the NFL’s Week 11 schedule:

  • Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins
  • Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins
  • Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants

To vote, either leave your preferred game choice in the comments here for this entry or head over to Facebook and “Like” STAT BOX STORIES here.  Voting will be open until 7:00PM ET on Saturday, November 12th, 2011.

Here’s how the rest of the Week 3 Schedule looks:

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Colorado Avalanche at Detroit Red Wings

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Los Angeles Galaxy host Seattle Sounders FC

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Oklahoma Sooners at Baylor Bears

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Winner of the Fan Vote

I hope you enjoyed this second week of STAT BOX STORIES; be sure to “Like” the page on Facebook and bookmark the blog to keep up with the latest entries and exciting new developments going forward!

#8: Oregon @ Stanford in NCAA Football 12

In the first fan vote in the history of STAT BOX STORIES, the showdown between #7 Oregon and #4 Stanford easily won out over games between#19 Nebraska and #12 Penn State as well as TCU at #5 Boise State.  It is definitely one of the marquee match-ups on the college football schedule this weekend, pitting two Pacific-12 Conference teams against one another with each team holding Top 10 rankings in the Bowl Championship Series.  Even with a loss on the season, the Ducks hold out the slimmest hope of being able to work their way into the National Championship picture; or, at least, a spot in one of the BCS Bowl Games if they can win out.  Meanwhile, the Stanford Cardinal are sitting at 9-0 and hoping to win the inaugural Pac-12 Conference Championship Game on their way to one of the premier bowl games at the end of the season.

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Week 1 Recap & Vote for Week 2’s NCAA Football 12 Game

The first week of STAT BOX STORIES wrapped up yesterday with my entry on Manchester City hosting Manchester United in FIFA 12.  If–for any reason–you missed any of the entries, feel free to use these quick links here:

Monday, October 31st — NCAA Football 12: LSU at Alabama

Tuesday, November 1st — Madden NFL 12: Ravens at Steelers

Wednesday, November 2nd — NHL 12: Bruins at Canadiens

Thursday, November 3rd — FIFA 12: Manchester City hosts Manchester United

Now, for the voting; in this first vote, I’m going to open up next week’s NCAA Football 12 game to your whims.  Comment on this post with your choice for one of the following match-ups:

  • Oregon Ducks Oregon Ducks at Stanford CardinalStanford Cardinal
  • Nebraska Cornhuskers Nebraska Cornhuskers at Penn State Nittany LionsPenn State Nittany Lions
  • TCU Horned FrogsTCU Horned Frogs at Boise State BroncosBoise State Broncos

The voting will be open until 8:00PM ET on Saturday, November 5th.  Whichever match-up has the most points will be the winner and will be featured as the NCAA Football 12 STAT BOX STORIES entry next week.

Since this is a fan vote, the day for each game to be featured will be on a “sliding” schedule; this means that NCAA Football 12 will be featured next Thursday, and Madden NFL 12 will slide up to Monday, and so on.


 Monday, November 7th, 2011

New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Phoenix Coyotes at Winnipeg Jets

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

FC Barcelona hosts Real Madrid

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Winner of the Fan Vote

I sincerely hope that you enjoyed Week 1 of STAT BOX STORIES and hope that you will vote for next week’s NCAA Football 12 showdown and come back next week for another series of game stories.