A slew of video game fans clamored this morning for EA Sports' Madden '10 at the Super Target store on Joe Battle Boulevard.
The game is a favorite of football fans everywhere and sales are expected to rise as interest is piqued by the recent retirement of John Madden, the Hall of Fame coach and TV analyst whose name graces the cover.
EA Sports has another annual title that harbors just as much attention without the advertising blitz that Madden carries. NCAA '10 was released in stores last month and is a major hit among college football fans throughout the nation.
So before we unwrap the plastic on Madden, let's run our UTEP Miners through a simulated season and see where EA Sports' computer figures the Miners will finish.
* Simulating *
And the results are in.
Buffalo: W, 29-28
Kansas: L, 55-34
at New Mexico State: W, 27-13
at Texas: L, 47-7
Houston: L, 34-27
at Memphis: W, 27-17
Tulsa: W, 24-7
UAB: W, 45-26
at Tulane: W, 38-17
at SMU: L, 29-24
at Rice: L, 34-17
Marshall: W, 24-19
Regular season finish: 7-5, 5-3 in Conference USA
In the simulation, the Miners were selected to play in the Texas Bowl against Baylor (6-6). The Bears won the game 24-21, giving the Miners a 7-6 finish.
Some things stood out from the simulation. The Miners earned the split against projected Conference USA West front runners Houston and Tulsa. They also were bowl eligible with three weeks still left to play in the season. And, the Miners' November struggles continue with two consecutive losses to SMU and Rice. But UTEP does get its first season finale win in quite some time against Marshall.
How close do you guys think this is to reality?
And by the way, Madden '10 is awesome.