Wednesday, July 13, 2011

EA Sports' NCAA Football '12 Released

The long heralded "NCAA Football" Series continues as the newest edition, simply titled "NCAA Football 12", hit stores yesterday. Although I don't play the series much anymore (something I hope to change in the near future) I will always have a warm place in my heart for this game. I can remember getting NCAA Football 99 for Playstation 1 (which I still have stored away) when I was about 12 years old. I think my friends, my brother, and I played that game for a combined 6,874,234 hours. I think I did a 10-year run in dynasty mode with Northern Illinois for some reason. The fact that you could be a coach, get hired and fired, and had to recruit players was fascinating to me. I can also remember seeing and playing the first Playstation 2 version (I think it was 2002) and being simply blown away. I bought every version of the game up until about 2009. Maybe it is because I don't own a seventh generation (PS3/Xbox360) gaming console, but I really haven't played the game much in the past three or four years. HOWEVER, after seeing some of the trailers for this year's version, I might have to get back into it. (side note: Van Dawgin actually has a '97 version of the game for Super Nintendo...it's a piece of #### though).

Okay, enough of the nostalgic remarks, here are some of the new features for the game:
  • More in-depth pre-game ceremonies. (e.g. the Auburn eagle flying around, Ralphy the Buffalo, etc.)
  • The fans and field grass are all 3-D graphics. 
  • In Dynasty mode, you can start as a coordinator and work your way up to head coach. Also, the AI (computer teams) will fire and hire coaches. 
  • The 'Road to Glory' feature, which allows you to take a player and build him up though his entire college career, has been expanded to include his entire senior season...of HIGH SCHOOL. (Eventually they will allow you to conceive a child, put him through pee-wee, teach him to shave, and lead him all the way through the NFL). 
UGA's team rating was a "B+" which was good enough for #27 overall...not that great. Alabama and Oklahoma were the only A+ teams. Amazingly, and sadly, Miss State was #19 overall, LSU was #4, Auburn was #12, Arkansas was #18, and South Carolina was #13.

Those familiar with the game will understand the player ratings (It's pretty easy...the highest rating you can get is 99). 

Here are some of UGA's overall player ratings (note the # is their jersey number...not to insult anyone's intelligence... via operationsports.com ):

Offense:
QB
1. Aaron Murray #11 Sophmore(RS) 87 ovr, balanced
2. Hutson Mason #14 Sophmore 79 ovr, pocket passer
3. Christian Lemay #16 Freshman 78 ovr, balanced

HB
1. Caleb King #4 Senior 84 ovr, balanced
2. Isaiah Crowell #1 Freshman 84 ovr, speed
3. Ken Malcome #24 Freshman (RS) 80 ovr, power
4. Carlton Thomas #30 Junior (RS) 75 ovr, speed

FB
1. Bruce Figgins #89 Senior 85 ovr, balanced
2. Alex Ogletree #46 Sophmore 80 ovr, balanced

WR
1. Tavarres King #12 Junior (RS) 86 ovr, balanced
2. Marlon Brown #15 Junior 83 ovr, possession
3. Michael Bennett #82 Freshman (RS) 80, balanced
4. Malcolm Mitchell #26 Freshman, 78, speed
5. Chris Conley #31 Freshman, 77, possession
6. Rantavious Wooten #17, Junior, 76, speed
7. Justin Scott-Wesley #86, Freshman, 74, speed

TE
1. Orson Charles #7, Junior, 92, receiving
2. Aron White #81, Senior (RS), 88, balanced
3. Arthur Lynch #88, Sophmore (RS), 85, balanced
4. Jay Rome #87, Freshman, 80, Receiving

LT
1. Cordy Glenn #71, Senior, 90, run block
2. Zach DeBell #?, Freshman, 78, run block
3. Xavier Ward #?, Freshman, 76, balanced

LG
1. Kenarious Gates #72, Sophmore, 85, balanced
2. Kolton Houston #66, Freshman (RS), 78, balanced
3. Dallas Lee #64, Sophmore (RS), 77, balanced

C
1. Ben Jones #61, Senior, 92, balanced
2. David Andrews #70, Freshman, 75, balanced

RG
1. Chris Burnette #68, Sophmore (RS), 84, balanced
2. Brent Benedict #73, Freshman (RS), 82, pass block
3. Hunter Long #?, Freshman, 72, run block

RT
1. Justin Anderson #79, Senior, 82, run blocking
2. Watts Dantzler #69, Freshman, 75, run blocking
3. Austin Long #74, Sophmore (RS), 75, balanced

Defense:

LE
1. Deangelo Tyson #94, Senior, 92 ovr, run stopper
2. Derrick Lott #85, Sophmore (RS), 80 ovr, balanced

RE
1. Abry Jones #93, Junior, 85 ovr, run stopper
2. Garrison Smith #56, Sophmore, 82 ovr, run stopper

DT
1. John Jenkins #6 (yes, 6 is correct), 92 ovr, Junior, run stopper
2. Kwame Geathers #99, Sophmore (RS), 86 ovr, run stopper
3. Mike Thorton #96, 80 ovr, Freshman (RS), Balanced

LOLB
1. Jarvis Jones #29, 87 ovr, Sophmore (RS), balanced
2. Reuben Faloughi #87, 79 ovr, Sophmore (RS), run stopper
3. Ramik Wilson #?, 75 ovr, Freshman, balanced

MLB
1. Christian Robinson #45, 84 ovr, Junior (RS), balanced
2. Alec Ogletree #9, 84 ovr, Sophmore, balanced
3. Richard Samuel #22, 80 ovr, Junior (RS), run stopper
4. Amarlo Herrera #52, 78 ovr, Freshman, run stopper
5. Mike Gilliard #35, 77 ovr, Junior, balanced
6. Kent Turene #3, 76 ovr, Freshman, run stopper
7. Brandon Burrows #41, 74 ovr, Freshman (RS), Run stopper

ROLB
1. Ray Drew #47, 84 ovr, Freshman, Run stopper
2. Cornelius Washington #83, 83 ovr, Junior (RS), Run Stopper
3. T.J. Stripling #44 80 ovr, Sophmore, Run Stopper
4. Sterling Bailey #58, 77 ovr, Freshman, run stopper

CB
1. Brandon Boykin #2, 91 ovr, Senior, Balanced
2. Sanders Commings #19 87 ovr, Junior (RS), Coverage
3. Branden Smith #1 (needs another # b/c Crowell is taking it), 85 ovr, Junior, speed
4. Damian Swann #5, 79 overall, Freshman, balanced
5. Derek Owens #20, 77 overall, Sophmore, speed
6. Devin Bowman #?, 75 overall, Freshman, speed

FS
1. Baccari Rambo #18, 84 overall, Junior (RS), hard hitter
2. Nick Marshall #25, 78 overall, Freshman, Coverage
3. Chris Sanders #?, 76 overall, Freshman, balanced
4. Marc Deas #26, 75 overall, Freshman (RS), balanced

SS
1. Shawn Williams #36, 81 overall, Junior, hard hitter
2. Jakar Hamilton #23, 79 overall, Senior, balanced
3. Corey Moore #?, 77 overall, Freshman, hard hitter

K
1. Blair Walsh #57, Senior, 95 ovr, balanced
P
1. Drew Butler #13, Senior (RS), 93 ovr, balanced

2 comments:

  1. Someone needs to simulate the Boise vs uga game and let us know who wins. That would make an interesting read.

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  2. Great idea...one of my buddies has a copy of the game. I might try to simulate it multiple times to get a better result (and take guys like Caleb King out of the lineup).

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