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!
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!
One thousand, eight hundred, seventy-three… that’s the number of points scored in the entirety of the 2012-2013 Bowl Blitz Invitational, 70 teams over 35 Bowl Games in one Bowl Season. With special attention paid to scoring plays in the tracking of this year’s games as compared with last year’s project, we are very excited to share with you the details of how the points ended up on the scoreboard in this year’s project; read on for all of the details!
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!
The 2012-2013 Bowl Blitz Invitational presented by STAT BOX STORIES continues today with the Russell Athletic Bowl featuring two teams that were in very different places at the beginning of the year. Virginia Tech (6-6, 4-4 ACC) entered the year with a top 15 ranking and dreams of a BCS bowl while Rutgers (9-3, 5-2 Big East) was not on the preseason radar. While Virginia Tech is the better team on paper in NCAA 13, Eric Veneziano of The Gaming Tailgate community decided to take the Hokies and try and get them a bowl win after a disappointing season.
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!
Along with the Sun Bowl and the Orange Bowl, the Sugar Bowl is the second-oldest Bowl Game—trailing only the Rose Bowl—in college football today. The 2012 Allstate Sugar Bowl will be contested between the Michigan Wolverines and the Virginia Tech Hokies. Typically the Sugar Bowl hosts the SEC Champion, but since LSU is in the BCS National Championship Game this season the Sugar Bowl Committee elected to select two at-large bids instead of selecting teams from the BCS Top Ten; a move that has led to criticism by college football fans who wished to see higher-ranked schools squaring off at the Superdome. That said, the game will be Michigan’s second-ever Sugar Bowl appearance and Virginia Tech’s fourth appearance in the game, and the showdown between a Big Ten school and an ACC school should prove entertaining.
Although the Wolverines hold a slight ratings edge in NCAA Football 12 over the Hokies—something that would usually influence me to play as Virginia Tech in this match-up—my rooting interest for the University of Michigan overruled and set me up in the maize-and-blue for the STAT BOX STORIES playthrough of the 2012 Allstate Sugar Bowl.